MAY 28, 2024

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Ontario Hospitality Conference (OHC2024) Speaker Sessions Announced!

Dive into leading insights and strategies at our upcoming Ontario Hospitality Conference (OHC2024)! With sessions on the State of the Industry, AI in Hospitality, Fighting Against Property Tax Costs and so many more, join industry leaders as they share game-changing ideas on guest experiences, sustainability, and the effects it has your business. To view all speaker sessions, click here. For early bird tickets, click here.

Ontario Expands Alcohol Sales for Greater Choice and Convenience Starting This Summer

The Ontario government is accelerating its plan to expand the alcohol beverage marketplace, enhancing consumer choice and convenience. Starting August 2024, grocery stores selling wine or beer will also offer ready-to-drink beverages and larger pack sizes. By October 2024, all convenience, grocery, and big-box stores in Ontario will be able to sell beer, cider, wine, and ready-to-drink beverages. Read more.

ADVOCATING FOR YOU: Associate Ministry of Small Business

The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a severe blow to the hospitality industry, with businesses enduring prolonged hardship and slow recovery. Despite initial government support, rising expenses, including labor and food costs, continue to burden restaurants and hotels, which operate on thin margins. ORHMA met with the Associate Ministry of Small Business to discuss a list of recommendations that would be helpful to the hospitality sector in your recovery from the pandemic and your long-term sustainability. Read more.

Congratulations TDSB Be Our Guest Graduates!

On behalf of the entire team at OHI, the Be Our Guest (BOG) Prgogram and ORHMA, Congratulations to all of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) high school students that graduated from this year's BOG Co-op program! We are thrilled to welcome all of the graduates into our vibrant world of hospitality! Learn more about the program and how to become a Be Our Guest employer here.

Ontario Unveils Bold Vision for Ontario Place Redevelopment

The Ontario government has announced its ambitious plans to transform Ontario Place into a world-class, year-round destination. The revitalized space will feature expanded parkland, beaches, and waterfront access, alongside family-friendly entertainment options. Read more.

Licensing Requirement for Temporary Help Agencies and Recruiters 

Starting July 1, 2024, under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), temporary help agencies and recruiters must be licensed to operate in Ontario. Clients and employers are prohibited from using the services of unlicensed agencies or recruiters. If an application is made before July 1, 2024, and a decision is pending, the agency or recruiter can continue to operate until a decision is made. Read more.

Share Your Insights with Tourism HR Canada on Bartending Skills!

Tourism HR Canada is seeking participants for a 3-hour virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 to identify and review competencies for the Bartender National Occupational Standards. Taking pride in standards reflecting the latest industry input— it can't be done without your knowledge and expertise from the field! For more information and to register, click here.

Canada's 100 Best Bars 2024: Over a Dozen in Ontario!

Celebrate drinking establishments across the province, from swanky cocktail lounges to cheerful public houses. To help you make the most of your next bar visit, this sixth edition offers expanded reviews with more insider tips. Happy bar-hopping! Check out those that made the list in Ontario here.

New Horizons in Safety Event Hosted by 4S - May 30, 2024

Join 4S on May 30, 2024 from 8 to 11AM for a morning of safety excellence and innovation! You're invited to be part of a pivotal discussion on OHS challenges and opportunities featuring esteemed guests - Register today!

Limited Time Offers from LCBO

LCBO has released their Limited Time Offer (LTO) Price Book for May 26, 2024 to June 22, 2024. ORHMA continues to share these LTO's with members to assist with budgeting and planning. View the LTO Price Book here.

SUPPLIER SPOTLIGHT

Unlike other charger companies, PlunkEV is a sustainability company first. Our goal is to encourage sustainable travel that helps our environment. We supply complimentary charging stations (powered by SunCountryHighway.ca) to host locations interested in providing free-to-use public EV charging. We pride ourselves on hassle-free service for both the host & user: just plug-in and “Plunk your Ride!” Our goal is to be the lowest cost, lowest impact transportation system in the world. Learn more.

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