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Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

Info on the wage subsidy

  1. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers?

    The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that willallow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions requiredto be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

  2. Which employers are eligible?

    You are an eligible employer if you:

    1. are a non-profit organization, registered charity, or aCanadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC);
    2. have an existing business number and payroll program account with theCRA on March 18, 2020; and
    3. pay salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to an employee.

    Note: CCPCs are only eligible for the subsidy if their taxable capitalemployed in Canada for the preceding taxation year, calculated on anassociated group basis, is less than $15 million.The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is limited to the eligibleemployers listed above.

  3. How much is the subsidy?

    The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay between March 18,2020, and June 20, 2020, up to $1,375 per employee and to a maximum of$25,000 total per employer.

    Associated CCPCs will not be required to share the maximum subsidy of$25,000 per employer.

    For example, if you have 5 employees, the maximum subsidy you can receive is $6,875 ($1,375 x 5 employees), even though the per employer maximum is$25,000.

  4. How do I calculate the subsidy?

    The subsidy must be calculated manually.

    For example, if you have 5 employees earning monthly salaries of $4,100 fora total monthly payroll of $20,500, the subsidy would be 10% of $20,500, or$2,050.

  5. How will I receive the subsidy?

    Once you have calculated your subsidy, you can reduce your currentremittance of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax that you sendto the CRA by the amount of the subsidy.

    Important: You cannot reduce your remittance of Canada Pension Plancontributions or Employment Insurance premiums.

    For example, if you calculated a subsidy of $2,050, you would reduce yourcurrent remittance of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax by$2,050. You could continue reducing future income tax remittances, up to themaximum of $25,000, for all remuneration paid before June 20, 2020.

  6. When can I start reducing remittances?

    You can start reducing remittances of federal, provincial, or territorialincome tax in the first remittance period that includes remuneration paidbetween March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020.

    For example, if you are a regular remitter, you can reduce your remittancethat is due to the CRA on April 15, 2020.

  7. What if subsidies exceed the remittances?

    If the income taxes you deduct are not sufficient to offset the value of thesubsidy in a specific period, you can reduce future remittances to benefitfrom the subsidy. This includes reducing remittances that may fall outsideof the application period for the wage subsidy (after June 20, 2020).

    For example: If you calculated a subsidy of $2,050 on remuneration paidbetween March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020, but only deducted $1,050 offederal, provincial, or territorial income tax from your employees, you canreduce a future income tax remittance by $1,000, even if that remittance isin respect to remuneration paid after June 20, 2020.

  8. Will the subsidy affect deductions from my employees?

    No. You will continue deducting income tax, Canada Pension Plancontributions, and Employment Insurance premiums from salary, wages,bonuses, or other remuneration paid to your employees, as you currently do. The subsidy is only calculated when you remit these amounts to the CRA.

  9. What if I don't reduce remittances during the year?

    If you are an eligible employer, but choose not to reduce your payrollremittances during the year, calculate the temporary wage subsidy onremuneration paid between March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020. You can thenask for the subsidy to be paid to you at the end of the year, or transferredto the next year's remittance.

  10. What books and records do I need to support the subsidy?

    You will need to keep information to support your subsidy calculation. This includes:

    • the total remuneration paid between March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020;
    • the federal, provincial, or territorial income tax that was deductedfrom that remuneration; and
    • the number of employees paid in that period.

    The CRA is currently updating reporting requirements. More information onhow to report this subsidy will be released in the near future.

  11. Is the subsidy considered taxable income?

    Yes. If you receive the subsidy, you have to report the total amount asincome in the year in which the subsidy is received.

  12. What if my business is closed?

    If you did not pay salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to anemployee between March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020, you cannot receive thesubsidy, even if you are an eligible employer.

  13. What about remittances made to Revenu Québec?

    This Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers allows eligible employers toreduce remittances made to the CRA only.

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The ATCC held a conference call in September with the Alberta Construction Association (ACA) to discuss how to move the prompt payment file forward. The ACA was quick to clarify that it does not categorically support prompt payment legislation (many of their members are general contractors), but rather they have sent a letter to the Service Alberta Minister, Honorable Brian Malkinson, indicating they “support a legislative review and consultation process around the need for prompt payment legislation”. The ACA is positioning their advocacy around “legislation that does no harm to workers”. Given the recent closure of Concept Group, the ATCC feels there is strong correlation between prompt payment and potential harm to workers as there were, very suddenly, 521 families without a paycheck.

Subsequently the ATCC met directly with Minister Malkinson regarding the consultation process. The government is looking for a clear ask; who should be included as stakeholders and what is their position on prompt payment? As such, the ATCC has been providing information on who they think should be included as well who should lead the consultation process. The ATCC is hopeful that Minister Malkinson will announce the governments’ intention to pursue a stakeholder engagement process, strongly encouraged him to utilize the work already completed by Singleton Reynolds as a template for the consultation process, and have provided him with an Alberta law affiliate with whom Singleton Reynolds has arranged an agreement in principle to work with. As much of the work has been done, The ATCC is focused on supporting a consultation process that is swift and focused.

There is also a coordinated effort being undertaken by a number of associations including the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC), the Mechanical Contractors Association of Alberta (MCAA), and the National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) plus constituent associations including the ATCC to draft and submit letters of support for prompt payment legislation at the federal level.

We are herewith calling on all members to draft letters of similar nature and submit to:

Hon. Bill Morneau
Minister of Finance
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G6

Please carbon copy your letter to:

Emily Yorke
Policy Advisor
Office of the Minister of Finance
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G5

Emily is one of the policy advisors who will have the most say in recommending this decision to the minister. Letters should be sent on company letter head and be signed by the most senior officer of the business.

