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August 2013


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Entrepreneurial Stamina - Make sure you have what it takes to start a business - Part 2 of 2

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Enhancements to the Hiring Credit for Small Business (HCSB)

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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.


July 10, 2013 - Government of Canada invests to help youth with disabilities get jobs - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth with disabilities in London to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is intended to help youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. Participants will gain valuable life and job skills through workshops on topics such as problem solving, stress management, teamwork and effective communication. In addition, they will gain on-the-job experience in the service, retail or hospitality sectors. (Full Story)

July 4, 2013 - Harper Government Takes Further Action on Red Tape Priorities of Small Businesses - The Government has announced a number of improvements to services offered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). As a result of the feedback received through consultations, the CRA is making a number of changes that businesses want and need most. This includes: allowing businesses to submit payroll enquiries through the My Business Account enquiries service; allowing businesses to update business banking and direct deposit information online; and improving access to My Business Account by reducing the processing time for a Business Consent Form from 14 days to only 5 days. (Full Story)

June 26, 2013 - Harper Government announces changes to Employment Insurance for incarcerated individuals - The HRSDC today announced modifications to the Employment Insurance Act that remove preferential access for convicted criminals to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Individuals who are incarcerated are not entitled to receive EI benefits while detained. However, under the current legislation, claimants can have their EI qualifying and/or benefit periods extended beyond the usual 52 weeks for each week they are confined in a jail, penitentiary or similar institution. The result is that prisoners have greater access to EI benefits. (Full Story)

June 13, 2013 - Interest rates for the third calendar quarter - The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) today 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 July 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013. There have been no changes to the prescribed interest rates since last quarter. (Full Story)

June 13, 2013 - Revised Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) - The July 1, 2013 edition of the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) is now available on the CRA Web site. The PDOC is an interactive web application that calculates payroll deductions for all pay periods, provinces (except for Quebec), and territories. (Full Story)

June 2013 - Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance Explained - The CRA offers a document that provides information on social security agreements between Canada and other countries. It describes the conditions that an employment outside Canada has to meet to be pensionable under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) when there is a social security agreement. It also explains how to apply for a certificate of coverage. The legislative references in the social security agreements for Canada are to the Old Age Security Act and the Canada Pension Plan. (Full Story)


July 25, 2013 - Five Albertans appointed to the Labour Relations Board - Five Albertans with extensive labour relations experience have been appointed to the Alberta Labour Relations Board (LRB). The appointments are effective immediately. "These Albertans come to the Labour Relations Board with a wealth of valuable labour relations experience and are well respected in the labour community," said Dave Hancock, Minister of Human Services. "I am very pleased that these dedicated individuals will be joining and contributing to the Board." The newly appointed LRB members replace those whose terms have expired. (Full Story)

July 22, 2013 - Is your industry looking to customize your WCB premiums? - The Alberta WCB offers ICP, a flexible pricing program at the industry level. It allows industries to customize various features of WCB's standard pricing program to have a more direct relationship between an employer's experience record and premium rate. Depending on the ICP options the industry selects, employers could see a decrease in the industry base rate and they could see larger discounts and surcharges on individual employer accounts based on their performance. This means employers who are doing well will likely pay less, while employers who are doing poorly may pay more. (Full Story)

July 10, 2013 - Registered for a myWCB account - The Alberta WCB is encouraging people to register for a myWCB account so they can access a variety of online services and reporting tools. When you sign up, you will receive access to specific services based on your role at your organization. It's an easy way to begin managing your performance and costs online. (Full Story)

June 14, 2013 - British Columbia and Alberta working together on growing the economy and creating jobs - Meeting on areas of common interest on economic growth and job creation, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Alberta Premier Alison Redford agreed to work together for the benefit of British Columbians and Albertans. "Both Alberta and British Columbia benefit when we work together to grow the economy and create jobs," said Premier Clark. "As the economic powerhouses of Canada, it's in the national interest for us to succeed." (Full Story)

British Columbia:

