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»Ontario Menu Labelling Required for 20 or More Locations – January 1, 2017 Compliance Required

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is committed to identify regulated food service premises per the definition in the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015. To that effect, the Ministry collected food service premises data from Public Health units to determine chains of 20 or more food service premises in the province that could be captured by the regulation.

Any food service premises that operates under the same or substantially the same name and with 20 or more locations in Ontario offering the same or substantially the same food items are subject to the Act and the regulation.

Here is the preliminary list of identified chains of food service premises per the definition in the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 as of May 2016. This list is based on food service premises in Ontario as of May 2016 and it does not account for fluctuations from this date. This list is intended for information purposes only and it is not intended to be comprehensive. Any chain of food service premises that meets the definition on the Act but is not identified on the list is still subject to the requirements of the legislation.

This preliminary list is also being shared with Public Health units to identify chains to be inspected for compliance with the Act. Owners or operators of chains of 20 or more locations are encouraged to email the Ministry at regarding any additions or removals from this list. An updated final version will be shared with stakeholders in November to confirm any changes needed. The list will be updated annually by the Ministry in the late Fall based on annual data collection from Public Health units, as well as an additional verification process conducted by the Ministry.

The Ministry would also like to request assistance in creating a contact list for the identified regulated food service premises to ensure that relevant supports are reaching each affected company. Chains that are included on this preliminary list are kindly requested to identify executives to be included in future ministry communications by sending an email to with the name, position, and email address of the brand’s menu labelling contact.

If you have any questions about this communication, you can email or contact Leslie Smejkal, Vice-President, Government Relations, ORHMA

»Delta Waterloo- Inspiring all to make the world a better place

On August 23rd, ORHMA member Delta Waterloo had a blast working with Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. With continuous community support and donations, they are able to help countless families around the world. To view Delta Waterloo’s staff working hard and making a difference, visit their Facebook page.

»Legislation Aimed at Stopping Sexual Violence and Harassment in effect Sept. 8, 2016

Ministry of Labour

Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), will come into effect on September 8, 2016. The act aims to make workplaces, campuses and communities safer and more responsive to the needs of survivors and to complaints about sexual violence and harassment.

The legislation includes several amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). These amendments will enhance employer responsibilities with respect to workplace harassment that occurs in the workplace, including sexual harassment, by:

  • providing a new workplace sexual harassment definition;
  • requiring new elements that will need to be included in workplace harassment programs;
  • adding new employer duties that will help to protect workers from workplace harassment.

To support compliance with the new requirements, the Ministry of Labour has created a Code of Practice.

The Ministry is also developing fact sheets and updating its guidance material to help workplaces comply. A dedicated enforcement team has also been established to respond to complaints and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements,

To read more, click here.

»Ontario Moving Forward to Close the Gender Wage Gap
Ministry of Labour

Expert Advice to Guide New Strategy

The Ontario government has released the final report from the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee and will immediately start work on a plan to close the gap, create equal opportunities for prosperity and strengthen the economy by eliminating barriers that prevent women's full participation in the workforce. 

As a first step toward closing the gender wage gap, Ontario is moving forward with recommendations by: 

  • Increasing income transparency in the Ontario Public Service by making salary data publicly available by gender
  • Requiring gender-based analysis in the government policy process
  • Appointing an Associate Minister of Education, Responsible for Early Years and Child Care to build a system of affordable, accessible and high-quality early years and child care programs
  • Providing employers with resources including training materials on anti-discrimination and developing other education products for employees

Many recommendations in the Steering Committee's report also propose further consultation and review to inform the development of a practical, effective cross-government strategy to close the gender wage gap in Ontario. Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Tracy MacCharles will bring together business, labour, human resources professionals and equality advocates as part of a facilitated working group to discuss these issues and provide advice.

To view more information, click here.

»6 ways to prepare for marijuana legalization
Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

In just about one year, marijuana is expected to be legalized in Canada. However, there are no details on what this means and what tools will be made available to employers. So far, there has been no indication this will include explicit legislation allowing employers to carry out post-incident, reasonable cause, random or other testing.

To read about ways to prepare for marijuana legalizationclick here.

»House Policies- AGCO

ouse policies offer practical solutions to common problems faced by liquor sales licensees, and can help your establishment remain compliant with Ontario’s liquor laws. These policies create a framework within which your servers can operate. With house policies in place, your servers do not have to make difficult judgment calls about who to serve or how to handle a tough situation — they know what to do because their responsibilities and your expectations are clearly spelled out. For more information, click here. 

