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October 2023 - Minimum Wage Updates by Province - Did you know that CanPay provides an up-to-date web page that shows the current and proposed minimum wage details for all 13 provinces and territories? This free online resource also includes information on commonly requested payroll topics and recent changes to payroll and employment standards. Click Here to learn more about minimum wage changes in Canada.

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Canadian Federal Payroll and Employment News

October 4, 2023 - Canada Seeks Proposals for Youth Job Market Projects - Canadian youth are among the brightest and hardest working in the world, and they are focused on building a better future for themselves and their communities. To build a solid foundation, young people are eager to join the job market and earn money from meaningful employment opportunities. However, we know that many young people still face barriers to employment. That is why the Government of Canada continues to invest through its comprehensive array of youth programming to make sure young people are connected to fulfilling employment opportunities. (Full Story)

October 3, 2023 - 'Financial storm' facing Canadian workers is an 'emergency,' as more face financial stress: survey - There has been a significant spike in the number of Canadian workers who are financially stressed, according to a new survey by the National Payroll Institute, which described its findings as a serious "financial storm" that is "far more intense than predicted." The 15th Annual National Payroll Institute's Survey of Working Canadians, which was conducted by the Financial Wellness Lab on behalf of the institute, found that the number of workers classified as being financially stressed jumped by 20 per cent over the past year, hitting 37 per cent overall. (Full Story)

October 3, 2023 - Where does Canada rank globally when it comes to work-life balance? - With workers prioritizing employment that provides the work-life balance that they need, where does Canada rank globally in this regard? Ninth overall, according to global HR platform provider Remote. Canada made it to the top 10 with a score of 67.91 out of 100 in the company's Global Life-Work Balance Index, which considered a number of factors. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - 10 ways to support Indigenous employees in your organization - Last week, Canada recognized National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - a chance to honor the journey of residential school survivors and their families. While remembering should be a year-round commitment, the day itself serves as an apt reminder to Canadian organizations and employers of the individual issues faced by Indigenous employees - both at work and at home. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - Minimum Wage Went up In 6 Provinces & Ontario Workers are Getting One of the Biggest Raises - If you get paid hourly rates at your job, minimum wage just went up in six provinces across the country so you could be making more money now. Ontario workers are getting one of the biggest raises in Canada this month along with people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan! Provincial and territorial minimum wage is typically bumped up in April or October each year which means some places just bumped up hourly pay rates. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - Older workers seeking more entry-level employment opportunities: Report - Nearly eight in 10 (79%) employers plan to hire more staff in the second half of this year, up from 70% in the last six months of 2022, according to a recent report. Overall, over seven in 10 (73%) are looking to fill full-time positions, 38% are seeking to hire part-time workers and 52% are on the hunt for those willing to work contract/freelance positions. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - The trends of immigrant employment in Canada - Canada's workforce is one of the most skilled in the world-due not just to excellent educational institutions within the country, but also because of highly skilled newcomers who arrive to Canada annually and drive growth in the labour force. However, how successful are newcomers at finding employment in Canada, in the short, medium, and long-term? (Full Story)

September 27, 2023 - Government of Canada takes action to improve employer compliance and better protect temporary foreign workers - The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) plays an important role in Canada's economy, allowing Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill jobs when qualified Canadians are not available. Ensuring the health and safety of these workers while they are in Canada is essential, and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has been taking action to ensure broad compliance with the rules. (Full Story)

September 20, 2023 - Workers give Canadian employers higher marks for mental health support - Employers seem to be improving when it comes to catering to the mental health needs of employers, but there is room for improvement, according to a recent report. Overall, employees give their employers a score of 6.6 out of 10 - up from the 4.4 score back in 2021. Meanwhile, there was virtually no change in how employers scored themselves on this subject (7.5 out of 10), finds Lighthouse Research & Advisory. (Full Story)

September 14, 2023 - Canada Employment Insurance Commission confirms 2024 Employment Insurance premium rate - The Canada Employment Insurance Commission today made available the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2024 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate. The rate is set at $1.66 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.32 for employers who pay 1.4 times the employee rate. This represents a three-cent increase from the 2023 EI premium rate of $1.63 for employees and $2.28 for employers. (Full Story)

