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Current Performance Indicators October 2015 - Friday, December 18, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with October 2015 data, click here.
 
Ontario Appoints New Chair to Lead Accessibility Advisory Council - Thursday, December 17, 2015
Province Continues to Build Towards an Accessible Ontario by 2025

Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan as the new Chair of the province's Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC).

The Council is responsible for providing high-level strategic advice to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure on matters related to the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Read more here.
 
Announcing the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Recipients - Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is pleased to announce the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence winners. Among these winners under the Humanitarian category is Scott Allison, Vice President, Owner & Franchise Relations & Operations, Marriott Hotels of Canada.

The Hall of Fame Awards Program was developed by the HAC to recognize those of its members (individuals, companies or properties) that have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada's lodging industry.  Read press release here.
 
Ontario Nominates New WSIB President - Friday, December 11, 2015

Ontario has nominated Thomas Teahen as President of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). 

As WSIB President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Teahen would head up one of North America's largest workers' compensation systems and promoters of workplace health and safety. Mr. Teahen would succeed David Marshall who will begin his new role as Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance in February 2016. Read more here.

 
Ontario Launches New Sport Hosting Program - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Ontario is launching a renewed Sport Hosting Program, which will help bring major sporting events to the province, grow local economies and allow more Ontario athletes to compete at home. Read more here.
 
Current Performance Indicators September 2015 - Tuesday, December 01, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with September 2015 data, click here.
 
Employer premium reductions, sustainable benefits for injured workers on the horizon - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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.
 
Province Helping Vulnerable Workers Collect Unpaid Wages - Friday, November 20, 2015

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.
 
New Travel Report Reveals U.S. Spending in Canada by State and Other International Spending Patterns - Friday, November 20, 2015
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.
 
UP Express: Complimentary Ticket Voucher - Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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.
 
Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence - Thursday, November 12, 2015
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.
 
Ontario Delivers Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on Budget - Friday, November 06, 2015
Thanks to the province's strong fiscal oversight and the commitment by all partners, the overall cost of the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games will be within the $2.4 billion budget set at bid time in 2009. Read more here.
 
Ontario Adds 29,200 Jobs in October - Friday, November 06, 2015
Ontario's economy continues to create jobs, with 29,200 jobs added in October in the midst of a challenging global economy. This brings the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 559,600. Read more here.
 
Ontario PCs seek to regulate Uber, AirBnB and the sharing economy province-wide - Friday, November 06, 2015
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.
 
Air Canada Adds to International Network - Thursday, November 05, 2015
Air Canada will begin daily, non-stop service between Toronto and Seoul, South Korea, on June 17, 2016. The new route is part of the carrier’s ongoing expansion of international services. Read more here.
 
Hotel Capital Connection - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Recognizing the need for a "made-in-Canada" event, Big Picture Conferences is pleased to produce the 2nd Annual Hotel Capital Connection (HCC) an exclusive networking and educational event that matches Canadian hotel owners with top legal, financial and tax advisors.

Date: November 17, 2015
Location: Arcadian Loft Toronto

For more information or to register, click here!
 
Justin Trudeau announces new cabinet - Thursday, November 05, 2015
Nov 4, Justin Trudeau announced his new cabinet. Almost a quarter of Trudeau’s cabinet is from the GTA, with seven out of 31 cabinet positions going to a politician from a local riding.

Of interest to the tourism industry includes:
Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Hon. John McCallum, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Refugees
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuck, Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Hon. Mark Garneau, Minister of Transport
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade

The new Federal Government cabinet can be found here. 
August 2015: understanding the who, what, when and how of travel to Canada - Wednesday, November 04, 2015
The first eight months of 2015 saw a 7% rise in visitors to Canada from DC’s 11 international markets, according to new Tourism Snapshot.

The mercury rose, but visitor numbers stayed cool in August 2015. The latest Tourism Snapshot reveals that Canada welcomed 2.6 million happy international travellers, a slight 0.5% decline over the previous year. Read more here.
 
Federal Liberals reaffirm rejection of island-airport jets: media reports - Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Media reports Monday night stated that the federal Liberals remain committed to not allowing jets at Billy Bishop Airport.

Metro reported that the party confirmed its position, saying nothing has changed since the GTA caucus sent a June letter to Mayor John Tory on the issue. Similar accounts appeared elsewhere in the media. Read more here.

