Ontario indoor dining finally reopens July 16 after months closed

It’s been a long, hard road, but Ontario indoor dining is finally back on the menu. The province moved to Step 3 of its reopening plan on July 16, five days earlier than previously scheduled. That has seen indoor dining in the province open up again for the first time since Easter weekend at the […]

ORHMA offering COVID-19 safety webinar

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) is offering a free COVID-19 safety webinar to foodservice and hospitality operators. As the industry continues to reopen back up for the summer and Ontario becomes the final province to relaunch indoor dining, doing so in a safe and controlled manner will be vital. Staying in compliance […]

Latest Ontario reopening plan criticized by advocacy groups

The next step of the Ontario reopening plan announced by Premier Doug Ford has been criticized by provincial advocacy groups as not going far enough to support foodservice and hospitality. On May 20, Ford announced via the Roadmap to Reopen that restrictions will be eased gradually through June, July, and August. That will include restaurant […]

Complimentary ORHMA membership offer from MediaEdge Communications

It goes without saying that the past 15+ months has been a difficult time for our industry as we find ourselves living in an era of lockdowns and limited service.  With Ontario restaurant operators finding themselves in unchartered waters, we want to ensure that everyone has support and assistance when needed.  MediaEdge Communications and our […]

ICYMI: Ontario workers now eligible for 3 paid sick days

Ontario workers including foodservice and hospitality employees are finally eligible for three paid COVID-19-related sick days under the new government Bill 284, Putting Ontario Workers First. The Bill amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to require employers to provide employees with up to three paid days of leave related to COVID-19, including: going for […]

Register for the Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News webinar series

Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News is proud to launch an educational and engaging Energy Efficiency webinar series for the Canadian foodservice industry. Proudly supported by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA), ECNG Energy Group, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), the Culinary Federation, and Flanagan Foodservice, these webinars will offer expert advice and […]

Ontario hotel industry urgently requests COVID-19 vaccination

Various Ontario hotel associations have collaborated to send a letter to provincial Public Health Units and government leaders urgently requesting that employees of hotels be given priority COVID-19 vaccination access along with restaurant employees who work at the same property. The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association notes that “by nature of the business,” hotel […]

“Needless” restaurant closures spark calls for compensation

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) and Restaurants Canada have sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford requesting immediate action to reverse the impacts to Ontario’s foodservice sector as a result of “needless” restaurant closures. ORHMA notes that as a result of last week’s shutdown announcement, Ontario’s restaurants have spent more […]

Assessing pandemic workplace safety within foodservice

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a variety of new workplace safety challenges in foodservice, and they just keep coming with the spread of new, more transmissible variants of the virus. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) has reached out to the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) to ask for help […]

ORHMA’s Hospitality Stay Strong mental health support portal goes live

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) has officially launched its extensive Hospitality Stay Strong mental health portal to support the foodservice industry during these tough times. ORHMA notes there continues to be a rise in concern about the mental health of the industry’s employees, supervisors, managers, and owners. “We have heard from many […]