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» WSIB 2017 Premium Rate Reductions

In the September 20th issue of the ORHMA Insider, we wrote on the WSIB’s positive performance and the upcoming premium reductions. It is important to highlight that the Restaurant and Catering employers will see an 8.1% rate reduction (2016 rate of 1.72 will drop to 1.58 in 2017) while Accommodation employers rate will drop by 13.2% ( 2016 rate of 3.10 will drop to 2.69 in 2017 )

See link for last week’s Insider announcement here.  

» Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Rules – Changes upcoming

ORHMA applauds the recommendations stemming from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources (HUMA) report on the TFW Program.

Ontario’s workforce needs are entering a crisis mode and a speedy sustainable TFW Program will support operator’s success.

The HUMA committee released the long anticipated study this past week on the TFW Program and is in the process of being reviewed by government. The recommendations include:

  •  Easier for temporary foreign workers to become residents
  •  A review of the application fees and criteria
  •  Increased access to the program for seasonal and remote operations
  •  Eliminate rules that tie a foreign worker with one single employer
  •  Initiate a risk type employer system that shows leniency towards good employers


We urge Ontario hospitality businesses to contact their local Member of Parliament urging support for reforming the TFW Program noting their own workforce difficulties and how their business can be supported.

Please read the full HUMA report here.

» Join the 1000+ Businesses Like Yours Who Have Made The Change
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We do all of the work from start to finish. We know that running your business is hard work, leaving you with little time or budget to worry about energy efficiency – so leave all of the arrangements to us.

Your competition is already saving on average $100 per month from this FREE program, and you can too. Call us at 1-855-215-8063 or visit to get started. No sweat.

» 5 Brilliant Ways Restaurants Are Using Pokémon Go To Level Up Sales


Pokémon mania has officially swept the country. Pokémon Go has already reached 21 million daily active users, clinching a spot as the most popular game in history. The upside for restaurants? It’s a major driver of business.

To read the five brilliant ways restaurants can use Pokémon to level up their sales, click here.

» Ontario Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking Initiative Update

The Ministry of Energy is proceeding with an initiative on reporting and benchmarking on water and energy for large buildings.  Under the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act which received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016, it will enable through regulation the implementation of a system named Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB).

On February 25, 2016, the Ministry of Energy posted its Large Building EWRB regulation proposal to the Environmental Registry and Regulatory Registry for 50 days for public stays. The Ministry of Energy is currently considering feedback received through the postings as it drafts its Large Building EWRB regulation. Based on feedback the timelines for the initiative should be extended, the Ministry is considering revising the first reporting date for buildings to take place in 2018.

If a decision is made to proceed with the regulation, it is expected to be released publicly in late 2016 / early 2017. Once released, the Ministry will send notification to interested stakeholders.

ORHMA views this as another red tape initiative in the whole stream of Ontario’s energy sector.

» World's largest hotel chain forms after Marriott buys Starwood
Toronto Sun

Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis properties.

In total, 30 hotel brands now fall under the Marriott umbrella to create the largest hotel chain in the world with more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms in more than 110 countries. That’s more than 1 out of every 15 hotel rooms around the globe.

To read the complete article, click here.

» The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Final Report

​​The final report and recommendations of the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee have been released. Emanuela Heyninck, Ontario’s Pay Equity Commissioner was a member of the Steering Committee. The Committee’s recommendations will help the province formulate and implement an integrated strategy that contributes to women’s economic empowerment in Ontario.

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» New Employer Monitoring

The Pay Equity Office is monitoring new employers this Fall. As part of their mandate, the Pay Equity Office monitors individual workplaces to assess compliance with the Pay Equity Act.

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» Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary  with Ontario 150

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister, Eleanor McMahon, made an announcement in Ottawa about the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Ontario’s celebrations will be branded Ontario150 and the province will chip in $37 million to support community projects that “will leave lasting social and cultural legacies across the province and contribute to economic growth.” The largest portion of the funding ($25 million) will be used to “renovate, repair and retrofit” existing cultural infrastructure. Seven million dollars will be used to support various community celebrations and $5 million will be used for “partnership programs to help foster the next generation of Ontario leaders.” Wynne also revealed the Ontario150 logo and announced plans for an updated version of Ontario’s unofficial anthem, “A Place to Stand.” For more details, click here.

» Industry Events
  • HRDownloads — Complimentary Webinar Series — September 28, 2016 — To register, click here.

  • Celebrating Ontario Agriculture Week – October 3-9, 2016 – For more information, visit

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

  • EquipHotel Show- Paris, France -- November 6 – 10, 2016 – For more information, visit website.

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

  • Goodlife Fitness – Health & Wellness Leadership SummitNovember 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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