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.
January 2015: New year brings continued momentum for Canadian travel industry.
The wave of international travellers showed no sign of cresting as the new year dawned. Canada offered a warm welcome to just under 740,000 global visitors in January, a 5% year-on-year rise, reports the latest Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department. Read more here.
Ontario Sets Budget Date for April 23
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, will deliver the 2015 Ontario Budget on April 23, laying out the government's plan for continued investments that create jobs and expand opportunity for Ontarians, while being fiscally responsible, to secure long-term prosperity and economic growth. Read more here.
Travelodge joins Superior Lodging Family
There's a new joint entity on the Canadian hotel scene: Superior Lodging Corporation and Waramaug Hospitality Canada have joined to acquire master license rights for Travelodge Canada from Halifax-based Holloway Lodging Corp. The new company, headed by Superior Lodging Corp. CEO Marc Staniloff, will be called Superior Lodging TL Corporation. Michael Rapps, chairman of Holloway, will be a member of the new company's board of directors. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 2,000 Jobs in March
Employment in Ontario increased by 2,000 in March as the government's economic plan continues to see results by focusing on the province's greatest strengths - our highly skilled workforce and diverse, innovative economy. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 524,500. Ontario's employment recovery from the recession has been faster than in the United States. Read more here.
Ontario Helping IGNITE Excitement for the 2015 Games
Provincewide Pan Am and Parapan Am Celebrations Boosting Local Tourism; Jobs
Ontario is supporting celebrations across the province to connect residents and visitors with the spirit and cultural diversity of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Through the IGNITE Ontario program, a partnership with TO2015, the province is helping organizations and municipalities celebrate the upcoming Games with 103 initiatives. Read more here.
Ontario Investing $9.76 Million to Support Athletes and Para-Athletes
Ontario's Quest for Gold program is helping improve the performance of the province's athletes as they train and prepare to represent Canada at national and international events.
This year 1,286 athletes will receive $6.4 million through the program, which supports athletes' performances at the highest level. Read more here.
Tony Fernandes Named Regional Chef of the Year by CCFCC
Tony Fernandes has been named Central Region Chef of the Year for 2015 by the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks and the Escoffier Society of Toronto.
The group executive chef and food and beverage director for Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport and Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Mississauga, was one of the three Canadian chefs chosen from Eastern, Central and Western Canada. Read more here.
Time is right for Mexicans to come to Canada
Every second counts in international marketing. The Mexico office of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has just unveiled its major marketing project for 2015.
The Ahora es cuando (Now is the time) campaign will focus on nine Canadian travel experiences (one per month) over the course of the year, creating a sense of urgency and affordability to motivate Mexicans to travel to Canada in 2015. Read more here.
Skyline International Development Inc. Announces Change in Officers
Skyline International Development Inc. (TASE: SKLN) ("Skyline" or the "Company") today announced the appointment of Christopher Lund, as Regional Vice-President & General Manager of Skyline's hospitality arm and Raymond Zar, as Senior Vice President of Hospitality and Vacation Club, effective immediately. Skyline also announced today the termination of Kevin Toth, as Chief Operating Officer, and David Goldman, as General Counsel and Secretary of the Company. Read more here.
Seeking Proposals: GTHA 90th Celebration Donation
Founded in 1925, this year marks the Greater Toronto Hotel Association’s (GTHA) 90th Anniversary serving the hotel industry in the Greater Toronto Area. In consideration of our 90th celebration, please find attached a letter seeking proposals for a one-time $90,000 donation to a suitable project that creates a demonstrable benefit to the hotel community of the Greater Toronto Region.
Celebrating Loving Earth Month at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Canada’s largest hotel, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto will celebrate “Loving Earth Month” starting from Earth Hour (28 March) to Earth Day (22 April) by engaging colleagues and guests to be better to the earth every day.
For the eighth consecutive year, the hotel will participate in the global climate change awareness initiative – Earth Hour – on Saturday March 28, 2015. In addition to going dark, the hotel will further demonstrate its commitment to the environment by providing guests with a host of energy-saving service offerings to choose from during their stay that range from creative dining options to family-friendly activities. Read more here.
Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage
Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates
for jobs in special categories (liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc.) are also increasing at the same time. Read more here.
Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale Opens in Canada
Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the reflagging and reopening of the former Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre® in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada as the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale. The hotel was recently acquired by a private Canadian real estate investment group with the sale brokered by the Toronto office of CBRE Limited, a global real estate advisory firm. The hotel will be managed by Hilton. Read more here.
Hilton Garden reno celebrates outdoors
The renovation of the 4,500-square-foot ground-floor lobby area at the 133-room Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Ajax provides an object lesson in the virtues and rewards of staying scrupulously on-brand.
“Project Grow was designed to bring the spirit of a backyard or garden party into the lobby,” said the hotel’s general manager Jimmy Chan. “This creates a space where guests can relax with a book, talk with friends or work on their own or with a group.” Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry Q4 2014
The Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry Q4 2014 have been release and can be viewed here.
Canadian Tourism Commission welcomes new CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada
Scott Allison, Chairperson (interim) of the Canadian Tourism Commission Board of Directors, congratulates Charlotte Bell on her appointment as the new President and CEOof the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Read more here.
Employment in Ontario Up 13,800 in February
Province Continues to Secure Investments and New Jobs for Economy
Employment in Ontario increased by 13,800 in February. Ontario's youth employment (ages 15-24) rose by 3,200. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 522,500. Read more here.
Check In Canada Program
On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is pleased to announce the Accessible Experience initiative for Ontario’s accommodation properties to prepare for the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games. Read more here.
December 2014 Tourism Snapshot
The Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the December 2014 Tourism Snapshot, view it here.
December 2014: travel to Canada closes year on upbeat note
The early 2014 tourism report card for Canada has been filed: it was a good year, with 17.1 million international visitors coming to Canada, a 3% rise on the previous year. Read more here
Advisory on Repetitive Strain Injuries
RSIs - or Repetitive Strain Injuries - are one of the most common work-related injuries in Ontario. Nearly four out of ten injuries requiring time off work in Ontario are a result of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), an umbrella term that includes RSIs. Read more here.
Delta Toronto Celebrates its Official Grand Opening
As Marriott's acquisition of the Canadian accommodations chain Delta nears finalization, Toronto's Southcore district officially welcomed the new hotel to the neighbourhood. Though the Delta Toronto at the corner of Bremner and Simcoe has been open for business since November, its grand opening bash was held on Feb. 27th. Read more here
InterContinental Toronto Centre wins Hotel of the Year at 2014IHG Canada Sales Leadership Conference
During this year’s 13th annual IHG Canada Sales Leadership Conference, held in Vancouver, the InterContinental® Toronto Centre was the proud recipient of the prestigious 2014IHG Hotel of the Year Award. The hotel competed against all 165 IHG Canadian properties and was recognized for its exceptional customer service, employee engagement and financial performance. Read more here.
Ontario Announces Spring Trade Mission to China
Minister Jeff Leal and Minister Michael Chan announced they will be leading a trade mission to China in April 2015. The mission will focus on increasing opportunities for Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market. Read more here.
Courtyard by Marriott is celebrating its 1,000th hotel milestone
Celebrations kick off today at the grand opening of the Courtyard Agra in India. On March 31, the Courtyard in Walla Walla, Wash. will be designated as the 1,000th hotel. On that day, Marriott Rewards guests checking into any Courtyard worldwide will receive 1,000 points as the brand’s milestone gift. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators for December 2014
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with December 2014 data, view it here.