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September 2012


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What's New in Canadian Payroll

Listed here are recent changes in legislation on Federal and Provincial levels that may impact your payroll calculations. Please view the following list for changes that affect your region.


September 21, 2012 - Government of Canada helps internationally trained architects build a better future - The Government of Canada is making it easier for internationally trained architects to find jobs in their fields through support for a newly launched program; Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA). Created through over $1.9 million in federal funding, the program will streamline the licensing process for internationally trained architects through a national online assessment tool and standard interview process. (Full Story)

September 20, 2012 - Government of Canada promotes role of older persons in the labour market on the world stage - Minister of State (Seniors) Alice Wong, addressed the Ministerial Conference on Ageing at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, hosted by the Austrian Government, to talk about Canadian successes and to share best practices about social inclusion and participation of older persons in the labour market. The Government of Canada supports the Commission's work of exchanging experiences that can help address information, knowledge and implementation gaps. (Full Story)

September 18, 2012 - Government of Canada improving job opportunities for Canadians with disabilities - HRSDC Minister Diane Finley today announced that the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities has begun in-person and online consultations. The Panel's purpose is to engage private-sector businesses and other organizations and individuals to identify best practices and successful approaches, as well as barriers to employment from employers' perspectives, and to prepare a report containing these elements. (Full Story)

September 14, 2012 - Canada Employment Insurance Commission announces 2013 Maximum Insurable Earnings - The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) today announced that the Maximum Insurable Earnings (MIE) for 2013 will increase to $47,400 from $45,900. In addition, for self-employed people who have opted into the EI program, the annual earnings required to qualify for special benefits will increase to $6,342 from $6,222 on January 1, 2013. The MIE is indexed on an annual basis and represents the ceiling up to which Employment Insurance (EI) premiums are collected. It is therefore also the maximum amount considered in applications for EI benefits. (Full Story)

September 11, 2012 - Interest rates for the fourth calendar quarter - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced the prescribed annual interest rates that will apply to any amounts owed to the CRA and to any amounts the CRA owes to individuals and corporations. These rates are calculated quarterly in accordance with applicable legislation and will be in effect from October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. The rates below remain unchanged from the previous quarter. (Full Story)

September 10, 2012 - Federal, provincial and territorial ministers of labour meet to reaffirm their commitment to workers and employers - Federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers met to discuss current and emerging labour issues and share best practices on the continued well-being of workers and employers. The ministers also participated in presentations and roundtable discussions regarding today's workplaces and labour policy. Specific topics included workforce diversity; international labour issues; worker protection; and occupational health and safety, including the need to address psychological health and safety in the workplace. (Full Story)

September 10, 2012 - Government of Canada helps people with disabilities in Edmonton develop job skills - Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre, announced that the Government of Canada will help 125 people with disabilities develop the skills they need to find jobs. On Site Placement Services is receiving over $442,000, through the federal Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, to provide individuals with job coaching and support services to help them find meaningful employment. (Full Story)

September 9, 2012 - Harper Government helps 3000 young Canadians find jobs - The Harper Government unveiled a new approach to help approximately 3000 young Canadians find jobs in high demand sectors of the economy. The initiative will help address labour shortages by equipping youth with skills and experience, and creating opportunities for them to start careers in high demand fields. Under the existing national Youth Employment Strategy, this new $50 million initiative will be dedicated to projects that will connect a total of approximately 3000 young Canadians with private sector jobs in fields that are in high demand, such as the skilled trades and tourism. (Full Story)

September 6, 2012 - Government of Canada promotes health and safety in the workplace - Canada's Labour Minister attended the 2012 Canada's Safest Employers Award ceremony celebrating businesses that are finding ways to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Workplaces like these are an integral part of keeping Canada's workforce strong, healthy and competitive. The Labour Program develops, administers and enforces workplace legislation and regulations, such as the Canada Labour Code, which covers industrial relations, health, safety and employment standards for federally regulated workers and employers. (Full Story)