September 14, 2023 - Payroll taxes weigh on small businesses and cut take-home income for workers - Payroll taxes have increased in most Canadian provinces since 2019, further driving up the cost of doing business for employers and diminishing workers' take-home income, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Nearly three-quarters (71%) of small businesses said payroll taxes, out of all taxes, stunt their business growth the most. (Full Story)

September 8, 2023 - Canada job gains double expectations, wages accelerate - Canada's labour market blew past expectations and wages rose faster, signaling there's still some gas left in the jobs machine even as the economy gears down. The country added 40,000 jobs in August, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 per cent following three straight monthly increases, Statistics Canada reported Friday in Ottawa. The figures beat expectations for a gain of 20,000 positions and a jobless rate of 5.6 per cent, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. (Full Story)

August 29, 2023 - Government of Canada invests in projects to increase access to employment opportunities and support persons with disabilities in the workplace - Building on the government of Canada's commitment to improve inclusion and financial security of Canadians with disabilities, today, the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, Kamal Khera, announced nearly $73 million in funding under the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities (OF) to support 31 projects that organizations across Canada will launch this year. (Full Story)

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

October 2, 2023 - Alberta doesn't plan to increase minimum wage as 6 provinces raise theirs - Six provinces raised their minimum wage this weekend but Alberta has no plans to adjust its base pay of $15 per hour introduced in 2018. Ontario increased its minimum wage to $16.55; Manitoba to $15.30; Nova Scotia, P.E.I and Newfoundland and Labrador to $15; and Saskatchewan to $14. The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour wants the provincial government to increase the minimum wage to keep up with inflation. (Full Story)

September 29, 2023 - October 1st marks five years without an increase to Alberta's minimum wage - Come Sunday it will be five years since minimum-wage earners in Alberta have seen a wage increase and the Alberta Federation of Labour's president calls it a sad anniversary. The minimum wage in Alberta remains $15 an hour. "Since the last increase in the minimum wage, the cost of living in Alberta has gone up by 18 per cent, which is the largest jump in inflation in more than 40 years," said federation president Gil McGowan in a statement. (Full Story)

September 25, 2023 - New funding for apprenticeships  - A $12.4-million investment from Alberta's government will create almost 2,000 new apprenticeship seats across the province. To meet growing demand for highly skilled tradespeople across sectors, and in response to feedback from post-secondaries and industry, Alberta's government is increasing capacity for skilled trades training. This funding is in addition to the $15 million over three years announced earlier this year, which added more than 1,000 additional apprenticeship spaces, bringing the total funding for apprenticeship training in 2023-24 to $54.4 million. (Full Story)

September 21, 2023 - Your pension, your choice - Albertans will be able to review an independent report on the potential creation of an Alberta Pension Plan ahead of provincewide engagement. The report, created by the independent consultant LifeWorks, suggests an Alberta Pension Plan (APP) could save Albertans billions each year, with lower contribution rates, higher benefits and stronger benefit security for families and retirees. (Full Story)

September 8, 2023 - Alberta's labour market continued to grow through August, unemployment rate declines - With an additional 17,700 jobs in August, Alberta's job market continued to grow, outpacing every other province in the country for that month. In a Statistics Canada report released Friday, numbers show that Alberta saw another increase in employment in August and a decline in the unemployment rate to 5.7 per cent, slightly above the national rate of 5.5 percent. (Full Story)

September 6, 2023 - Boosted wages for front-line workers - Almost $3 million is being provided to increase wages for front-line workers supporting individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Alberta's social sector provides critical supports for thousands of individuals living with disabilities, including those with FASD. This commitment is on top of $25 million in operating funding already provided to Alberta's FASD networks. (Full Story)

August 22, 2023 - Helping Alberta's aviation workforce soar - Alberta's government is investing $5 million in the province's aviation industry to help fill the growing demand for workers and position Alberta as Canada's aviation hub. Alberta's aviation industry is experiencing skyrocketing growth and employers need more skilled workers to support this momentum. Fourteen employers will receive funding totalling $5 million through the Aviation Skills Grant to strengthen the province's aerospace sector as Alberta's economy continues to grow and diversify. (Full Story)

