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August 2023 - Bonuses, retroactive pay increases or irregular amounts - The CRA reminds payroll administrators that if you paid bonuses, retroactive pay increases, or any other additional or unusual amounts to your employees, you have to deduct all of the following amounts: Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions (without taking into consideration the annual basic exemption amount if the payment is made separately from their regular pay) employment insurance (EI) premiums income tax. Click Here to see further details on these payroll deductions.

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Canadian Federal Payroll and Employment News

August 16, 2023 - JOBS Cutting Red Tape for Employers who Protect Temporary Foreign Workers - With growing labour and skills shortages across the country, many Canadian employers are struggling to fill jobs that are essential to their operations. The Government of Canada recognizes these challenges and wants to help employers hire the workers they need, while also reducing the administrative burden of such a task and ensuring temporary foreign workers are protected from abuse. (Full Story)

August 15, 2023 - How employers can alleviate labour challenges by supporting older workers who want to stay on the job - Employers can alleviate labour challenges by supporting older employees who want to continue working through training and opportunities. A new report by Statistics Canada found among pre-retirees, more than half (55 per cent) said they'd continue working longer if they could work part time, while 49 per cent said they'd continue working if they could work fewer hours without affecting their pension. (Full Story)

August 15, 2023 - "Not your typical job": CBSA hiring hundreds of student border officers - Students looking for work should pay attention to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), which is hiring for hundreds of student border services officer jobs. Over 470 total vacancies are waiting to be filled across Canada, including major cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto. Positions pay between $16 and $34 per hour. All applicants must be full-time students at a recognized or approved post-secondary institution. (Full Story)

August 15, 2023 - Canada's unfilled health-care jobs doubled since pandemic began: StatCan - The number of empty health-care jobs in Canada has more than doubled and care providers are working more overtime and taking more sick leave since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to Statistics Canada. An all-time high of 95,800 health-care jobs were vacant in the fourth quarter of 2022, more than twice the 2019 fourth-quarter figure of 40,100. Two-thirds of the vacancies were for nurses and support workers. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - Changes to Canada Labour Code Impose New Obligations for Employers - On July 9, 2023, new amendments to the Canada Labour Code (the "Code"), the Canada Labour Standards Regulations (the "Standards Regulation"), and the Administrative Monetary Penalties (Canada Labour Code) Regulations (the "AMP Regulation") came into force.[1] The amendments to the Code were originally passed in federal budget legislation in 2018. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - Survey shows employers, workers might be aligning on hybrid work - New data from recruiting company Robert Half shows just over half of hiring managers see a team's ideal working location to be a combination of remote and in-office workers. The survey found 54 per cent of hiring managers asked said a hybrid arrangement was the ideal situation. The result compared with 49 per cent of professionals surveyed who said they believed the ideal situation was a combination of remote and in-office workers. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - The Top 8 Most In-Demand Canada Jobs for Skilled Foreign Workers in 2023 - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC's) Immigration Levels Plan for 2023-2025 has laid out a target goal of 465,000 new permanent residents for 2023, 485,000 for 2024, and 500,000 for 2025; this translates to Canada looking to bring in roughly 1.5 million new permanent residents in the next three years. A large reason for such record-high immigration targets in Canada's near future is the country's dire labour needs, which have only been exacerbated due to its rapidly ageing population in recent years. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - 41% of Canadian employees plan to change jobs by the end of 2023: survey - Two-fifths (41 per cent) of Canadian employees say they're either already looking or plan to look for a new job before the end of the year, according to a new survey. The survey, which polled more than 1,100 workers, found generation Z employees (64 per cent) were most likely to make a career move in the remaining months of 2023, followed by employees who have been with their company for two to four years (56 per cent), marketing and creative professionals (51 per cent) and working parents (51 per cent). (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Helping more Canadians build careers in skilled trades - Skilled workers are the engine that drives Canada's economy and it needs more skilled trades workers to continue building industries in every corner of the country. Today, as part of the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, launched this year's call for proposals, which will provide over $25 million exclusively in the 2023-24 fiscal year for projects to support approximately 25,500 apprentices. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Hiring outlook for Canada hits highest rate in years: survey - Despite employers going through some troubled waters the past few months, their hiring outlook is at the highest rate in years, according to a recent report. Nearly three-in-four (73 per cent) of Canadian hiring decision-makers feel positively about the hiring outlook for the second half of this year, reports Express Employment Professionals. That number is up from 69 per cent in the second half of 2022 and 65 per cent in the second half of 2021. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Canada is losing tens of thousands of constructions jobs - Canada is hitting record immigration targets each year and the government is getting ready to welcome more people who work in skilled trades. But Canada continues to lose tens of thousands of jobs in the construction sector, according to recent data. According to Statistics Canada's jobs data released on Friday, the Canadian construction industry saw a loss of 45,000 jobs in July. This was a drop of 2.8 percent from the previous month. (Full Story)

