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Employer premium reductions, sustainable benefits for injured workers on the horizon

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is well ahead of a legislated timetable to reach financial sustainability, which will result in lower premiums paid by employers who fund the system and long-term security for the workers who depend on it, WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer announced today. On current projections, the WSIB anticipates average rate reductions of between 10 and 15 per cent are possible over a five year period, starting in 2017, according to the WSIB’s 2015 Economic Statement released Monday. The GTHA's President & CEO Terry Mundell acts as Chair of the General Business Advisory Committee who has been very active on this file with WSIB. We look forward to the announcement on the rate reductions and continuing to work with the WSIB to represent the interests of GTHA Members.

“Once the burden of the UFL is gone, employer premiums will consist only of new claims and administrative costs,” Witmer said. “That’s an estimated average premium rate of $1.40 to $1.50 instead of the current average $2.46 per $100 of payroll, making Ontario one of the lowest cost jurisdictions in Canada.” Read press release here.

New Travel Report Reveals U.S. Spending in Canada by State and Other International Spending Patterns
Canada's tourism industry experienced a healthy summer with international Visa cardholders spending $3.6USD billion in Canada, according to the 2015 Summer Travel Snapshot released by Visa Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). For the first time, the uniquely detailed report broke down U.S. spending by state revealing that California, New York and Washington were the top source markets. Read more here.

Province Helping Vulnerable Workers Collect Unpaid Wages

New changes to Ontario's employment laws come into effect to better protect precarious and foreign workers. 

Starting November 20th, 2015, the Employment Standards Act, 2000 will be amended to allow individuals who are hired through a temporary help agency to recover unpaid wages from both the agency and the agency's client-business, where the agency has not paid the wages. Read more here.
UP Express: Complimentary Ticket Voucher
Print and redeem this voucher for 1 complimentary adult one-way ticket when you buy 1 adult one-way ticket ($27.50) for immediate travel on UP Express between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station. Purchase your ticket in person at the UP Express Guest Services Desk at Pearson Airport or Union Station. Offer expires January 31, 2016.* Click here for voucher.
Robert Lemieux Appointed as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing at Fairmont Royal York
Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice President and General Manager at Fairmont Royal York is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Lemieux as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing effective November 1, 2015. Robert will be responsible for successfully managing the strategic marketing and sales initiatives for the properties of the Central Canada Region. Read more here.
Marriott CEO: Starwood Deal Will Accelerate Our Globalization

Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts signed a $12.2 billion deal on Sunday to combine the two companies and create the world’s largest hotel company.

Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to provide the first non-press release answers about the deal. Read more here.

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence
The best of the best in Ontario tourism were celebrated at the annual Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Toronto. The Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence recognize industry successes by acknowledging those who have made significant contributions to Ontario's tourism industry. Read more here.
Deanna Jean Patawaran now Senior Sales Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan

Deanna Jean Patawaran is now the Senior Sales Manager for the All Suites Hotel in Vaughan – SpringHill Suites by Marriott Toronto Vaughan.

Omni King Edward names David Han Director, F&B
The Omni King Edward, in downtown Toronto, announced in early November the appointment of David Han as Director of Food and Beverage.Read more here.

Sheraton Centre Toronto names Michael Farquharson hotel manager
Sheraton Centre Toronto announced on Nov. 5 the appointment of Michael Farquharson as hotel manager. This marks his return to Toronto and Sheraton Centre Toronto after a number of senior hotel leadership positions in North America with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Read more here.
Ontario PCs seek to regulate Uber, AirBnB and the sharing economy province-wide
Tim Hudak, the former leader of the provincial Progressive Conservatives, wants to create province-wide guidelines for ride-sharing services such as Uber, home-sharing websites such as AirBnB and HomeAway and the growing number of parking-spot sharing apps, such as the Toronto-made Rover. Should the bill pass, Ontario would be the first province to regulate the sharing economy in Canada. Read more here.