Nova Scotia and New Brunswick minimum wages “well below” a livable wage: report

A report released Wednesday outlines living wage research for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and says minimum pay must be increased within two years. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives … Read More

Liberals unveil $37B for CERB transition to new benefits, EI changes

Just a few weeks ahead of the expected end of the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit, the Trudeau government announced on Thursday $37-billion in fresh spending on new and revamped federal … Read More

What to know (and do) about the CRA breach and shutdown

The Canada Revenue Agency says it was forced to temporarily suspend its online services after a series of cyberattacks that compromised the usernames and passwords of thousands of accounts. The … Read More

As coronavirus eviction bans end, advocates worry homelessness will rise

Housing and tenant advocates say they’re worried that the end of eviction moratoriums, implemented as the coronavirus pandemic hit Canada, will contribute to an increase in homelessness this year. Many … Read More

Coronavirus: Federal wage subsidy program might cost $14B less than predicted

Canada’s official fiscal watchdog says the federal wage subsidy program might cost $14 billion less than the government predicted. A new report today by Parliamentary Budget Office analyst Ben Segel-Brown … Read More

CRA launches updated wage subsidy calculator before COVID-19 aid program’s next phase

The federal government has launched an updated calculator to help employers estimate what help they might receive from the next phase of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The calculator opened … Read More

Trudeau government should rethink EI as CERB winds down, labour group warns

A workers-rights group is calling on the federal government to rethink the employment insurance program as an emergency benefit for workers is set to run out. The government estimates four … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau announces plans for end of CERB, transition to EI

The federal government plans to transition recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to the Employment Insurance (EI) program as the coronavirus aid program wraps up this fall, Prime … Read More

Coroanvirus: Ontario restaurants, bars now required to keep 30-day log of patrons

The province announced new measures for restaurants and bars across Ontario it says will help limit the spread of COVID-19. The measures include forcing bars, restaurants and tour operators to … Read More

Coronavirus: Ontario restaurants, bars now required to keep 30-day log of patrons

The province announced new measures for restaurants and bars across Ontario it says will help limit the spread of COVID-19. The measures include forcing bars, restaurants and tour operators to … Read More

Waterloo company donates 750,000 face shields to teachers across Canada

A Waterloo Region company says it is donating 750,000 of its reusable face shields to provincial and territorial governments across Canada so they can be distributed to educators. The company, … Read More

Humanitarian aid from top donors has dropped 30% amid coronavirus pandemic: analysis

A new snapshot of the frantic global response to the coronavirus pandemic shows some of the world’s largest government donors of humanitarian aid are buckling under the strain: Funding commitments, … Read More

Finance minister reveals changes to COVID-19 wage subsidy program

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the Liberals are easing eligibility rules for the government’s emergency wage subsidy and changing the amounts businesses can receive. The government had been under pressure … Read More

Finance minister expected to reveal changes to COVID-19 wage subsidy program

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will outline today how the federal government is reshaping its emergency wage-subsidy program that has been extended to the end of the year. The program is … Read More

One quarter of Canada’s small businesses report staff refusing to return to work: survey

A national association representing small business owners says about a quarter of recently-surveyed employers have had staff refuse to return to work when asked — and the group claims a … Read More

Small businesses have taken on $117B in new debt due to coronavirus pandemic: CFIB

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted July 15, 2020 9:42 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Canadian Federation of Independent … Read More

Feds should have put $900M into existing summer jobs programs, opposition says

Federal opposition parties are demanding to know why the Liberal government created a $900-million program to help students find volunteer positions rather than putting the much-needed funds into an existing … Read More

Phase out CERB payments, improve COVID-19 spending transparency, Senate report says

The Senate’s finance committee says the Trudeau Liberals need to tell people very soon what they will do for those who max out a key federal COVID-19 benefit in the … Read More

Coronavirus pandemic hurt finances of young, BIPOC Canadians hardest: poll

By Staff The Associated Press Posted July 9, 2020 12:26 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ A new poll shows young … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. layoffs remain at high level amid spike in cases

WASHINGTON — More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face … Read More

Coronavirus: Payments for Canadians with disabilities still in limbo

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to provide a $600 payment to disabled Canadians to help with additional costs in the COVID-19 pandemic remains in limbo. The measure was contained in … Read More