 
Ontario Appoints Special Advisor on High-Speed Rail - Friday, October 30, 2015
Ontario has appointed the Honourable David Collenette as a special advisor to assist the province in bringing high-speed rail to the Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Toronto corridor. Read more here.
 
August 2015 Tourism Snapshot - Thursday, October 29, 2015
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the August 2015 Tourism Snapshot, click here to view it.
 
Competitive intelligence: international marketers hunger for more travellers - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The US seeks to appeal to travellers through food stories, Australia is taking a panoramic view on tourism while Ireland has stepped back in time.

The way to many travellers’ hearts is through their stomachs, with great food leading to greater stories and memories. It’s a common theme in international marketing, and one that resonates strongly with Destination Canada (DC) and its Canadian tourism partners. This latest Destination Canada Newsround-up looks at the marketing recipes being cooked up around the world, with tidbits hand-picked by our industrious colleagues and industry partners. Read more here.
 
New initiative aims to put Canada top of the list for German travellers - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Destination Canada teams up with provincial partners plus German influencers and tour operators to deliver compelling travel stories.

Everyone loves a good story—and Destination Canada (DC) is harnessing that power with its major new content marketing program in Germany. Working closely with Canadian provincial partners, German tour operators and social media influencers, the program centres on a new hub that showcases stories from across Canada. Read more here.
 
Ontario Deficit $2.2 Billion Lower Than Projected - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Public Accounts of Ontario for 2014-15 show Ontario's deficit is $2.2 billion lower than projected in the 2014 Budget and $0.6 billion lower than the interim projection in the 2015 Budget. Ontario's deficit for 2014-15 is $10.3 billion. Read more here.
 
Ontario to Host the 2021 Canada Summer Games - Friday, October 23, 2015

Ontario will host the 2021 Canada Summer Games, the country's foremost national multi-sport competition.

The Games will be another chance for Ontario to showcase the knowledge, skills and experience gained from hosting the highly successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.  Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador recently traded spots in the Canada Games hosting rotation, with Newfoundland and Labrador committed now to the 2025 Canada Summer Games. Read more.

 
GTAA Aviation Activity Report for August 2015 is now available - Friday, October 23, 2015
The August 2015 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. Click here for the report.
 
The Ontario By Bike Network Continues to Roll - Launching Redesigned Website - Friday, October 02, 2015
Cycle Tourism in Ontario continues to gain momentum and, having recently launched a responsive design website with an improved user experience, the Ontario By Bike Network wants to bring hotels in the Greater Toronto Area along for the ride. Ontario By Bike is province's definitive source for cycle tourism information, featuring mountain biking, road cycling and trail information in Toronto and 32 other jurisdictions throughout Ontario. Read more here.
 
Road Closures - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Thursday, October 01, 2015
This Saturday, October 3rd from sunset to sunrise is the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival in the downtown core. Click here for Street Closure Notifications from the City of Toronto.

For more information on the festival, click here.
 
Ontario Continuing to Increase Minimum Wage - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
As announced earlier this year, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015.Read more here
 
July 2015 Tourism Snapshot - Friday, September 25, 2015
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the July 2015 Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
 
Current Performance Indicators July 2015 - Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with July 2015 data. The Current Performance Tool is available here.
 
TOnight – a new app! - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
BRINGING YOU ACCESS TO CULTURE EASILY – ANY TIME, ANYWHERE

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) unveils a new tool that puts cultural access into the pockets of the people of Toronto. Read more here.
 
Air Canada Encourages Travelers to form a Toronto Connection - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Air Canada customers travelling between the U.S. and Europe or Asia via the airline's Toronto Pearson global hub will have an opportunity to pause their journey in the city for up to one week with no stopover fee. This special offer, developed with the support of Tourism Toronto, is designed to encourage U.S. originating international customers to take advantage of their connection to experience Canada's largest and most vibrant city. Read more here.
 
Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The GTHA has endorsed the following letter by The Ontario Chamber of Commerce regarding the new provincial retirement pension plan and its impact on jobs and the economy.  The letter can be read here.
 
SAMSONITE/ THE TRAVEL STORE LUGGAGE STORAGE SERVICE - Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport. Click here for more information.
 
Show your UP Express Long Layover ticket at the CN Tower and save 15% off a General Admission ticket - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport.

Offer valid until  November 30th, 2015. For more information, click here.

