Canada’s 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.
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.
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. “He was a truly dedicated public servant, a champion for our industry, and a dear friend.”
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. Brown’s 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.
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 Association’s new strategic focus on membership growth and engagement, and value-added programs. A key area of focus for Andrea will be HAC’s leading Green Key Global program as it positions itself for growth in North America.
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 Minister’s office has now indicated they will not be moving forward with this proposal. « more »
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.
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 Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Toronto on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
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 industry’s sustainability program, Green Key Global. This new position has been created to drive the Association’s 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 association’s accommodation programs, including Check In Canada.
Hotel Association of Canada Announces Winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to honour the 2017 recipients of the Awards of Excellence. Each year, HAC recognizes members who demonstrate significant accomplishments and represent some of the finest examples of professionalism, quality and excellence in the industry.
“All recipients of the Awards of Excellence share a commitment to enhancing the guest experience and each have left a significant impact on the hotel industry. Together, as an industry, we proudly celebrate this year’s remarkable winners and their achievements” said Susie Grynol, HAC President.
To view all recipients of the Awards of Excellence, download the full press release here.
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 »
Hotel Association of Canada Appoints New Director of Government Relations
April 25, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to welcome Alana Baker as Director of Government Relations. « more »
HAC 2017 Federal Budget Analysis: How it Impacts You
March 22, 2017 – Ottawa – Today at 4pm, the Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Federal Budget. HAC President, Susie Grynol, was among a select group of stakeholders invited to the Finance Minister's Lock Up where attendees were given an advance copy of the Budget Document. 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. « more »
The HAC Recognizes the 2016 Awards of Excellence Recipients
February 17, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Awards of Excellence winners. « more »
The Hotel Association of Canada Announces the 2017 Board of Directors
February 16, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), the national association representing the 8,178 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $18.4 billion Canadian lodging industry, today announced its 2017 Board of Directors. « more »
Susie Grynol Assumes Role as President of the Hotel Association of Canada
October 11, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce Susie Grynol as its new President. « more »
The Hotel Association of Canada Applauds the Federal Government for Lifting Visas for Mexican Travellers
June 28, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) applauds the Trudeau Government announcement today eliminating Visa requirements for Mexicans travelling to Canada, a position long advocated by the HAC. « more »
Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Statement by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
On June 23rd, Minister for Employment and Social Development Maryann Mihychuk announced that the workforce limit of 20% TFWs will remain in effect only for businesses who were at the 20% cap (or at the employer’s current level, whichever is lower) before June 20th, 2014. Employers who hired temporary foreign workers for the first time after June 20, 2014, as well as first-time users of the Program, are subject to a 10 percent cap.
This means that the drop to 10% on July 1, 2016 will only impact businesses who hired TFWs after June 20th, 2014, and any first-time users newly hiring from the program moving forward. The freeze is said to be temporary until further study and changes can be made by the government.
For more information, please see the Minister's statement « here ».
Tourism HR Canada Presents HR Award to Hotel Association of Canada President Anthony Pollard
June 21, 2016 – Ottawa – Tourism HR Canada has presented Anthony Pollard, President of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), with a special award recognizing his contribution to advancing progressive HR practices in Canada’s tourism sector. « more »
The Hotel Association of Canada Presenting at the International Economic Forum of the Americas Conference in Montreal
June 14, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada will be presenting at the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA) Conference of Montreal Tuesday June 14 alongside other prominent Canadians including the Honourable Bill Morneau Minister of Finance, the Honourable Marc Garneau Minister of Transport and Paul Demarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Director, Power Corporation of Canada. « more »
Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview Announce Partnership To Advance Green Tourism
May 24, 2016 – Oakville – Green Key Global, EcoStay Certified and Greenview, three leaders in hospitality sector environmental stewardship, today announced a triple partnership that will encourage hoteliers across Canada and beyond to join forces in meaningful sustainability. The partnership will enable property owners and managers to fund important conservation projects, measure their progress, and be a part of a shared environmental legacy of nature and beauty. « more »
Government of Canada Recognizes Seasonal Nature of the Lodging Industry
March 21, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada applauds The Honourable MaryAnne Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour for recognizing the seasonal nature of the lodging industry and authorizing tourism businesses temporary foreign workers for up to a six month period. « more »
Attendance Surges at 2016 Hotel Association of Canada Conference
March 1, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Annual Conference, held February 29-March 1 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel, garnered enthusiastic reviews from the many delegates in attendance. « more »
Hotel Association of Canada’s Environmental Program Green Key Eco-Rating Program Achieves GSTC-Recognition
February 25, 2016 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada is pleased to announce that its environmental certification program for hotels, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has just attained “Recognition Status” from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This achievement demonstrates adherence to international standards and opens another exciting chapter in the Green Key Program’s 20-year history of educating, supporting and certifying hotels on their path to sustainability. The Hotel Association of Canada delivers the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, and its sister program Green Key Meetings, under the Green Key Global label. « more »
HAC President Tony Pollard to Retire
February 10, 2016 – Ottawa – Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) today announced the retirement of President Anthony P. Pollard effective August 31, 2016. « more »