September 28, 2012 - Pension Online Filing System - The Government of Alberta provides the Pensions Online Filing System website, designed for the use of Plan Administrators and their designated representatives, to file Annual Information Returns and/or Cost Certificates for pension plans registered in Alberta with the Superintendent of Pensions. The Pensions Online Filing System provides administrators of pension plans registered with the Superintendent of Pensions in Alberta, with the ability to file their Annual Information Return (AIR) through a secure website, rather than submitting a paper form. (Full Story)

September 2012 - Bringing foreign workers to Alberta - The Alberta government provides n informative website that details the +issues involved with bringing foreign workers to Canada. Immigration to Canada falls under federal jurisdiction. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) administers the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). International companies establishing operations in Alberta can transfer employees on a temporary basis from their operations elsewhere in the world through an intra-company transfer. (Full Story)

September 1, 2012 - New appeals consulting service for employers - WCB-Alberta offers Employers an appeal consulting service on claim decisions. Where resolution attempts with the decision maker have been unsuccessful, this service will provide employers with a resource to help them understand the facts, policies and legislation used to make a decision with a focus on resolution. In the absence of resolution this service will provide Employers with assistance to allow them to make an informed decision about proceeding through a review or appeal process. (Full Story)

August 31, 2012 - Government implements tougher rules to protect job seekers - As part of the Government of Alberta's commitment to protecting vulnerable Albertans, new rules will be coming into effect September 1 to strengthen protection for all job seekers, including temporary foreign workers, who use employment agencies. Currently, the Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation prohibits agencies from charging workers a fee for finding them jobs. Businesses that assist employers in Alberta to find workers, or assisting Canadians or non-Canadians to find employment in Alberta must be licensed by the provincial government. (Full Story)

British Columbia:

September 18, 2012 - B.C. Job Fairs connect employers with job seekers - Beginning in Richmond today, 'BC Jobs Start Here' job fairs will travel to 24 communities throughout the province, connecting job seekers face-to-face with potential employers. Over the next ten years, there will be over one million job openings in British Columbia, including more than 350,000 new jobs, which will result in a shortage of skilled labour - particularly in the trades. This free event invites members of the public to come and meet local employers and get more information on career development and skills training in B.C. (Full Story)

September 18, 2012 - Premier Announces Funding to Equip Today's Learners for Tomorrow's Jobs - Premier Christy Clark announced today $17 million in funding to upgrade skills training equipment at public post-secondary institutions around the province. The equipment upgrades will benefit students, apprentices and instructors in training programs for a range of occupations. Examples include heavy duty equipment and automotive service technicians, carpenters, commercial transport mechanics, cooks, construction workers, electricians, metal fabricators, industrial mechanics, plumbers and sheet metal workers. (Full Story)

September 18, 2012 - $1.75-million employer fund to attract and integrate skilled immigrants - The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) will design, implement and manage a new initiative that will support B.C. employers, industry and business associations in developing initiatives and resources that address challenges in hiring, integrating and retaining new immigrants. Given the forecast that over the next decade there will be over one million job openings due to B.C.'s aging workforce and economic growth, the province will not be able to meet our labour market demands without new skilled immigrants. (Full Story)

September 11, 2012 - BC Jobs Plan: Attracting Investment and Leading the Country in Job Creation - Since the launch of Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan one year ago, billions in new investment and thousands of new jobs have been added to our economy, making British Columbia a national leader in job creation. Launched in September 2011, our government's BC Jobs Plan outlined 17 commitments and 61 specific action items aimed at growing B.C.'s economy and creating jobs. The first year of implementation focused on creating an attractive business climate and promoting B.C. as a safe harbour for investment. (Full Story)

September 7, 2012 - B.C. job growth first in Canada since August 2011 - B.C. ranks first in job growth since August 2011 compared to other provinces, followed by Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. During August of this year, 2,322,600 people were working in British Columbia. This number is up from 2,307,700 positions in July and an increase of 51,700 jobs compared with August 2011. B.C. gained 14,900 jobs in August and part-time employment increased by 18,600, more than offsetting the decline of 3,700 in full-time positions. (Full Story)

