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March 2015: travel to Canada hits the high notes
Canada continued to have an irresistible allure for international travellers in March 2015. More than 851,000 visitors crossed passport control, an 8% year-on-year-rise, reports the latest Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department. Read more here.

Connecting America Announcement

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canada’s culture and tourism sectors. To this end, on May 22, 2015, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $30 million over three years for a major new tourism campaign entitled Connecting America to attract more American visitors to destinations across Canada. “ Read the full article here.

March 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the March 2015 Tourism Snapshot, view it here.
Patrick Brown declared new leader of the Ontario PC Party
Patrick Brown, a relatively unknown MP and former city councillor from Barrie, has become the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. Read more here.
New Employment Standards Poster
Employers are required to post the most recent version (6.0) of the Employment Standards Poster published by the Minister of Labour in the workplace where it is likely to come to the attention of employees. The poster must be displayed in English. If the majority language of a workplace is a language other than English, and the ministry has published a version of the poster in that language the employer is required to post a copy of the translation next to the English version of the poster.

Changes in the law that come into force on May 20, 2015 also require employers to provide employees who are covered under the ESA with a copy of the most recent version of the Employment Standards Poster. For more information, click here.


King Blue Breaks Ground in Toronto
King Blue — a boutique hotel, condo and museum theatre project — breaks ground in downtown Toronto.

The Shanghai, China-based megastructure developer Greenland Group, which is behind the project. “[This] is an exciting and busy year for Greenland, and we are pleased this is the time we have chosen to break ground on our first project in Canada,” said Henry Cao, president, Greenland Group (Canada). Read more here.
Starwood Announces Global Leadership Changes
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today a series of leadership changes across its global brand organization.

“Our brands are the heart and soul of Starwood,” said Adam Aron, CEO, Starwood. “Starwood’s reputation for brand innovation is legendary and a key reason we drive growth. We are investing in our global brand organization to further invigorate innovation, marketing and guest experience across all of our more than 1,200 Starwood hotels around the world.” Read more here.
Canadian Tourism Commission releases 2014 Annual Report
The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s 2014 Annual Report: Tourism as Canada’s Engine for Growth puts the spotlight on a pivotal year for the Canadian tourism industry. All major tourism indicators for Canada rose, especially tourism revenue, GDP, employment and arrivals.  CTC’s overseas leisure markets led the charge, delivering a 10% year-on-year rise in visitors to Canada. Read more here.
March 2015 Aviation Activity Report now available

The March 2015 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. Click here for the report.

Ontario Supporting Local Torch Relay Celebrations for 2015 Games
Ontario is helping more than 130 communities celebrate the arrival of the Pan Am or Parapan Am flame and build excitement for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games through the Torch Relay Community Grant.

Eligible communities will be awarded $5,000 or up to $12,500 to support local torch relay celebrations. Read more here.
Ontario Investing $1.7 Million to Improve Occupational Health and Safety
Ontario has awarded 12 grants to organizations throughout the province as part of the new Occupational Health and Safety Prevention and Innovation Program (OHSPIP) - an initiative to help improve occupational health and safety in workplaces. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators February 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with February 2015 data, view it here.
February 2015: travel to Canada goes from strength to strength.
Canadian vacations are definitely a hot ticket for international travellers. More than 754,000 global visitors came to our country in February 2015, a healthy 8% year-on-year increase, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department. Read more here.
The Greater Toronto Hotel Association Announces the 2015 Spirit Awards Winners
Four Hundred and seventy members of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA) gathered on Friday, April 24th, 2015 to honour exceptional Ambassadors in the region’s hotel industry. The fourth Annual Spirit Awards Luncheon presented by the Greater Toronto Hotel Association recognized 185 nominees and 18 award winners for their outstanding contributions in our industry. Read more here.
2015 Spirit Awards Winners on Breakfast Television

2015 Spirit Award winners, Aneesa Mohammed from the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre and Warren Cole from the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel along with President & CEO of the GTHA, Mr. Terry Mundell were interviewed by Kevin Frankish in today’s Breakfast Television morning show. Click here to see the video.

Union Pearson Express to Launch June 6
Union Pearson Express (UP Express) will go into service June 6, giving people a fast, reliable option for travelling between Toronto Pearson International Airport and the city's downtown core. Read more here.
Ontario Increasing GO Transit Service Along All Corridors
Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). Read more here.
Ontario Expanding Beer Sales to Grocery Stores
Ontario is moving ahead with its plan to unlock the value of certain public assets to help support unprecedented investments in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects through the Moving Ontario Forward plan. This represents the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. Read more here.