Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Canada as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Canada: Outposts of the cold rush

The standard hourly minimum wage in British Columbia has just been increased from C$16 …

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Canada: Reform of the Employment Equity Act (EEA)

The Federal State Agency ‘Employment and Social Development Canada’ has launched a public consultation about several suggested EEA reforms …

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Canada: B.C.’s first aid requirements (1st November 2024)

On 1st November 2024, amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations relating to occupational first aid will come into effect across British Columbia (B …

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Canada: Quebec’s new minimum wage (1st May 2024)

The general minimum wage in the Province is currently $15 …

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Canada: Ontario passes fourth ‘Working for Workers Act’

The key amendments for employers include ending the use of Canadian experience as a requirement in job postings and requiring employers to disclose salary ranges in job postings (on application forms) if artificial intelligence (AI) is used during the hiring process …

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Canada: Automobile allowance rates

Automobile allowance rates are the reimbursable sums for an employee using their own vehicle for business purposes …

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Canada: Mexican entry facility

Mexican citizens who hold a valid US non-immigrant visa, or have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years and are travelling by air on a Mexican passport will now be able to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) …

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Canada: Limited duration for digital nomads

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently published guidance which indicates that a digital nomad only needs visitor status to relocate to Canada for up to 6 months in order to perform their job remotely for a foreign employer …

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Canada: New academic and linguistic entry avenues opened up

Students who graduate from Master’s degree programs of 8 months to 2 years duration may now be eligible for a 3-year post-graduation work permit (PGWP) …

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Canada: Temporary foreign worker program changes

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Workforce Solutions Road Map, which was launched to help employers fill job vacancies in the wake of labour shortages, will now remain in place until 30th August 2024 …

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Canada: British Columbia – beware of unintended overtime

Employers frequently get caught out by the Province’s overtime rules and it is critical to ensure that professional and managerial staff are on a time-averaging system and not clocking up pay they have not claimed – on the assumption that overtime premia do not apply to them …

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Canada: B.C.’s minimum wage to increase (1st June 2024)

British Columbia (B …

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Canada: Where may online workers picket?

The Alberta Labour Relations Code specifies that picketing during a labour relations dispute is limited to the employer’s location …

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Canada: Caste-based discrimination

Although “caste” is not a prescribed ground for discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code, it may be identified as discrimination to the extent that it differentiates people by skin colour, race, ethnic origin, place of origin and family status …

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Canada: BC workplace injury duties

Employers in British Columbia now have a duty to cooperate with each other and with WorksafeBC following a workplace injury …

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