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Canadians Concerned about Airbnb’s Impact on Their Communities
On October 2nd, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) released new research highlighting that Canadians from coast to coast have serious reservations about the impact of short-term rentals, like Airbnb, on their communities.
“Canadians clearly disagree with the notion that Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms help create vibrant communities,” said Alana Baker, HAC’s Director of Government Relations. “In fact, only 1% think that platforms like Airbnb have a positive impact on the quality of life in their communities. One in two Canadians would personally feel less safe if short-term rentals were located in their neighbourhood.”
Overall, more than 60% of Canadians are concerned or somewhat concerned about a neighbouring home being regularly rented out through an online short-term rental platform like Airbnb. This concern is shared across the country, with the highest levels coming from respondents in Ontario (69%) and British Columbia (65%). This is driven primarily by the perceived unfavourable impacts on neighbourhood quality of life and on personal safety. Interestingly, these concerns were shared across age groups, including among millennials. Fifty percent of respondents aged 18-34 personally would feel less safe with short-term rentals in their neighbourhood.
Winnipeg Free Press Article – September 29th, 2018
Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association president says Sustainable Development’s policies outdated
MLOA President Paul Conchatre spoke out in a recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press, advocating for the industry and pushing government into action. A partial excerpt:
While money for tourism promotion continues to rise from a new funding formula, Conchatre says the management of the resource has gotten worse under the Progressive Conservatives. One of his major concerns is the lack of consultation with those working at trying to make a living in the industry.
Conchatre says this is a direct result of outdated policies in Sustainable Development that don’t keep up with the new direction from Tourism. He believes many of those tourism dollars are not staying in the province — a direct hit on return of investment. While his operation is booked two years ahead, the outdated regulations and policies are not allowing new operators to get licensed. This is also very clear in the management of the resource itself. While Sustainable Development has good people working in the department, there has been no movement on suggested changes to the way the department works. These suggestions include a working model similar to the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia, which runs as an independent business at arm’s length from government.
Read the full article by Don Lamont at:
North America’s spring duck population declined, but most species remain above long-term averages. The breeding duck population is estimated at 41.19 million, a 13% decrease over last year. Pond counts in prairie and parkland Canada decreased 15%, but were still 4% above the long-term average.
“Ducks declined due to dry conditions in large portions of the breeding grounds. Fortunately, we continue to benefit from “carryover birds” hatched during highly productive springs over the past several years,” said Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist of Delta Waterfowl. Read More…
Changes to Big Game Licencing & Regulations
MLOA President Paul Conchatre recently met with representatives from Manitoba Sustainable Development to provide feedback on their proposed changes to licencing and regulations. Highlights from this discussion include:
Proposed increased harvest opportunities for black bear
Extension of the one buck/one doe deer licence
Two-tier licencing system for waterfowl
Guide licencing program
Possible changes to the status of barren ground caribou
For More information click here
The Canadian government has passed legislation that will impact those with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offences from crossing the border into Canada. A single DUI offence will soon result in an individual being inadmissible and turned back at the border unless previous arrangements have been made, like a Temporary Resident Permit or rehabilitation. This legislation will come into effect within 180 days (before the end of 2018). Read More…
WINNIPEG — The carbon tax announced March 12 in Manitoba’s provincial budget will substantially increase operating costs for our province’s lodges and outfitters, unless the government agrees to exempt the industry like it’s doing for others. Read More…
We would like to advise our members and friends that the MLOA office at 1020 Lorimer Blvd in Winnipeg will be closing on Jan. 31. We will be running a “virtual office” for a while before transitioning to a new office space later this year. Read More…
Canada’s national hotel industry released a study this fall that found nearly 80% of the revenue generated by Airbnb in Canada comes from properties with no long-term residents. The Hotel Association of Canada said the study demonstrates what has increasingly been suggested anecdotally: that the concept of true “home-sharing” is no longer what Airbnb and similar rental sites are all about. Read More…
Members of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association (MLOA) will be participating in a one-day strike on Saturday, July 29, 2017, by refusing to sell items such as angling licenses and park passes on behalf of the province, to protest the growing regulatory disparities between licensed and unlicensed accommodation providers. Read More…
A few recent changes have been made to Manitoba’s Aquatic Invasive Species regulations. Read More…