Work-life balance: These 4 Canadian cities are ranked among top 20 globally

As COVID-19 burnout and fatigue take hold across the country, four Canadian cities are ranked in the top 20 globally for having the best work-life balance. Out of 50 cities … Read More

Amazon to offer $100 more to new U.S. hires with COVID-19 vaccination proof Inc will give $100 more to new hires with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, the world’s largest e-commerce retailer said on Thursday, as part of its plan to employ 75,000 … Read More

Ontario is launching paid sick leave. Should other provinces follow suit?

Following months of public pressure prompted by a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government has finally announced its paid sick leave program. The Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Program … Read More

RBC giving staff an extra day off this year as workers feel ‘more exhausted’

Royal Bank of Canada is giving staff an extra day off this year as workers report feeling more burnt out than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. “Many of … Read More

‘Biggest financial crunch I’ve ever faced’: A year living on COVID-19 recovery benefits

When Canada began to lock down its economy last March as the novel coronavirus spread across the country, Connie Kuipers knew she would need financial help immediately. The Toronto, Ont. … Read More

Sobeys says request to use personal information of COVID-19 vaccine recipients was a mistake

Along with following public health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians are also facing questionable demands on their personal information. The grocery giant Sobeys has been inviting people to register … Read More

How the COVID-19 pandemic left lifelong scars on the global job market

Esther Montanez’s housecleaning job at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston was a lifeline for her, a 31-year-old single mother with a 5-year-old son. The pay was steady and solid … Read More

Why COVID-19 travel insurance is turning into a vacation staple

COVID-19 insurance policies are increasingly joining passports and sunscreen as vacation staples, creating opportunities for insurers as more countries require mandatory coverage in case visitors fall ill from the coronavirus. … Read More

Jordan’s Principle order may cost feds $15B in compensation, PBO says

The parliamentary budget office (PBO) says it could cost the federal government up to $15 billion to compensate First Nations families and children impacted by the child welfare system, as … Read More

Cineplex willing to turn movie theatres into coronavirus vaccine sites: CEO

The head of Cineplex Inc. is ready to turn Canada’s multiplexes into temporary COVID-19 vaccination sites. Ellis Jacob, CEO of the country’s largest movie theatre chain, says he’s reached out … Read More

Report finds Alberta left millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 funds ‘on the table’

The Alberta government failed to access more than $300 million in available federal supports for things like long-term care and low-wage essential worker top-ups amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to … Read More

Provinces sitting on millions in COVID-19 funds for long-term care homes: CCPA

Almost a year into the pandemic, several provinces in Canada do not have sufficient plans in place to tackle COVID-19 in long-term care homes, according to a new report. The … Read More

‘Loneliness pandemic’: Work from home during COVID-19 takes mental toll on Canadians

Over the past one year, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our lives and the way we work. Amid tightened restrictions and public health measures to curb the spread of … Read More

Health Canada delays drug-pricing reforms until July 1, citing coronavirus challenges

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted January 7, 2021 1:33 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Health Canada says it’s delaying … Read More

Young Canadians’ pocketbooks hit hardest by coronavirus pandemic: Ipsos poll

Nearly one in ten Canadians reported losing their jobs over the course of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country’s economy. However, that burden isn’t being borne equally across … Read More

Pregnancy during COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for Canada’s expectant mothers

Canada’s expectant mothers say they are juggling a wider range of challenges than ever in their pandemic pregnancies. “We wanted to have a baby, but at the same time, it’s … Read More

Canada hints at ‘major’ coronavirus recovery plan but still no brakes on spending

The Canadian economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will likely not begin until “deep into 2021” but how the government plans to gauge when it is time to turn on … Read More

Montreal companies see business boom as demand for backyard activities soars

With COVID-19 restrictions in place limiting families’ outings, local companies are seeing sales of outdoor activities for kids soar. As public health officials recommend staying home this holiday season, backyard … Read More

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing error raises questions

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine. A statement describing the error came days after … Read More

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