August 10, 2012 - July job numbers decline as part of national trend - Employment numbers in British Columbia dipped in July after slight gains in June, as full-time positions replaced losses of part-time positions. In B.C., 14,500 jobs were lost, reflecting a national trend, as 30,400 jobs were lost across Canada. However, full-time positions in B.C. increased by 9,600 from June 2012, and the decrease in total employment was entirely due to the loss of part-time employment. (Full Story)


September 17, 2012 - North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Awards - The annual NAOSH Awards were awarded today, recognizing the safety and prevention efforts of Manitoba workplaces during NAOSH Week. "Instilling a culture of workplace safety is a big challenge but we're having success that's reflected in safer workplaces," says Jeff Bencharski, Co-Chair, Manitoba NAOSH Week 2012. "Everyone has to assume some responsibility for keeping the workplace safe." Awards were presented to eight Manitoba workplaces in recognition of their safety efforts. (Full Story)

September 12, 2012 - Manitoba, Canada Join Forces On Innovative Program Educating Students About Workplace Safety And Health - Provincial and federal labour ministers have jointly launched a national video contest that builds on Manitoba's SAFE Schools Grant program to help educate students about the importance of workplace safety and health. The new national social media contest is intended to challenge young people, 18 to 24 years of age, to create videos demonstrating the importance of workplace safety and rights. (Full Story)

September 5, 2012 - New Manitobans, Businesses To Benefit From Expanded Immigration Job-Matching Services Under One Roof - Manitoba Start has officially opened the doors to its new location in the historic Avenue Building in downtown Winnipeg. The program provides information and referrals to orientation, settlement and language services, as well as employment readiness services. Employment specialists at Manitoba Start also help Manitoba employers, companies and businesses find experienced and qualified employees through job-matching services. Today, the service hub officially launched a direct phone line for employers looking to fill labour shortages. (Full Story)

August 24, 2012 - Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Survey Closed - The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba has closed the Workplace Injury and Prevention Survey (and offered a "Thank You" to all who participated). They will use the input to help them identify and provide the support and services needed to help build a safer Manitoba. A summary report is currently being developed and will be made available to the public at the completion of the project. All individual survey responses will be held strictly confidential and reported on collectively so no respondents will be identified. (Full Story)

New Brunswick:

August 27, 2012 - Provincial government investing in job creation - The New Brunswick government is investing $115,000 to help create 29 jobs at the Old Dutch Foods Ltd. in New Brunswick. The positions being created at Old Dutch Foods Ltd. are being funded under the employer wage subsidy component of the Workforce Expansion Program. The objective of this program is to stimulate the creation of long-term employment and to help unemployed persons find a job. (Full Story)

August 23, 2012 - Premier highlights progress in rebuilding public pensions in New Brunswick - Premier David Alward visited Saint John today to report on progress being made to make public pensions in New Brunswick more secure, sustainable and affordable. When the provincial government outlined its plans on May 31, it was announced that they will be adopting the new model for specific plans. Interest in the new model has been generated from unions, other governments, pension administrators and employers throughout Canada. (Full Story)

Newfoundland and Labrador:

September 25, 2012 - Occupational Disease - Are you in the know? - A three-day conference focusing on the prevention of known occupational diseases, is scheduled for the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre from October 1-3, 2012. The mandate of this event is to advance the occupational health and safety agenda by connecting science with the workplace, enabling a clearer understanding of known occupational diseases, the prevention of them and the roles and responsibilities of all workplace employers and employees. (Full Story)

September 12, 2012 - Ministers of Labour Reaffirm Commitment to Workers and Employers - Federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers met in Toronto on September 10 to discuss current and emerging labour issues and share best practices on the continued well-being of workers and employers. The ministers also participated in presentations and roundtable discussions regarding today's workplaces and labour policy. Specific topics included workforce diversity, international labour issues, worker protection, and occupational health and safety, including the need to address psychological health and safety in the workplace. (Full Story)

September 6, 2012 - Residents Reminded to Weigh in on Minimum Wage Review - The Newfoundland provincial government encouraged residents to make their opinions known regarding the provincial minimum wage review. In early August, the Provincial Government announced the establishment of a three-member advisory committee to solicit public and stakeholder submissions on the minimum wage until September 15, 2012. (Full Story)