Aug. 1, 2013 - New regional skills training plan for Kootenays - The Kootenay Regional Workforce Table has completed a skills training plan that will help ensure communities in the region have skilled workers to fill both current and future jobs. The Kootenay regional skills training plan focuses on aligning existing training programs to local jobs. This will help people in the region take advantage of the significant economic development opportunities that exist in B.C. (Full Story)

July 29, 2013 - Consultation begins for 2014 rates - WorkSafeBC announces that the average base premium rate for 2014 is projected to be higher by less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the average employer's total payroll costs. This follows a similar increase for 2013, after nearly a decade of level or declining rates. WorkSafeBC will be consulting with stakeholders on the expected rates over the course of the next two months, and a final decision on premium rates for 2014 will be made by the WorkSafeBC Board of Directors in October. The average rate per $100 of employers' assessable payroll is projected to increase from $1.63 to $1.70, a 4.8 percent rise in nominal terms. (Full Story)

July 23, 2013 - Action plan released for B.C.'s LNG sector - British Columbia will need more than 75,000 permanent skilled workers once liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects are fully operational in B.C., according to a new BC Natural Gas Workforce Strategy Committee report. In addition, 60,000 workers will be needed during peak construction in 2016 and 2017. "To make sure our province seizes the full opportunity of LNG, our first priority is building a strong and skilled B.C. workforce," said Premier Christy Clark. "The committee's report is a first step towards charting the course for LNG, and we will continue to work with all partners to make sure British Columbians remain first in line for the best opportunities." (Full Story)

July 23, 2013 - Progress made on controlling executive compensation - The Province of B.C. has released its annual disclosure of public-sector executive compensation, showing that measures announced last year to constrain pay, perks and benefits are starting to take effect, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced today. The policy was designed to balance the need to attract experienced and skilled individuals with government's commitment to ensuring Crown compensation practices reflect British Columbia's best interests. (Full Story)

July 9, 2013 -Government supports more women in trades throughout B.C. - Over the next decade, there will be an estimated one million job openings in B.C. in many sectors, including liquefied natural gas, mining and mineral exploration, and shipbuilding. Of those job openings, 43 per cent will require trades and technical training. In order to fulfill B.C.'s potential for prosperity and ensure British Columbians are first in line for well-paid jobs, the Province needs to tap into the full range of B.C.'s potential workforce. (Full Story)

July 5, 2013 - June labour numbers show steady growth - British Columbia showed strong and stable growth with a gain of 8,900 jobs last month and a drop in the overall unemployment rate to 6.3 per cent. The province gained 21,600 full-time jobs. This was offset by the loss of 12,700 part-time jobs. The overall unemployment rate fell throughout the province by 0.5 percentage points over last month. (Full Story)


July 22, 2013 - Manitoba Government To Help Skilled Newcomers Work In Their Chosen Fields Sooner - Manitoba is investing $1.4 million over two years to improve the recognition of foreign credentials and get people working more quickly, Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby and Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick announced today. This initiative will fund pilot programs designed to assist internationally educated newcomers get their professional qualifications recognized quickly and transition smoothly into the work force. (Full Story)

July 17, 2013 - WCB Reminds Manitobans of their Right to Report Workplace Injuries - Beginning at the end of July, the WCB is launching a new public awareness campaign that encourages workers and employers to report workplace injuries to the WCB. Research has shown that awareness of the WCB and people's likelihood of reporting workplace injuries varies greatly in our province. The groups most affected by lack of awareness of the WCB include young Manitobans, those not born in Canada and those who have never been injured and missed work. (Full Story)

June 26, 2013 - Province Launches 2013 Youth Summer Employment Programs - The Manitoba government has launched this year's summer employment programs to create jobs for youth across the province through partnerships with not-for-profit organizations, rural municipalities, private businesses, and government departments and agencies, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief announced today. The provincial government has committed to increasing Manitoba's workforce by 75,000 by 2020. Providing young people with employment opportunities is a first step in meeting this goal and also an investment in the province's future workforce success, Chief noted. (Full Story)

New Brunswick:

