TIAO is hosting a full-day Tourism Issues Forum in Mississauga on Thursday, February 22, to facilitate conversation around prominent issues such as Municipal Accommodation Tax, Bill 148, the Red Tape Challenge, and the upcoming provincial and municipal elections. Learn more.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Hon. Daiene Vernile (MPP Kitchener–Centre) will be joining tourism industry stakeholders at TIAO’s upcoming Tourism Issues Forum, addressing attendees as part of the welcome and opening remarks. You don’t want to miss this important event! #TourismFamily


The New Municipal Tax 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

In the 2017 Ontario Budget, the Government of Ontario gave the authority to charge a hotel tax to all municipalities in the province. In this session, ADM Richard McKinnell will review the regulations that govern how municipalities can implement this new tax. Our panel will then discuss the different approaches that municipalities are taking, lessons learned so far, and how this can benefit the tourism industry.


  • Richard McKinnell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport
  • John Winston, General Manager, Tourism London
  • Steve Ball, President, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association
  • Katherine Hobbs, Tourism Manager, Brockville Tourism/Brockville Chamber of Commerce

Understanding Bill 148: Beyond the Minimum Wage Increase 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lots of the focus on Bill 148 has been on the increases to Ontario’s minimum wage, but a lot more changed in the Employment Standard Act as a result of this bill. Learn what those changes are and how they will impact your business.


Red Tape Challenge 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

For years, the tourism industry has been talking about the regulatory burden on businesses. In 2016, TIAO was able to get the tourism industry added to the Red Tape Challenge. Now is the opportunity to share insights into regulations that are out of date, out of sync, cumbersome, or duplicative. This session will be conducted as a Red Tape Challenge consultation session – so come prepared to talk about regulations that cause you grief.

Speaker: Chris Huey, Director (Acting), Regulatory Modernization Branch, Open for Business, Ministry of Economic Development & Growth


Election 2018 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

It’s a big year! With a Provincial Election in June and Municipal Elections in October, it’s a great time to talk tourism with candidates and politicians. This session will cover the messages important to our industry. We will also talk with some experienced people on the best ways to get the tourism message in front of the candidates and what to do post-election.


  • Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO)
  • Doug Switzer, President & CEO, Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)
  • Craig Hughson, Political Strategist, Aurora Strategy Group

Additional speakers to be announced

Register now.