Supporting ALBERTA’S TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The AHLA is a member-driven organization that represents the interests of more than 850 hotels, motels and campgrounds across the province. Since 1922, our association has provided a common voice to important issues that affect Alberta’s tourism and hospitality industry. Our philosophy of creating value through partnership has resulted in tremendous benefits for our industry.

We are driven by our mission to support our members and strengthen Alberta’s tourism and hospitality industry. Knowing what we stand for is important. It inspires us to create outstanding value and deliver exemplary service to our members.

Call of Entries Now Open

2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

 

 

August 14, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. The Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association’s tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry. 

 

The awards program proudly recognizes those individuals, companies or properties that have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to our industry in the following divisions:    

The Humanitarian Award
Given for individuals/programs that demonstrate to residents that the individual property is responsive to the local community.

The Human Resources Award
Given for programs/individuals that develop a climate conducive to new and/or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, provide special services, reverse negative public relations situations or effectively solve guest complaints.

The Green Key Environment Award
Recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations.

The Green Key Meetings Award

Recognizes facilities of all sizes (hotels, motels, resorts, convention centers, golf courses etc.) for their commitment to improving the environmental performance of their meetings and/or events operations as well as the well-being of their staff and guests.

Nominations are also open for the Stephen Phillips Passion for Hospitality Bursary. This bursary is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Phillips, former Vice-Chairman & CEO of AFM Hospitality Corporation Inc., who passed away from cancer in early 2007. The bursary will be awarded to the hospitality student who best represents the qualities that Stephen Phillips brought to the industry.

Access the Hall of Fame Awards nomination forms and view a list of past winners at http://hotelassociation.ca/site/news/Awards.asp

  Deadline for submissions is October 23, 2014.

Awards will be presented on February 2-3, 2015 at the HAC Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario

Changes to the TFW Program Announced

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced an overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. The revised program is based on three pillars:

  • Limiting access,

  • Increased labour market information and

  • Stronger enforcement and penalties.

Overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program contains complete details about the changes announced today, which include:

  • The TFWP will now be administered based on wage, not National Occupation Classification.  According to the government, wage is a more objective and accurate reflection of skill level and labour need in a given area.  TFWs being paid under the median wage will be considered low wage.  In Alberta, the median wage is $24.23.

  • Employers in areas with unemployment exceeding 6% will not be able to apply for TFWs in the accommodation, food services and retail sectors.  Alberta’s unemployment rate is 4.6%.

  • Phasing in a cap on the number of TFWs a business can employ. 

    • Effective immediately, employers that currently employ more than 30% low wage TFWs will be limited at 30% or frozen at their current level.

    • This will be reduced to 20% starting July 1, 2015.

    • This will be further reduced to 10% starting July 1, 2016

TFWs currently working at work sites over the cap will be allowed to continue working at those sites until their existing work permits expire.

  • Labour Market Opinions will be replaced with Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA).  Employers will be required to:

    • Indicate the number of Canadians that applied for their available job,

    • Indicate the number of Canadians the employer interviewed,

    • Explain why those Canadians were not hired and

    • Attest that they are aware of the rule that Canadians cannot be laid off or have their hours reduced at a worksite that employs TFWs.

  • Effective immediately, the duration of work permits set out in LMIAs will be limited to a maximum of one year for all low wage positions instead of the two year duration that existed previously.  Employers will have to reapply every year for an LMIA.  The fee to apply increases from $275 to $1,100.

“These changes will only increase the structural labour gap our members already face,” said Dave Kaiser, the AHLA’s President & CEO.  “They do nothing to address regional disparities, and do not reflect labour market realities in Alberta.  These changes create an unnecessary burden and significant cost to our members.  This overhaul will result in reduced service, limited hours of operation and even closures for some businesses in Alberta’s hospitality industry.” 

The AHLA will continue working with all levels of government to develop a Hotel and Lodging Worker Program that works for our industry.

If Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association currently employs Temporary Foreign Workers that you would like to retain, we encourage you to nominate them to become Permanent Residents through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program.

AHLA Members Influence Changes to AGLC Due Diligence Requirements

After significant feedback from the AHLA and our members, AGLC has reviewed its due diligence requirements for Gaming Entertainment Centres (GECs) and reduced the extensive disclosure requirements previously implemented.  If your property has a GEC, you should already have been informed about these changes.

To learn more about the changes, view GEC Due Diligence Changes Letter or call AGLC’s Russell Hildebrand at (780) 577-6924.