HAC Advocacy

The voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging Industry

For over 100 years, the Hotel Association of Canada 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 8,226 hotels, motels, and resorts which encompass the $19.2 billion Canadian lodging industry which employs 304,000 people across Canada.

The HAC ensures the industry is represented on important legislative, policy and regulatory decisions being made by the federal government. Through the HAC, we speak as one voice, working as a cohesive group with elected officials to ensure our issues are heard and responded to.

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2018 Federal Budget: How It Impacts You

On February 27, 2018, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Federal Budget, entitled Equality + Growth: A Strong Middle Class. HAC was among a group of a select few stakeholders invited to the Finance Minister’s Lock-Up where attendees were given an advance copy of the Budget documents. This 2.5-hour closed-door meeting allowed HAC to review the Budget before it was released publicly and provided an opportunity to meet with senior officials from Finance concerning its contents.

Key Highlights

  • Budget 2018 proposes to invest $80 million in 2018–19 and $150 million in 2019–20 through federal-provincial Labour Market Development Agreements to help workers in seasonal industries. In addition, Employment and Social Development Canada will reallocate $10 million from existing departmental resources to provide immediate income support and training to affected workers.
  • $11 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to support activities for the Canada-China Year of Tourism and beyond, including hosting the closing ceremony and working closely with Canadian businesses as they prepare for the influx of Chinese visitors.
  • To ensure consistent and effective security screening of travellers and workers, the Government proposes to provide $236.4 million in 2018–19, with $2.4 million in remaining amortization, to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).
  • $23.9 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to Parks Canada to integrate Indigenous views, history and heritage into the national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites managed by that agency.
  • To support Canada’s biodiversity and protect species at risk, the Government will provide $1.3 billion over five years, starting in 2018-19.
  • $8 million over four years, starting in 2018-19 for Transport Canada to support the continued in-depth assessment of VIA Rail's high frequency rail proposal for the Toronto-Quebec City corridor. The budget also proposes funding for Transport Canada to replace VIA Rail's cars and locomotives for use in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor, ensuring that VIA Rail's rolling stock in the Corridor will remain safe and comfortable, and generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • $11 million for Transport Canada for the renewal of the Remote Passenger Rail Program. This program helps support two passenger rail services, the Sept-Îles–Schefferville service in Quebec and Labrador, and the Pas–Pukatawagan service in northern Manitoba.

Read HAC’s full analysis