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ORHMA In the Media

New OHRC Report Says Sexualized Dress Codes "Not on the Menu" 
Employment Law Today  

GBC Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management) Degree
 
George Brown College 

Proposed Toronto Patio Tax Hike Could Lead to Higher Menu Prices 
iHeartRADIO

Airbnb Charm Offensive in Toronto
CBCRadio 

Durham diners eating up calorie info required by new law 
Durham Region.com 

Calorie Counting 'just 1 tool' 
Chronicle Journal

Speaker's Corner: Facing Climate Change 
Law Times news

Stop It! program in development to halt sexual violence
Canadian Restaurant News 

ORHMA: Hydro rebate won’t ease costs
Canadian Restaurant News

The Fight for Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Washrooms 
Macleans

Leamington restaurant struggles to cope with hefty hydro bills 
Windsor Star 

ORHMA Culinary Challenge
Canadian Lodging News

Destination & Tourism Fees -

Zoomer Radio

Food Trucks need more room to grow -

Toronto Star

Ontario servers welcome bill to ban restaurant ‘tip theft’ -
Hamilton Spectator

Workers welcome bill to bring restaurant ‘tip theft’ out of the shadows -
The Toronto Star

The dirty diaper dilemma - The Globe and Mail

AESP Conference - Using Trade Associations As A Conduit - Fierceenergy.com

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The High Cost of Electricity
The Provincial government has been under tremendous pressure over the past year to rein in the high cost of electricity in Ontario. The Province has announced a number of changes to the electricity market. These changes would be in addition to the previously announced 8% rebate for residential and small business consumers. The government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed, enable the initiatives announced. As this legislation has not yet been made available to the market, some of the details in the proposed changes are not yet known. Our interpretation of the impact on end users is based on information available at the time of writing and in discussions with government officials. To read more, click here. 

What to Expect  in the Upcoming Changing Workplaces Review
Recently the Minister of Labour , Minister Kevin Flynn provided a one-on-one interview with TVO.org on what to expect from the upcoming Changing Workplaces Review. The Changing Workplaces Review Report was commissioned by the Ministry of Labour to investigate  the increase in precarious, vulnerable and temporary work so the province can modernize its labour and employment laws. To read more, click here. 

On Line Survey From the AGCO
Starting in late fall 2017, applicants will be able to apply for a Liquor Sales Licence, Ferment on Premise Licence, Liquor Delivery Service Licence, Licence to Represent a Manufacturer, Authorization to Sell Beer and Wine in a Grocery Store, and an Authorization to Sell Beer and Cider in a Grocery Store online, through the iAGCO portal that will be available on the AGCO’s Web site www.agco.on.ca. We invite you to participate in a short survey. Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to offer feedback on your willingness to use the online system as well as on licencing renewal periods. If you are interested in participating, please click here.

Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (HMCA) - Menu Labelling Requirements in Ontario
Enforcement Protocol and Supporting Materials Enforcement of the HMCA is now a requirement under the Chronic Disease Prevention standard of the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2008 (OPHS). Enforcement materials to support this new requirement include a Menu Labelling Compliance Protocol, a Menu Labelling Enforcement Directive, and an Inspection Form. Please note these last two documents are meant to guide inspectors through the process and promote consistency in enforcement efforts, and are not mandated tools or procedures. Public health units may adapt these documents as needed. Attached are copies of the finalized documents to support enforcement of the HMCA that were distributed to Public Health Units. 

WHMIS Legislation Has Now Been Amended to Include the GHS Standard 
WHMIS is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and are being phased in across Canada between February 2015 and December 2018. The GHS standards have been endorsed by the United Nations. They are also being implemented in many other countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and members of the European Union. Please click here to download a free copy of ORHMA’s Understanding WHMIS.  For more information on the requirements and changes from the Ministry of Labour, please click here

ORHMA Comments on the Review of the Travel Industry Act 
The provincial government is currently consulting with the public and the travel industry to secure feedback on the Travel Industry Act to better protect consumers who book vacations or buy other travel services. ORHMA has submitted comments on this – click here to read letter to the Minister. If you are interested in this review you can read the Ministry report and send the government  your feedback by email by April 14, 2017. To read more, click here. 