Coronavirus: One-time, tax-free payment for eligible seniors coming this week

A long-awaited tax-free payment for millions of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic will be delivered this week, the federal department administering the payment says. Nearly two months ago, the Liberal … Read More

Coronavirus: Grocery store workers should be ‘properly’ paid, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said grocery store employees should be “properly supported and paid” during the coronavirus pandemic. “The people who step up in the midst of the … Read More

Coronavirus: CERB to be extended by 8 weeks, Trudeau says

Posted June 16, 2020 11:17 am Updated June 16, 2020 11:22 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal government will … Read More

COVID-19 disability benefit, even if approved, would ‘miss all kinds of people’

On June 5, the federal government promised a one-time payment of up to $600 for Canadians living with disabilities to help lessen the financial strain tied to the novel coronavirus … Read More

Coronavirus: What does Banff look like without international tourism?

Banff is all about tourism. In fact, almost its entire economy is tourism-based. “The Town of Banff‘s reason for being a municipality is to provide services to visitors to Banff … Read More

10-days paid sick leave could be more costly than beneficial, experts say

As the federal government discusses the possibility of implementing 10 paid sick days for workers across Canada amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts caution that doing so could be more … Read More

Loophole in CERB could leave seniors vulnerable to scammers, MP warns

A loophole in the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit that doesn’t prohibit people charging fees to help others get relief funds needs to be closed to prevent scams, an NDP MP … Read More

Where to buy face masks online in Canada and how to choose

Masks and face coverings seem poised to become a wardrobe essential in the COVID-19 new reality. As Canadians all over the country begin to venture outside in greater numbers, the … Read More

More Canadians likely to shop, eat out than go to concerts, sports games in 2020: poll

Canadians are more likely to shop or eat at a restaurant than attend a live concert, sporting event or movie theatre this year as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, according … Read More

2nd death at Cargill prompts calls from Alberta NDP, union to shut down meat plant

Alberta’s Opposition NDP, along with union leaders, is calling on the province to shut down a Cargill meat-packing plant so it can be determined whether the company is meeting legal … Read More

Coronavirus: Manulife CEO warns of ‘devastation’ if economies are reopened too early

Manulife Financial Corp’s chief executive on Thursday cautioned against reopening economies shut by the COVID-19 pandemic despite challenges that contributed to a 40 per cent decline in first-quarter profit for … Read More

Coronavirus pandemic raises question: Is it time for a basic income?

Economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus has led some to ask whether it’s time for a basic income. In Canada alone, more than a million people have lost their jobs since … Read More

Dyson to produce 15,000 ventilators to help with coronavirus fight

Dyson has stepped up to create thousands of ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic, after designing a new product in 10 days. The company, which typically produces household products such as … Read More

Coronavirus: Toyota extends North American shutdown after 2nd Cambridge employee tests positive

Toyota Canada announced it is extending its North American shutdown after it learned that a second employee at its Cambridge, Ont. plant had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused … Read More

Rent freezes, eviction deferrals needed amid coronavirus fallout: experts

Nearly half of Canadian renters live paycheque to paycheque — and the novel coronavirus pandemic is bound to strain their finances more, according to a report released by the Canadian … Read More

Coronavirus in Quebec: local businesses closing, struggling amidst COVID-19 pandemic

The Quebec government’s measures in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus are leaving local entrepreneurs scrambling to make ends meet. READ MORE: COVID-19 cases in Quebec climb … Read More

Coronavirus: Stock markets continue to sink amid fears of economic fallout

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 19, 2020 10:10 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ TORONTO — North American stock … Read More

Coronavirus: S&P 500 index drops 7%, stock trading briefly halted on TSX, NYSE

By Staff Reuters Posted March 18, 2020 1:16 pm Updated March 18, 2020 1:19 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The … Read More

Coronavirus: Canada’s top CEOs say limiting COVID-19 should be ‘singular objective’

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 16, 2020 10:58 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ TORONTO — An open letter … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. Federal Reserve slashes rates to nearly zero in response to COVID-19

The U.S. Federal Reserve slashed rates back to near zero, restarted bond buying and joined with other central banks to ensure liquidity in dollar lending to help put a floor under a rapidly … Read More

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