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Bill No. 22 - An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act (No. 2)

An Act to Amend the Employment Standards Act (No. 2): First reading on October 19, 2021: ow.ly/SUOm50Gurok. This proposed amendment (adding Truth and Reconciliation Day observed on September 30 to the list of paid statutory holidays) is not yet in force. It must still pass through several stages before it receives Royal Assent and comes into force. Further details anticipated to come. Source: Government of Prince Edward Island

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New Mental Health and Addictions Single Point of Access Phone Line Launched

A new single point of access phone line for mental health and addictions services will make it easier for Islanders to find and receive appropriate and timely care. Islanders can access the mental health and addictions phone line at 1-833-553-6983. Mental health professionals will be answering the calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day, ensuring that Islanders have assistance finding and accessing mental health and addictions help. The Government of PEI has partnered with Medavie Health...

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Human Rights - Drug and Alcohol Testing

Testing employees is controversial. Random testing for alcohol and drugs is not acceptable, even for those in a safety-sensitive position. Exceptions to testing are rare, but do exist. As an employer, you are required accommodate a dependence on alcohol or drugs up to the point that it doesn't cause undue hardship to you or the workplace. This may look like flexible shifts to allow the employee to participate in a recovery program, or placing the employee in a less safety-sensitive...

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PEI Vax Pass now in effect on Prince Edward Island

PEI Vax Pass info and resources are available for businesses, services, and events. Proof of vaccinations is now mandatory as of October 5. What is the PEI Vax Pass? The PEI Vax Pass is a new policy that requires individuals 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination to enter some venues or attend certain events. The Vax Pass will not be needed to enter essential, non-discretionary services such as grocery stores or healthcare. Visit Government of...

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Truth and Reconciliation Day: Learn More Through L'Nuey

Reconciliation in Canada means bringing together Indigenous peoples and Canadian settlers to repair their relationship that was tarnished by the colonization of Canada. Supporting reconciliation means working to overcome the inequality between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous citizens. Acknowledging the truth and acting on reconciliation is recognizing we are all treaty people. It’s about people coming together, taking ownership, collaborating and ultimately forming a strong and...

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Upcoming enhancements to the WCB Experience Rating Program for Employers

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is pleased to notify you about the upcoming enhancements to the WCB Experience Rating Program for employers. The Experience Rating Program offers a financial incentive for employers to create safer workplaces by adjusting assessment rates based on their claims costs history. You may recall that in 2019 the WCB commenced a review of the program to ensure that it is fair, effective and easily understood. As a result of this review, which included...

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Employer Obligations on Election Day

Canadians will be heading to the polls today, Monday, September 20th, 2021, to elect their next Federal Government. Employers have a number of obligations to employees under the Canada Elections Act, SC 2000, c 9 (the "Act"). Under the Act, every employee who is eligible to vote is entitled to three consecutive hours, during polling hours on Election Day, to cast their vote. If these hours are not available outside of work hours, an employer does have the right to determine what time...

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Canada Employment Insurance Commission sets the 2022 Employment Insurance Premium Rate

The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) today made available the Actuarial Report and its summary for the 2022 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate. The rate is set at $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for employees and $2.21 for employers who pay 1.4 times the employee rate, which is unchanged from the 2020 and 2021 premium rate. Each year, the CEIC is responsible for setting the annual premium rate based on the seven-year break-even rate forecasted by the EI Senior Actuary....

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COVID-19 Special Leave Fund for Islanders

A reminder to all Islanders that the COVID-19 Special Leave Fund is available to provide temporary support for those not eligible for federal benefits. The fund provides up to three days of wage supports for workers and self-employed people who: are unable to work due to illness, COVID-19 testing or are required to self-isolate; have children under the age of 12 or family members in need of supervised care; do not qualify for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit or the Canada Recovery...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - Next Deadline, October 7, 2021

As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations. Next deadline October 7, 2021: Last day to apply for claim period 14 Next period opens October 1, 2021: First day you can apply for claim period 20 For more information visit the Canada Revenue...

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Non-Statutory Holiday(PEI)

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be observed on September 30. This is a new statutory holiday for employees in federally regulated workplaces or those who have a collective bargaining agreement that identifies they will observe federal statutory holidays. The day is NOT a statutory holiday in Prince Edward Island for employees who are not federally regulated.

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Employees Working Remotely or Multi-Site? Which Provincial or Territorial Tax Tables Should You Use?

Employment income When you pay employment income such as salaries, wages, or commissions, you have to determine your employee’s province or territory of employment so you can withhold the proper deductions. This depends on whether your employee physically reports for work at your establishment or "place of business". For income tax, CPP and EI withholding purposes, an "establishment of the employer" is any place or premises in Canada that is owned, leased or rented by you and where one...

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Mandatory Vaccine Information Relating to Employment

The PEI Human Rights Commission released information today related to mandatory vaccines and employment. Questions include: Can an employer require their employee to get the Covid-19 vaccine? Can an employer ask for proof of Covid-19 vaccination? Can an employer terminate an employee for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine? When filing a Human Rights Complaint about not being accommodated, will I have to provide the Human Rights Commission proof of my characteristic protected...

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WCB Disclosure of Occupational Health and Safety Information (Draft for feedback)

The WCB Board of Directors has provided approval in principle for a new policy, Disclosure of Occupational Health and Safety Information (POL-161). The proposed policy provides guidelines for communication to promote workplace safety and protect sensitive information. The draft policy is available in the Policy Consultation section of our website, where you are invited to provide feedback by August 26, 2021. Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI

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Government Extends COVID-19 Benefits and Business Supports

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the Government of Canada continues to adapt its support to deliver support to those who need it, heal the wounds of the pandemic recession, and build a strong recovery that leaves no one behind. Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced the extension of crucial COVID-19 support...

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Amendments to PEI’s Occupational Health and Safety General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations

What's changed? Canadian Standards Association (CSA) & American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Many of the CSA and ANSI standards referenced in the OHS General Regulations and Fall Protection Regulations are now updated to reflect the most current version. CSA continues to allow free (viewable only) access to standards referenced in the regulations. Users can register for a username through CSA Group’s online Communities of Interest (COI) platform...

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Employment Standards - Sunday Shopping and Work

If an employee began working with a retail employer before the 17th day of March, 2007, that employee may refuse to work on any or all Sundays. If an employee began working with a retail employer on the 17th day of March, 2007, up to and including the 15th day of December, 2010, that employee may refuse to work on any or all Sundays between Christmas Day and the Friday before Victoria Day. If an employee began working with a retail employer after the 15th day of December, 2010, that...

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Prince Edward Island OHS Guide Available on Mobile App

The Prince Edward Island OHS Guide presents key topics to assist PEI employers and workers in understanding their legal obligations within the workplace. To assist the user in understanding the key components of the legislation, this guide provides information on topics in a summarized format which includes quick reference links to applicable legislation and handy resources to help protect workers from injuries at work. For convenience, the guide is available as a mobile app (Google Play and...

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Feedback Requested on Proposed Workers Compensation Act Amendments

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act and General Regulations related to benefit indexation. The purpose is to better align long term benefits with rises in the cost of living. A consultation summary has been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the WCB website at www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, Proposed Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act - Benefit...

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Working at Heights Campaign Underway

WCB launched a widespread education and enforcement campaign surrounding working from heights, which includes a package of new safety resources, posters, media and mini-training videos to assist employers and workers in understanding their legal obligations. The goal of the initiative is to protect workers by ensuring compliance with the OHS Act and Regulations and raising awareness of the importance of workplace safety. In 2019, on a Prince Edward Island worksite, a worker...

