Top 5: October 2019
On Taxing Short-Term Rentals:
HAC was able to secure a campaign commitment from the Liberals to collect corporate income tax from digital giants, like Airbnb, and require them to charge the HST at the point of purchase. The corporate income tax requirement was also promised by all the other parties. Stay tuned for details.
On Canada’s Labour Supply Shortage: HAC will be working to make permanent and expand our Destination Employment Pilot Project that HAC has built with Tourism HR Canada. The program, supported by funding from the government, mobilizes new Canadians into available hotel jobs and is in year 2 of a 3 year pilot. If the program becomes permanent, HAC could open up delivery centers all across the country and offer a new stream of workers to hotels. In parallel, HAC will also be developing its next concrete program ask of the new government which will be centered on opening up more immigration streams for hotels.
HAC has reached historic membership. In less than a year, we have grown from just 41 corporate memberships to 1,150 members – an increase of 2,693%!
The National Roundtable of Travel and Tourism shared recommendations to address Canada’s labour shortage and build a stronger, more competitive, and world class travel and tourism industry in Canada.
HAC welcomed two new members to the HAC Team. Kafia Yusuf (left) joined HAC as the new Communications and Policy Analyst. Lise Bourgeau (right) joined HAC as the new Office Manager and Executive Assistant.
In Alberta: The Provincial Government moved to apply a tourism levy on short-term rentals and Calgary City Council passed a bylaw for tiered licensing for short-term rentals. Congratulations to the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association and the Calgary Hotel Association on their effective lobbying efforts.