 
Top 65 Chains 2015 - Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Canadian Lodging News' Top 65 Chains reports ranks the country's top hotel managers, developer/owners and hotel brands, nationally and broken down by region. Download the complete report here.

Three big events shaped the Canadian hotel industry this year. The first was the takeover of Delta by Marriott, the second was acquisition of license rights for Travelodge by Superior Lodging Corporation and Waramaug Hospitality Canada and the third was the sale of all of its hotel properties by Fortis Properties Corporation. Read more here.
 
Free to attend: Secure your place at Energy into Action - Monday, September 21, 2015

Spend The Day with the Energy Experts

If energy efficiency isn’t a priority for your business, you could be missing out on significant bottom-line benefits. This is your chance to hear from over 50 leading experts and suppliers, attend sector-specific sessions and find out about incentives to get your savings underway. For more information or to Register, Click Here.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 8:00am-2:30pm
Location: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

 
Federal government posts surprise $1.9B surplus - Thursday, September 17, 2015
Stephen Harper took heart from the announcement that Ottawa ran an unexpected $1.9-billion budget surplus last year, a bit of long-awaited good news on the economic front for the Conservative leader in the election campaign. Read more here.
 
Ontario Investing $6 Million in Cultural Tourism - Thursday, September 10, 2015
Ontario is supporting arts and cultural events across the province that will draw tourists, boost local economies and create jobs.

Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the province is providing $6 million over three years to grow cultural tourism in Ontario. This support will help arts and cultural organizations develop, promote and present unique events and exhibitions that bring visitors to communities across the province. Read more here.
 
Current Performance Indicators June 2015 - Tuesday, September 08, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with June 2015 data, view it here.
 
Training Opportunity for Building Operators - Friday, September 04, 2015
The Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program is an eight-module, nine-day competency – based training and certification program, offering facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces  to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The program consists of eight courses delivered in a total of nine days of training. Read more here.
 
Celebrate Ontario 2016 Now Open for Applications - Thursday, September 03, 2015

Ontario is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario 2016, a program designed to support festivals and events across the province.

Celebrate Ontario grants help create jobs and grow local economies across the province, supporting new and improved experiences that attract tourists and boost visitor spending. This year, the province funded a record number of festivals and events across the province that celebrated our diversity, heritage and culture. Read more here.

 
HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Call For Entries Now Open - Thursday, August 27, 2015

Call for Entries - 2015 HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. The Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association’s tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry. Read more here.
 
June 2015 Tourism Snapshot - Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the June 2015 Tourism Snapshot.
 
May 2015: travel to Canada continues to surge upward - Monday, August 24, 2015
Canada is definitely a hot commodity in the international tourism marketplace. In May 2015, more than 1.5 million international travellers made our country their destination of choice, up 8% on the previous year. Indeed, that total was the highest number of international visitors to Canada in May since 2002, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
 
CBRE/PKF deal: same players, same services, more resources - Monday, August 24, 2015
The acquisition of PKF by CBRE Group Inc. is a move that makes sense to both parties. 

"Integration means we will still have the same players and the same services as before — but more resources," PKF's national managing director David Larone told CLN. Read more here.

 
Parapan Am Games Another Big Win for Ontario - Friday, August 21, 2015

Athletes from Ontario and across Canada have delivered exceptional performances to crown the largest, most successful Parapan Am Games ever.

Team Canada won a record 168 medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Ontario athletes made a major contribution to this showing, with 63 medals, and helped Canada finish second overall. This outstanding achievement capped off an incredible summer for Ontario that began with the resounding success of the Pan Am Games. Read more here.

 
It’s official (again): Canada has the world’s best reputation. - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
It’s time for Canada to bask in the global limelight again. The Reputation Institute’s 2015 Country RepTrak® report has named our country as having the world’s best reputation, ahead of Norway in second place and Sweden in third spot. Canada came out as the No. 1 country to visit, live, study and work, as well as placing second as a destination to invest in and attend or organize events. Key drivers in the rankings were Canada being a safe and beautiful country, with friendly and welcoming people as well as an appealing lifestyle. Read the full article here.
 
GTAA April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report - Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. See the report here.
 
Toronto Hotel Relay 2015 - Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The Toronto Hotel Relay 2015, put together by the Hospitality Workers Training Centre celebrates Hospitality workers' pride in creating top notch guest experiences for visitors to Toronto. Watch the video here.
 