September 29, 2023 - New return-to-work requirements for employers and workers starting January 1, 2024 - The provincial government has made amendments to the Workers Compensation Act that affect return to work. Starting January 1, 2024, employers and workers will have a legal duty to cooperate with each other and with WorkSafeBC in a worker's timely and safe return to work following an injury, and certain employers will have an obligation to return injured workers to work in specific circumstances. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - Physician assistants could soon be licensed to work in B.C. - B.C. could soon see physician assistants hired to help doctors in emergency departments such as the one at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, where staffing shortages have led to closings. The Health Ministry announced Wednesday that it's seeking public feedback online for the next seven days on proposed bylaw changes to enable physician assistants to work in emergency departments throughout the province. (Full Story)

September 27, 2023 - What's Ahead for BC Gig Workers - As the latest round of consultations on protections for app-based drivers and food delivery workers in B.C. comes to an end, companies and workers are awaiting the government's decision. But a document obtained under a freedom of information request and recent interviews suggest a possible direction. In March 2022, Labour Minister Harry Bains met officials from Uber and the United Food and Commercial Workers union to talk about worker protections. (Full Story)

September 27, 2023 - B.C. employers get $5,000 more if apprentices ‘self-identify' - B.C. construction companies which hire trade apprentices who self-identify as other than a straight, white male with no disability will receive double a new government incentive, pushing it to $10,000 for the first year of employment. The $10 million Apprenticeship Services program provides cash incentives to small and medium-sized construction employers who hire and register first-year apprentices in up to 39 Red Seal trades. (Full Story)

September 25, 2023 - B .C. woman says employers need to focus on disability employment awareness - Finding and interviewing for a new job can be difficult - and even cause anxiety - for many. For those who have a disability, it can be even harder just to get the chance to be interviewed. Surrey resident Ekamjit Ghuman, who has cerebral palsy, has been having difficulty finding work since her last position, which was working as a constituency assistant in then-Surrey South MLA Stephanie Cadiuex's office. (Full Story)

September 21, 2023 - BC reports spike in skilled trades apprentices - SkilledTradesBC released its annual training report last week, highlighting a record number of apprentices, youth, Indigenous people and women participating in the skilled trades in the province in 2022/2023 fiscal year. It is a critical time to diversify and grow the skilled trades workforce in B.C. as they face a skilled labour shortage and anticipate 83,000 jobs in skilled trades over the next decade. (Full Story)

September 17, 2023 - Parliamentary Secretary's statement on Gender Equality Week, International Equal Pay Day - The Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity has released the following statement in recognition of national Gender Equality Week and International Equal Pay Day: "Today marks the start of Gender Equality Week. The theme this year is United for Gender Equality: Stronger Together, which inspires us to continue working together to remove barriers and ensure people of all genders have equal opportunities to live to their full potential." (Full Story)

September 8, 2023 - B.C. adds 12,000 new jobs in August; full-time positions drop - British Columbia added 12,000 new jobs last month, but the August employment numbers were largely driven by part-time positions. The latest Labour Force Survey shows full-time employment in the province actually decreased by about 24,000, but that was offset by the creation of 36,000 part-time positions. B.C.'s August unemployment rate was 5.2 per cent, which the province says is second-lowest in the country. (Full Story)

September 8, 2023 - People with injuries, disabilities supported getting back to work - In celebration of B.C. Disability Employment Month, people with disabilities or recovering from a physical injury or mental-health challenge will receive extra help in their recovery and safe return to work thanks to $4 million in funding to the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR). (Full Story)

October 1, 2023 - Manitoba's minimum wage is now $15.30, but more support is needed, advocates say - The first day of the month marked a boost in Manitoba's minimum wage, which reached $15.30 Sunday. The increase makes Manitoba's lowest wage the third-highest among the provinces  - behind B.C. and Ontario, which pay minimum wage workers $16.75 and $16.55 an hour, respectively, according to the Retail Council of Canada. But despite the increase, some feel it's still not a livable wage in the province. (Full Story)

August 29, 2023 - Training Staff? The Manitoba government has incentives! - Manitoba employers know the value of employee training. It equips teams with the skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively perform their jobs. It is an investment to grow people and to grow business. To help Manitoba employers build and maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace, the province offers the financial supports and can assist employers in many regards. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - WorkSafeNB Fall Newsletter - Every season (four times a year), WorkSafeNB shares an email newsletter with dedicated subscribers (about 3,200 people). You can view the fall 2023 E-News now. You can also subscribe to E-News. WorkSafeNB helps keep you informed of timely and helpful health and safety information that can affect your workplace. (Full Story)

