Hotel Industry Update
Hotel Association of Canada
Hotelier Guide to Economic Relief Measures
The Hotel Association of Canada is pleased to share their updated analysis of Federal Government programs announced to date, including recently announced measures from this week and some important questions and answers. The guide covers:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program
  • Tax Payment Deferrals
  • Canada Emergency Business Account
  • Mortgage Payment Deferrals
  • ...and more
COVID-19: Join HAC for a Live Q&A With Employment Lawyers Tomorrow
In preparation for the launch of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program on Monday, April 27, 2020, the Hotel Association of Canada understands that members may have a lot of questions about how the process will work and how to apply. They also recognize that many members don’t have access to legal counsel.

To support members through this process, HAC has hired a team of employment lawyers through Miller Thomson LLP, who will be able to field member questions tomorrow via online digital chat.
In anticipation of the volume of questions, they are using a platform called Slido which will allow members to type in a question and also vote on popular questions in order to ensure that they can cover the most important and relevant questions during the hour time slot.
Questions will be answered live on zoom by our lawyers.

You can start adding your questions to Slido immediately (details below) and vote on the best questions in advance of the session.

This partnership with Miller Thomson will allow HAC to offer a session in both French and English. Note that the French session is not only offered in French, but it accounts for Quebec employment law which is different than the rest of Canada.
Friday, April 24, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Guest Employment Lawyers:
Damien Buntsma  [ Bio]
Zeinab Yousif [Bio] 

Friday, April 24, 2020
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Guest Employment Lawyers:
Damien Buntsma  [ Bio]
Laila Tremblay [Bio] 

What the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
Means for Employers
On April 11, 2020, Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 received Royal Assent. It enacts the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to help employers keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like you, many Canadian employers are still searching for clarity to questions regarding eligibility, compliance and as well as how this new wage subsidy interacts with the 10 per cent Temporary Wage Subsidy and the EI Work Sharing program.

Watch this webinar as Stuart Ducoffe, HR and Employment Lawyer and Founder of e2r® discusses several employment law considerations related to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

The webinar covers:
  • Who is a qualifying employer?
  • What are the claim periods?
  • Are employers eligible for the CEWS for all employees?
  • Interaction with 10 percent Temporary Wage Subsidy and Work Sharing Program
Join the #HospitalityHustle to Support our Industry
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the hospitality industry, the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) wants to help keep spirits up with a province-wide virtual event called the Hospitality Hustle . All are welcome to join in the BCHF’s FREE event, which involves engaging in physical activity of your choice and sharing your experience on social media. The event will conclude on the evening of Sunday, May 31, 2020 with a virtual dance party hosted by a live DJ.
Keeping social distancing front of mind, we encourage participants to pick an activity – walk or run 5km, dance for an hour, skip, prance, skateboard, or bike 10km – and start training today. Please follow the advice of our medical professionals and keep your training in your neighbourhood. Then on Sunday, May 31 st our entire community will virtually get their ‘hustle on’ for hospitality! Read more here .
R estaurants Canada Survey
Restaurants Canada is reaching out to measure the impacts that COVID-19 is having on your operations. The information you provide will support their ongoing engagement with all levels of government across the country to ensure the needs of foodservice are addressed as part of evolving response plans.

This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday, April 24, 2020. 

The information you provide in this survey will be kept strictly private and confidential. Your responses will not be viewed on an individual basis but analyzed in aggregate form.
Canadian Hotel Market Update
From coast-to-coast, Canada’s regional economies are as diverse as its geography. Hosted by Colliers Hotels and CFO Capital, the second webinar in the Canadian Hotel Market Update Series – Regional Perspectives brought together a diverse and experienced panel of hotel owners to discuss regional operational viewpoints from east to west in the COVID-19 environment. This webinar also provides real time insight from Susie Grynol, President of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) on relief programs that have been announced by the Federal Government for the hotel sector including what is available to hoteliers today and in the days to come.