July 25, 2013 - Premiers continue to have concerns regarding proposed Canada Job Grant program - In its 2013 budget, the federal government announced its intention to change the way it contributes to training programs in Canada. While the premiers support the involvement of employers in skills and job training and in targeting programs to better meet employers' needs, they are concerned that the proposed changes would jeopardize the success of current training programs already in place, particularly those programs that help the most vulnerable people who need additional support to find jobs. (Full Story)

June 21, 2013 - Royal assent for OHS and WC Act amendments - Legislative amendments to the province's Workers' Compensation (WC) Act and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act received royal assent in the legislature June 21. The amendments will affect all New Brunswick employers, though enforcement will not take place until June 2014. WorkSafeNB is committed to communicating these changes to employers through information and education sessions as the in-force date approaches. (Full Story)

June 12, 2013 - Public-sector pension funds achieve strong investment returns in 2012-13 - The financial assets of New Brunswick's Public Service, Teachers' and Judges' pension plans grew to more than $10 billion by the end of 2012-13 in large part as a result of strong investment returns achieved by the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation. The corporation announced today that net assets under management of as March 31, 2013, reached an all-time high of $10.1 billion, up from $9.4 billion as of March 31, 2012. (Full Story)

Newfoundland and Labrador:

July 31, 2013 - Province Invests $1.5 Million for Sector Skills Employment Training - With an investment of $1.5 million from the federal-provincial Labour Market Agreement, the Sector Skills program will provide training and work experience to individuals who are helping to meet Newfoundland and Labrador's growing labour demand. "Sector Skills is preparing women and men for specific jobs in sectors where there is a demonstrated demand," said the Honourable Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills. "With historic opportunities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and an investment of $1.5 million, this unique program will help employers meet their need for workers and provide individuals with valuable training and work experience to secure a job." (Full Story)

July 3, 2013 - Employment Services Delivering Results Throughout Newfoundland and Labrador - New changes in the way employment services are delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador are resulting in improved supports, more effective online services, and better, more efficient results for clients, the Provincial Government announced today. A suite of new training tools and workshops to assist people in job searches and supports is now available online at Further career planning information is available by calling 1-800-563-6600. (Full Story)

June 13, 2013 - Injured Worker and Employer Survey Program now underway - Beginning in June 2013, the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission will conduct client service satisfaction surveys on a quarterly basis instead of annually, as part of its strategy to further improve client service. A random sample of injured workers and employers will be contacted starting the week of June 17 and selected clients will only be called once per year. The surveys will gauge satisfaction levels among clients. The outcomes of the surveys will be made public, and used to help develop action plans and enhancements to programs affecting client services. (Full Story)

June 10, 2013 - WHSCC 2012 annual performance report now available - The WHSCC 2012 annual performance report makes public important information about the province's workplace injury rates and Commission's funded position, strategic initiatives, latent occupational disease, claims duration and fatalities. The full report is available online. The Commission's funded position remained strong at approximately 92 per cent funded in 2012, while the value of the Commission's injury investment fund increased by $87 million. The Commission added a new $63 million occupational disease liability to the balance sheet in 2012, ensuring funds will be available to compensate workers suffering from occupational illness. (Full Story)

Nova Scotia:

July 29, 2013 - New Penalty System Focused on Worker Safety - The province wants to get tougher on employers who put workers at risk, and promote education and prevention for less serious infractions. This means fines for employers who break serious workplace safety rules or repeat offenders. For less serious infractions, inspectors will educate employers and employees to help ensure compliance with health and safety regulations. The government released a discussion paper that outlines proposed solutions for administrative penalties, which are fines for employers and employees who break safety laws. (Full Story)

July 24, 2013 - Employers to Better Prepare Apprentices for More Jobs - Young Nova Scotians will soon get better apprenticeship training and more jobs here at home. Employer and industry representatives released recommendations today to create an apprenticeship system that builds a highly skilled workforce for the growing job opportunities in the province. The representatives say too many apprentices are not completing their training, or are leaving home to do so. (Full Story)