August 8, 2023 - Cutting red tape for employers who protect temporary foreign workers - With growing labour and skills shortages across the country, many Canadian employers are struggling to fill jobs that are essential to their operations. To assist, the Government of Canada has launched the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. REP is a three-year initiative that will help to address labour shortages and reduce the administrative burden for repeat employers participating in the program who demonstrate a history of complying with program requirements. (Full Story)

August 4, 2023 - Labour Force Survey, July 2023 - Employment was little changed in July (-6,000; -0.0%). The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.5%, marking the third consecutive monthly increase. From January to July, monthly employment growth has averaged 22,000. The employment rate - the proportion of the population aged 15 and older who are employed-was 62.0% in July, down 0.2 percentage points in the month and little changed on a year-over-year basis. (Full Story)

August 3, 2023 - Canada's banks quietly shedding jobs as recruiters warn of rampant overhiring in recent years - Slowly but steadily, Bay Street is slashing jobs. RBC all but announced imminent layoffs in May, when they acknowledged that the bank had "overshot" hiring by "thousands of people." Weeks later, more than 100 people were dismissed from the capital markets division of BMO. Part of the reason banks want to keep the culling under the radar is to avoid government scrutiny. Canada Labour Code rules require any federally regulated employer planning to fire 50 or more employees within a four-week period to provide Employment and Social Development Canada with 16 weeks of advance written notice. (Full Story)

July 27, 2023 - Low-income workers to receive first enhanced Canada Workers Benefit payments - Starting tomorrow, millions of low- and modest-income Canadian workers will receive their first automatic advance payments of the newly enhanced Canada Workers Benefit, announced the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland. Enhancements to the Canada Workers Benefit, first announced in 2021, expanded eligibility to an additional one million workers-and now, support from the enhanced Canada Workers Benefit will come sooner to those who need it most. (Full Story)

July 18, 2023 - Finding Your First Job in Canada: Useful Tips for Newcomers - Finding your first job in a new country can seem challenging, but with the right guidance and approach, you can make the process smoother and increase your chances of success. Here are some useful tips to help you find your first job in Canada. One of the important steps in landing a job in Canada is preparing a resume that aligns with Canadian style. Canadian resumes typically highlight relevant skills, education, and work experience. (Full Story)

July 14, 2023 - Navigating the Canadian Job Market When You're New to Canada - Finding work is a top priority when you're new to Canada, but it can be done. You'll need to learn about the Canadian job market, prepare your paperwork so you can submit job applications, ensure your credentials are competitive, and find a way to get local experience. These ten steps can help increase your chances of finding a job and introduce you to your new community. (Full Story)

July 10, 2023 - Ontario, Nova Scotia And Newfoundland All Saw Canada Jobs Growth In June - Young and middle-aged men landed a lot more full-time Canada jobs in June as the employment picture brightened with a net employment gain of 60,000 filled positions, up by 0.3 per cent over the previous month. Women didn't fare as well even though the country added a total of 110,000 full-time jobs. (Full Story)

Provincial Payroll and Employment News (Choose a province to expand the articles)

August 11, 2023 - Alberta's hospitality industry welcomes thousands of workers in July - Alberta's hospitality industry welcomed thousands of workers last month - many of them to the food service and accommodation sectors. Statistics Canada numbers, analyzed by Alberta Central, showed employment in those two sectors grew by 10,600 jobs in July, the largest increase across all industries. But employers aren't just simply hiring, they're also adding certain perks or benefits to attract and retain employees. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Government of Alberta Proposes Alberta Signing Bonus to Address Skill Shortages in Lakeland Area - The Lakeland area is currently grappling with a shortage of skilled professionals in crucial sectors such as healthcare, childcare, and engineering. To bolster the efficient functioning of childcare facilities, hospitals, and trade industries, the UCP is actively considering the introduction of a $1200 "Alberta Signing Bonus" aimed at attracting skilled workers to these understaffed sectors. (Full Story)

August 10, 2023 - More foreign workers arriving in Alberta: ATB - The number of temporary foreign workers arriving in Alberta is on the rise, a recent report from ATB Financial shows. In the first five months of the year, the number of foreign workers coming to Alberta was more than double what it was at the same point in 2022, according to the bank's analysis of work permits issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. If the trend continues apace, Alberta is expected to welcome more than 77,000 new foreign workers this year, up from 45,000 in last year. (Full Story)

