News & Insights

August showed major job growth numbers across Canada

Canada added 49,300 jobs in August compared to July with gains in nearly all industries, according to the ADP Canada National Employment report released today by the ADP Research Institute. “August reported broad gains nearly across all industries,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and co-head of the ADP Research Institute. “Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Education; Business […]

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Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate maintains record highs

Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate maintained its record high of  3.2 per cent for the fourth quarter in a row, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s latest Help Wanted report. In total, 429,000 private sector jobs—23,000 more than in the second quarter of 2018—went unfilled for at least four months in the second quarter […]

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Canadian businesses’ message ahead of the election: We need immigrant workers

Source – Financial Post Canadian unemployment is at an all-time low and businesses have a message for politicians ahead of October’s national election: We need immigrant workers so do not make the campaign about keeping them out. Concern about immigration is on the rise in Canada, according to a recent survey, especially among Conservative voters […]

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Ontario Healthcare to Bill Back to Private (Company) Plans First

In Ontario, the new pharmacare program — which was set up by the previous Liberal Government to provide free coverage on more than 4,400 drugs to those under 24 — is being amended.  The Progressive Conservatives have changed the legislation to ensure that, for those who are covered under private plans – OHIP would bill those private plans first. Health […]

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WSIB New Model Failing Vulnerable Workers – According to Toronto Star

A new article in the Toronto Star points a stern finger at WSIB’s new organizational model and reports that the new way of doing business is failing workers. Read more about the Star’s take on the WSIB’s new commitment to providing insurance services in the province of Ontario here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/02/21/wsib-staff-decry-call-centre-model-they-say-is-failing-vulnerable-workers-documents-show.html

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Are you prepared for Significant Changes to Employment Standards in Ontario?

Significant amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) are expected in 2019. Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act is scheduled for debate this February. If passed, this bill could yield positive outcomes for both businesses and employees across Ontario. The primary objective for the proposed amendments is to allow for improved cost savings […]

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Ontario Freezes Minimum Wage at $14.00 Until 2020

The Ontario government introduced sweeping labour reforms on Wednesday November 21st 2018. The new law will freeze the minimum wage at $14.00 per hour until 2020 and will cut 2 paid personal leave days for workers. The change is intended to encourage job growth in the province of Ontario and reduce the burden of costs […]

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Alberta Minimum Wage Increases to $15.00

On October 1st 2018, Alberta became the first province in Canada to raise the minimum wage for workers to $15.00 per hour. This wage increase is the final stage of a plan set out by the NDP in 2015 promising to raise the minimum wage from the previous rate of $10.20 per hour. This increase […]

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British Columbia Minimum Wage Update

B.C.’s minimum wage went up by $1.30 on Friday to boost the province’s previous wage of $11.35 per hour to $12.65. This wage increase is the first of a multi-part plan to raise the living wage to just over $15 per hour by 2021. In June 2019, B.C.’s minimum wage will rise another $1.20, taking […]

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Stay Informed – Public Holiday Pay Change

After reviewing submissions and feedback from a number of businesses in Ontario, on May 7, 2018, the Ontario government announced that it is going to be rolling back their changes to the public holiday pay formula that was implemented with the introduction of Bill 148 on January 1, 2018. The Bill 148 amendment was highly […]

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