July 12, 2013 - Province Helps Construction Workers, Companies Access Training - Construction workers and small businesses will soon have access to more training at their worksite, saving money and time, and helping workers maintain and develop skills for good jobs. "Continuous learning and improving skills are essential to the success of our businesses and our workers," said MLA Becky Kent. "Providing accessible training, particularly for small businesses in rural areas, will help to make businesses more productive and make sure that workers have the skills they need for the job." (Full Story)

July 11, 2013 - Province Protects Jobs for Families in Crisis - Parents who need to take time away from work because their child is critically ill or a victim of a serious crime will now have their jobs protected. The province has proclaimed changes to the Labour Standards Code, which take effect immediately. The changes provide job protection for parents and guardians who need to take leave from work when faced with a family crisis. Nova Scotia is the third province to bring its labour code in line with federal changes in employment insurance benefits. (Full Story)


July 31, 2013 - Ontario Helps Strengthen Financial Services Sector and Grow Economy - Ontario is renewing its funding for the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) for a further three years. The financial services industry is a major engine of economic growth and supports hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the Ontario economy. Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and grow the economy is part of the Ontario government's plan to build a prosperous and fair province for everyone. (Full Story)

July 29, 2013 - Helping Young People Find Good Jobs - Ontario's new Youth Employment Fund will help more young people find jobs. Starting this September, the fund will help employers offer four-to six-month job and training placements for young people seeking work. Ontario will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the fund. That includes up to $6,800 to help employers cover wages and training costs, and up to $1,000 to help young workers pay for job-related costs like tools and transportation to work. (Full Story)

July 17, 2013 - New Advisory Panel to Examine Ontario's Minimum Wage System - Ontario has appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, chaired by Anil Verma, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, to help ensure a process that is fair for workers, predictable for business and creates more opportunities for all Ontarians. Through consultations with business and labour groups, workers, anti-poverty advocates and academics, the panel will examine the province's current minimum wage policy and provide advice on how Ontario should determine the minimum wage in the future. (Full Story)

July 12, 2013 - No premium rate increases for 2014 - Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) today announced that premium rates will be maintained at current levels for all employers in 2014. This decision by the WSIB Board of Directors provides stability for employers as the WSIB, in consultation with stakeholders, reviews its methods for setting premium rates. The WSIB's recently released financial and operational reports on the first quarter of 2013, show continued operational and financial improvements, which are helping the WSIB to reduce its unfunded liability. (Full Story)

July 3, 2013 - Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Youth - Ontario is helping young people across the province gain new skills while earning an income this summer. Through the province's Jobs for Youth program and Youth in Policing Initiative, over 4,300 young people will gain valuable work experience that will better prepare them to join the workforce. Both programs provide young people ages 15-18 with training, a six to eight week paid placement and job search training for future employment opportunities. (Full Story)

Prince Edward Island:

August 01, 2013 - WCB Board Meeting Minutes - Summaries of the April and May 2013 meetings of the WCB Board of Directors are now available in the Accountability & Reporting section of the PEI WCB website. The Workers Compensation Board of Directors is made up of employer and worker representatives from across the Island. Together, they are responsible for the governance and strategic planning of the Workers Compensation Board. (Full Story)

July 19, 2013 - Call for Input: Health Canada Consultation to Improve Workplace Chemicals Labeling and Classification - Health Canada has launched its consultation process to improve labeling and classification of workplace chemicals. Input from the public is requested. This consultation begins the process of applying the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals. Health Canada wants comments on proposed changes to supplier requirements for classifying and labeling chemicals, and providing data sheets. Feedback will be accepted until September 15, 2013. (Full Story)

July 09, 2013 - Provide your feedback on WCB policy - The Workers Compensation Board has approved in principle changes to the policy, Employer Classification (POL-42). The PEI WCB is inviting workers to provide feedback on this draft policy by August 8, 2013 in the Policy Consultation section of their website. It's one of the ways that the PEI WCB works with stakeholders in that it helps 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)