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WCB Draft Policies for Review (Support for Independent Living, Allergies, Respiratory Diseases)

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has approved, in principle, the following policies: POL-82, Support for Independent Living POL-69, Allergies RESCIND POL-66, Respiratory Diseases  RESCIND The policies have been placed on the WCB website for viewing and comment. They will remain on their website until April 30, 2021 under the heading of "Policy Consultation-Draft Policies". If you wish to review these policies and provide feedback, please do so online at...

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PEI Minimum Wage Increases to $13 per hour on April 1st, 2021

Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $13 per hour today (April 1, 2021). The Employment Standards Board reviews minimum wage annually and provides their recommendation to the Government after the review is complete. For further details on the minimum wage order visit: Economic Growth, Tourism, and Culture (Government of Prince Edward Island)

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Mental Health Support Available for Island Fisheries and Aquaculture Industries

Free mental health services are available to those who work in the fisheries and aquaculture industries on PEI to help support their mental and emotional well being. The Fisher Assistance Program, and Aquaculture Farm Assistance Program offer fishers, crewmembers, their families, and aquaculturists access to confidential and professional counselling services. “As we navigate this difficult year, we want to ensure that the people in our industries have access to the mental health...

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GCACC News: Student Work Placement Program Subsidy

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Magnet in the  (SWPP) to provide wage subsidies (UP TO 75%) for members who have hired students for work placements over the past 8 months. If you hired a student for a work placement in the fall of 2020 or winter of 2021, your organization is eligible to receive 75% or $7500 in wage subsidies retroactively through this program. If you plan to hire a student for summer 2021, you could be eligible for up to 70% or...

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Atlantic Premiers Announce Plan to Ease Regional Travel Restrictions

Atlantic Premiers continue to work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs chaired a conference call of the Council of Atlantic Premiers, with Premier Iain Rankin of Nova Scotia, Premier Dennis King of Prince Edward Island and Premier Andrew Furey of Newfoundland and Labrador participating. While COVID-19 remains a serious concern, Premiers are encouraged by Atlantic Canadians’ adherence to public health measures, the containment of regional...

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Government Announces Wage and Rent Subsidy Amounts to Remain Unchanged Through to June

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support have helped protect millions of Canadian jobs and supported businesses of every size across Canada through the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government intends to extend the current rate structures for these subsidies from March 14 to June 5, 2021. Specifically: the maximum wage subsidy rate for...

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Province Announces Supports for Impacted Workers

The province is launching supports to help Islanders get through the latest modified red level restricted measures related to COVID-19. The Prince Edward Island Emergency Payment for Workers is a $500 payment for workers and self-employed Islanders who have completely lost their income or will have their hours reduced by at least 12 hours a week from February 28 to March 14, 2021. Details and the application for this program will be available tomorrow at: For Business. “These are very...

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PEI COVID-19 Alert Level Red Measures with Modifications: March 2021

As of 12:01 am, Monday, 1 March 2021, Alert Level Red measures with modifications are coming into effect in PEI and will last 72 hours, until 12:01 am Thursday, 4 March, 2021. These measures are a time-limited intervention in order to get control of the situation at hand and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. These restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Essential services means services that the interruption of which would endanger the...

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Great Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Op-Ed: Basic Income Guarantee Not Guaranteed Success

The following opinion editorial was featured in the February 19, 2021 edition of the Guardian Newspaper: The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce (GCACC), on behalf of its more than 1,000 members, has been watching with keen interest, the recent discussions regarding reducing poverty on Prince Edward Island and introducing the concept of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG). The recent report from the Special All-Party Committee on Poverty in PEI and Mary Boyd’s opinion editorial...

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Work and Study Hubs available in 13 communities across Prince Edward Island

Work and Study Hubs will be available to Islanders in 13 communities across Prince Edward Island. The hubs are a space where Islanders can bring their own device to access free, reliable internet to work and learn. “We know COVID-19 has greatly impacted the way Islanders work and learn as more of us are doing it all at home. Because of this, Islanders need access to a reliable internet connection now more than ever before. Our hope with the Work and Study Hubs is that we can help fill the...

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Workers Compensation PEI: Employer Registration Renewal - Deadline February 28

The WCB would like to remind all registered employers of the upcoming renewal deadline. If you have not already done so, please submit your 2020-2021 registration renewal by February 28, 2021, to avoid a penalty for late filing. There are two ways to submit your registration renewal: For your convenience, you can renew your WCB registration electronically using the Employer Registration Renewal option at WCB Online Services -or- You can complete the Employer...

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Proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act (Feedback deadline: February 12, 2021)

The Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture is inviting organizations and the general public to provide feedback on a proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act. The Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act is new legislation that will be considered by the Legislative Assembly of PEI. About the Proposed Legislation The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs when qualified Canadians are not...

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Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program- Application Deadline January 29, 2021

The call for applications closes on January 29, 2021. 1. Overview This applicant guide provides information to help you complete your Canada Summer Jobs application. Read the following guide and the Articles of Agreement in their entirety before you start your application for funding, as they contain important details on the information and supporting documentation that Service Canada requires to assess your application. Canada Summer Jobs program objectives Canada Summer Jobs is...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended Until June 2021

Changes to CEWS  (Bill C-9): the subsidy is extended to June 2021 the maximum subsidy rate for periods 8 to 10 will remain at 65% (40% base rate + 25% top-up) beginning in period 8, the top-up rate and base rate are is now calculated using the same one-month revenue drop for periods 8 to 10, use the new top-up calculation or the previous 3-month average drop, whichever works in your favour the deadline to apply is January 31, 2021, or 180 days after the end of the...

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Feedback Requested on Draft Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Council is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the OHS Act General Regulations and OHS Act Fall Protection Regulations. The purpose of the amendments is to harmonize regulatory requirements across jurisdictions, update references to standards and provide consistent terminology. The consultation summary and draft regulations have been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the Workers Compensation Board (WCB)...

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WCB Policy Updates: Access to Information (POL-04) and Medical Cannabis (POL-153)

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has approved, in principle, the following policies: POL-04, Access to Information - Worker Claim Files POL-153, Medical Cannabis The policies have been placed on our website for viewing and comment. They will remain on our website until January 14, 2021 under the heading of "Policy Consultation-Draft Policies". If you wish to review these policies and provide feedback, please do so...

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Working from Home Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Claiming Home Office Expenses

This year has been filled with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Canadians unexpectedly had to work from home which resulted in millions of Canadians setting up their work space in their kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms. In response, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, provided today additional details on how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians, and...

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Retail Operation Guidelines: Circuit Breaker Dec.7-21.

To help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in PEI, CIRCUIT BREAKER measures are in effect from December 7 to December 21. These CIRCUIT BREAKER measures impact businesses and gatherings and are different from the restrictions PEI residents were asked to observe during the New Normal phase. The circuit breaker phase restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Government of Prince Edward Island COVID-19 recommendations and guidances may be...

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PEI Emergency Payment for Workers

The Emergency Payment for Workers program provides financial support to residents of Prince Edward Island who have been financially impacted by public health orders related to COVID-19 during the two-week period December 7 – 21, 2020. This emergency income program is a one-time lump sum payment of $500 from the Government of Prince Edward Island.  This emergency benefit is taxable income.  The reduction of income must have occurred as a result of the public health order effective...

