Category Archives: Government Announcements

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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Pharmacare modernizes Reference Drug Program

Effective June 1, 2016: The Ministry of Health is updating and expanding Pharmacare’s Reference Drug Program, with a focus on meeting the medical needs of patients. The Reference Drug Program is a part of Pharmacare, British Columbia’s public drug plan. … Continue reading

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CPP – We’ll pay more

The Canadian Press – Jun 20, 2016 / 7:26 pm | Story: 168736 Both Canadian workers and their employers will soon be on the hook for higher contributions to the Canada Pension Plan after the federal government reached an agreement … Continue reading

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Summary of changes from the Federal March 2016 Budget HR and Payroll people need to know

1. Reduced waiting period for EI Benefits The first key change is to reduce the waiting period for new recipients from 2 weeks to 1 week effective January 1, 2017. Administrative improvements to speed up actual delivery of benefits.   … Continue reading

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Group Retirement Savings related measures

Pension Benefits Standards Act Budget 2016 proposes changes to the agreement powers of the Pension Benefits Standards Act (PBSA). The Government proposes to broaden the scope of its ability to enter into bilateral agreements with provinces under the PBSA, which … Continue reading

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Compassionate Care Leave – EI changes and what it means to employers

The Compassionate Care Benefit is designed to provide temporary support to eligible individuals who must be away from work to care for a gravely ill family member at risk of death. Effective January 3, 2016, changes to the Employment Insurance … Continue reading

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Federal CPP and EI maximums effective January 1, 2016

2014 2015 2016 Employment Insurance Maximum weekly benefit 514.00 523.56 537.30 Maximum annual employee contribution 913.68 930.60 955.04 Maximum insurable earnings 48,600.00 49,500.00 50,800.00 Canada Pension Plan Maximum employee contribution to plan 2,425.50 2,479.95 2,544.30 Registered Retirement Savings Plan* 24,270.00 … Continue reading

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