July 25, 2013 - Saskatchewan Wage Increase Almost Double National Average - Average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan increased 4.8 per cent in May 2013 compared to May 2012. The increase was almost twice the national average of 2.5 per cent and the second highest among the provinces. Average weekly earnings in the province were $941.53 in May, well ahead of the $914.68 posted nationally. In the west, Saskatchewan's earnings were the second highest behind Alberta ($1,113.94) and ahead of British Columbia ($881.23) and Manitoba ($838.54). (Full Story)

July 23, 2013 - Saskatchewan Government To Consult On The Saskatchewan Employment Act Regulations - The Government of Saskatchewan continues to seek feedback on The Saskatchewan Employment Act. From Jul. 23 to Sept. 27, the government will begin consultation on The Saskatchewan Employment Act regulations. The Act consolidates 12 pieces of labour legislation into one updated and comprehensive Act that protects workers, promotes growth and increases accountability. This review focuses primarily on employment standards and labour relations; there are a number of occupational health and safety technical regulations that will be addressed later. (Full Story)

July 10, 2013 - Over 16,000 Job Opportunities At Saskjobs.Ca In June - Saskatchewan continues to have an abundance of employment opportunities posted on the website. The number of jobs hit 16,504 in June 2013, an 8.54 per cent increase when compared with June of 2012. There were 986,521 visits to in June, up by 4.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Mobile device hits totaled 295,421, which was 89.72 per cent higher than June of 2012. Employers from 327 communities in the province posted jobs in the month of June. More than half of the jobs are in two categories, sales and service and trades, transport and equipment operators. (Full Story)

July 5, 2013 - Saskatchewan Sets New Employment Record For The Second Straight Month - Saskatchewan had the strongest employment growth and lowest unemployment rate in Canada in June, according to the latest employment report released today by Statistics Canada. As a result, there are now more people working in Saskatchewan than ever before. 568,200 people were working in Saskatchewan in June, breaking the record of 560,900 set just one month earlier. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 3.7 per cent in June (seasonally adjusted), the lowest in Canada and well below the national rate of 7.1 per cent. (Full Story)

June 27, 2013 - Saskatchewan Leads Country In Wage Increases - Wages in Saskatchewan are growing faster than anywhere else in the country. According to the Statistics Canada Survey of Employment, Payroll and Hours that was released today, average weekly earnings in the province increased by 4.4 per cent in April 2013 compared to the same period one year ago. Saskatchewan's growth rate was the highest increase among the provinces and well above the national increase of 2.2 per cent. (Full Story)

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Entrepreneurial Stamina
Make sure you have what it takes to start a business
(Part 2 of 2)
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Starting a new business and/or purchasing an established enterprise require a good deal of personal stamina, courage and persistence in order to succeed. Review this brief list and determine if you have what it takes.

Affinity for your business sector -- success requires that an individual have a personal attachment to the product, the business sector and/or a process. For instance, if you don't like golf, don't buy a golf-related business!

Passion and planning -- many entrepreneurial oriented individuals are more dreamers than planners. If you are more of a visionary, then get yourself a business partner who can help to implement your dreams. Passion by itself is not enough.

Strong customer focus -- business relies on customers for success. Are you prepared to get to know your customers inside and out, to reach out to them rather than wait for people to come to you?

Persistent problem solving -- successful entrepreneurs are never rattled when confronted by unexpected problems. If you lack this important "never give up" attitude, then entrepreneurship may not be for you.

Forget about being modest -- our parents taught us to be modest; however, if you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to get out there and aggressively market yourself and your business.

Self-awareness -- before engaging in any entrepreneurial activity, individuals must truly understand themselves and their strength of character. Do you have the energy it will take to be successful? Do you have a positive attitude that will take you through the peaks and valleys you'll encounter? Do you have the ability to assess change and take advantage of opportunities quickly? These personality elements are critical to success.

Source: Canada's Small and Medium sized Business Owners: Diverse Society in Microcosm. TD Bank, October 2012 Canada loses 54,500 jobs in March Jobless rate ticks higher to 7.2% as private-sector hiring slumps, CBC online news April 5, 2013.

Article courtesy of Barbara Bowes - Barbara J. Bowes, FCHRP, CMC, CCP, M.Ed., is president of Legacy Bowes Group. She can be reached at