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Employee Gift Card Program

The PEI Employee Gift Card Program is a temporary program put in place to offer a $100 grocery gift value to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with the public health measures announced on December 6th, 2020. The application form is to be completed by the employer, who will then distribute the gift card letters to affected employees. Eligible Applicants Employers can apply for a gift card...

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Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program: Deadline January 21, 2020

The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program supports the mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage by building on Canada's strength as a diverse and inclusive society. The Program's objectives are to: support communities in confronting racism and discrimination, promoting intercultural and interfaith understanding and fostering equitable opportunities to participate fully in Canadian society promote and engage in discussions on multiculturalism,...

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PEI Human Rights Commission: Workplace Sexual Harassment Project (SHIFT)

The goal of shift is to address and prevent sexual harassment in Island workplaces through awareness, education and training that is tailored for employers, employees, high school students and the general public. This project is funded by the Department of Justice Canada and is currently able to offer training and resources at no cost to participants. It isn't easy to talk about sexual harassment. We can help shift the conversation to equip and empower employers and employees to...

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Apply to Work Isolate or Register as a Rotational Worker in PEI

It is important for everyone to be able to work and spend time with family. Many Islanders must leave the province to go to work. As a worker who travels, the following requirements allow you to spend time with family during the limited time you are at home while still balancing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in PEI. Recognizing that many Islanders are back to work and that all work is important, the COVID-19 isolation and testing requirements for workers may vary depending on where you...

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Minimum Wage to Increase April 1, 2021

Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $13 per hour on April 1, 2021.  The Employment Standards Board reviews minimum wage annually and provides their recommendation to the Government after the review is complete. To read the board’s report, visit: Minimum Wage Order. Source: Government of Prince Edward Island

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Government launches COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund

Government is seeking proposals from organizations on how they can help Islanders impacted by COVID-19 transition into or return to the workforce. The COVID-19 Workforce Integration Fund will support innovative projects from organizations that help Islanders gain skills and knowledge so they can find long lasting jobs, advance their careers and access entrepreneurship opportunities. “We are doing everything we can to get more Islanders into the labour market. We know this is an...

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Workers Compensation Board of PEI Holds Assessment Rates into 2021

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has announced that 2021 employer assessment rates will be maintained at the 2020 rate levels. “We are pleased that we are able to maintain rates for Island employers and provide some level of certainty in these uncertain times,” said Cheryl Paynter, Chief Executive Officer of the Workers Compensation Board. The cost associated with maintaining 2020 rates for 2021 will be funded from the Workers Compensation Board’s Fund...

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More funding for Island businesses (including HR Planning and Implementation)

Innovation PEI is temporarily increasing funding to eight programs to support PEI businesses impacted by COVID-19. The programs that are being adjusted focus on business investment in the areas of planning, capital investments, marketing and promotion activities, and include the following: Capital Acquisition Small Business Investment Grant Information Technology Planning Information Technology Implementation Human Resources Planning Human Resources Implementation ...

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OHS Act Amendments - Confidentiality and Limited Disclosure (Request for Feedback)

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Council is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to Section 39 of the OHS Act regarding confidentiality and limited disclosure of information. The consultation summary with the proposed amendments has been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) website, www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, "OHS Act Amendments - Confidentiality and Limited Disclosure." The Council...

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WCB Draft Policies for Review and Input by October 28, 2020

The Workers Compensation Board has approved in principle changes to the WCB policies below and invites you to provide feedback on these changes by October 28, 2020. Internal Reconsideration (POL-48) Review of Benefits (POL-85), under the new title, Extended Wage Loss Benefits Wage Loss Benefits (POL-86), under the new title, Temporary Wage Loss Benefits To provide input on the WCB's draft policies: Click on the Policy link to review the proposed policy. Review the summary of...

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Island Workers Can Now Apply to Work-Isolate

Effective immediately (October 5, 2020), Island workers who travel outside of the Atlantic Bubble can apply to work-isolate upon their return to Prince Edward Island if they undergo COVID-19 testing. Non-essential travel outside of the Atlantic provinces is not recommended by Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Office. Anyone travelling to the province from outside of the Atlantic Bubble must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival. Island residents who must travel outside of...

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Agriculture Labour Support Initiative (ALSI) Connecting Individuals with Employment

The Agriculture Labour Support Initiative (ALSI) connects individuals seeking employment on a farm with prospective agriculture employers. The objective of the service is to: provide an additional employment resource to job seekers and agricultural employers in PEI facilitate timely access to employment and labour for the agriculture industry in PEI Note: Decisions with respect to hiring job seekers remains entirely with the employer. Frequently Asked Questions Who is...

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New funding for Island businesses to support employees working from home

Funding is available for Island businesses and non-profit organizations to help support innovative and smart ways for employees to work efficiently from home. The Telework Adaptation Fund offers up to $2,500 to eligible businesses and organizations to help ensure their employees have what they need to work from home at least two or three days a week.  The funding can be used for things such as developing a remote work plan, buying office equipment, or subscribing to online business...

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Wage Increases for Early Childhood Educators, More Support for Centres Effective October 1, 2020

Prince Edward Island’s early childhood educators will see a wage increase and licensed child care centres will get more support for extra health and safety measures to benefit children and staff. Starting October 1, 2020, salaries will go up for 367 early childhood educators and more than 110 autism assistants and special needs assistants in the province. “Prince Edward Island continues to lead the country in early childhood education and the foundation...

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Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (New)

The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit, would be effective from September 27, 2020 for one year, and provide $500 per week, for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians. The closure of schools and other daycare and day program facilities to prevent the spread of COVID 19 has meant that many Canadians have been unable to work because they needed to provide care to children or support to other dependents who had to stay home. While it is anticipated that facilities will gradually...

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (New)

The new Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit would provide $500 per week, for up to two weeks, effective September 27, 2020 for one year, for workers who are unable to work because they are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19. This new benefit would fulfil the Government of Canada’s commitment as part of the Safe Restart Agreement with provinces and territories to provide up to two weeks of sick leave to all Canadians in the context of COVID-19. The benefit would be available to: ...

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Canada Recovery Benefit (New)

The new Canada Recovery Benefit would be effective from September 27, 2020 for one year and would provide a benefit amount of $400 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who are not eligible for EI, mainly the self-employed and including those working in the gig economy. These individuals may still require income support if they continue to be unable to return to work due to COVID-19 or had their income reduced relative to pre-COVID-19 pandemic (attestation-based). The benefit would be...

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EI Premium Rate Freeze

EI Premium Rate Freeze To support Canadian businesses and workers through the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is freezing the EI premium rate for employees at the 2020 level of $1.58 per $100 of insurable earnings for two years. The rate for employers, who pay 1.4 times the employee rate, will also remain unchanged at $2.21 per $100 of insurable earnings. Under ordinary circumstances, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission sets and announces (on...

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CERB Transition to Employment Insurance (EI)Program

Hours Credits to Enhance Access to EI Regular Benefit and EI Special Benefits Access to EI benefits is normally based on the number of insurable hours an individual has worked in the year prior to their application, or since their last claim. This is known as their qualifying period. However, the Government of Canada recognizes that the pandemic has prevented many Canadians from accumulating the number of insurable hours that is normally required, and is taking action to address this. To help...

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COVID-19 Toolkit from Workers Compensation Board of PEI

COVID-19 Toolkit All Industries The WCB PEI recognizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19-related work stoppages or interruptions. The following provides employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized at their workplace. Note that this information and guidance represents the minimum requirements and you may identify additional risks and...