August 22, 2023 - Temporary foreign workers sent home early, one stays in N.B. to speak out - Temporary foreign workers who lost weeks of work during a slow lobster season are speaking out against a Canadian system that bars them from finding other jobs when the employer who hired them has nothing for them to do. Lobster processing workers in New Brunswick are struggling this year with low catch and a weather-shortened season. (Full Story)

September 21, 2023 - Provincial Government Expands the Employment Stability Pilot - The Government has announced that the Employment Stability Pilot for individuals in receipt of Income Support will be expanded province-wide this fall. People in receipt of Income Support throughout the province who begin a new job or continue to work can keep more of their earnings and immediately experience increased financial supports and benefits from working. (Full Story)

September 21, 2023 - N.L. boosting payments and expanding program for people on income support entering or returning to workforce - The Newfoundland and Labrador government is increasing payments to people who receive income support and are re-entering the workforce, and expanding the pilot project from the St. John's area to include the rest of the province. Social Development Minister Paul Pike said around 170 people are participating in the pilot, which began in January, and about 40 of them no longer need income support. (Full Story)

September 19, 2023 - Newfoundland and Labrador launches virtual immigration job fair - Starting from September 20, Newfoundland and Labrador is all set to launches first installment of a comprehensive series of five virtual immigration and job fair, exclusively designed for foreign nationals. This initiative promises to provide valuable opportunities and insights for individuals seeking immigration and employment prospects in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Full Story)

September 16, 2023 - The feds have moved the EI goalposts. In rural N.L., that's quite the pinch for seasonal workers - The federal government announced Sunday that because the provincial unemployment rate outside St. John's had dropped from more than 14 per cent earlier this year to 12 per cent, the qualifiers for accessing EI had also changed. On top of adjustments in the number of weeks payable for regular benefits, workers now have to reach a minimum of 490 hours worked to qualify, instead of the previous 420. (Full Story)

September 14, 2023 - Employers In Newfoundland And Labrador Can Recruit Foreign Workers Via Virtual Fairs - Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a series of virtual Canada jobs fairs to help employers recruit more foreign workers to resolve ongoing labour shortages. Newfoundland and Labrador employers with an interest in filling their staffing needs with workers from outside of Canada are encouraged to register for upcoming virtual immigration fairs starting in September. (Full Story)

September 1, 2023 - WorkPlaceNL - New Act Is Now In Effect - The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act, 2022 (the Act) is now in effect, as of September 1, 2023. There are no changes to benefits, coverage, obligations or responsibilities for workers, employers or WorkplaceNL. The Act was re-written to use more modern language, address housekeeping issues and align with other legislation. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - WSCC Defers Upcoming Installment Payments and Waives Legislative Penalties - The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is deferring the upcoming September 30 installment payment and waiving legislative penalties. Employers expecting to pay their fees on September 30 can now make that payment on October 31, with no legislative penalty being applied for late payment. (Full Story)

September 15, 2023 - Northwest Territories revises rules for immigration program - Northwest Territories has modified the eligibility criteria and guidelines for the employer-driven stream of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP), which helps employers recruit and retain skilled workers. The changes provide more flexibility for employers and ensure the program and processes are user-friendly, according to the government. (Full Story)

September 7, 2023 - Applicants now receiving full Evacuee Income Disruption Support Payments - The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has adjusted the Evacuee Income Disruption Support (EIDS) program. Starting immediately, eligible residents will now receive the full $750 as a one-time payment, without any withholding tax. Initial EIDS payments from the GNWT deducted a 10% withholding tax, meaning that residents received $675 instead of the full $750. (Full Story)

August 23, 2023 - NWT workers can apply for emergency leave, GNWT staff ‘encouraged to work' - All Government of the Northwest Territories workers - including summer students and casual employees - can apply for emergency leave with pay from the time an evacuation order was issued for their community. Meanwhile, the Employment Standards Act, which covers all employees who are not federal or territorial employees or working in a federally regulated industry, also has provisions for unpaid emergency leave. (Full Story)

