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Canadian Payroll and Employment Law at work®


Features for the Week of April 15, 2019 Text Size: M L XL XXL
Reported News and Articles by Jurisdiction


National
 
Employment Insurance beneficiaries, February 2019
In February, 441,200 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, an increase of 4,400 from January. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45385]
 
Construction union wage rate index, March 2019
The construction union wage rate index for Canada was unchanged in March compared with the previous month. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45386]
 
Bill C-97, Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1
On April 8, 2019, the federal government tabled Bill C-97, Budget Implementation Act, 2019, No. 1 (BIA 1) to implement certain measures introduced in their fiscal 2019-20 budget or previously announced, subject to legislative approval. The measures found in Bill C-97 that will be of interest to employers include...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45377]
 
New and updated income tax folios
An updated version of Income Tax Folio S1-F4-C1, Basic Personal and Dependant Tax Credits (for 2016 and prior tax years) and the Income Tax Folio S1-F4-C2, Basic Personal and Dependent Tax Credits (for 2017 and subsequent tax years) have been published to the Canada.ca website.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45378]
 
Equifax to be monitored by the privacy commissioner
In a recent press release dated April 9, 2019, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada found that both Equifax Canada and its US-based parent company fell far short of their privacy obligations to Canadians.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45379]
 
Changes to employer registration if doing business in the United States
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires Canadian businesses operating in the United States to obtain an employer identification number (EIN).
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45380]
 
Consumer price index, March 2019
The consumer price index rose 1.9 percent on a year-over-year basis in March, up from a 1.5 percent increase in February. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45383]
 
Annual review of the labour market, 2018
Canada's record-low unemployment rate was one of several notable labour market trends in 2018. (In PDF)
by Statistics Canada
View Article  [Article No. 45384]


Alberta
 
Injury claims on farms increased in 2018
According to recent reports, Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board accepted 917 farm injury claims in 2018, which is nearly 100 more than the previous year
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45373]


British Columbia
 
WCB coverage for First Nations firefighters or investigators
On April 11, 2019, the British Columbia government tabled Bill 18, Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2019 to allow for legislative amendments permitting wildfire fighters, fire investigators and firefighters working for First Nations and other Indigenous organizations to gain easier access to workers' compensation coverage and support services, regardless of where they work.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45374]


Federally Regulated
 
PTSI action plan for public safety workers
The federal government has launched an action plan that aims to address the unique stresses and mental health challenges that front-line workers can face through exposure to traumatic events and provide support for the mental health of public safety personnel.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45375]


Manitoba
 
Government investing in immigration
The Manitoba government is investing up to $3.1 million in services that will support newcomers to Manitoba by reinvesting revenue that is generated by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program's application fees.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45376]


Ontario
 
Budget 2019-20
On April 11, 2019, the Ontario government tabled its 2019-20 fiscal budget, "Protecting What Matters Most" that sets out a five-year path to a balanced budget. The budget does not include any changes to corporate or personal tax rates. However...
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45381]
 
Budget measures to the Immigrant Nominee Program
The 2019 Ontario budget includes four revisions to the provincial Immigrant Nominee Program that are part of the immigration platform of the government’s new $163.4 billion budget.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45382]


Saskatchewan
 
Three new non-refundable tax credits for volunteer first responders
The Saskatchewan government has introduced three new non-refundable tax credits for first responders that includes volunteer firefighters, search and rescue volunteers and volunteer emergency medical first responders that were announced in the 2019 budget.
by Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk
View Article  [Article No. 45372]