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Work Refusal Information: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The Workers Compensation Board urges all employers and workers to follow the recommendations of the PEI Chief Public Health Office during the COVID-19 crisis. Section 28 of the Prince Edward Island Occupational Health and Safety Act, provides workers with the right to refuse work that they reasonably believe will cause a danger to their health and safety, or that of another person, should they perform the task. Employers must be aware of their work refusal obligations and ensure such...

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Dealing with Sexual Harassment: PEI Human Rights Commission Summer Education Series

The Workplace Sexual Harassment Project of the PEI Human Rights Commission is a five-year, federally funded initiative that will work to address and prevent sexual harassment in Island workplaces. This summer, we are offering a Summer Education Series; a series of on-line introductory workshops about workplace sexual harassment. The Summer Education Series will give you an introduction to our full Workplace Training Programs, which we are piloting in the fall in PEI’s restaurant industry....

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COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund Extended Funding Deadline

Please note this program has been extended to August 31, 2020. The COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund provides a non-repayable contribution toward the cost of implementing a COVID-19 Operational Plan. Who is eligible for funding? Prince Edward Island businesses, not-for-profits, and non-governmental organizations that have incurred costs to implement safety measures of a COVID-19 Operational Plan, with the exception of: Agriculture* Aquaculture* Fisheries* Real...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extension Until End 2020

As more businesses reopen, the federal government announces continued support for employers with the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (the “CEWS”) until the end of 2020. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated in a press conference that businesses and non-profit groups under (the “CEWS”) program will receive funding of up to 75% of their employees’ wages – or a maximum of $847 per week per employee – until December 2020. Read more: Government of Canada

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Enabling Accessibility Fund (Applications Due July 13, 2020)

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding for projects that make communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities.  This process will provide funding for projects that improve accessibility and safety for persons with disabilities in: a facility where persons with disabilities work or could work in the future (Workplace Accessibility Stream); or a community space where programs or services are, or will be available for persons with disabilities...

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New PEI Emergency Leave Retroactive to March 16, 2020

A new Emergency Leave is now available to Island employees, retroactive to March 16, 2020.  In an emergency, an employee is entitled to an unpaid emergency leave of absence for the duration of the time when the employee cannot perform the duties of the employee’s position because of the emergency. The amendment to the Employment Standards Act received Royal Assent on June 18th. A full reading of the Act is available here: Emergency Leave

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Prevention of Heat Stress At Work

As we head into warmer weather it's important to be practice safety during the heat.  A helpful guide prepared by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI.  Download the free Guide to Prevention of Heat Stress at Work

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Extended for Eight (8) Additional Weeks

The Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) is being extended by two more months, even as the government encourages people to look for jobs and to go back to work when it's possible to do so. CERB has provided taxable payments of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who lost income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the financial supports will be extended for eight weeks for those who still can't work as provinces and...

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Business Adaptation Advice Program (Extended Deadline July 1, 2020)

COVID-19 Business Adaptation Advice Program The COVID-19 Business Adaptation Advice program provides a non-repayable contribution to Prince Edward Island businesses, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits, and non-governmental organizations to access professional advice and support to adapt or recover from the impacts of COVID-19. When is the application deadline? Online applications are due on July 1, 2020 Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020 ...

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Funding for Food Production and Processing Sector Due to COVID-19

News release June 12, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada COVID-19 has caused significant changes and adaptation in Canada’s food system. As a result, Canadian food producers, processors, and manufacturers have taken on unexpected and exceptional activities associated with risk mitigation measures to be able to maintain Canada’s food production. That is why the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to...

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Can Home Office Expenses Be Deducted If You're Working From Home During COVID-19?

Employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic may be wondering whether additional costs they incur during this time will be deductible for income tax purposes. When it comes to deducting home office expenses for income tax purposes, there are three approaches outlined in this article: an employee may be able to deduct these expenses from their own taxable employment income; an employer can provide their employees with home office allowance; and an employer can...

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Renew PEI: Downloadable Resources for Businesses and Organizations

Below are downloadable resources for businesses and organizations, as we begin to ease the public health measures, and Renew PEI, Together. Elevator Social Distancing Public Notice Exterior Building Public Notice Important Notice for Employees Public Notice Shared Spaces and Social Distancing Public Notice Stairwell Social Distancing Public Notice Washroom Social Distancing Public Notice Source: Government of Prince Edward Island      

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New - WCB Decision Making Policy for Review

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island has approved, in principle, a new policy on Decision Making. The purpose of the draft new policy, POL-## Decision Making, is to explain the factors that are considered when the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) makes decisions on claims, including how the WCB gathers information, assesses evidence, and applies legislation and policy. It also streamlines the process for consideration of new evidence for decisions under appeal. The draft...

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Masks in the Workplace Guidance

Many tasks performed by workers should not require personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection against COVID-19 unless they are in situations similar to healthcare workers. Non-PPE controls should be put into place before masks are considered. The following measures are most effective to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace: Staying home when ill, with related policies around supported sick leave Working from home Physical distancing (2 metres/6...

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Carpooling and Essential Transport Guidance

This guideline applies to any scenario in which two or more persons who do not live in the same household travel together in the same vehicle for work and/or essential transport purposes, including personal vehicles, taxis and ride shares, and fleet vehicles. Essential transport includes carpooling for work, co-workers in fleet vehicles, and transport for medical appointments and other essential needs. Guidance on public health measures Measures required by all businesses, services, and...

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Workplaces with Offices Guidance

This guideline applies to workplaces that are primarily office settings, including enclosed offices, cubicle environments, open office environments, and any combination thereof.  This guideline includes shared kitchen space and meeting space. Core measures required by all businesses, services, and organizations: Develop an operational plan detailing how risk of transmission of disease will be mitigated. Take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people...

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COVID-19 Workspace Adaption Assistance Fund

The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing financial assistance to help small PEI businesses purchase and install protective measures such as plexiglass dividers or handwashing stations to safeguard employees and customers.  Businesses can receive up to $2,000 and the program will be retroactive to March 16th to support businesses that have already put measures in place to operate safely. Further details: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/business-0

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Protecting PEI Seafood Industry Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This document outlines recommendations for all sponsoring employers to meet the orders, notices, and guidance issued by Prince Edward Island’s Chief Public Health Officer for processors employing Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) and domestic workers. The requirements apply to workers in PEI under the TFW programs. Detailed information, checklists and tools to help complete the requirements are found in the linked documents. A Guidance Document for Seafood Processors Employing Temporary...

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Global Talent Stream (GTS) Continues to Operate During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) program (part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program) continues to operate in the face of COVID-19. The Global Talent Stream offers timely, responsive, and predictable client-focused service to help you access highly-skilled global talent to expand your workforce here in Canada and to be competitive on a global scale. More details: Employment and Social Development Canada  

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Online Calculator

When you apply for the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy (CEWS), you will be asked to enter amounts such as the number of eligible employees and gross payroll. You can determine these amounts and preview your subsidy claim, based on the information you enter. The calculator is a tool to help you estimate the amount of your wage subsidy. For further details and to access the online calculator visit: Government of Canada  

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COVID-19 Operational Plan Required for all PEI Businesses and Services

Effective May 1, 2020 all businesses and services on PEI are required to have COVID-19 specific policies and procedures in place to operate under the updated Public Health Order. Each phase of Renew PEI Together, beginning May 1st, includes a further relaxation of restrictions for business allowed to operate, but still includes the same general principles outlined in this template. See covid_operational_plan_template Business questions can be answered by contacting provincial public...