August 21, 2023 - Important information about the Evacuee Income Disruption Support Program (EIDS) - The Evacuee Income Disruption Support (EIDS) program assists NWT residents who have lost employment income during extended evacuation periods. It provides financial support to adults 17+ whose employment has been disrupted by an evacuation lasting more than seven days. Eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $750. (Full Story)

August 8, 2023 - GNWT announces improvements to Income Assistance Program and introduces Income Assistance Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities - The GNWT has made significant improvements to the Income Assistance program and has created a new Income Assistance (IA) Program for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. These improvements and the creation of the IA for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities program were guided by multiple parties and groups. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - Minimum Wage Increased in Nova Scotia, Canada from 01 October 2023 - October 02, 2023 - The minimum wage has been revised in Nova Scotia, Canada, from 01 October 2023. The minimum wage for general workers has increased from CA$14.50 to CA$15.00 per hour. For more information on changes, please refer to the minimum wage pages in this article. Note: This minimum wage increase might not reflect the inflationary trends. (Full Story)

September 22, 2023 - Immigration Changes Help Retain Healthcare Workers - International students in more Nova Scotia healthcare programs will have an additional opportunity to build a career, life and future in the province. The International Graduates in Demand stream of Nova Scotia's Provincial Nominee Program is expanding to include paramedics and pharmacy technicians. Adding these occupations to this immigration pathway supports Nova Scotia's recruitment efforts for healthcare professionals. (Full Story)

September 7, 2023 - Report: More than half of Nova Scotia's working population not earning living wage - A new report suggests a living wage in Nova Scotia increased an "unprecedented" average of 14% this year, largely due to increased food and shelter costs. The annual report was released on Thursday. The report found that in Halifax, the living wage rate for two adults working full-time (35 hours a week) to support two children is now $26.50. The current minimum wage in Nova Scotia is $14.50 an hour, increasing to $15 on Oct. 1. (Full Story)

September 1, 2023 - WCB announces 2024 employer assessment rates - Backed by a new rate framework that will help ensure a financially sustainable system and transparency for employers, WCB Nova Scotia is holding the average employer assessments rate stable for 2024, at $2.65 per $100 of assessable payroll. In 2024, 57 per cent of employers will see their rate decrease, or stay the same, while 43 per cent will see an increase. (Full Story)

August 16, 2023 - Fewer workers getting hurt in Nova Scotia, says WCB, but number of fatalities increased - Fewer workers in Nova Scotia are getting hurt at work, according to new data from WCB Nova Scotia. That amounted to 52,000 fewer days lost due to injury, or the equivalent of 200 full-time employees working for a year, it said. But the number of fatal incidents rose in 2022 to 24, up from 20 in 2021, according to the data. That included nine acute fatalities, eight that were attributed to occupational diseases and seven that were health-related. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - WSCC Defers Upcoming Installment Payments and Waives Legislative Penalties - The Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) is deferring the upcoming September 30 installment payment and waiving legislative penalties. Employers expecting to pay their fees on September 30 can now make that payment on October 31, with no legislative penalty being applied for late payment. (Full Story)

September 7, 2023 - Hire more Inuit and support them: NTI president - Employers have a responsibility under the Nunavut Agreement to hire more Inuit and support them at work, says Aluki Kotierk, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Kotierk shared her call to action during her lunchtime keynote address Wednesday at the Nunavut Trade Show in Iqaluit. She said there are more than 2,000 unemployed Inuit in Nunavut looking for work, according to recent figures she pulled from a Nunavut Inuit labour force analysis report. (Full Story)

September 7, 2023 - Kivalliq Employment and Training Forum - The Kivalliq Employment and Training Action Plan working group is hosting a forum in Rankin Inlet from October 3 to 5, 2023. This event will focus on Inuit employment and entrepreneurship within the Kivalliq region, with the outcomes helping to share a new Kivalliq Employment and Training Action Plan.  (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - Ontario Boosts Minimum Wage, Uplifts Nearly One Million Workers - The labor landscape in Ontario shifted significantly today as nearly one million minimum wage workers witnessed an increase in their hourly earnings. The minimum wage, regarded as the least permissible amount employers can pay their staff hourly, saw an escalation from $15.50 to $16.55, marking a substantial 6.8 per cent increment. (Full Story)

