The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) and its members have rallied to protect the livelihood of the hotel industry. We need to bolster this advocacy work now in order to ensure the industry's survival.
HAC has been working with the highest levels of Government to ensure that the hotel industry is supported through this pandemic. This work has centered around the system design of support programs where HAC has played a key role in ensuring access for the hotel sector. Every major Government program announced to date directly aligns with HAC's key asks. But there is more work to do and not nearly enough relief for a sector so deeply impacted.
Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Increased from the initial 10% to 75% wage subsidy.
Applies to laid-off workers, and now will no longer exclude employees that have been without pay for 14 consecutive days.
Extended to include partnerships that are up to 50-per-cent owned by non-eligible members; and partnerships where the partners are Indigenous governments.
First extended to August 2020 and then extended to December 2020 to ensure hoteliers receive added wage support during the fall.
Now includes third-party payroll providers that can receive retroactive CEWS payments backdated to March 15, 2020.
Extended CEWS includes subsidy top-up for hardest-hit businesses.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
$2,000 / month Helped laid-off workers access funds.
Extended for workers earning $1000/less.
Hoteliers receiving dividend payments of $1000/less now qualify.
Extended duration to access CERB from 16 weeks to 24 weeks
Deferred GST/HST payments until June 2020.
Mortgage Payment Deferrals for 6 months (with cooperation of lenders).
Canada Emergency Business Account – $40k, 25% forgivable. Pushed eligibility up to $1.5 million payroll. Ensured that loan could be accessed on a property basis.
Liquidity options - $6.25 million each from BDC & EDC. Hotels can now qualify for loans on a per-property basis.
$962 million in funding for the Regional Relief Recovery Fund (RRRF).
Government Relations Activity
Key Areas of Focus
Developed Strategic Alliances
TO STRENGTHEN OUR VOICE AND ENSURE OUR MESSAGE WAS HEARD
AS A RESULT:
Letters Sent to Members of Parliament
Signatures and a Joint Letter to the Minister of Finance
HAC'S MEDIA VIDEO:
TV and radio interviews, and
In equivalent advertising
Developing the Tools Hotels Need
AND PROVIDING COMPLIMENTARY INDUSTRY-WIDE ACCESS
Accessing Government Programs
Webinars Hosted or Guest Panelist
to COVID-19 Microsite
Membership Growth During COVID-19
Easton's Group of Hotels
InnVest Hotels LP
Oxford Properties Group
Silver Hotel Group
Superior Lodging Corp.
Westmont Hospitality Group Canada
Choice Hotels Canada
Holloway Lodging Management
Sandman Hotel Group
The Braemar Group
The Chelsea Hotel
Morguard Hotels Ltd
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts