What next for Ontario restaurants at full capacity?

By Tom Nightingale The rollercoaster that Ontario restaurants have been on throughout the last two years makes Canada’s Wonderland look tame by comparison. Operators and staff have had to get used to drastic shifts to how they can operate, often at short notice, on numerous occasions throughout the pandemic. The latest of those came earlier […]

Ontario joins Quebec in shutting indoor dining once again

Updated January 10, 2021 Restaurant owners and staff would be forgiven for feeling transported back to 2020 in the early days of 2022, as indoor dining shuts down again in some areas in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Quebec blinked first, and Ontario soon followed. The closures are an attempt to stifle the […]

Survey: What’s driving Ontario’s hospitality labour crisis?

Ontario’s restaurants and other foodservice, hospitality, and tourism businesses have been dealing with something of a labour crisis in recent months. That has been attributed to a variety of factors, including staff leaving the workforce for good due to the effects of COVID-19, a perceived lack of job security, government benefits offsetting the financial costs […]

ORHMA outraged as Ontario ignores restaurants again

Following Ontario’s announcement on October 8 that capacity limits will be eased or removed for numerous businesses and sectors, the president of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) says he is “outraged” that restaurants have been omitted. “We are extremely disappointed and this is not right or fair to a sector that has […]

ORHMA strikes partnership with Foodbuy Canada

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) has partnered with Foodbuy Canada, North America’s largest procurement services company. The collaboration will see Foodbuy use over $2 billion in Canadian purchasing power to leverage over 400 contracted suppliers to give ORHMA members access to over 35,000 rebatable SKUs.  RELATED: Complimentary ORHMA membership offer from MediaEdge […]

Ontario vaccine passport to be introduced in late September

Following the lead of other provinces, an Ontario vaccine passport is being introduced for restaurants and some other non-essential businesses from September 22. Premier Doug Ford and the province announced that a vaccine certificate showing proof of double vaccination will be needed to visit indoor food and drink establishments and nightclubs, as well as other […]

ORHMA recommends mandatory vaccinations for hospitality employees

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association has issued a statement recommending policy inclusion of mandatory vaccinations for hospitality employees. “ORHMA, in its role as an industry association… recommends the policy inclusion of mandated vaccination for Ontario’s hospitality workers with exception of those employees experiencing medical issues in which case they should be medically and […]

Know how each political party platform supports hospitality

With a federal election set for September 20, the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) is looking to inform the foodservice and hospitality industry on how the three largest political parties have pledged to support the sector through their party platform. Foodservice and hospitality still need significant governmental support to aid its recovery from […]

ORHMA lauds Liberal plan to support hospitality sector

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) has described the Liberal government’s proposed supports for the hospitality and tourism sectors as “a big win” for the industry. OHRMA notes that over the past several months it has been actively involved in the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, advocating for sector-specific support and an extension […]

Federal government extends wage and rent subsidies

The federal government is extending its existing wage and rent subsidies until late October in a move that should boost the recovery prospects of small businesses and restaurants. The Government of Canada announced on July 30 that supports including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and Lockdown Support will be […]