October 2, 2023 - Federal inspections show most Ontario employers follow rules protecting migrant workers - A year's worth of federal government inspections revealed 94 per cent of companies that hire temporary foreign workers are living up to regulations aimed at protecting the employees. Between April 2022 and March 2023, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) conducted about 2,100 inspections of employers across all sectors of the economy, including fruit and vegetable producers. (Full Story)

September 30, 2023 - Ontario's minimum wage just went up. Here's what you need to know - Nearly a million minimum wage earners in Ontario got a pay bump today. On Oct. 1, Ontario's minimum wage, the lowest wage employers are permitted to pay their workers per hour, rose from $15.50 to $16.55(opens in a new tab), a 6.8 per cent increase. For a person earning the general minimum wage and working 40 hours a week, that equates to an annual raise of about $2,200. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - Ontario moving WSIB head office to London - In a strategic move aimed at revitalizing regional economies, the Ontario government has announced the relocation of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's (WSIB) head office to London, Ontario. The decision, which is projected to bring a $100 million infusion into the local economy, aligns with the government's commitment to enhancing support for injured workers and streamlining services for businesses across Ontario. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - Small recruiting agencies worry new Ontario rules could put them out of business - New legislation has some smaller recruiting firms in Ontario concerned they could be driven out of business. As of Jan. 2, 2024, recruiting companies in the province will have to be licenced and put up $25,000 in the form of a letter of credit the government could draw upon if it was needed to pay employees if they don't get their wages. (Full Story)

September 14, 2023 - High payroll taxes hurting small businesses and employees in Ontario - Payroll taxes have increased in Ontario and most other Canadian provinces since 2019, further driving up the cost of doing business for employers and decreasing employees' take-home pay. "Payroll taxes are taking a major bite out of both employers' and employees' earnings, at a time when we are all under immense inflationary pressure. CPP and EI premiums both went up earlier this year, and more increases are coming," says the CFIB. (Full Story)

September 6, 2023 - Do I get severance pay in Ontario? - There's little that matches the experience of losing your job. Whether you saw it coming or were caught off guard, there's a flood of emotions that pull the rug out from beneath you. In the midst of that rush, trying to digest the news, figure out where you'll work next, and how you'll cover your finances in the meantime, you'll likely start wondering if you qualify for severance pay in Ontario, and if so, how much will your severance pay be? (Full Story)

August 31, 2023 - Ontario Doubling Career Fairs to Help More Young People Enter Skilled Trades - The Ontario government is expanding its successful skilled trades career fairs, now in its second year, to even more cities with more exhibitors and twice as many participating students. Ontario will need over 100,000 new skilled trades workers this decade to help build the province, making it crucial for more young people to have the opportunity to unlock their potential in the trades. (Full Story)

August 16, 2023 - Ontario issues 2,615 invitations to apply through Employer Job Offer streams - Ontario set out 2,615 invitations in Expression of Interest (EOI) draws through three streams of its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Tuesday. The Aug. 15 draws saw 853 invitations sent out to skilled trades, health and tech workers with minimum scores of 61 in two draws through the Employer Job Offer International Student Stream. (Full Story)

October 4, 2023 - P.E.I. minimum wage moving to $16 next year - The P.E.I. government has announced two more increases to the minimum wage for the coming year. In a news release Wednesday morning, the province announced the wage would increase from $15 to $15.40 on April 1, and then to $16 on Oct. 1, following a recommendation from the Employment Standards Board. The wage moved to $15 on Sunday Oct 1, 2023. (Full Story)

October 3, 2023 - A healthy workplace is a safe workplace - Protecting and supporting workers' psychological health impacts an organization positively. The WCB will hold a safety education session about psychological health and safety in the workplace, on Oct 10. These educational sessions are offered to workers, employers and to the public to support building healthy and safe workplaces across Prince Edward Island. Sessions are FREE and are delivered online or in-person. (Full Story)

September 30, 2023 - Minimum wage rising to $15 in P.E.I., but advocates say that's not enough - Prince Edward Island's minimum wage will be going up to $15 an hour on Sunday, but social advocates say the increase doesn't go far enough for people in the throes of poverty. Starting Oct. 1, the minimum wage will be up by 50 cents an hour from $14.50. This is the second of two increases planned for the year after the Employment Standards Board's yearly review recommended that the government move more quickly toward its $15 minimum-wage goal because of the pain of high inflation. (Full Story)