Hydro Rate Reduction Explained 
In our opinion, as with many others, the changes in the political climate have forced the Ontario government to initiate these changes and admit past energy policies have failed to consider the impact to Ontarian’s. If they could they would most likely cancel the power contracts that lead to the punishable Global Adjustment (GA) but they would be faced with stiff legal repercussions. They are stuck with past decisions. To read more, click here. 

Ontario Hydro Reduction Announced
On Thursday March 2nd, the Ministry of Energy released the details of its plan to slash electricity bills an average of 17 per cent this year—this is in addition to the eight per cent HST rebate that was rolled out on January 1—for a total average of 25 per cent. Ontario is lowering electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential customers as part of a significant system restructuring that will address long-standing policy challenges and ensure greater fairness. To read more, click here. 

Ontario Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario Released
On Tuesday February 28, the Minister released the final Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. The strategy serves as a roadmap to shift Ontario toward a circular economy and zero-waste future, including: setting a vision and goals,  articulating key government actions to support the vision and goals; and identifying performance measures to measure progress towards achieving the vision and goals. ORHMA continues to work together with our members and the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change on implementing the Strategy. For more information, click here

Understanding WSIB’s Premium Rate Table
We previously reported that the Restaurant and Catering employers will see an 8.1% reduction (2016 rate of 1.72 will drop to 1.58 in 2017 ) while the Accommodation employers  rate will drop by 13.2% (2016 rate of 3.10 will drop to 2.69 in 2017 ). The following WSIB explanations offer a good understanding of how Premium Rates are calculated. Ontario’s hospitality sectors’ historic and projection rates follow. For additional information that includes all sector classifications click here. For more on WSIB, click here.

Canadian Tourism Arrivals Hit 14-Year High
Destination Canada
Destination Canada announced the release of our year end data on tourist arrivals to Canada. I’m excited to say that 2016 was a fantastic year for our tourism industry. Almost 20 million travelers came to explore Canada from coast to coast to coast in 2016.  This marks the highest arrivals in 14 years, and is just short of the best year on record, 2002. To read more, click here.

Ontario First Province to Introduce Large Building Energy & Water Reporting
On July 1, 2016, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 came into force, which included amendments to the Green Energy Act, 2009 that enable implementation of Ontario’s Large Building Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative through regulation. On February 6, 2017, Ontario Regulation 20/17, Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, was filed, which outlines what building owners and utilities must do to comply with the initiative. Ontario is leading the way in Canada as the first province to introduce a large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative for privately owned buildings on a province-wide scale.  Read more. 

Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Canada’s growing labour shortage is a major problem for the hotel industry. Hoteliers are already finding it difficult to recruit enough workers and the situation is getting worse. In the years ahead, the challenge of finding enough people to fill hotel jobs will intensify. To read more, click here.

Delivery Charges -Another Ulcer to Hydro Bills

Much has been stated about the Global Adjustment and its impact to businesses. Another deadly expense line showing up on hydro invoices is the delivery charge which is around 30% of the total cost. While the electricity generated is even across the province the delivery charge varies widely according to different rates set by the local hydro distribution centers. To read more, click here. 


ORHMA is Fighting Proposed Toronto Patio Fees 

On Monday January 30, ORHMA and members of the Toronto Region participated in consultations with the City of Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standard (MLS) about patio fees in Toronto. The City of Toronto's draft patio fee proposal is available here. ORHMA is very concerned that these fees for some establishments are to increase by up to 1000%. To read more, click here. 

Pre-Budget Recommendations for 2017 from ORHMA
 ORHMA’s Pre-Budget Submission for 2017 highlights key issues for ORHMA throughout the year and gives light to our advocacy and our recommendations for policies at the provincial level of government. Click here to view ORHMA’s Pre Budget Submission for 2017. 


ORHMA Meets with Minister of Finance on January 26 to speak about Hotel Taxes & Airbnb
To read speech made by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA, click here. 