Toronto to host Microsoft's Global Partner Conference in July, 2016 - Friday, July 17, 2015
Microsoft announced that an estimated 15,000 Microsoft technology partners and employees from around the world will converge into Toronto next July for the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Read the full story here.
 
Ontario Adds 14,000 Jobs in June - Friday, July 10, 2015
Employment in Ontario heated up in June with an increase of 14,000 -- bringing the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 568,100. Read more here.
 
Premier Wynne Announces International Missions - Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Premier Kathleen Wynne will travel to Colorado, California and China this fall to promote Ontario's attractiveness as a trading partner and as a centre for investment. Premier Wynne made the announcement today during a speech to government and business leaders at the Toronto Global Forum -- Pan American Edition. Read more here.
 
April 2015 Tourism Snapshot - Friday, June 26, 2015
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the April 2015 Tourism Snapshot, view it here.
 
The Power of Tourism Partners - Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Destination Canada is pleased to announce a new cooperative agreement with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), effective Aug. 1, 2015. Read more here.
 
Free Public Transit With Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Tickets - Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Ontario and its transit partners are making it easier to get to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games by supporting free, accessible public transit for Games event ticket holders.  Read more here.
 
Ontario Launches Trip Planner for Pan Am/Parapan Am Games - Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Ontario's new 2015 Games Trip Planner is now available to help people get around during the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. The trip planner is available for download or online. Read more or download here.
 
Current Performance Indicators March 2015 - Monday, June 08, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with March 2015 data. The Current Performance Tool is available here.
 
Union Pearson Express Open for Pan Am Games - Monday, June 08, 2015
The Union Pearson Express (UP Express) is now open to the public in time for Toronto to host the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

With the launch of UP Express, Toronto will join the ranks of global cities with a seamless airport-to-downtown connection -- enhancing the region's competitive advantage, reducing gridlock and promoting tourism. The trip between Canada's two busiest transportation hubs will take just 25 minutes, and trains will depart every 15 minutes. Read more here.

 
Ontario Gains 43,900 Jobs in May - Friday, June 05, 2015
Employment in Ontario increased by 43,900 in May as the government's economic plan continues to see results. This brings the total number of jobs added since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 554,100. Read more here.
 
Ontario Investing in Equipment for Para-Athletes - Thursday, June 04, 2015
Province Ensuring 2015 Games are Accessible and Benefit Ontarians of all Abilities
Ontario is investing $100,000 to help people with disabilities participate in parasport, through a partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC). Read more here.
 
A suite of savings for hotels and motels - Thursday, June 04, 2015
Toronto Hydro brochure highlights how hotels can manage and reduce their hydro bill and earn incentives. Click here for more information.
 
Ontario Launches Accessibility Action Plan - Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
 
Ontario has released a new action plan to build on the progress made since the introduction of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005 and to achieve the goal of becoming accessible by 2025. Read more here.
 
The Union Pearson Express (UP Express) - Tuesday, June 02, 2015
The Union Pearson Express (UP Express) is a dedicated air rail link service that connects Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in the heart of downtown in just 25 minutes.

UP Express trains depart every 15 minutes, 19 ½ hours a day between 05:30 and 01:00. All UP Express Stations and trains are fully accessible.

 
Ontario Supporting 2015 Games Torch Relay Celebrations in 67 Communities - Friday, May 29, 2015
Ontario is supporting local torch relay celebrations in communities across the province, helping mark the arrival of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.Beginning tomorrow, May 30, the Pan Am Torch will begin its journey across the country, starting in Ontario. Read more here.
 
Connecting America Announcement - Friday, May 22, 2015
“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: travel to Canada hits the high notes - Friday, May 22, 2015
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.
 
Patrick Brown declared new leader of the Ontario PC Party - Friday, May 15, 2015
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.
 
King Blue Breaks Ground in Toronto - Thursday, May 14, 2015
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.
 
Ontario Supporting Local Torch Relay Celebrations for 2015 Games - Thursday, May 07, 2015
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 - Wednesday, May 06, 2015
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.
 
February 2015: travel to Canada goes from strength to strength. - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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.
 
Current Performance Indicators February 2015 - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with February 2015 data, view it here.
 
Union Pearson Express to Launch June 6 - Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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 - Friday, April 17, 2015
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 Sets Budget Date for April 23 - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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.
 
January 2015: New year brings continued momentum for Canadian travel industry. - Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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 Adds 2,000 Jobs in March - Friday, April 10, 2015
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.
 