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Application Now Open

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020. This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis. Sections Who is an eligible employer: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Determine...

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Expanding Access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and Proposing a New Wage Boost for Essential Workers

The government established the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to support workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This taxable benefit provides $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months to workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB covers Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or...

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Guidance for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers Regarding COVID-19

Context Further to recent announcements by the Government of Canada to facilitate the entry of foreign workers while taking steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this document outlines the expectations for employers of temporary foreign workers Like all Canadians, most temporary foreign workers entering Canada are required to follow certain obligations, including self-isolation (visit the Resources section of www.canada.ca/coronavirus to learn more). Employers...

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Enhanced Employment and Economic Opportunities for Island Students Impacted by COVID-19.

Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island announced enhanced employment and economic opportunities for Island students impacted by COVID-19. In total, the Province will support the creation of 1,000 new job placements for Island high school and post-secondary students through increases to current employment programs and partnerships with community and industry as long as the jobs can follow the health and safety recommendations of the Chief Public Health Office. “We know that Island...

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Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deduction required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You are an eligible employer if you: are a(n): individual (excluding trusts), partnership. non-profit organization, registered charity, or Canadian-controlled private corporation (including a cooperative corporation) eligible for the small business deduction; have an existing...

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Province Supports Agriculture and Trucking Industries

Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island announced initial assistance for the Island’s agriculture and trucking industries as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19. “The health and well-being of our communities depends on ready access to high-quality, healthy, safe food and we need to ensure that agriculture remains the pillar of our economy. Farming has helped build our province and we will stand with our farmers and farm workers to help tackle the challenges of today and plan for our...

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2020 Jobs for Youth Program (Employer Extension to April 30)

The Jobs for Youth Program, delivered by the Employment Development Agency, offers wage support for employers to create employment opportunities for PEI students. The Employment Development Agency is committed to modernizing the delivery of the funding programs offered by the Agency and excited to announce some changes to the Jobs for Youth Program for the upcoming program year. What is changing in 2020? The 2020 Jobs for Youth Program changes include: Lowering the minimum age of...

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Application and Q&A's

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Who is eligible The benefit will be available to workers: Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old; Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness...

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Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program

The Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program is a temporary program to provide financial support to employers to assist their employed workers who have been impacted by reduced hours at work as a result of COVID-19. Who is Eligible to Participate? Eligible employers include: Registered private sector businesses or non-profit organizations in Prince Edward Island where employed workers have experienced a reduction of at least 8 hours per week during the two week period March 16-29,...

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COVID-19 Business Adaptation Advice Program (Incl. HR Supports)

COVID-19 Business Adaptation Advice Program The COVID-19 Business Adaptation PROGRAM provides a non-repayable contribution toward the cost for a Prince Edward Island businesses, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations to hire a professional to provide advice and support to adapt to or recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Who is eligible for Professional Services funding? PEI Businesses who...

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Province Announces COVID-19 Special Situations Fund

Today, the Province of Prince Edward Island announced additional investments to ensure no Islander is left behind as a result of COVID-19. “Islanders have come together, finding new ways of helping each other, staying connected and building community spirit during this difficult and uncertain time. We will get through this pandemic the Island way – by taking the necessary precautions, by working together and by looking out for one another.” - Premier Dennis King Minister of...

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Provincial Government Announces COVID-19 Income Support Fund

The Prince Edward Island COVID-19 Income Support Fund provides financial support to residents of Prince Edward Island to bridge the gap between the loss of their job/lay-off, loss of their primary source of income, Employment Insurance benefits have expired or loss of all revenues through self-employment as a result of COVID-19. This emergency income fund is a one-time lump sum payment of $750 from the Government of Prince Edward Island. This emergency income is taxable. Who is Eligible...

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Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their Jobs

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This measure, which is a part of the...

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Providing Small Business with 75% Wage Subsidies

The Government of Canada announced an up to 75 percent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. More details on eligibility criteria will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales, and will be shared before the end of the month.  Check the Government of Canada website for regular updates on available supports to individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Risk Mitigation for Essential Service Workers that Cross Borders

COVID-19: Risk Mitigation for Essential Service Workers that Cross Borders Travel advisories and restrictions continue to be put in place in affected areas around the world.  Canadian’s who must cross  borders  for work as part of an essential service that moves essential goods or people, can reduce risk to themselves, their families and communities when they are home. Risk Essential services such as transport of goods and airlines require continued...

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WCB PEI Defers Employer Assessment Due Dates Until June 30th, 2020

Source:   Workers Compensation Board of PEI   Updated: March 24, 2020 As the global pandemic of Covid-19 evolves, WCB PEI has taken many steps to support Island workers and employers. While our building is closed to the public, WCB has maintained services and supports for employers and workers by phone and email.  Also, any new employer payroll audits have been deferred, and benefit payments for eligible workers are continuing to be processed as...

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Employee Gift Card Program

Employee Gift Card Program The Government of Prince Edward Island has partnered with Sobeys on the PEI Employee Gift Card Program.  This is a temporary program put in place to offer a $100 Sobeys gift value to any employee, living and working on Prince Edward Island, who has received a lay-off notice as a direct result of the impacts associated with COVID-19. The application form is to be completed by the employer, who will then distribute the gift card...

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Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program

The Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program is a temporary program to provide financial support to employers to assist their workers who have been impacted by reduced hours at work as a result of COVID-19. Who is Eligible to Participate? Eligible employers include: Registered private sector businesses in Prince Edward Island with workers who have experienced a reduction of at least 8 hours per week during the two week period March 16-29, 2020. How does the Program Work? Once you...

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PEI Employers: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

As part of the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Government has announced a new Emergency Contingency Fund as an initial step to help support Island businesses. Find Business Help The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Find accurate, up-to-date information, including when to seek help : Call the toll-free support line 1-866-222-1751 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email PEIbusinesshelpline@gov.pe.ca(link sends e-mail). Staff are...

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COVID-19, Employment, and Human Rights

The PEI Human Rights Commission reminds people to keep human rights responsibilities in mind during this time of uncertainty. The Commission endorses the advice provided by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. (Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act legislation applies rather than Ontario as is referenced below). The OHRC’s policy position is that negative treatment of employees who have, or are perceived to have, COVID-19, for reasons unrelated to public health and safety, is discriminatory...

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Helping Businesses Keep their Workers During COVID-19

To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of the remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Businesses will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on their employees’...

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COVID-19 and Workers Compensation

The following provides information for Island workers and employers about COVID-19 as it relates to Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims. Please check here frequently for up to date information. Are workers eligible for WCB benefits if they have COVID-19? Most cases of COVID-19 are not work-related. If a worker’s COVID-19 is not work-related, there is no need to report it to the WCB. If a worker contracts COVID-19 that may be a result of work, they should report it to the...

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COVID-19 Prevention Update: Occupational Health and Safety Information

The following provides workplace health and safety information for Island workers and employers. As information about COVID-19 develops, the WCB will continue to refer to the PEI Chief Public Health Office and the Public Health Agency of Canada for guidance. Please check here frequently for up to date information. How does COVID-19 spread? Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat, and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through: ...

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Free Pandemic Preparation Resources

Should COVID-19 continue to escalate in Canada, employers should keep in mind that they have the same legal duties and obligations under employment standards, human rights legislation, and occupational health and safety, as they would with any other health-related illness impacting employees.  Be properly informed and be prepared to address how this may impact your employees and your business.  Free resources available: ...

