Advocating for Hotels on the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy

By |2022-08-05T10:25:06-06:00August 4, 2022|Uncategorized|

The AHLA is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. We have outlined the challenges that hotels continue to face post-pandemic and opportunities for growth. We focused our submission around three pillars: Dedicated Labour Strategy Prioritize hotel sector jobs within the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. Adjust policies within [...]

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Progress on Request for Improvements to Canada’s Immigration System

By |2022-08-04T12:31:32-06:00August 2, 2022|Uncategorized|

Provincial Request for Change Recently, the provincial governments of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan signed a joint letter calling on the federal government to fix our immigration system. The letter asks that the federal government allow the provinces more autonomy in the selection process and that more certificates for foreign workers be allocated to meet [...]

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What to Remember When Hiring Foreign Workers at Your Hotel

By |2022-07-25T14:19:13-06:00July 25, 2022|Uncategorized|

During a recent inspection by the Canadian Border Services Agency, an AHLA member discovered that the foreign nationals they had employed through a third party immigration agency were not actually eligible to work in Canada. Naturally, this hotel has moved swiftly to address the issue and is auditing all documentation related to foreign workers. If you [...]

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Get Moving! Promoting Health & Wellness in the Workplace

By |2022-06-16T11:41:43-06:00June 16, 2022|Uncategorized|

June is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month! Promote the importance of fitness and a healthy diet to your staff and encourage employee participation in activities that offer physical and mental health benefits. Need some ideas on how to celebrate? We have 30! Host an outdoor picnic with physical games and activities. Provide an employee [...]

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Q2 Industry Updates for Alberta Hotels

By |2022-06-09T15:37:08-06:00June 9, 2022|Uncategorized|

At our latest Quarterly Innsight webinar, AHLA members learned about: The latest economic trends in our industry AHLA's 3-year Labour Strategy to help hotels deal with staffing shortages New Captive Insurance legislation in Alberta Energy savings available through AHLA's partner, Gas Alberta Energy Members also heard from Sabrina Feula, Senior Manager of Employer Services at [...]

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AHLA Talks to Tax Assessors

By |2022-05-20T15:13:47-06:00May 10, 2022|Uncategorized|

On April 28, Tracy Douglas-Blowers, AHLA’s Director of Membership & Industry Relations, made a presentation on "The Pandemic Experience of Alberta Hotels" to over 200 municipal tax assessors at the Alberta Assessors’ Association’s annual conference.  Municipal assessors measure value on all types of properties and improvements, including hotels, for municipal tax rolls. The conference was [...]

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Improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Benefit Hotels

By |2022-04-29T15:08:40-06:00April 5, 2022|Uncategorized|

After months of advocacy by the Hotel Association of Canada and the Coalition of the Hardest Hit Businesses, we are delighted to see the Government of Canada has made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that prioritize our industry. It will now be easier to access foreign workers for low-wage positions for [...]

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Welcome 2022–2023 Board Members!

By |2022-03-23T12:45:43-06:00March 23, 2022|Uncategorized|

The AHLA's Board of Directors would like to announce the results of the 2022–2023 board elections. This year we welcome five directors, including two new board members: Re-elected for two-year terms: Brooke Christianson, Canalta Hotels Chad Gulevich, Mount Robson Inn (Jasper) & Mountaineer Lodge (Lake Louise) Garrett Turta, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (Edmonton) Newly elected [...]

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Advocating for Fair Rules for Short-Term Rentals in Hinton

By |2022-03-16T12:05:19-06:00March 9, 2022|Uncategorized|

The Town of Hinton has proposed a bylaw to create municipal regulations around short-term rental properties. The AHLA has always been a strong advocate for fair rules and regulations for short-term rentals. We applaud municipalities like Hinton that are working to level the playing field for all accommodation providers.Lack of regulations around rentals and the [...]

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AHLA Feedback on Government of Canada Budget 2022

By |2022-03-08T13:31:20-07:00March 8, 2022|Uncategorized|

The AHLA is pleased to have the opportunity to provide a pre-budget submission to the federal government. We have outlined the challenges that hotels continue to face post-pandemic and focused our submission around three main issues: Transition the Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) to a bridge program Create a dedicated labour strategy for [...]

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