Travelodge joins Superior Lodging Family - Friday, April 10, 2015
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 Investing $9.76 Million to Support Athletes and Para-Athletes - Friday, March 27, 2015
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.
 
Ontario Helping IGNITE Excitement for the 2015 Games - Friday, March 27, 2015
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.
 
Skyline International Development Inc. Announces Change in Officers - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.
 
Time is right for Mexicans to come to Canada - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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.
 
Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage - Thursday, March 19, 2015
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 Garden reno celebrates outdoors - Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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.
 
Canadian Tourism Commission welcomes new CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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.
 
Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry Q4 2014 - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry Q4 2014 have been release and can be viewed here.
 
Employment in Ontario Up 13,800 in February - Friday, March 13, 2015
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 - Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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.
 
Advisory on Repetitive Strain Injuries - Monday, March 02, 2015
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.
 
Ontario Announces Spring Trade Mission to China - Thursday, February 26, 2015
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.
 
Current Performance Indicators for December 2014 - Monday, February 23, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with December 2014 data, view it here.
 
Construction of CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village Complete - Monday, February 23, 2015
Ontario is one step closer to being Games ready with the completion of construction of the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village.

TO2015 will now begin the final preparations to ensure the Village is Games ready. The Village will be home to 7,100 athletes and team officials during the Pan American Games, and 3,200 athletes and team officials during the Parapan American Games. Read more here.
 
2014 Tourism Performance - Thursday, February 12, 2015
Toronto set new records in tourism by welcoming 14.3 million overnight visitors in 2014, Tourism Toronto announced today. Key drivers were a fourth consecutive year of growth in visitors from the U.S and the highest number of overseas visitors ever in the destination. Additionally, Toronto led the country in hotel occupancy and hotel room nights sold. See press release here.
 
Ontario Releases Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper - Thursday, February 12, 2015
Ontario has released a climate change discussion paper and invites citizens, businesses and communities to share ideas about how to successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth and keeping our businesses competitive. Read more here.
 
Current Performance Indicators for November 2014 - Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with November 2014 data, available here.
 
Premier Wynne Calls for Canadian Infrastructure Partnership - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Premier Kathleen Wynne today called for a Canadian Infrastructure Partnership- a collaboration that would have an explicit objective of investing five per cent of GDP in infrastructure renewal. Read more here.
 
The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto earns CAA/AAA Five Diamond Award - Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Thirty-six luxurious hotels and 33 world-class restaurants in southern Ontario have earned the CAA/AAA Four or Five Diamond Award rating in the past 12 months for the coveted spots on the 2015 lists. See the list here.
 
Drake Devonshire in Wellington Makes Vogue Paris List of Twelve Top New Hotels for 2015 - Monday, January 19, 2015
After Toronto, Jeff Stober chose the banks of Lake Ontario for his latest hotel, that opened at the end of 2014. A contemporary version of the traditional Canadian farmhouse with an interior by John Tong, the Drake Devonshire flirts with the luxury summer camp in English country house style. Visitors can sample freshly caught fish on big wooden tables, with cozy rooms looking out over the lake. Perfect for a back-to-nature family break. See who made the list here.
 
York Mills TTC parking lot slated for hotel, office complex - Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Toronto Transit Commission parking lot at Yonge St. and York Mills Rd. has been sold to a Toronto developer who intends to replace it with a seven-storey, 480,000-square-foot office, hotel and retail complex.

The $25-million deal for the 3.2-acre site on the northerly section of the Yonge subway line was finalized between Build Toronto, the city agency responsible for selling off underutilized real estate, and the Gupta Group/Easton’s Group on Dec. 22. Read more here.
 
Health-conscious Hotel Guests Demand More Choice From F&B Offerings - Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Gone are the days of whole-heartedly indulging in decadent cuisine while travelling. These days, a growing demographic of busy, health-conscious millennials is leading the charge for revitalized menu options across the Canadian hospitality industry. Read more here.
 
The Q3 2014 edition of the Tourism Performance Newsletter has just been released - Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This quarterly publication reports the latest tourism statistics including:
    - Border Crossings
    - Accommodation Statistics
    - Travel Price Index
    - Economic Indicators
    - Consumer Response Indicators
    - Special Topic - The Economic Impact of Tourism

 
October 2014 Tourism Snapshot - Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Please be advised that the Canadian Tourism Commission has just released the October 2014 Tourism Snapshot, view it here.