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2020 PEI Jobs for Youth Program Funding (Deadline March 31, 2020)

2020 Jobs for Youth Program The Jobs for Youth Program, delivered by the Employment Development Agency, offers wage support for employers to create employment opportunities for PEI students. The Employment Development Agency is committed to modernizing the delivery of the funding programs offered by the Agency and excited to announce some changes to the Jobs for Youth Program for the upcoming program year. What is changing in 2020? The 2020 Jobs for...

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Canada Summer Jobs grants application deadline February 24, 2020.

Objectives of the Canada Summer Jobs Program Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market. The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows: provide quality work experiences for youth respond to...

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Preparation Underway for Upcoming Workplace Harassment Regulation Changes

New workplace harassment regulations will come into effect on July 1, 2020, and the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island has developed educational materials and sessions to support employers and workers. To help prepare for the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations on workplace harassment, WCB has created a guide that will help employers, supervisors, and workers understand their responsibilities to ensure they are in compliance. The guide...

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WCB Employer Registration Renewal Reminder

Each year, by February 28, you must renew your registration with the PEI Workers Compensation Board. You do so by reporting your actual payroll for the previous year and an estimated payroll for the current year. Late filing may result in arbitrary assessment and penalties. For more information:  Employer Registration Renewal More information about registration and renewal is available in the WCB Information for Employers booklet and in the WCB employer services policies.  

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The Business Benefits of Hiring People with an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA) is a national initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and their member organizations. Funded by the Government of Canada and active in each province and territory across the country, RWA supports Canadian businesses to build an inclusive workplace that capitalizes on the skills and qualifications of people with an intellectual disability or ASD. There is rapidly increasing...

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WCB Policy Review (POL-64, Health Care Providers)

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has approved, in principle, the following policy: POL-64, Health Care Providers This policy has been placed on the WCB website for viewing and comment. It will remain on their website until January 20, 2020 under the heading of "Policy Consultation-Draft Policies". Persons wishing to access these policies and provide comment online may do so at http://www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/PolicyConsultation. Should you have any questions or...

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Upcoming Changes to Workplace Harassment Regulations: Effective July 1, 2020

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island has introduced changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and Regulations on workplace harassment. The amendments to the OHS Act and Regulations outline the responsibilities of employers and workers to prevent harassment in the workplace. In keeping with legislation in other Canadian jurisdictions, the new regulations: Provide a definition of harassment to clarify what is unacceptable behaviour in the...

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Board and Lodging Adjustment: Effective April 1, 2020

Effective 1 April 2020, the maximum amounts that may be deducted from the wages of an employee where the employer furnishes board and lodging are as follows: Board and Lodging: $61.60 per week Board Only: $45.50 per week Lodging Only: $27.50 per week Single Meals: $4.13 per meal Source: Government of Prince Edward Island    

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Medical Cannabis (POL-153) Draft Policy Feedback

The Workers Compensation Board has approved in principle amendments to the policy, Medical Cannabis (POL-153). The public is invited to provide feedback on the draft policy by December 1, 2019, in the Policy Consultation section of the Workers Compensation Board website. Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI

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Minimum Wage Adjustment: Effective April 1, 2020

The Minimum Wage Order sets wage rates. A wage rate is the amount of money an employer pays an employee for each hour of work. The Minimum Wage Order sets the minimum wage rate, which is the least amount of money an employer must pay an employee for each hour of work. The order also sets employment standards for the cost of board, lodging and meals. Effective April 1, 2020, the minimum wage for Prince Edward Island will be adjusted from $12.25 to $12.85. Source: Government of Prince...

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New App for Health and Safety Information

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island (PEI), in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), has launched a new app to help Islanders better access workplace health and safety information. The new app provides mobile access to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and provides relevant, up-to-date information on 20 common health and safety topics, with further topics to be developed over the coming years.  In addition to the new...

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Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner or Sexual Violence Leave (Effective November 1, 2019)

Effective November 1, 2019, this leave provides up to three days of paid leave and an additional seven days of unpaid leave, in a twelve-month period, for employees to address the consequences of domestic violence, intimate partner violence or sexual violence. An employee can use this leave intermittently (on an as-needed basis) or all at once. Who can take the leave? An employee needs three months of continuous employment with an employer to be eligible for...

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WCB Grants Now Being Accepted (Deadline November 29, 2019)

Prince Edward Island organizations are invited to apply for the 2019 fall intake of Workers Compensation Board (WCB) grants. The WCB Grant Program, introduced last year, supports projects that prevent workplace injuries and illnesses or improve return-to-work outcomes for Island workers. “The program helps us tap into the creativity of others in helping increase awareness of health and safety at work and promote a culture of injury prevention and successful return to work,” said...

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Campaign Aimed to Reduce Accidents in Construction Industry

With growing demands on the construction industry on Prince Edward Island, safety officials want to ensure that workers and employers are taking the proper precautions to work safely. Over the coming weeks, there will be a focused education and compliance initiative, where Occupational Health and Safety Officers will be visiting construction sites across the province. The Officers will be checking to see that workers are wearing their personal protective equipment and following...

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Workers Compensation Policy Consultation on Injured Workers and Massage Therapy

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island has approved, in principle, a new policy on Massage Therapy. The purpose of the policy is to explain how the Workers Compensation Board determines an injured worker’s entitlement to massage therapy services and to outline treatment approval.   The policy has been placed on the Workers Compensation Board of PEI website for viewing and comment. They will remain on the Policy Consultation/Draft Policies section of the WCB...

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Feedback Requested on Proposed Changes to PEI Workers Compensation Act

The Workers Compensation Board, in partnership with the Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Council is requesting feedback on proposed amendments to the Workers Compensation Act. The consultation summary has been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the Workers Compensation Board website, www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, "Proposed Amendments to the Workers Compensation Act." Feedback on the draft amendments should be made by October 26, 2019,...

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Feedback Requested on Occupational Health & Safety Regulations - Asbestos (Proposed Amendments)

The Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island, in partnership with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Council, is requesting feedback on proposed changes to the OHS Act General Regulations for Asbestos. The proposed changes to the legislation have been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the WCB website, www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, "OHS Act Regulations for Asbestos." The WCB encourages stakeholders to provide feedback on the...

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Farmer Assistance Program

What is the Farmer Assistance Program The Farmer Assistance Program (FAP) is a service that provides confidential, professional counseling services to farmers and their families.  The program recognizes that some problems can affect home life and work performance.  When this happens, help may be required in resolving these problems through the assistance of a trained professional counsellor.  The counsellors are trained to provide short term counselling or refer individuals to other...

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Important Amendments to Employment Standards Act (Domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence leave)

Effective November 1, 2019 Amendments to the Employment Standards Act will take effect to provide an employee up to three days (3) with pay - and up to an additional seven days (7) without pay for an employee to deal with the consequences of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or sexual violence. Application: An employee who has been employed for a continuous period of three months, or more, may access this type of leave. The employee may choose to take this leave...

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Fisher Assistance Program

What is the Fisher Assistance Program?  The Fisher Assistance Program (FAP) is a service that provides confidential, professional counseling services to fishers and their families.  The program recognizes that some problems can affect home life and work performance.  When this happens, help may be required in resolving these problems through the assistance of a trained professional counselor.  These counselors are trained to provide short-term counseling or refer you to other professional...