September 28, 2023 - P.E.I. workers will have to wait for paid sick time, says province - The P.E.I. government says changes that could make paid sick days a reality for more Island workers won't happen until spring 2024 at the earliest. Meanwhile, some Island employees say they're worried about the flu season ahead and what that will mean for their paycheques. Rebecca King, an assistant manager at a retail store in Charlottetown, said the lack of paid sick days affects both her and her child. (Full Story)

September 20, 2023 - Support for temporary foreign workers recognized - Three local employers were recognized for their support of temporary foreign workers during a PEI Neighbourly Meet & Greet organized by the Western PEI Community Navigators at Westisle Composite High School on Sept 14. The three workplaces each received a certificate of appreciation for their unwavering support and commitment to the community, newcomers and temporary residents. (Full Story)

September 11, 2023 - Nature of P.E.I. jobs is shifting, but stats show economy remains strong - Following some declines in the late spring, Prince Edward Island posted growing job numbers for a second month in a row in August. The unemployment rate fell below eight per cent again, according to a Statistics Canada report released Friday. At 7.6 per cent, it was about the same as where it started the year. The Island's economy has 6,000 more jobs than it did at the start of the year, just enough to keep pace with a rapidly growing population. (Full Story)

August 28, 2023 - Health P.E.I. sweetens arrangement for temporary doctors - Health P.E.I. hopes changes to the way temporary doctors are employed will help keep them on the Island longer. It had been more than a decade since the bylaws regarding medical staff - including locums - were updated. The new bylaws came into effect last month and will be implemented as different contracts come up for renewal. The old bylaw called locums "temporary employees" regardless of whether they were filling in for someone else or just here for a certain length of time. (Full Story)

August 21, 2023 - Creating more child care spaces and making investments to support early childhood educators - Effective October 1, 2023, wages will increase for Early Childhood Educators and staff in designated Early Years Centres (EYCs). Wage increases are an important part of a multi-year plan to support the early learning and child care sector and encourage others to pursue a career in early childhood education. As the province expands the publicly managed system, the number of staff required to maintain the program will also increase, and long-term financial investments will support a more sustainable workforce. (Full Story)

October 1, 2023 - Saskatchewan's minimum wage reaches $14 per hour - Saskatchewan's minimum wage was increased today to $14 an hour. But with the new increase comes the question of whether the minimum wage is yet high enough. According to Lori Johb, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, the one-dollar increase taking effect Sunday doesn't begin to scratch the surface. (Full Story)

September 29, 2023 - Increase In Wages For Certified Early Childhood Educators Beginning October 1 - Today, the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada announced an investment of $7 million dollars to increase the wages for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) through the Early Childhood Educator Wage Enhancement grant, starting October 1, 2023. It is estimated that more than 90 per cent of ECEs currently working in the sector, or 2,500 individuals, will see an increase in wages. ECE Level I will receive an increase of up to $1.50 per hour. (Full Story)

September 29, 2023 - Saskatchewan raises minimum wage to $14, still lowest in country - Minimum wage in Saskatchewan will go up by a dollar to $14 an hour on Sunday, taking the cake for the lowest in the country once again - even after the hike. Although the increase is welcomed, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is calling on the province to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour this year as opposed to its slated date in 2024, and then to match the cost of living in the coming years. (Full Story)

September 25, 2023 - Saskatchewan WCB seeking customer feedback - In the month of October, the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) will be reaching out to customers across the province to gather feedback to help improve WCB services. The information provided by customers will be vital in improving the WCB's services over the short and long term. (Full Story)

September 19, 2023 - Sask Employment Standards under review - The Saskatchewan government has opened consultations on its employment standards provisions in Part II of The Saskatchewan Employment Act, and RCC is currently working with members to develop our submission. The goal of Saskatchewan's review is to identify the concerns of employers and employees, any redundant requirements or unnecessary red tape, and any required updates. (Full Story)

