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Government Announces $37 Billion Income Support Plan

By |2020-09-02T16:25:39-06:00September 1, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Government of Canada has announced a $37 billion income support plan to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which includes: Extension of CERB for an additional four weeks, until September 26. After this date, most CERB recipients will transition to the Employment Insurance program. Temporary (one year) changes to the EI program to [...]

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AHLA Members Recognized as Trip Advisor’s Best of the Best

By |2020-09-01T11:27:08-06:00August 21, 2020|Uncategorized|

Congratulations to the following AHLA members, who were recognized by Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best awards for 2020!   Top Luxury Hotels — Canada Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise   Top Bargain Hotels — Canada Comfort Inn & Suites Airdrie Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Calgary-Airport Lakeview Signature Inn Calgary Airport   [...]

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AHLA Responds to OHS & Workers’ Compensation Reviews

By |2020-08-21T15:24:19-06:00August 11, 2020|Uncategorized|

The AHLA recently provided feedback on Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation and the workers' compensation system as part of the Government of Alberta's review. Occupational Health & Safety Act The AHLA believes many of the changes made to the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act in 2018 significantly increased the administrative burden for employers, [...]

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Changes to Labour Legislation Benefit Hospitality Employers

By |2020-08-11T12:22:42-06:00July 31, 2020|Uncategorized|

Several new changes to Alberta labour legislation will benefit hospitality employers and reduce red tape surrounding employment standards. Bill 32, the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, was passed on July 28, 2020, and will include the following changes: Effective August 15, 2020 Termination & Layoffs: When employers terminate 50+ employees at a single location within [...]

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AHLA Calls on Government to Increase VLT Commissions for Hotels

By |2020-07-31T15:27:13-06:00July 20, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Alberta hotel industry, which had already been experiencing financial difficulties as a result of reduced activity in the oil & gas sector, has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHLA sent a letter to Travis Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, to thank the government for the measures they [...]

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Summer Energy Saving Tips

By |2020-07-03T16:33:04-06:00July 3, 2020|Uncategorized|

By ENMAX Energy Get the most of your electricity this summer using these tips: Air conditioning: Set central air conditioners a couple degrees warmer than usual to reduce the use of air conditioning systems. Use the sunlight: Consider installing automatic timers, controls, or dimmer switches to turn lights off when you have adequate natural sunlight. [...]

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Safe Operation of Hotel Swimming Pools During COVID-19

By |2020-07-03T09:04:28-06:00July 2, 2020|Uncategorized|

In addition to the Government of Alberta’s Guidance for Swimming Pools and Whirlpools, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has answered some frequently asked questions about safe operations of swimming pools during the pandemic: Does each facility need a satisfactory water sample prior to opening? You should contact your local public health inspector to review the steps [...]

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Temporary Layoffs Extended & New Grants Available

By |2020-07-02T14:53:36-06:00June 30, 2020|Uncategorized|

Temporary Layoffs Extended to 180 Days After ongoing dialogue with government over the past several weeks, the maximum length of temporary layoffs has been extended from 120 to 180 days. The bill received royal assent on June 26. This is great news for hotels that cannot yet bring back all their staff, and were facing [...]

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AHLA Advocates for More Support for Hotels

By |2020-07-20T16:04:19-06:00June 30, 2020|Uncategorized|

After the launch of the Alberta Recovery Plan, the AHLA sent a letter to Premier Kenney to thank the government for their efforts to support liquidity for Alberta hotels, and to encourage them to: Advocate for the extension of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Repeal and replace the Tourism Levy Act with legislation that [...]

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How Alberta’s Struggling Energy Industry Affects Hotels

By |2020-06-30T09:11:15-06:00June 24, 2020|Uncategorized|

By Gas Alberta Energy March 2020 brought about the closest thing to a knock-out punch the energy industry has ever seen. North America was already on the verge of a pandemic when a dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia about supply quotas brought the energy market to its knees. By March 18, market uncertainty and [...]

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