CALL TO ACTION: Hotel Taxes & Other Hospitality Taxes for Municipalities 

ORHMA opposes any new hotel tax and has warned it will cause job losses, reduction of foreign direct investment in the hotel industry and other economic harm. A room tax will kill the Destination Marketing Program, damage hotel bookings and impact much of the restaurant customer traffic stemming from leisure and business including city events such as sport tournaments and conventions. To read more, click here. 

What does the Changing Workplaces Review Mean to Ontario’s Hospitality Industry ?
ORHMA Urges A Risk Based Enforcement Mode to Be Applied to the Employment Standards Act 
The Ontario Government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. ORHMA is certain that it is no longer a question of if the provincial government will be making changes to the Employment Stands Act, but which recommendations they will adopt.  ORHMA has prepared a report summarizing the considered options included in the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report and outlines ORHMA’s advocacy efforts.  To read this report, click here.


Accommodation Sharing Economy

ORHMA participated in two key meetings on the emerging but disrupting accommodation sharing economy. In both the Ministry of Finance consultation session and the Toronto’s Executive Council meeting, ORHMA challenged the commercialization that operates in an unfair playing field. Working together with the Greater Toronto Hotel Association, we have had success. The outlook for action by the City of Toronto is promising with a framework drafted for the first quarter of 2017. Click here for the deputation made by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA. 

WSIB - Rate Framework Modernization Update

The WSIB has updated the Rate Framework Modernization website to provide a new message from the Chair and President & CEO announcing the approval of the Rate Framework by the WSIB’s Board of Directors.  The WSIB is committed to ensuring the Rate Framework is implemented in a manner that fosters stability. Starting in 2017, the WSIB will undertake further education and outreach efforts, including further discussion on the promotion of occupational health and safety, to ensure a broader understanding of the new approach.

Ontario’s Hospitality Industry – Unfair Hydro Expenses

Energy expenses in Ontario’s hospitality industry remain to be a heavy burden; a burden that punishes and steals from a business’s success. ORHMA views the government’s recent incentive announcements lame and not going far enough to address a serious and unfair issue.  ORHMA will continue to raise this matter with the province until it is addressed. Please click here to read a letter sent by Tony Elenis, President & CEO of ORHMA, to the Minister of Energy calling for real support. 

Labour Laws Under Review in Ontario– Get Involved!

The Ontario government is conducting a review of labour relations and employment standards legislation with a view to changes that will have a significant and detrimental impact on your business. This is a critically important issue not only for our industry, but for the entire business and employer community. You’re being asked to get involved at the grassroots level to help influence the government’s decisions on the proposed labour law policy options. To read more, click here. 

WSIB Premium Rate Reductions since 2001

When WSIB faced an unfunded liability of over $14 Billion, ORHMA worked diligently with officials to mitigate against severe increases to premium rates in the hospitality industry. ORHMA, as part of an employers group, meets quarterly with WSIB’s leadership and successfully influenced a freeze for the last three years including 2016. As WSIB’s performance is improving reductions are in the plan for 2017 and beyond. Good bottom line business support here.  Read more

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. Read more 

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). Read more 

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

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. Read more. 

Changes to the AODA Customer Service Standard - Effective on July 1, 2016
Restaurant owner Greg Boyle says there is a rich and growing market in Ontario any business can tap into if they just follow some simple advice.
“It really is just a matter of listening and talking to your guests,” says Boyle, who has made accessibility for customers with disabilities a cornerstone of the three Tim Hortons stores he operates with his partner in Sarnia, Ontario.Read more»»
Minister of Labour Response To Protecting Employees’ Tips Act
Please find below an excerpt of a letter sent to ORHMA by Minister Flynn.Read more»»
Requirement for Server Training Prior to First Day of Work
New employees at liquor licensed establishments (e.g. bars, restaurants, nightclubs) and LDS have historically been provided with a sixty-day “grace period” to complete an AGCO Board-approved server training course. Read More»»
Amendments To Regulations Under The Liquor Licence Act – Effective July 1, 2016
The Government of Ontario has recently approved a number of regulations impacting beverage alcohol in Ontario. Read more»»
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