September 8, 2023 - Sask. adds close to 3,000 jobs last month, but continues to see unemployment rise - Saskatchewan added 2,800 jobs last month, the third most in the country, seeing the province's labour force climbing to an all-time high of 632,800. Comparing year-over-year, the province added 4,600 jobs according to the newly released labour force figures from Statistics Canada. (Full Story)

September 7, 2023 - Saskatchewan Delegation Preparing for National Health Care Worker Recruitment - The Saskatchewan Healthcare Recruitment Agency (SHRA) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is promoting employment opportunities, benefits and incentives available in the province. "As part of our recruitment efforts, we will continue to promote our province as the great place it is, offering a lower cost of living, excellent wages and benefits, plus strong health care teams and wonderful communities to join," Health Minister Everett Hindley said. (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. Interested individuals can provide their feedback by October 31, 2023, on the paper or on any aspect of employment standards via email. (Full Story)

September 19, 2023 - Whitehorse living wage highest on record, says non-profit - The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition has determined that the hourly rate Whitehorse households must earn to meet basic needs has risen by 15 per cent since 2022, making this year's calculation the highest on record. Based on data from Statistics Canada, the non-profit determined that the average household requires two adults working full-time and making $21.04 per hour to cover their basic expenses. Basic costs listed in the report include housing, transportation, food, and clothing. (Full Story)

August 31, 2023 - WSCB announces 2024 assessment rates - Workers' Safety and Compensation Board (WSCB) is announcing the industry classifications and assessment rates for 2024. The rates are reflective of safety and return to work efforts within Yukon's workplaces, along with the funded position at the end of 2022. 1,858 employers will see a rate decrease, 567 will remain stable and 1,583 will see a slight rate increase. (Full Story)

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

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What could be agreed upon when it comes to pay equity is that respondents just don't know: The majority of respondents (41%) were unsure whether their company adjusted salaries to pay men and women the same amount.

To combat perceptions of inequality and to build trust, the report suggests that companies be transparent about their salary equity efforts. This doesn't necessarily mean publishing individual salaries, but could translate to being upfront about salary ranges for certain roles (both internally and on job boards), explaining how they're calculated and letting employees know how they could reach the next pay level.

Some encouraging news is that most respondents reported that gender representation on their teams was mostly split evenly: 32% reported a fifty-fifty split, while 25% said that their team was made up of 60 - 90% women.

Representation still seems to be lagging in leadership roles, though. The majority of respondents (46%) said there were "a few" women in senior leadership roles in their company, which is less than equal representation. Though 41% reported having "many" female leaders at their job, 10% reported that there were no women in leadership positions in their company.

The seniority levels of survey respondents showed some clear gender bias in executive and upper management roles. Male employees were more likely to hold managerial roles than female employees, while women were shown to hold mid- to junior positions at higher levels than men.

The study suggests that bias during the recruitment process may be factoring into these findings. It advises that one way to eliminate bias during hiring is for recruiters to use applicant tracking systems. These systems often have options to remove photos, gender identities and names while recruiting.

While some organizations seem to be headed in the right direction in correcting gender equity, Capterra's study confirms there's still room to grow. A quarter of female respondents said that their company organized events, actions and programs to promote gender equality. That's cause for celebration, but is also a reminder that the majority (48%) reported that their company had no such programs in place.

To put programs in place, it's recommended that organizations consider building communities and resource groups and recruit coaches and mentors. Creating more outlets for transparency, equal advancement and fair delegation of opportunities are also important steps to ensuring organizations are truly equitable.

Article by Chelsea Clarke. Read the original article.

Software Updates

eNETEmployer (Current Release)

  • Added an RL1-Review report for payrolls with Quebec Employees.
  • Added a warning that alerts you when you are using the Custom Import Format in the Employee - Earning Items screen, and one or more rows is missing a related distribution.
  • Fixed an issue where the import process would be repeated if you refreshed the page immediately after the import.
  • Adjusted the time-out for a short session for both employee permissions (a user account that has an associated employee, and a basic user permission that has no extra privileges).

GrandMaster Suite (v. 18.06)

  • An adjustment was made to provincial health premiums where, on a payroll Reversal Calculation, the Provincial Health premiums were not always reversing correctly.
  • Adjusted the QPIP maximum to be $91,000 (the previous release had an incorrect value of $91,500).

GrandMaster II (v. 18.04)

  • Added a change that allows you to import T4 information.

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