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Government Extends Current Rate Structures for CEWS & CERS

By |2021-03-03T14:11:17-07:00March 3, 2021|Uncategorized|

The federal government has announced that they intend to extend the current rate structures for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) until June 5, 2021. Applicants will also be able to continue to use a pre-pandemic 2019 reference month, effective for the upcoming periods from March 14 to [...]

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Welcome Board Members!

By |2021-03-08T10:38:13-07:00March 3, 2021|Uncategorized|

The AHLA's Board of Directors would like to announce the acclamation of four directors, including two new board members: Joumana Ghandour, The Westin Edmonton Tyson Ghostkeeper, Mouallem Management Group J.D. Girado, Radisson Hotel & Suites, Fort McMurray Joel Hollingsworth, 53 North Collection We encourage any members who are interested in guiding the direction of [...]

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Alberta Hotels Serving as Isolation/Quarantine Facilities

By |2021-02-16T15:01:33-07:00February 16, 2021|Uncategorized|

Alberta hotels are supporting both federal and provincial public health initiatives. Here is information about how to get involved: Provincial The Government of Alberta is working with hotels to support Albertans who need to quarantine or isolate. This includes paying for hotel rooms at a pre-set rate so they can be occupied by isolating individuals. [...]

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AHLA Calls on Province to Include Hotel Staff in Critical Worker Benefit

By |2021-03-01T15:30:50-07:00February 11, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Government of Alberta has announced a new Critical Worker Benefit, which will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans, in recognition of their hard work providing critical care and services. Currently, these funds are earmarked for workers in the health care, social services, education, and private sectors that deliver critical basic [...]

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Restrictions Relaxed on Meeting Rooms, Pools & Fitness Centres

By |2021-02-17T12:58:23-07:00February 9, 2021|Uncategorized|

Effective immediately, some restrictions for hotel meeting rooms, pools, hot tubs, whirlpools, and fitness centres have been relaxed by the Government of Alberta. Guests MUST book appointments to use these facilities and follow public health protocols while using these spaces (masking, physical distancing, posting signage about hand washing & physical distancing, etc.) See the Government [...]

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Prepare Your Property for OHS Inspections

By |2021-02-17T12:50:55-07:00February 8, 2021|Uncategorized|

Occupational Health & Safety will be launching a new proactive inspection initiative in 2021, which will focus on preventing common workplace injuries for employers with high OHS index scores. WCB industry code 87503 – Hotels & Convention Centres – has been identified as one of the selected employer types for this program. Program Objectives: Focus on the [...]

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Don’t Pay More Property Tax Than You Need To

By |2021-02-05T15:36:13-07:00February 1, 2021|Uncategorized|

Municipalities are mailing their property assessments in January & February. Customers have 60 days to review, seek advice from experts, and appeal their assessments. 2021 assessments should reflect the negative impacts of COVID-19 and the decline of global oil prices, so it is more important than ever to complete a thorough review of your assessment. If [...]

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HASCAP Applications Open February 1

By |2021-02-09T11:41:22-07:00January 26, 2021|Uncategorized|

Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), the federal government has officially launched the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). This is a new COVID-19 relief program to help the hardest-hit businesses with additional financing. Through this program, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating [...]

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A Look Back at 2020

By |2021-01-07T15:09:28-07:00January 7, 2021|Uncategorized|

This last year was arguably the most difficult in the history of Alberta hotels. Together, the AHLA and its 700+ member hotels have worked earnestly to overcome 2020’s many challenges. Improving Access to Health & Safety Information and Training We began the year on a positive note, welcoming all Alberta hotels as safety subscribers as [...]

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Temporary Layoffs Extended to March 31, 2021 for AHLA Members

By |2021-01-05T11:21:54-07:00December 29, 2020|Uncategorized|

The AHLA asked the Minister of Labour for a variance extending temporary layoffs for members who told us they have not yet been able to recall employees laid off earlier this year as a result of COVID-19. The Minister has extended the deadline for temporary layoffs to March 31, 2021. This will allow you to maintain employment [...]

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