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Workers Compensation Grant Program

What is the WCB Grant Program? The Workers Compensation Board Grant Program (WGP) supports innovative workplace solutions and training and educational opportunities for Island employers and workers. The WGP is funded and administered by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI. Program objectives are: To further enhance WCB’s mission and strategic goals of injury prevention and improving return to work outcomes for all injured workers To provide support to organizations...

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Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Announcement

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will test a new, industry-specific approach to help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production. While immigration in the agricultural sector is largely based on seasonal workers, this pilot aims to enhance the benefits of economic immigration to the agri-food sector by testing a new pathway to permanent residence. The pilot will seek to attract experienced, non-seasonal workers who can...

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Workers Compensation Board Annual Public Meeting

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of PEI invites all stakeholders and the general public to a presentation of the WCB 2018 Annual Report at the WCB Annual Public Meeting. Date: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Delta Prince Edward Hotel Please RSVP to Jody Jackson at jsjackson@wcb.pe.ca 902-368-5688 or 1-800-237-5049  

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Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI Program

Digital Skills 4 Youth PEI (DS4Y PEl) is a new internship opportunity for Island youth delivered by the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning (WAL) with funding support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The DS4Y PEl program will focus on connecting recent graduates to meaningful employment and giving them the skills to succeed in the digital economy. WAL will partner with Island businesses or non-profit organizations who will act as 'Intern Host...

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New Horizons for Seniors Program Funding

Application Deadline: June 21, 2019, 11:59 am (Pacific daylight time) The growth in the population of seniors in Canada is accelerating. The total number of seniors is projected to reach approximately 10 million by 2036. Some of the goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) are: empowering seniors encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors' social well-being and community vitality   The...

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Union Training and Innovation Program Funding: Investments in Training Equipment Stream

Application Deadline: May 29, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) supports the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships. The Investments in Training Equipment Stream supports cost-shared purchases of equipment and materials for training (union-led). This application process is intended to fund projects that will strengthen training in the trades to better...

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New and Revised Workers Compensation Board Policies

The following Workers Compensation Board has developed a new policy and revised two other policies. New Policy A new policy, Annuity (POL-154), has been developed to reflect the amendments to the Workers Compensation Act related to the provision of retirement benefits. Pension Replacement Benefits (POL-124) has been revised as a result. Revised Policies Repetitive Strain Injuries (POL-91). The amendments set out the criteria for acceptance of repetitive strain injuries...

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Feedback Requested on Occupational Health & Safety Regulations - Workplace Harassment (Additional Proposed Amendments)

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Advisory Council is requesting feedback on additional proposed amendments to the OHS Act General Regulations to include workplace harassment. The consultation summary and draft regulations have been posted on the Legislative Feedback page of the Workers Compensation Board website, www.wcb.pe.ca/Information/LegislativeReview under the heading, "OHS Regulations - Workplace Harassment." The Council encourages stakeholders to provide feedback on...

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Changes to Employment Standards Take Effect December 29, 2018

Family-friendly amendments to the Employment Standards Act passed during the 2018 fall legislative session will come into effect on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Changes to the act include: •    Extended parental leave from 12 months to 18 months to align with the federal employment insurance changes; •    Extended compassionate care leave from 8 weeks to 28 weeks; •    Reduced qualifying period for an employee to receive sick leave from 6 months to 3 months. Government...

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Canada Summer Jobs Funding Deadline - January 25, 2019

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market. The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50...

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Grants in support of Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program

Employers of Reservists and self-employed Reservists may be eligible for funding under the Compensation for Employers of Reservists Program (CERP). The purpose of the CERP is to:   Provide financial support to civilian employers of Reservists and/or self-employed Reservists, to offset operational costs they incur when Reservist employees deploy on full-time operational duty (Chief of Defence Staff directed operation), both domestically and abroad. Enable Reservists to be more fully...

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Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Enhancements Effective January 1, 2019

CPP enhancements (approved through Bill C-26) set out to increase the amount working Canadians will receive from the CPP in their retirement years, from one-quarter to one-third of their eligible earnings. The federal working income tax benefit (WITB) will also be increased to offset the increase in CPP contributions of eligible low-income workers. Employee contributions to the enhanced portion of the CPP will be deductible. The changes will have effects on: CPP retirement pension and...

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Domestic Violence Leave, Intimate Partner Violence Leave or Sexual Violence Leave

In 2018 Bill 116, An Act To Amend The Employment Standards Act (No. 3) received Royal Assent by the Government of Prince Edward Island.  The Domestic Violence Leave, Intimate Partner Violence Leave or Sexual Violence Leave provides for up to three days of paid leave, and another seven days of unpaid leave for employees needing time to deal with the consequences of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence.  Read more: https://tinyurl.com/y9xkp4s5 As an employer here are a few...

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Decrease in Employment Insurance Premiums for 2019

The 2019 Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate will be $1.62 per $100 of insurable earnings—a decrease of 4 cents for employees compared to the 2018 rate and an effective decrease of 5 cents for employers, who pay 1.4 times the employee rate: https://tinyurl.com/ybb7r43s

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Legalized Cannabis (Legislative Frameworks)

Drugs can have serious adverse effects on the safety and well-being of employees, contractors and the public. Awareness of the potential risks associated with the use recreational cannabis is a vital first step in providing a safe workplace. Did you know:  Bill C-45, an act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other acts (the Cannabis Act) was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13, 2017.  Effective October 17,...

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Give Input on Employment Standards Act Regulations

Most employees are eligible for a variety of leaves under the Employment Standards Act of Prince Edward Island including protection of employment for persons needing time off from work to address issues due to family violence. During the 2018 spring sitting of the provincial legislature, the Employment Standards Act (Bill 116) was amended to provide for up to three days of paid leave, and another seven days of unpaid leave for employees who need time to deal with the consequences...

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Minimum wage keeping up with Island's growing economy

Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage will remain the highest in Atlantic Canada when it increases by 30 cents to $11.55 per hour on April 1, 2018.“Given Prince Edward Island’s economic growth, it is very important that all Islanders benefit from improved economic conditions,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. “Being a small province helps us work well together and be nimble enough to focus on what matters most. As the GDP expands, increasing the minimum wage...

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Jurisdiction, Timelines and Current Details Concerning Pending Legalization of Cannabis on PEI

The Government of Prince Edward Island has an obligation and an opportunity to actively shape the implementation of the federal decision to legalize cannabis in a way that balances the challenges presented by legalization as well as Islanders’ interests, circumstances and values. To do this, provincial government is assessing the implications of legalization, exploring regional opportunities, gathering research, and listening to Islanders' views. Read More Source: Government of Prince...

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More choice and flexibility for family caregivers, starting December 3, 2017

Beginning December 3, the following improvements will be made to Employment Insurance (EI) caregiving benefits in order to better support workers who take time off work due to specific life events: Caregivers who provide care to a critically ill or injured adult family member will have access to a new benefit of up to 15 weeks. This will help more Canadians support loved ones when they need it most. Immediate and extended family members of children who are critically ill will, for the...

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Cannabis Legislation on Prince Edward Island

The Government of Canada introduced legislation that will make cannabis, or marijuana, legal in Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada by July 2018. Before that time, Prince Edward Island must decide how to adapt to this legislation. Programs, policies, laws and public education will be required to determine where and when cannabis can be sold, tax implications, the legal age to purchase and how communities will be protected from potential negative consequences like drug-impaired...

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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program for Employers

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is an employer-driven federal immigration pilot program designed to help you fill permanent labour shortages and skill gaps in your business by supporting foreign nationals for permanent residency.  There are three different streams which aim to address different needs.  The Atlantic High Skilled Program allows you to attract highly skilled individuals, the Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program allows you to attract semi-skilled individuals, and the...

