OMCA Report
Sep. 18, 2015

2016 P.R.I.D.E. Program Dates
The 2016 Professional Instructor in Driver Education (P.R.I.D.E.) Program dates have been scheduled as noted below. RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW! We look forward to another successful year providing training to existing and future driver trainers/instructors. For details and to see the full brochure/registration form, visit our site at Discounted rates are available for OMCA members.More

NEW at Marketplace: Tour Operator seminars
We're excited to introduce a set of seminars specially aimed at Tour Operators attending Marketplace in November. A first for OMCA, our new seminars include a presentation on how to maximize your social media presence, an open forum on passenger and coach safety, plus a moderated hotel panel discussion. Click to view the full Tour Operator lineup on our website.More

Submit your nominations for the OMCA Industry Awards
We're now accepting nominations for the OMCA Industry Awards, to be presented at our Annual Marketplace on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2015. There are nine categories, including Driver Excellence, Supplier Member Award of Distinction, Lifetime Achievement, and Heroism.
Click here for nomination criteria and application forms. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 2, 2015.More

Ontario's French-language teachers sign tentative deal
Toronto Star
Ontario's French-language teachers' union have signed a tentative deal with their boards and the province, leaving only public elementary teachers now without a contract. "We're very satisfied with the deal and have cancelled the work-to-rule we had planned to start Friday," said Carol Jolin, president of L'Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), which represents some 10,000 teachers at French-language elementary and high schools, both public and Catholic.More

Ontario elementary teachers' union threatens to intensify strike action
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's government and its biggest teachers' union are digging their heels into a standoff over contract talks, with elementary teachers threatening more serious strike action if negotiations don't restart soon. But the province says its most recent offer to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario satisfied two other teachers' unions and it's up to ETFO to explain why it's rejecting a nearly identical deal. More

Gardiner proposals could add $230 million to project bill
CTV News
New options for the redesign of the eastern portion of Toronto's Gardiner Expressway could nearly double the cost of the project, if approved. Three options were revealed in a new report from city staff, which will be brought before the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee soon.More

American tourists flock north as Canadian dollar plummets
By Katherine Radin
Canada's economy has been sliding for months due to plunging gas and oil prices, and it was recently declared that the country is indeed in a recession. As Canadians watch the value of their dollar decline, they are also witnessing a boom in their tourism industry. In recent months, Americans have been coming to Canada in record numbers, looking to make use of the increased value of their dollar. What does this tourism boost mean for operators and the industry as a whole? More

Toronto Pan Am Games come in $50 million under budget
The 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games came in about $50 million under budget, according to the provincial government. Ontario Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau, who was responsible for the Games, thanked Infrastructure Ontario for making the right capital decisions that contributed to the Games coming under budget. More

Amherstburg nominated for Great Places in Canada
Downtown Amherstburg has been nominated for a spot in the Great Places in Canada contest. They are competing against seven other neighbourhoods. Amherstburg's tourism office nominated the neighbourhood for the title.More

In tourism, there's no such thing as 'off-season' anymore
Canadian Business
In Canada especially, the dramatic changing of the seasons used to mean a sharp drop-off in visitors, leaving hotel rooms empty, attractions idled and workers on their way back to college or to another line of work. That's less true today, as demographic and technological changes drive more off-peak leisure travel.More