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Occupational Health and Safety Act Changes in Effect June 1, 2018



Canada: In Case You Missed It: Significant Changes To Alberta's Workplace Laws Are Coming

Paul Boshyk and Gordana Ivanovic

In June 2017, the Alberta Government passed the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17), setting the stage for significant amendments to the Employment Standards Code (ESC) and Labour Relations Code (LRC). Most of the changes will come into force on January 1, 2018, and will affect all provincially-regulated employers in the Province of Alberta, both unionized and non-unionized.

In this article, we will summarize some of the most significant changes to the ESC and LRC. Employment Standards Code.

Bill 17 will introduce the following changes to the ESC, the statute governing minimum employment standards in Alberta:

Long-Term Illness and Injury Leave: Eligible employees will be entitled to take an unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 16 weeks per year due to long-term personal sickness, injury or quarantine. Employers will be entitled to ask for a medical certificate issued by a physician stating the estimated duration of the employee's absence. Personal and Family Responsibility Leave: Eligible employees will be entitled to take an unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 5 days per year for personal sickness or the short-term care of an immediate family member. This will include attending to personal emergencies and caregiving responsibilities related to the education of a child. Domestic Violence Leave: An employee who is a victim of domestic violence will be entitled to take an unpaid, job-protected leave of up to 10 days per year for certain specified purposes, including seeking medical attention or counseling. Leave Eligibility: Employees will now be eligible to take leaves of absences under the ESC after 90 days of employment, as opposed to 1 year. Overtime: Employees will be eligible to take time off in lieu of overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked, as opposed to the current rate of 1 hour per hour of overtime worked. Employees will also be allowed to bank overtime for 6 months, as opposed to the current period of 3 months. Rest Periods: Employees will be entitled to a minimum 30-minute break (paid or unpaid) within every 5 consecutive hours of work. If agreed to between the employer and employee, breaks can be taken in two 15-minute installments. Termination of Employment: Employers will be prohibited from forcing employees to use entitlements such as vacation during a termination notice period, except as agreed to by both the employer and employee. The ESC will also be amended to prohibit the dismissal of employees on maternity and parental leave except where the employer's business is closed or suspended. Temporary Layoff: The possibility of an indefinite temporary layoff will be eliminated by requiring that layoffs be limited to 60 days within a 120-day period. Layoffs that exceed this period will be deemed to result in termination of employment. However, layoffs can be extended if wages and/or benefits are paid to the employee and the employee consents to the extension.

Labour Relations Code

Bill 17 will also introduce the following changes to the LRC, the statute governing labour relations in Alberta:

Card-based Certification: If between 40-65% of employees in a bargaining unit sign cards in favour of a union, a certification vote will be required. However, if more than 65% of employees sign cards, the union will be automatically certified without a vote (although the Alberta Labour Relations Board will retain the ability to require a vote should it doubt the authenticity of the support). Unfair Labour Practices: In unfair labour practice complaints involving discipline, dismissal or other alleged intimidation of an employee, the employer have the onus of proving that the action it took does not constitute an unfair labour practice, as opposed to requiring the employee prove that it does. In cases where employers have engaged in unfair practices, the Board will also have the ability to certify a union without a vote. Dependent Contractors: The definition of "employee" in the LRC will be broadened to include "dependent contractors", that is: contractors who are in a position of economic dependence on their principals (whether or not the contractor furnishes his or her own tools, equipment, etc.). Note that this particular change comes into effect on September 1, 2017.

What Next?

The foregoing is non-exhaustive list of upcoming changes to the ESC and LRC. A more comprehensive list of amendments is available on the Alberta Government's website: "Employment Standards Code changes"; "Labour Relations Code changes".

In order to prepare for these changes, Alberta employers should start reviewing their policies, practices and procedures now to ensure that they are compliant come January 1, 2018.

The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained.

© McMillan LLP 2017

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Alberta Lung Cancer Screening Program for Asbestos Exposed Individuals

Alain Tremblay MDCM, FRCPC, FCCP, Associate Professor of Medicine is now able to accept participants with prior asbestos exposure wanting to get screened with low-dose CT in Edmonton and Ft. Mc Murray in addition to Calgary.

See if you are eligible for the screening study by completing a short online questionnaire which can be accessed by a link on our website, or using your phone to scan the box in this PDF pamphlet.

2014 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions

Please see the attached updated version of the 2014 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions for your use (updated as of June 2014).

2014 Alberta Construction Trade Definitions

Please destroy the earlier January version you are currently using. In summary the following updates have been implemented:

  1. Removed line item reference numbers from Inclusions/Exclusions to simply read (See Included) or (See Excluded) on pages 23, on pages 23, 30, 31, 93 and 95. This eliminated issues with referring to the wrong line. The Contractor knows to refer back to the Inclusions or Exclusions.
  2. Changed the Cash Allowance line to “Cash Allowance and/or Contingency funds when a specific dollar amount is listed in Division 01 or this trade’s specification section” in all sections.
  3. Removed line 40 from the Ventilation Section on page 94. This was a conflict with the correct line 66.

Reminder: The Trade Definitions are a living document and will continue to be periodically improved and updated. Stakeholders will be advised as updates are published.

ACA, its member local construction associations and the 3000 plus member firms endorse adoption of the 2014 Trade Definitions as a best practice. We encourage all tender authorities and their design consultants, specification writers, and contractors and suppliers to cite and utilize the 2014 Trade Definitions for their projects.