August 10, 2023 - Jobs will be wiped out with Alberta's pause on renewable energy: industry group - An industry group says Alberta's decision to pause approvals of new renewable energy projects is putting the lives of thousands of workers on hold. Iron and Earth, a group that assists fossil fuel employees transition to the renewables industry, says the United Conservative Party's announcement last week for a moratorium on renewable projects will wipe out a season on work. (Full Story)

July 19, 2023 - Alberta minimum wage needs to be nearly $25/hour in some cities to afford rent - The cost of living is tight for some, and a new report has flagged that the Alberta minimum wage needs to be nearly $25 in some cities just to afford rent. According to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a huge amount of neighbourhoods in key Alberta cities have very little to no affordable one- and two-bedroom rental units for full-time minimum-wage workers. (Full Story)

July 24, 2023 - More Albertans report workplace injuries as claim duration increases - Data from the Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta shows more people in the province have been reporting workplace injuries. The average claim duration, which is the length of time an injured worker receives wage loss replacement benefits, increased by almost 85 per cent between 2015 and 2022. The statistic refers to only lost-time claims, meaning it does not include cases where people return to work the day after an accident. (Full Story)

July 7, 2023 - Helping visually impaired Albertans find work - While Alberta's economy continues to grow and more jobs are created, Albertans with visual impairment are finding it difficult to find work due to their unique needs and the specific accommodations they require. Alberta's government is committed to supporting Albertans living with disabilities. This $1-million grant to the CNIB will help remove employment barriers and ensure more visually impaired Albertans are able to contribute to the province's growing economy. (Full Story)

July 4, 2023 - AB had 3rd worst payroll employee growth under UCP - Statistics Canada recently released data on payroll employment for each of the provinces. The seasonally adjusted data was as of April 2023. This data is different from the labour force data I reported on for April, in that this specifically reports on workers who are on payroll. In particular, it includes full-time employees, part-time employees, as well as permanent, casual, temporary, and seasonal employees. It also includes working owners, directors, partners, and other officers of incorporated businesses, as well as employees who work at home or on the road but report to the location. (Full Story)

August 12, 2023 - B.C. moves closer to gig worker protection laws - British Columbia's labour minister plans to soon pass new laws guaranteeing basic pay, rights and protections for tens of thousands of gig workers. Harry Bains's office has launched a call for proposals that could see new requirements placed on companies like Uber, DoorDash and Lyft, whose drivers and delivery workers work without minimum pay, sick leave or other basic benefits. (Full Story)

August 4, 2023 - B.C. jobs down in July, jobs minister says she's not worried - British Columbia has seen another decline in jobs in July, as Canada's national job number statistics were released Friday. Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey shows that employment in the country was little changed in July, falling by 6,400 jobs. In B.C., jobs fell by 1,600 in July compared with June. (Full Story)

August 3, 2023 - Work continues around improved protections for app-based workers - The Ministry of Labour is seeking feedback on possible solutions to provide better working conditions for app-based ride-hailing and food-delivery workers. Platform companies, workers and others have shared their views on the pros and cons of this type of gig work. Low, unpredictable pay, as well as worker safety and workers' compensation in case of becoming injured on the job are among concerns that have been identified. (Full Story)

July 29, 2023 - B.C. announces $7M in funding to help newcomers find jobs - The provincial government has announced a new grant it says will help make jobs more accessible for newcomers in B.C. "We're breaking down barriers to employment and helping immigrants and newcomers build their lives in this wonderful province," Sheila Malcolmson, minister of social development and poverty reduction, said Wednesday, in announcing the province's $7-million in funding to the non-profit Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. (IECBC). (Full Story)

July 27, 2023 - WorkSafeBC holds preliminary average base premium rate flat for employers in 2024 - WorkSafeBC announced today that the preliminary average base rate for 2024 will remain unchanged at 1.55 percent of employers' assessable payroll. Subject to final approvals by WorkSafeBC's Board of Directors, this will be the seventh year in a row that the average base rate has remained at this level, consistent with WorkSafeBC's goal of keeping rates stable. (Full Story)

July 17, 2023 - Proposed policies regarding duty to cooperate and duty to maintain employment - The Workers Compensation Amendment Act (No. 2), 2022 (Bill 41) amended the Workers Compensation Act to add a duty to cooperate and a duty to maintain employment. These new provisions will come into force January 1, 2024. WorksafeBC is inviting feedback on the discussion paper and proposed policies until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 1, 2023. (Full Story)

