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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 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients

February 17, 2017 – Ottawa – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame 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 »