Nova Scotia:

September 4, 2012 - WCB Announces 2013 Rates and Improvements to Rate Model - Improvements to the workplace insurance rate model mean employers' safety and return-to-work records will have a bigger impact on rates, the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) announced today. Among the rate model improvements are changes that make rates more responsive to an individual employer's efforts to implement and maintain safety and return-to-work improvements. There will also be a bigger impact on rates when a fatality occurs. (Full Story)

August 20, 2012 - Province Invests in Jobs, Training and Renewing the Forestry Sector Premier's Office - The province is fighting for workers, families and communities in the Strait area with a financial commitment to support the sale of the former NewPage mill to Pacific West, which will bring more than 1,400 jobs and more than $11 million in annual revenue to the province. Restarting the mill will bring 330 people back to work, protect 600 indirect jobs in the woodlands, sawmills, and power generation industries, and provide 500 more jobs for local communities.
(Full Story)

August 8, 2012 - Transition Committee Urges Workers to Visit Career Centres - The advisory team established to help communities identify new economic opportunities in the wake of closure of the Bowater-Resolute mill will be announcing public consultations later this month. The team has been an advocate for the community, conveying community questions to the province on issues such as worker pensions, training, fire and safety issues at the mill site, and wood supply. (Full Story)


September 28, 2012 - Helping Workers with Job-Related Post-Traumatic Mental Stress - Ontario is launching a roundtable to help workers who suffer from job-related post-traumatic mental stress. Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government's continued commitment to preventing workplace injuries through its Safe at Work Ontario strategy, while creating jobs. (Full Story)

September 26, 2012 - New Council to Advise on Workplace Health and Safety - Ontario has finalized the membership of its Prevention Council, which will work to help improve health and safety and protect workers across the province. The council will provide support for the Chief Prevention Officer and advise the Minister of Labour on the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the development of a provincial occupational health and safety strategy. (Full Story)

September 20, 2012 - Capping Executive Compensation and Freezing Pay for Public Sector Managers - Ontario is proposing to cap compensation for its executives and put in place a two-year pay freeze for managers who are eligible for performance pay. Managers across the Ontario Public Service (OPS) would see a three-year freeze. Under the plan, executive pay would be permanently capped at no more than double the Premier's salary - $418,000 per year. Public sector managers would not earn any more money for the next two years than they did last year. The amounts shown on T4 slips would not be able to increase, except under special circumstances such as a mother returning from maternity leave. The freeze would also decrease future pension expenses. (Full Story)

September 17, 2012 - Ontario Enhancing Enforcement to Protect Workers - Ontario will help ensure fairness in the workplace by enhancing the enforcement of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), including the hiring of additional officers and staff. The inspections are also aimed at educating employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the ESA, which sets minimum standards for entitlements such as wages, hours of work and public holidays. (Full Story)

August 10, 2012 - Strong Action On Economy - Ontario is growing our economy by creating nearly half of all new jobs in Canada in 2011, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level since 2008, and luring more foreign investment projects than nearly every other region in North America. Ontario's economic achievements include the creation of 121,300 jobs in 2011 - the highest level of creation since 2003. (Full Story)

Prince Edward Island:

September 28, 2012 - Employer Strategies for Keeping Young Workers Safe - If you are an employer of young worker, you are aware of your obligation to protect their health and safety. But did you know that young workers are at a greater risk of getting injured than any other group of workers? The WCB of PEI offers a two-hour workshop, free of charge, that offers support to employers and supervisors with young workers in their midst, and includes ideas for training and supervision, successful strategies for communicating with youth, and youth resources available to PEI employers. (Full Story)

September 07, 2012 - WCB policies under review - The WCB of PEI is requested feedback on a number of policies that are currently under review. The WCB is committed to working with their stakeholders to develop policies that are consistent with the compensation and workplace safety legislation. All policies are monitored on a regular basis, and reviewed at least every five years to ensure they are relevant to today's workplaces. (Full Story)


