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The Hotel Association of Canada

The voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging Industry

The Hotel Association of Canada is the voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging industry. For over 100 years, it has worked to enhance the prosperity of the Industry through strong member engagement, effective advocacy, and the provision of value added programs and services. The Hotel Association represents more than 8,178 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $18.4 billion Canadian hotel industry which employs 304,000 people across Canada.


A Major Win for Hotels Against Airbnb in the City of Toronto

On December 7, the Toronto City Council passed legislation to regulate the short-term accommodation rental industry, allowing rentals only in one’s principal residence. Secondary suites will not be allowed. This means that the commercial side of Airbnb’s hosts – those running multiple suites and homes – will no longer be allowed to operate under the platform of Airbnb. This will also apply to any other rental platform similar to Airbnb. « more »

Hotels Win Against Airbnb in Vancouver

On November 14, the City of Vancouver passed legislation to regulate short-term rentals, allowing rentals only in one’s principal residence. This is great news for the hotel industry as this will eliminate the commercial side of Airbnb’s business (and other similar platforms) in Vancouver, which is currently competing directly with hotels. In addition, this will also open up over 1000 units of affordable housing for Vancouver residents, and for many Vancouver hotels, this will afford its workers a fighting chance at finding housing in, or at least closer to the city.

This new law comes into effect on April 1, 2018. After that point, homeowners and renters can only rent their principal residence short-term with a valid business license. Renting out commercial and investment properties, or second homes on a short-term basis will not be allowed.

HAC congratulates Vancouver City Council on approving the regulations and taking this first step to limit the use of home-sharing platforms to principal residences. Vancouver is moving in the right direction and paves the way for other jurisdictions to follow its lead. As municipalities across the country continue to grapple with this issue, HAC will continue to work with its coalition partners and hotel industry advocates in order to ensure fair rules and regulations are put in place for the hotel sector.

HAC Welcomes Announcement on Tax Fairness Measures

October 20, 2017 – The Hotel Association of Canada welcomed the announcement today by Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger and Finance Minister Bill Morneau on further tax fairness measures. In a series of announcements this week, the association is encouraged to see that the government is listening and taking steps in the right direction, including simplifying proposed measures related to income sprinkling, protecting all past investments and the income earned from those investments, providing more flexibility to hold savings for multiple purposes, and maintaining incentives to allow for the continued investment in the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. HAC is especially pleased to see that the government is retracting proposed measures in order to protect intergenerational transfers of family businesses, an important element for many of our family-run hotels. We look forward to seeing more details and continuing to work with the government to ensure that a plan is in place that is fair, but that does not also hinder the ability of small hotel businesses to grow.

Hotel Association of Canada Statement on Oxfam Report on Housekeepers in Global Tourism Sector

October 17, 2017 – The Hotel Association of Canada was disappointed with the technically weak and inconsistent report that erroneously linked the working standards of housekeepers in Canada and housekeepers in Thailand and the Dominican Republic. This report is a transparent publicity stunt funded by a large North American Union seeking more membership and does not fairly compare the conditions in different international labour markets or even the conditions of employees in Canada versus contractors with far less protection and security. « more »

Hosts with Multiple Entire-Home Units Key Driver of Airbnb Growth: Study

September 27, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) has released a new study which demonstrates that commercial operators are growing exponentially, far outpacing actual home sharing activity. Alarmingly, only 17% of Airbnb’s total revenue in Canada is generated by true home sharing where the owner is present during the guest’s stay. The other approximately 80% comes from hosts renting entire home units where the owner is not present. « more »

Hotel Association of Canada Appoints Digital Communications and Member Relations Specialist

September 5, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Smith as Digital Communications and Member Relations Specialist. An accomplished public relations and brand experience specialist, Elizabeth joins the Association with six years of professional experience in strategic communications. « more »

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