»Public Holidays: How to Calculate Public Holiday Pay

Ontario has nine public holidays every year. Most employees are entitled to take these public holidays off work with public holiday pay. Try the Public Holiday Calculator and calculate the public holiday pay for your employees:

»Canada's work-life balance more off-kilter than ever

The Globe and Mail

Despite years of warnings about striking work-life balance, Canadians are in a deeper rut than ever. Almost two-thirds of us are working more than 45 hours a week – 50-per-cent more than two decades ago. Work weeks are more rigid, with flex-time arrangements dropping by a third in the past 10 years. To top it off, only 23 per cent of working Canadians are highly satisfied with life. That’s half as many as in 1991.

To read the complete article, click here.

»Heads Up – Ontario Municipalities to Consult the Public on Additional Taxes

Recently, Premier Kathleen Wynne attended the annual meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. She told attendees that before the province will grant additional taxes or revenue tools to municipal governments, local governments must firstly consult with the general public. In addition, she called upon the association to come up with a general consensus on what revenue tools municipalities wanted access to.

Ontario municipalities are restricted to using property taxes as their only taxation tool. Currently, the City of Toronto is the only municipality with additional tools such as the Land Transfer Tax. Toronto Mayor John Tory has been calling for the creation of new revenue tools for several months, and the city is engaging the public on potential tools. This debate is set to resume in the fall.

Associations like ORHMA and other business groups have expressed concerns with new potential taxes for municipalities. See link for more media coverage.

»Ontario Tourism Current Performance Indicators June 2016

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with June 2016 data. This user friendly, interactive tool is updated monthly with the latest tourism statistics including:

  • Border Crossings
  • Accommodation Statistics
  • Travel Price Index
  • Economic Indicators
  • Consumer Response Indicators

The Current Performance Tool is available here.

»Federal Transit Money

The Premier was in Scarborough the week of August 15th with by-election candidate Piragal Thiru. However, she is not the only one getting face time: The Ontario Liberal Party opted to put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s photo on campaign flyers, instead of Wynne’s. Wynne appeared in Barrie with Trudeau for the official announcement of $1.49 billion in federal transit funding to Ontario. Trudeau revealed a list of dozens of approved projects, mostly in Toronto and Ottawa, which will receive the first $688 million. The feds will fund 50 per cent of all approved projects, with the province and municipalities picking up the rest of the tab. Other Ontario communities will begin nominating transit projects for the second round of funding in September.

»New Associate Minister Announced

The Premier has announced a new post for Indira Naidoo-Harris. Naidoo-Harris is now the new Associate Minister of Education for Early Years and Child Care. The Minister was assigned the role of associate Finance Minister in charge of the ORPP in the June cabinet shuffle, but the national decision to green light CPP expansion left her without a portfolio.

»Bill 201 Political Donations’ Legislation heads to Clause-by-Clause

The Standing Committee on General Government will begin clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 201. Four days are earmarked for meetings, but if the parties co-operate, the legislation could pass in a matter of hours. The Liberal-dominated committee has the power to include or dismiss whichever amendments it wants, which will likely include the series of amendments released by the government house leader’s office.

The Liberals are opting to further reduce individual donation caps, down from Bill 201’s current $7,750 limit to $3,600. Simultaneously, the party wants the subsidized per vote allowance increased to about $2.71 per vote in 2017 (and reduced by 75 per cent by 2021). Despite pleas from the opposition, the Liberals did not propose an amendment that would ban cash-for-access fundraisers, instead included a clause that would require fundraising events be publicized online for transparency. Other Liberal amendments ban paid volunteer work on campaigns; redefine third party advertising so spending caps do not limit free speech on “issue based” advocacy; and expand government advertising limits to 60 days before the writ of a scheduled campaign.

The PCs and the NDP said all of the reforms are meaningless if the bill does not ban the cash-for-access fundraisers that “started this scandal.” The opposition said Bill 201 must prohibit cabinet Ministers from soliciting donations from the employees of corporations or organizations they regulate or that receive government contracts. The PCs want to see stronger collusion rules that would ensure third parties are not acting on behalf of a candidate, riding or party. There are also calls from both opposition parties for tighter lobbying rules and party finance disclosure rules. To read more, click here.