July 10, 2023 - B.C. falling behind on wages for early childhood educators amidst staff shortage: Report - British Columbia is falling behind on wages for early childhood educators (ECEs) compared to other provinces as it expands its $10-a-day child care program, a new report has found. In 2021, the provincial government committed to developing a wage grid for ECEs that would create competitive salaries and improve recruitment and retention in the profession. (Full Story)

July 7, 2023 - B.C. employment takes a hit as province loses 2,600 jobs in June - B.C.'s recent streak of soft employment numbers continued in June as the province shed 2,600 jobs and the unemployment rate ticked upward, according to Statistics Canada data released Friday.  The province started off the year relatively strong, adding 8,000 jobs in January. But labour demand on the West Coast has cooled since then, with the addition of 6,700 jobs in February and the loss of 100 jobs in March. Those losses were followed by gains of 2,100 jobs in April and 1,400 jobs in May. (Full Story)

July 6, 2023 - B.C. builds new opportunities for careers in skilled trades - More people will be able to access new and enhanced resources and programming to support entering the trades and to help complete their apprenticeships through a $5-million provincial investment. This investment supports six B.C. organizations specializing in attracting people into the skilled trades and supporting them during their pre-apprentice training and apprenticeships. (Full Story)

August 10, 2023 - NDP promise to restore 1 to 1 apprenticeship-supervisor ratio for skilled trades - Manitoba New Democrats are promising to reverse a change made to provincial labour standards by the Progressive Conservative government. NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Thursday if he's elected premier this fall, Manitoba would once again require employers in the skilled trades to maintain a 1 to 1 ratio between apprentices and the journeypersons who supervise them in the workplace. (Full Story)

August 3, 2023 - Summer Application Intake To Open For Canada-Manitoba Job Grant - The governments of Canada and Manitoba are opening the second round of program intake for the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant in 2023, which helps businesses meet training and workforce development needs for new and existing employees. The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is a joint initiative between both levels of government and provides cost-shared funding support for employers to purchase third-party-delivered training for new and existing employees. (Full Story)

August 3, 2023 - Manitoba Government Provides $1.7 Million To Help Manitobans Enter The Labour Market - The Manitoba government is providing nine community-based organizations with up to $1.7 million from the Journey to Independence Fund to deliver programming that will support Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) participants to pursue meaningful employment. The Journey to Independence Fund was established in 2021 and designed to provide funding to community-based organizations across Manitoba with experience supporting individuals to enter the labour market. (Full Story)

July 31, 2023 - Manitoba employment pilot aimed at young adults with intellectual disabilities - The Manitoba government is hoping a new pilot project will help young adults with intellectual disabilities find meaningful employment. Monday, and said the program's goal is to work with employment service providers to create greater job options. The two-year initiative - Improving Quality of Life - is a $600,000 project that is limited to 30 participants between the ages of 18 and 20, and an unlimited number from 20 to 25. (Full Story)

June 27, 2023 - More Than 300 Internationally Educated Health-Care Professionals Accepting Manitoba Job Offers - The Manitoba government looks forward to welcoming hundreds of qualified internationally educated health-care professionals after nearly 90 per cent of candidates offered jobs during a recent recruitment mission to the Philippines accepted positions across the province. Candidates are now one step closer to their dream of living and working in Manitoba communities. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - N.B. social justice group pushes for $20 minimum wage, enhanced worker benefits - The N.B. Common Front for Social Justice is calling on the provincial government to take action against the rising cost of living in New Brunswick. The organization said many New Brunswickers are grappling with food insecurity and increased rents. The organization said nearly one-quarter of New Brunswick households face food insecurity, the second highest among Canadian provinces. (Full Story)

August 8, 2023 - Feedback sought on proposed legislative change for correctional officers making PTSD claims - WorkSafeNB want to hear from you. They have launched a public consultation to seek input on whether to pursue a legislative change under the Workers' Compensation Act that would provide a presumptive clause for any correctional officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a work-related incident. (Full Story)

July 20, 2023 - Care Closer to Home - WorkSafeNB adopts new service delivery model - WorkSafeNB has rolled out a new rehabilitation care model that allows clients to remain in their homes and closer to their support networks. The new model was adopted following comprehensive consultation with New Brunswick's stakeholders, workers, and employers and a trial period. This model was initially tested in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced WorkSafeNB to suspend services at its rehabilitation centre (WRC) in Grand Bay-Westfield. (Full Story)

July 14, 2023 - Employers, international students in New Brunswick urge extension of a pilot study that allows them to work full time - International students struggling to find work in New Brunswick are calling for an extension of a pilot program that temporarily lifts the 20-hour-per-week cap for eligible post-secondary students working off-campus. The call was made Friday in Fredericton by many of the 300 attending a job fair for newcomer and international students. (Full Story)

