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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 8,226 hotels, motels, and resorts which encompass the $19.2 billion Canadian lodging industry which employs 304,000 people across Canada.


News

HAC Welcomes Alison Evans As Interim President

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce Alison Evans as Interim President. Evans fills this appointment as Susie Grynol, President of HAC, prepares for maternity leave in August.

Evans has more than 20 yearsí experience representing the interests of higher education, health, global change, high tech, and agriculture Ė managing portfolios which have included government relations, strategic communications, social responsibility, business development, marketing, R&D, and partnerships.

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Canadaís Hotels and Tourism HR Canada Applaud New Program Connecting Newcomers to Hotel Jobs

On World Refugee Day, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), together with Tourism HR Canada, applauded the federal government for launching the Employing Newcomers in Canadian Hotels Pilot Project. This three-year pilot program will see nearly $7 million dedicated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to connect newcomers to Canada with jobs in the hotel industry in 5 regions across the country.

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Canadian Vacation Ownership Association and Hotel Association of Canada Announce Alliance

The Canadian Vacation Ownership Association (CVOA) and The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) have announced they have reached a Memorandum of Understanding to begin working together as a unified force on complimentary objectives. The new agreement aligns two important industries that have the common goal of delivering hospitality and memorable hotel experiences to the travelling public.

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HAC Statement

On behalf of the entire hotel and accommodations industry, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) wishes to express sincere condolences on the passing of Member of Parliament, Gord Brown.

"We join the entire nation in mourning the sudden loss of Mr. Brown earlier today," said Susie Grynol, HAC President. ďHe was a truly dedicated public servant, a champion for our industry, and a dear friend.Ē

Over the years, HAC and its members enjoyed the opportunity to work together with Mr. Brown on several occasions to advance key industry initiatives. He was a devoted supporter and respected leader in our communities.

HAC extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Brownís wife, children, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. He will be truly missed.

Tax Deadline Day: Hotels Call on Federal Government to Ensure Airbnb Pays Fair Share

(April 30th, 2018) Ottawa - Today on tax deadline day, the Hotel Association of Canada is calling on the federal government to take real action to address tax avoidance in the digital space. Despite the rapid growth of out of country digital platforms like Airbnb, the government has not taken steps to collect the taxes they should.

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HAC Appoints Director of Programs and Membership

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to welcome Andrea Myers in the role of Director of Programs and Membership. This new position has been created to drive the Associationís new strategic focus on membership growth and engagement, and value-added programs. A key area of focus for Andrea will be HACís leading Green Key Global program as it positions itself for growth in North America.

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Hotel Industry Welcomes Clarity on Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit

Last spring Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the government was considering lowering the federal legal blood-alcohol limit from 0.08% to 0.05%. The hospitality industry is pleased that the Ministerís office has now indicated they will not be moving forward with this proposal. ę more Ľ


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 Ministerís 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.

Read HACís full analysis here.


The Hotel Association of Canada announces the 2018 Board of Directors

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), the national association representing 8,226 hotels, motels, and resorts which encompass the $19.2 billion Canadian lodging industry, announced its 2018 Board of Directors, effective as of the Associationís Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Click here to see the 2018 Board of Directors.


Green Key Global Appoints Field Sales Specialist

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to welcome Jordan McKay as Green Key Field Sales Specialist for the hotel industryís sustainability program, Green Key Global. This new position has been created to drive the Associationís sales efforts of its Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Key Meetings programs in Canada.

Jordan brings a deep understanding of the hotel industry, most recently employed by the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association, where she coordinated the associationís accommodation programs, including Check In Canada.

Read the press release here.


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