Category Archives: Government Announcements

Employer Health Tax Update

As part of the 2018 provincial budget released in February, 2018, the BC government introduced a new Employer Health Tax (EHT) which will become effective January 1, 2019 for employers with payroll costs in excess of $500,000 and non-profits with … Continue reading

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CPP Enhancements

Canada Pension Plan enhancement As you may know, changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) will be implemented starting in 2019. The changes will affect everyone who works in 2019 and contributes to the CPP. Here are some of the … Continue reading

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Employer Health Tax (EHT)

The government of BC will be implementing the new Employer Health Tax (EHT) effective January 1, 2019.  The Medical Services Plan premiums (MSPP) were reduced by 50% on Jan 1, 2018 and will be eliminated on January 1, 2020. Individual taxpayers pay MSP premiums while the … Continue reading

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2018 – 2021 BC Minimum Wage Increases Announced

Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:15 AM – From the Office of the Premier British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers will earn a $15-an-hour minimum wage by June 2021, Premier John Horgan announced today, endorsing the recommendations of the Fair Wages Commission. The … Continue reading

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BC Finance Minister Carole James announces that MSP rates will be halved in 2018

Medical Service Plan premiums are being cut in half on January 1, 2018 as originally announced by the previous BC Liberal government. On top of the 50 per cent rate cut, the income threshold for full exemption from MSP premiums … Continue reading

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Federal CPP and EI Maximums for 2018

2016 2017 2018 Employment Insurance Maximum weekly benefit 537.56 542.59 546.82 Maximum annual employee contribution 955.04 836.19 858.22 Maximum annual employer contribution 1,337.06 1,169.64 1,201.51 Maximum insurable earnings 50,800.00 51,300.00 51,700.00 Canada Pension Plan Maximum employee contribution to plan 2,544.30 … Continue reading

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Alberta to Create Fee Guide in Response to Soaring Dental Costs

Alberta’s Health Minister, Sarah Hoffman, announced on December 8, 2016 that it will create a dental fee guide to try to take a bite out of skyrocketing dental costs. This decision was based on results of a provincial review of the … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he will not enact a tax on health and dental benefits.

We lobbied to our MPs on behalf of our clients on this.  This is great news. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he will not enact a tax on health and dental benefits, after days of refusing to rule … Continue reading

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Federal CPP and EI maximums for 2017

2015  2016 2017 Employment Insurance Maximum weekly benefit 523.36 537.56 542.59 Maximum annual employee contribution 930.60 955.04 836.19 Maximum annual employer contribution 1,302.84 1,337.06 1,169.64 Maximum insurable earnings 49,500.00 50,800.00 51,300.00 Canada Pension Plan Maximum employee contribution to plan 2,479.95 … Continue reading

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Compassionate Care Leave changes

Compassionate care leave is available to employees who provide care for a family member who has a life-threatening illness. Effective January 3, 2016, the federal government made changes that extended the time period of compassionate care leave. These changes have … Continue reading

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