The AHLA has made several recommendations to the Honourable Grant Hunter, the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction, to help increase efficiency regarding current labour policy in Alberta. The recommendations include the following: Employment Standards: Freezing minimum wage until Alberta's economy recovers, and changing the way future minimum wage increases are calculated. Restoring the minimum [...]
Following a lengthy legal process, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) has ruled in favour of the City of Toronto’s Short-Term Rental regulations. This is a significant and precedent-setting win for the hotel industry. Read the full statement here.
Last week’s news story of a local hotel being evacuated because of a fire served as a reminder that every hotel should have an emergency response plan in place. If you don’t have one, or haven’t reviewed yours recently, visit our Health & Safety web pages for more information!
In this week’s provincial budget announcement, Premier Kenney stated that the government intends to bring forward legislation in spring 2020 to apply the Alberta tourism levy to temporary accommodation providers. “The AHLA has become increasingly concerned about the lack of fair rules for short-term rentals [STRs],” said Dave Kaiser, AHLA President & CEO. “We are [...]
Content provided by CorMac Projects Inc. Paint peeling? Carpet fraying? Tubs chipped? Nothing can reinvigorate a hotel like a renovation, but poor planning or inexperienced contractors can mean skyrocketing costs and unsatisfactory results. When you’re considering refurbishment, construction, or renovations, what should you look for in a general contractor? 1. Have a detailed scope of [...]
Earlier this year, we told you that the members of the Alberta Hospitality Safety Association (AHSA) had approved a motion to amalgamate AHSA’s operations into the AHLA as of January 1, 2020. This amalgamation will benefit by: Taking a more integrated approach to hotel safety and human resources; Better utilizing the knowledge & skills [...]
UPDATE to article: On Monday, September 30, Calgary City Council voted to create a new tiered licensing scheme for short-term rentals. Read journalist Licia Corbella's take on the new bylaw. Original post: Later this month, the City of Calgary is expected to pass a bylaw requiring short-term rentals to secure business licences. The City’s [...]
Almost a year has passed since Canada became the second country in the world to legalize the non-medical use of cannabis. While overall usage rates have only slightly increased since legalization, cannabis use is moving further into mainstream culture. For hotel operators — especially those operating a licensed bar — legalization presents a new and [...]
On August 20, the City of Edmonton’s Urban Planning Committee considered the issue of short-term rentals. According to city administration’s report, short-term rentals in Edmonton have grown steadily, as evidenced by the increase in listings from 44 in 2014 to 2,420 as of May 2019. Data from the 2019 listings includes the following: 2,146 rental [...]
What Is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is using force, fraud, or coercion to lure victims and force them into labour or sexual exploitation. If human trafficking is taking place at your property, other criminal activities such as drug dealing and credit card fraud may also be taking place. These activities often go hand in [...]