»Ontario Water & Food

An organization called Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) is protesting the extension of Nestlé’s permit to take water in Aberfoyle during a drought year. Nestlé’s permit expired on July 31, 2016, but WWW says there has been no new contract yet the company continues to take water. Premier Wynne said she will consider modernizing the rate Nestlé pays for water, calling the current price of $3.71 per million litres “inappropriate.” As well last week the Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal halted plans to end the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers’ Association’s right to regulate and negotiate the prices of its products.

»Ontario Enhancing Services for Refugees
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Provincial Support Helping Refugees Integrate Into Local Communities

Ontario is continuing to support refugees across the province by investing more than $3.8 million to help them settle and integrate successfully.The funding will help communities that have generously welcomed large numbers of refugees, and include: 

  • $3.3 million to help 26 agencies across the province deliver settlement services in refugees' first language, such as special programming for refugee women, children and youth; and to work with other community partners to address refugee needs in areas such as adult training and employment assistance, and health and mental health. 
  • Up to $200,000 to train front-line settlement workers to better identify mental health concerns and ensure proper referrals and supports.
  • Up to $70,000 in additional support for student mental health and well-being through the School Mental Health ASSIST, which is a provincial support team that is helping district school boards promote mental health and respond to the social and emotional needs of newcomer students and families from the Syrian conflict.
  • Up to $280,000 to support summer programming for refugee students that h as helped them improve their literacy and numeracy skills, catch-up on missed education and promote integration. 

The investments announced today represent $1.55 million in addition to government's commitment of $10.5 million in September 2015, which included $2 million for immediate overseas relief and $8.5 million over 2.5 years for refugee resettlement and integration supports in Ontario.

To read more, click here.

»New Driver Licence Fee Comes Into Effect September 1
Ministry of Transportation

Driver licence fee increases come into effect this September to help maintain Ontario's transportation infrastructure. Additional fees for reinstatements, replacements and commercial permits will follow effective January 1, 2017.

As of September 1, 2016:

  • The Driver's Licence Original and Renewal Fee, including the driver licensing fee as part of the Enhanced Driver Licence, will change from $81.50 to $90
  • Vehicle Licence Validation in Northern Ontario will change from $54 to $60
  • Vehicle Licence Validation in Southern Ontario will change from $108 to $120.

New fee changes effective January 1, 2017:

  • The Driver's Licence Reinstatement Fee after Suspensions and Administrative Monetary Penalty will change from $180 to $198
  • Driving Instructors Licence Replacement will change from $28 to $31
  • Oversize/Overweight (O/O) Permit Replacement will change from $28 to $31
  • Original and Replacement Plate/Permit Fee for Manufacturer motor vehicle and motorcycle and dealer plate will change from $20 to $25
  • Original and Replacement Plate/Permit Fee for Manufacturer motor vehicle and motorcycle and dealer permit will change from $10 to $32.

To read more information, click here

» Industry Events

  • ORHMA’s Windsor Region – 18th Annual Golf Tournament – Sunday September 11, 2016 – Belleview Golf Club – For more information & registration, click here.

  • Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals – The Changing Faces of Foodservice – September 12, 2016 – Mississauga, Ontario – For more information, click here. To register or for more information, call 416 422 3431 or email 

  • Accessible Customer Service Standard Changes – What you need to know 
 September, 20, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. – Free information session – To register, click here.

  • Accessible Customer Service Standard Changes – What you need to know 
September, 28, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. – Free information session – To register, click here.

  • The Canadian Coffee & Tea Show - September 28 & 29, 2016 - Location - The International Centre - Mississauga, Ontario . Complimentary passes for members. (Enter Code: ORHMA)  For more info click here

  • Workplace Investigation Training – October 4, 2016 – For more information and to register, click here.  

  • Security Canada International Security Conference & Exposition 2016Toronto,Ontario – October 19,20, 2016 – Location Toronto Congress Centre – 650 Dixon Road. For more information and to register click here.

  • The Art of Leadership - October 21st, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Metro Toronto Convention Centre – For more information, view the event brochure  or visit the website.

  • Hospitality & Tourism Career Fair – November 1st, 2016 – Humber College – Registration information coming soon. 

  • Ontario Tourism Summit - November 21-22,2016 - The Westin Ottawa - For more information and to register click here

  •  Goodlife Fitness – Health & Wellness Leadership Summit – November 28, 2016 – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 9am – 4pm. Register today and save 40% with Promo Code ORHMA. 

  • The Canadian Food & Drink Summit November 28 & 29, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Marriott Eaton Centre – Register today and use code PRM5 for a ORHMA Member discount or register via email. 
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