Restaurants Canada Announces new Association Partnership with the SHHA

TORONTO, Apr. 9, 2019 - Restaurants Canada, a national association representing more than 30,000 foodservice and hospitality businesses across Canada, is thrilled to welcome the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association (SHHA), who for over 80 years has been representing the hospitality industry to government, suppliers and the public provincially, into its growing network of association partners.

Through this partnership agreement, SHHA’s foodservice operators will be recognized as Association Members of Restaurants Canada, gaining access to benefits including national affinity partner programs, digital communication, education and research assets, as well as access to Restaurants Canada industry events.

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The Issue of Short-term Rentals in the Province

Jim Bence, SHHA President & CEO met with MP Ralph Goodale on Tuesday April 16 to discuss industry concerns related to short term rentals.

Online short-term rental platforms like Airbnb do not currently collect or remit PST and are not subject to certain regulations. As a result, these businesses are operating at a competitive advantage over domestic businesses and pose potential risks to guests and local communities in the absence of regulation. Without taxation and regulation, unintended consequences may include an unfair playing field, the removal of long-term rental units from the market, community nuisance, garbage pile-up, noise and various health and safety risks.

To read the Hotel Association of Canada's "Short Term Rental Strategy" CLICK HERE


On Wednesday April 17 Jim Bence, SHHA President & CEO and Tracy Fahlman, Regina Hotel Association CEO, had very productive discussions with Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer (center) regarding short  term rentals and Airbnb.


Listen to Jim Bence on the John Gormley Show

Listen to Jim Bence on this April 18, 2019 edition of the John Gormley show - Click on the image and forward to the 2:25 minute mark


Leader Post letter to the editor, April 16, 2019: Rural hoteliers need help

I would like to commend Jim Bence of the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association for his April 8 letter to the Leader-Post (Hospitality industry feeling ignored).

We have received a number of calls from hotel owners in rural Saskatchewan concerning the government’s unfair policies. I met with one bar owner in rural Saskatchewan who was denied licensing for the establishment he had just purchased because SLGA is going through a restructure. This fellow is losing thousands of dollars per month as his coolers sit empty. He has asked the minister in charge and his local Saskatchewan Party MLA for assistance, but neither would help him.

He also mentioned the wholesale cost advantages given to the big box stores as another obstacle to smaller local stores. In short, this government has once again picked winners and losers. Unfortunately, rural Saskatchewan hotels have been sacrificed by this government in favour of big out-of-province stores that put pressure on local businesses.

I encourage the provincial government to accept Mr. Bences recommendations to help make our own Saskatchewan entrepreneurs competitive.

Ken Grey, Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan


In Canada, an average of 21 young workers dies each year. In Saskatchewan alone, young worker injuries are not declining FAST enough. On average, 3 young workers are injured EVERY DAY on the job. These heartbreaks and injuries CAN be prevented with proper safety training and education.

We are reaching out to YOU to help us raise awareness and take a safety leadership role by partnering with us for Youth Safety Education Day 2019 to keep the youth of our province SAFE at work! 


The Destination Employment program helps newcomers gain meaningful employment in Canadian hotels, giving them the experience they need to build a successful future in Canada.

This initiative is a win-win for both hoteliers and newcomers. Hoteliers are faced with an existing problem filling the job vacancies they already have, and newcomers need opportunities to find employment once they settle in Canada.




SHHA Conference - Tuesday May 28

The  SHHA's Conference & Trade Show is being held Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Queensbury Centre and the International Trade Centre, Evraz Place, Regina. We are planning an incredible celebration. We look forward to seeing you at Saskatchewan’s premier show for the hospitality industry.

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2019 TRADESHOW: Don't Miss This Opportunity

The Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association’s (SHHA)/ Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority (SLGA) Trade Show is being held Tuesday May 28, 2019 at the International Trade Centre, EVRAZ Place, Regina. Please join us and participate as an exhibitor in Saskatchewan’s premier show for the hospitality industry.

Competition is fierce, and The Hotel, Liquor & Restaurant Trade Show is the place to collect quality leads, make direct sales, build brand awareness and network with industry decision makers. The attendees come to research and shop the latest food and beverage products, services, furnishings, POS systems & equipment, guest supply and more.


WELCOME New Affiliate Members


Willowest is a recognized supplier of comprehensive solutions for hospitality furnishing. Their products include case goods and upholstered seating, as well as soft goods such as hotel linens, towels, bathrobes, and all types of duvets & blankets.

They work with top designers to develop programs that combine style, elegance, and the unique signature of each individual property. They fully appreciate the critical importance of making a lasting positive impression on guests that reflects the quality of your brand.

145 – 6660 Graybar Rd., Richmond, BC  V6W 1H9  Phone: 604 – 370 – 1181  

Imagine if you could advertise your happy hours and specials specifically to diners in your area at the exact time that they are looking for a place to meet up. Time-based advertising is a specialized form of advertising that provides advertisements specifically at the time the customer is looking for services.

Location-based advertising is a new form of advertising that integrates mobile advertising with location-based services.

The HappyHourHere app uses both of these technologies to help restaurants to advertise restaurant happy hours/specials to customers near their location

happyhourhere.com or call (306) 261-4542 


ABOUT US: A Long and Distinguished History

Archive Photo: Hotels Association of Saskatchewan Banquet, Regina, SK., February 19, 1935

Our history stretches back almost 80 years when a group of  hoteliers saw the need for a collective voice for the industry. Since then, the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association (SHHA) has grown to become a highly respected, membership-driven organization that represents the hotel and hospitality industry to the Government of Saskatchewan, suppliers and the general public.

In addition to hotels & motels our membership includes, brew pubs, nightclubs, licensed restaurants, quick service restaurants and event centres.

The SHHA is overseen by a board of elected members representing designated zones throughout the province. The President and CEO carries out the duties of representing the Association’s position on issues as they arise. The SHHA is also active in promoting members’ interests to the Federal government through the Hotel Association of Canada.


What Difference Does it Make?

People ask what difference it makes if I join the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association (SHHA)? The difference is we are a stronger voice that can advocate more effectively on your behalf. There is strength in numbers.

The SHHA has a reputation of being an extremely effective lobby and advocacy group because of the activities we engage in and the strength of our membership.  We are YOUR voice with government ministries, MLA’s and bureaucracy.

The hospitality industry gets “wins” when we work together. Keep the SHHA team strong by purchasing a membership in the Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association.

If you own a hotel/motel, restaurant, and bar or are a Retail Store Permitee, you should be a member of the SHHA.

Supporting the SHHA Keeps Your Voice Strong!



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