September 27, 2012 - New All-Time High For Average Weekly Earnings - July's average weekly earnings reached an all-time record, according to a Statistics Canada report released today. Average weekly earnings in the province were $929.31, surpassing the previous record of $917.55 set in March 2012. Those earnings were the third highest among the provinces. On a monthly basis, weekly earnings were up by 1.6 per cent in July 2012 compared to June, ranking Saskatchewan second in the nation in terms of percentage growth. The number of payroll jobs was unchanged from the previous month. (Full Story)

September 25, 2012 - SGI Named One Of Canada's Top Employers For Young People - Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has been selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for Young People by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Previously, SGI has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada, one of the Top 20 Employers in Saskatchewan, one of the Top Family Friendly Employers in Canada, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers and one of the Top Employers for Canadians Over 40. (Full Story)

September 7, 2012 - More Than 20,000 New Jobs In Saskatchewan - Employment in Saskatchewan rose by 20,100 between August 2011 and August 2012 according to new figures released today by Statistics Canada. That's an increase of 3.8 per cent - the highest percentage increase in employment among the provinces and almost four times the national rate of 1.0 per cent. In August 2012, there were 549,100 people employed in the province - an all-time high for employment in Saskatchewan, beating the previous record set this past June. (Full Story)

August 30, 2012 - Record Wages For Saskatchewan Workers For June - More Than Double National Average Increase - Statistics Canada released June 2012 figures for average weekly earnings today that show a rise of 6.6 per cent in wages for Saskatchewan workers from last June - the second highest percentage increase in the nation, and a record for the month of June. Average weekly earnings in June were reported to be $914.27. Saskatchewan's average percentage is more than double the national increase of 3.0 per cent. (Full Story)

August 23, 2012 - EI Claims Drop In Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan had a 14.6 per cent drop in Employment Insurance claims in June 2012 when compared with last June which was the largest percentage drop among Canadian provinces (seasonally adjusted). There were 910 fewer claims in the province during this period. On an unadjusted basis, in Regina, the number of regular EI beneficiaries decreased by 19.8 per cent and in Saskatoon, the number of regular EI beneficiaries decreased by 12.0 per cent. (Full Story)

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Additionally, program participants need to recognize that the only job security they will ever have is the security of current skill sets. Therefore, they need to project to what future potential skill requirements will be and how they will stay current. They need to learn how to assess their skills, and to determine if their skills are aligned to both their employer's business needs as well as their own interests. They then need to learn how to leverage their skills and attributes to meet proposed future needs.

In spite of the fact that someone's skills are current, I still often find that many individuals are often fearful of taking a risk to try something new. As a result, they will often stay in the same job until they are forced to change. As well, employees often are still saddled with the old fashioned myth that the only career path is upward. This is absolutely not true as there are many exciting opportunities in parallel career moves.

Participants should be asked to identify how they define their dream career and then identify the specific characteristics of that career. Typically, participants will identify elements such as making a contribution, solving problems, feeling a sense of satisfaction, and developing skills. Once this analysis is complete, many people realize that career satisfaction doesn't necessarily mean moving upward As a result, in some cases, individuals have chosen to move to lower jobs with less responsibility because they know it is a better fit for their personality and/or desired lifestyle.

A good career development training program will also assist individuals to identify their personal barriers and challenges to career path planning and to explore different means of overcoming these obstacles. From here, the program needs to assist individuals to build an action plan starting with the first 30 days, then 60 and 90 days.

At the conclusion of an internal career development program, participants will be able to identify the key elements that affect their personal engagement and job satisfaction at work. They will recognize that self-accountability and personal responsibility for their career is not something they do when they encounter challenges but instead, it is something they need to be cognizant of every day.

As a result, the employer will have an energized team of high productivity members who are not afraid to seek out alternative opportunities within the workplace rather than looking externally. Finally, if the baby boomer syndrome does strike the employer, the career development program will have prepared a backup group of employees with the skills, attitude and readiness to continue moving the company forward.

Source: Create your Career GPS, Career Partners International, 2012. Article courtesy of Barbara Bowes. Barbara J. Bowes, FCHRP, CMC, is president of Legacy Bowes Group. She can be reached at