July 14, 2023 - SUCCEED: The first step of care for all accepted TPI claims - Over the past few years, WorkSafeNB determined a need to better enable immediate treatment for workers experiencing a traumatic psychological injury (TPI). Last year, WorkSafeNB started the SUCCEED program, which offers workers with a TPI immediate access to treatment - within three weeks of an application for workers' compensation. Delivered by WorkSafeNB-approved licensed social workers and counselling therapists, it provides a starting point for workers with a TPI. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Boosting Newfoundland, Labrador's Ocean Workforce Investment - Atlantic Canada's ocean economy creates good, highly skilled jobs and represents tremendous growth potential in the region and in international markets. Within the next ten years, Canada's ocean workforce is expected to experience a significant turnover in employment, with estimates that close to half of the workforce will retire. To help address this, the Government of Canada is investing in the Council of Marine Professional Associates (COMPASS). (Full Story)

July 30, 2023 - Career changers find success in Newfoundland and Labrador tech industry - Andrew Reynolds shares an office with his four-year-old daughter. She paints while Reynolds works as a software developer. It's a much different scene from the job Reynolds worked less than a year ago - prison guard at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's. Reynolds became one of the people who switched careers to join Newfoundland and Labrador's booming tech industry - which TechNL, an industry association, says could create up to 5,000 jobs in the province over the next few years. (Full Story)

July 18, 2023 - Public Advisory: Apply Now to Train for an In-Demand Career With Skills Development Funding - The Provincial Government is encouraging individuals eligible to receive funding to attend post-secondary training for an in-demand career to apply now for the Skills Development program. Under the program, students may receive funding for tuition, books, cost of living supports, child care and other education related costs, making these benefits amongst the most generous in Canada. (Full Story)

July 11, 2023 - N.L. unemployment rate hit 8.8% in June, the lowest on record since 1976 - Newfoundland and Labrador's labour market marked a milestone last month, as its unemployment rate was reported at the lowest it's been since data became available in 1976. The latest labour market survey from Statistics Canada showed Newfoundland and Labrador's unemployment rate fell 1.4 percentage points, from 10.2 per cent in May to 8.8 per cent in June. (Full Story)

July 5, 2023 - Community Enhancement Employment Program Applications Now Available - The Provincial Government is now accepting applications for the Community Enhancement Employment Program. Not-for-profit organizations and local governments that wish to sponsor projects funded by the program are eligible to apply. Individuals can be employed for up to 400 hours in order to become eligible for employment insurance benefits. In 2022-23, the program provided funding for 201 projects, supporting approximately 700 workers. (Full Story)

July 31, 2023 - Access to skilled trades training and certification has improved according to new GNWT report - Access to skilled trades training and certification has improved, according to the final report on the Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupational Certification Strategy 2017-2022 (Strategy). The final report measures success in advancing and implementing the objectives, in accordance with the Strategy's Performance Measurement Plan. (Full Story)

July 21, 2023 - NWT employment rate strongest in Canada - The Northwest Territories led all provinces and territories with a 70.7 per cent employment rate as of April. The national rate was 61.6 per cent, seasonally unadjusted. The NWT's employment rate for all of 2022 was 73.1 per cent, which the GNWT deems as close to full employment. There were 24,100 people employed in the NWT versus 1,400 unemployed, creating an unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent. Comparing it to the month of April for each year for the past decade, it's the lowest rate. (Full Story)

July 12, 2023 - Too much or not enough? N.W.T. minimum wage hike draws criticism on both sides - The government of the Northwest Territories is raising the minimum wage from $15.20 per hour to $16.05 per hour. The change is set to take effect this September, and is meant to take into account the cost of living. One business owner said even with the wage hike  - the minimum wage is just not enough money. (Full Story)

July 10, 2023 - GNWT to increase minimum wage in the Northwest Territories - The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has announced the 2023 adjustment to minimum wage in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Effective September 1, 2023, the minimum wage will increase from $15.20 per hour to $16.05 per hour. This change reflects the percentage changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the average hourly wage for 2021 and 2022. (Full Story)

July 9, 2023 - NWT's employment rate backs off but remains strong - The NWT's employment rate in June was 70.8 percent, down from the exceptional heights of last year but still the strongest in Canada, the territory's bureau of statistics says. Employment rates matter because they help to show how many people are in work and, as a consequence, how hard employers might find it to hire people. (Full Story)

August 10, 2023 - Workplace injury rate continues to improve - Fewer Nova Scotians are getting hurt at work. The province's injury rate continued its long-term improvement trend reaching an historic low of 1.41 in the first quarter of 2023 compared to 1.54 at the end of 2022. The number measures injuries serious enough to cause the worker to lose time from the job, per 100 workers covered by workers' compensation in N.S. There was also encouraging progress in the amount of time lost to workplace injury, with fewer days lost in Q1 compared to the same period last year. (Full Story)

July 26, 2023 - Governments of Yukon and Nova Scotia to work together to enhance training, recruitment, retention and labour mobility for Health Human Resources - The Yukon and Nova Scotia governments will share best practices on the recruitment, retention and training of health care providers, including the credentialing and licensing of internationally educated health providers; potential models of care such as approaches for rural and remote communities; as well as other areas for collaboration. (Full Story)

June 30, 2023 - New Sick Note Rules Effective July 1 - Doctors will have more time to take care of their patients as the Province's new rules for sick notes come into force. As of Saturday, July 1, Nova Scotia employers can no longer request a sick note unless an employee is absent for more than five working days or has already had two absences of five or fewer working days in the previous 12-month period. When employees do need a sick note, another change allows other healthcare professionals besides doctors to provide it. (Full Story)

August 1, 2023 - Job retention on agenda as Canada's top nurse tours Nunavut - Nursing education and retention are two key issues on the mind of Leigh Chapman, Canada's chief nursing officer, as she concludes a visit to Nunavut this week. In the North, staffing shortages in health care frequently cause community health centres to temporarily close. Chapman said the federal government offers some initiatives to encourage recent nursing graduates to pursue jobs in the North for two years in exchange for student loan forgiveness. (Full Story)

July 14, 2023 - GN to ‘enhance' wages for early childhood educators, minister says - Nunavut plans to increase wages for early childhood educators when it releases a new grid for them in October, the territory's Education Minister Pamela Gross says. It's a move aimed at helping the Government of Nunavut recruit and retain more of the workers, she added. Early childhood educators work with children and are the backbones of licensed child care centres, daycares and kindergartens. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - Survey shows employers, workers might be aligning on hybrid work - New data from recruiting company Robert Half shows just over half of hiring managers see a team's ideal working location to be a combination of remote and in-office workers. The survey found 54 per cent of hiring managers asked said a hybrid arrangement was the ideal situation. The result compared with 49 per cent of professionals surveyed who said they believed the ideal situation was a combination of remote and in-office workers. (Full Story)

August 11, 2023 - Jobs of the Future: Check out the Better Jobs Ontario program - The province says 300,000 jobs go unfilled every day in Ontario, and the Better Jobs Ontario program aims to help those qualified land one of those unfilled jobs. Spark Employment Services in Sudbury can help eligible people access the program, which is designed to get people in the workforce quickly "by focusing on training programs that can be completed within 52 weeks or less, including micro-credential programs." (Full Story)

August 9, 2023 - Additional protection coming to southwestern Ontario foreign workers - The federal government has launched a program designed to help address labour shortages, as well as protect temporary foreign workers from abuse. The Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program was announced, under the existing plan for temporary foreign workers (TFW). The $29.3-million, three-year program will help fill vital jobs across southwestern Ontario by offering incentives to companies who have repeatedly hired TFWs and remain in good standing. (Full Story)

August 8, 2023 - Ontario Providing Free Training for Construction Workers - The Ontario government is investing $3.6 million to support three innovative projects to help over 2,200 women and young people across Ontario prepare for meaningful and well-paying careers in the construction trades. Led by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), these free programs will focus on increasing female participation in the industry, providing online training tools and exclusive employment opportunities to jobseekers. (Full Story)

August 1, 2023 - Apply For Ontario Works - Ontario Works program is to help people in temporary financial need find sustainable employment and achieve self-reliance through the provision of effective, integrated employment services and financial assistance. Employment services play a critical role in helping individuals prepare for, connect with, and remain in the labour market. Ontario Works employment assistance helps people to become and stay employed, and includes employment activities. (Full Story)

July 11, 2023 - Ontario Launches Free Job Training for Newcomers - The Ontario government is investing $2.6 million in four free training projects to help more than 300 newcomers, including displaced Afghans and Ukrainians, find meaningful jobs with local employers. Ontario welcomes more immigrants than any other province each year, and research has shown that helping internationally-trained newcomers work in the professions they studied for could increase Ontario's GDP by up to $100 billion over the next five years. (Full Story)

July 7, 2023 - Ontario Fostering Economic Growth with Thousands of New Jobs - Ninety-three per cent of jobs created in Canada in June were in Ontario. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement on today's monthly employment release by Statistics Canada showing jobs in Ontario increased by 55,800 in June 2023. "Ontario is once again leading the nation in job creation with more than 700,000 jobs created across the province since June 2018. All job gains last month were full-time employment." (Full Story)

July 5, 2023 - Ontario Protecting Workers by Requiring Temporary Help Agency Licences - The Ontario government is protecting vulnerable and temporary foreign workers by requiring temporary help agencies (THAs) and recruiters to have a licence to operate in the province as of January 1, 2024. Inspections by Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development officers have shown that multiple temporary help agencies in Ontario are illegally paying people below the minimum wage and denying other basic employment rights to gain an unfair competitive advantage over law-abiding agencies by undercutting rates. (Full Story)

July 4, 2023 - Ontario businesses can now report and pay WSIB premiums through their Canada Revenue Agency My Business Account - The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has worked in collaboration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to launch a new option for Ontario businesses to conveniently report their insurable earnings and make WSIB premium payments online through their CRA My Business Account. This new service gives businesses another simple way to manage their accounts, allowing them to pay their WSIB premiums at the same time they file their business taxes. (Full Story)

August 4, 2023 - Employment rose in PEI in July - Statistics Canada says employment rose in Prince Edward Island by 1,500 in July, partly offsetting losses in June. The unemployment rate in the province was little changed at 8.1%.  Nationally, employment was little changed last month as the economy lost a modest 6,400 jobs.  Meanwhile, the country's unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 per cent amid population growth.  July marks the third consecutive month that the unemployment rate has risen. (Full Story)

June 23, 2023 - Refusing unsafe work - What you need to know - In addition to the right to know about health and safety issues and the right to participate in decisions that could affect their health and safety, workers also have the right to refuse to work when they believe a task or situation is dangerous to them or others in the workplace. Exercising the right to refuse work may be the outcome of a failure to ensure a workers' rights to know and participate. (Full Story)

August 15, 2023 - Sask. to review employment standards. How could that affect working from home? - Experts agree that when the Saskatchewan government makes changes to its Employment Act as part of a review, it should set clear boundaries about how available employees should be when not at the office. The Saskatchewan government is considering making provisions in the Employment Act in the first substantive review in more than a decade including considering work hours and layoffs. (Full Story)

August 14, 2023 - Feedback Wanted On Employment Standards Provisions Of The Saskatchewan Employment Act And Regulations - The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for public feedback as part of its review of the employment standards provisions in Part II of The Saskatchewan Employment Act and the accompanying regulations. "World events, innovative ways of doing business and the use of technology have created new working arrangements for employers and employees," Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. (Full Story)

August 10, 2023 - Métis Patient Support Workers - Métis Patient Support Workers work collaboratively with the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan (MN-S) Ministry of Health to operate a Métis-specific Patient Support Program. Through the program, they help Métis patients and families by providing information and assistance with MN-S programs and services, providing information regarding provincial or community-based health programming and traditional, culturally safe resources, and many other tasks. (Full Story)

August 4, 2023 - Saskatchewan records first drop in monthly employment since March: StatsCan - Saskatchewan's monthly job numbers fell by 5,700 or one per cent in July, the first decline for the province since March, according to Statistics Canada's latest labour force survey. About 5,200 of the losses were full-time positions and 500 were part time, according to the report released on Friday. Saskatchewan's construction, healthcare and manufacturing sectors all lost at least 1,000 jobs, while educational services added nearly 4,000 jobs. (Full Story)

August 2, 2023 - Saskatchewan wages below national average in May - Statistics Canada released their payroll employment and earnings numbers Thursday morning, and Saskatchewan is sitting in the middle of the pack in many of the metrics. The average weekly earnings in the province in May were $1156.83, which was the 5th highest in the country, and below the national average of $1205.35. The earnings for May were down from April by nearly $10, the largest decline of any province. (Full Story)

July 7, 2023 - More People Working in Saskatchewan Than Ever Before - More people are working in the province than ever before with 604,700 people working today in Saskatchewan. Regina and Saskatoon are also seeing record levels of employment at 148,300 and 198,800, respectively. Newly released labour force figures from Statistics Canada for June also show strong labour force growth in Saskatchewan with 3,300 new jobs when compared to June 2022, and 1,800 new jobs when compared to May 2023. (Full Story)

July 7, 2023 - 21% of Sask. construction workforce could retire within decade: association - The Saskatchewan government is boasting numbers from Statistics Canada that say the province is adding jobs and enjoys one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but the construction industry, however, faces some daunting hurdles in the next few years. She said this is a multi-faceted issue, noting some people never came back to work after the initial shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. An ageing workforce is also an issue. (Full Story)

August 5, 2023 - Growing demand for French services puts labour market pressure on territories - A non-profit working to make quality of life in French better in the Yukon is targeting its ongoing recruitment campaign to get more French-speaking workers where urgent needs lie: health, education, early childhood and tourism. An Aug. 1 press conference held at Association franco-yukonnaise provided insight on the campaign to fill job vacancies and help businesses offer services in both official languages. (Full Story)

August 4, 2023 - Minto workers owed wages may be protected by government programs - Information is being circulated for former employees of the recently-abandoned Minto mine who are trying to recover unpaid wages. The mine, located north of Whitehorse on Selkirk First Nation settlement land, was abandoned by its operator Minto Metals Corp. in May. The territorial government promptly hired a contractor to take over the management of the site and ensure water treatment continued. (Full Story)

July 26, 2023 - Governments of Yukon and Nova Scotia to work together to enhance training, recruitment, retention and labour mobility for Health Human Resources - The Yukon and Nova Scotia governments will share best practices on the recruitment, retention and training of health care providers, including the credentialing and licensing of internationally educated health providers; potential models of care such as approaches for rural and remote communities; as well as other areas for collaboration. (Full Story)

Report: How do women feel about equity in the workplace?

We see your DE&I committees, equitable pay plans and inclusive hiring endeavours. But when it comes to gender equity, are all these initiatives actually making it out of meeting boardrooms to create real change in the workplace?

Capterra went right to the source to find out. It surveyed nearly 1000 Canadian male and female part- and full-time professionals to learn more about their experiences in fair treatment, equitable pay and representation.

When it comes to equal treatment, the study authors note that it's not as simple as hiring an equal number of men and women. To understand where inequalities are affecting women, the study separated factors of employment to find the differences.

The report looked at how comfortable men and women felt asking for promotions that support career advancements. Of the respondents, 41% of male employees said they felt mostly or totally comfortable asking their manager for a promotion, while only 27% of women reported feeling that same level of comfortability.

As a result, this may be impeding how women advance in their careers: 42% of women surveyed have never asked for or received a promotion, compared to 33% of men. They were also less likely to receive unsolicited promotions than men. Nearly a third (32%) of men got promoted without having to ask, while this only happened for 27% of female respondents.

Women were also less likely to be happy with their pay compared to men. While 45% of male respondents said they were satisfied with their current salary, only 37% of female respondents said the same. Of the women who weren't highly satisfied with their pay, reasons included feeling they weren't paid enough for the work that they did (43%), believing they weren't paid enough to make a good living (42%) and that they thought other people in the same position were paid more (21%).

Closing pay gaps is a directive from the government, as outlined in its Pay Equity Act, which aims to establish and maintain pay equity plans within organizations. The Act says that such a plan within an organization should determine job classes, identify whether they're predominantly male- or female-dominated, evaluate the work produced by each job class and calculate compensation, and compare compensation between job classes doing work that is of equal, or near equal, value.

The vast majority of respondents said that they think pay equity initiatives are being respected at their companies (80%). But perceptions of equitable pay between genders tells a different story. More than a quarter of women surveyed (27%) believe their company is paying female employees less than their male counterparts, while only 9% of male respondents share this opinion.

Please return next issue for the completion of this article.

Article by Chelsea Clarke. Read the original article.

Software Updates

eNETEmployer (Current Release)

  • Changed the default option for "Allow Negative" in the Current Payroll - Accumulators screen from "Yes" to "No". The means that if requested, the accumulator will not pay out more than the value of the accumulator.
  • Added an "MM" prefix to the Transmitter Number cell in the Year-End Settings - screen. This ensures that the prefix will be included along with your 6-digit transmitter number when you create your XML file.
  • Fixed an issue where the browser displayed a message asking you to confirm if the changes were saved, even after you pressed the <Enter> key to save the changes.
  • Updated French translations in various menus, screens, and reports.
  • Added a warning message when you enter a birth date where the employee is under age 16 or over 70. Either case will not prevent you from proceeding, but the warning is in place so that you are aware that CPP may be affected.
  • Fixed an issue where the Cheques Issued cell incremented each time you chose either the "Test" or "Quick View" buttons in the Payroll Processing - Calculations screen. It now increments only when you choose the Generate Reports button.
  • Adjusted the alignment of paystubs in cases where the totals on certain rows were not clearly legible.
  • Fixed an issue where the Search box would display results that seemed contrary to the term you entered. This occurred because the Search feature was also including text that was only visible at the database level. The Search feature now includes only user-visible text strings.

GrandMaster Suite (v. 18.05)

  • Added the July 2023 mid-year tax calculation changes.

GrandMaster II (v. 18.03)

  • Added the July 2023 mid-year tax calculation changes.

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