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Effective April 1, 2017 PEI Minimum Wage Rises to $11.25 Per Hour

Minimum wage on Prince Edward Island will increase by 25 cents on April 1, to $11.25 per hour. The province’s minimum wage has increased 38 per cent since 2008. By comparison, inflation has risen 11 per cent during that time. “Our government is pleased to approve this increase in minimum wage, which is intended to improve the quality of life for many Islanders and provide a boost to the economy,” Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant said. “Increasing minimum...

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Canada Summer Jobs Funding - Application Deadline January 20, 2017

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit...

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Effective January 1, 2017 Workers Compensation Board coverage will now include Island farms

Source: www.wcb.pe.ca Mandatory coverage for farmers under the Workers Compensation Act will come into effect January 1, 2017. Until then, farm employers are still able to register for optional coverage under the Workers Compensation Act. As requested by farm employers, there will be a comprehensive information and education process which will be delivered during the transition period, in advance of the implementation date. Farm workers are at high risk of experiencing workplace...

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New Record Keeping Rules

New record-keeping rules for employers will come into effect on January 1, 2017. The new payroll rules will require employers to make and keep employment records for: a) paid holiday pay due or paid to an employee; b) period of a leave of absence of an employee as well as the reason for the absence; and c) dates of any suspensions, dismissals or layoffs of an employee and the dates of such notices. The new requirements complement existing record-keeping obligations already required...

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Prince Edward Island's minimum wage changes effective October 1, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, a new Minimum Wage Order will come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $11.00 per hour. The Employment Standards Board reviews the minimum wage annually under the terms of the Employment Standards Act. It makes recommendations on the minimum wage rate based on economic factors in the province and on input received from the public and stakeholders. Approximately 9.3 per cent of Island workers are paid at the minimum wage rate. For a complete history of...

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P.E.I.'s minimum wage goes up to $10.75 on June 1, 2016

Effective June 1, 2016, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.70 per hour. Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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Minimum wage hike does more harm than good: think tank

Raising the minimum wage will do little to reduce poverty mainly because most minimum-wage earners don’t live in low-income households, suggests a new study by the Fraser Institute. “Despite good intentions, the evidence shows increasing the minimum wage is not an effective policy for helping Canadians struggling with poverty,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and report co-author. To read the full article click here.

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Skills PEI Job/Career Fair

You are Invited! Please see the below information on the upcoming Skills PEI Job/Career Fairs. We hope you can join us to set up a booth at one or all of our locations! There is no cost to attend, and there will be 40-50 employers and organizations from all different sectors at the Charlottetown location. Mark your calendars for Monday, Feb 29th from 2-6 pm at the Eastlink Centre (Civic Centre).  Companies are encouraged to interview potential candidates on the spot at the...

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Employers are reminded of registration deadline

The deadline for employers to file their registration renewal with the Workers Compensation Board is February 28, 2016. Employers should submit their 2015-2016 registration renewal by the deadline in order to avoid being assessed a penalty for late filing. Registration can be renewed electronically using the Workers Compensation Online Services: http://www.wcb.pe.ca/Employers/EServices

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Canada Summer Jobs for 2016

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. Please note that the application period will be from January 4 to February 26, 2016. Please visit the Service Canada website for further details.

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Planning for a Safe Holiday Party: A Checklist for Employers

It is that time of year again when thoughts are turning to seasonal and holiday celebrations. Whether these celebrations are large or small, it is important that employers take proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees who attend office parties or other celebrations. In this FTR Now, we provide employers with a checklist of measures to consider implementing to help plan a safe holiday celebration for all. Click here for the checklist

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Five ways to boost workplace diversity

Many organizations talk about diversity but how many actually make it a priority? With the face of Canada’s population rapidly changing, this is one question that every Human Resources department will need to consider. Click here to read more

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Workers Compensation Board eliminates wait period for injured workers

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Prince Edward Island is taking steps to provide more support to injured workers by eliminating a 2 day waiting period before benefits begin. "Eliminating the wait period will provide wage loss benefits to all workers from the day following an accident," said Stuart Affleck, Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. "This measure will have a direct impact on our most vulnerable injured workers who might not have access to sick leave benefits during this...

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Federal Election 2015: Employers' Obligation to Provide Paid Time Off to Vote

A federal election has been called for October 19, 2015. Under the Canada Elections Act ("Act") all employees who are electors – Canadian citizens who are 18 years of age or older – are entitled to three (3) consecutive hours on election day during voting hours to cast their vote. In this FTR Now, we provide employers with guidance on their obligations under the Act. Under the Act, voting hours are determined by the time zone in which the electoral district lies. Click here to...

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Introducing the "Ask the Panel" HR Series for Small Business

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Join us for an interactive panel discussion on the challenges faced by employers related to workplace health and wellness issues such as stress, absenteeism and addictions.  Discover resources available to employers and employees that can help to address these issues and build a healthier team. For more information and to register for this session, click here.

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Precarious employment in Canada

The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada — mainly work in the services and retail sectors — has brought with it some questionable employer practices that have employees stressed out and labour activists fuming. They’re calling for the elimination of “on-call” shifts, a practice where management schedules shifts for part-time employees each week, but then requires them to call in ahead of their start time to find out if they’re actually working. Read the full...

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Canada PEI Job Grant

The Canada PEI Job Grant is a new program offered by Workforce and Advanced Learning.  The grant is an employer driven approach that helps new and current employees improve skills and participate in training.  Employers will receive two-thirds of the training investment on eligible training expenses such as tuition, textbooks and fees.  This year $525,000 is available for approved Canada-PEI Job Grants.  For more information visit www.skillspei.com/about-job-grant or...

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Increase to Minimum Wage on July 1, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.50 per hour.  Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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2015 Atlantic Canada Minimum Wage Roundup

After a very long winter, the snow is almost gone: time for our annual look at Atlantic Canadian general minimum wage rates. The minimum wage rate in every Atlantic Canadian province is higher than it was a year ago – and there are more increases to come in 2015 Full Legal Update

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PEI Jobs for Youth Program and Wage Subsidy (2015)

The Jobs for Youth Program will soon be accepting applications from Island employers for wage support to create additional employment opportunities for Island students aged 16 to 29. This program is funded by the Government of Prince Edward Island and is administered by the Employment Development Agency.  Students hired to fill positions on approved projects must be registered with the Employment Development Agency Jobs Registry.  Visit Jobs for Youth Program for further details. Employer...

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Canada Pension Plan Cheques Rising 1.5% for 2015 and Old Age Security Remaining the Same

Canada Pension Plan benefits are rising 1.8 per cent in the new year for people already receiving benefits. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the maximum CPP retirement benefit for new recipients age 65 will be $1,065 per month. The increase is calculated on the average yearly maximum pensionable earnings for the last five years.  The new CPP rates will be in effect until Dec. 31, 2015. Old Age Security (OAS) benefits, which consist of the basic OAS pension, the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)...

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Canada Summer Jobs Grant Deadline (2015)

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students; supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit...

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Increase to Minimum Wage on October 1, 2014

Effective 1 October 2014, a new Minimum Wage Order has come into effect with the minimum wage being set at $10.35 per hour.  Under the Canadian Constitution, the responsibility for enacting and enforcing labour laws, including the minimum wage, rests with the ten provinces as well as the three territories which have been granted this power by federal legislation. This means that each province and territory has its own minimum wage. For a complete history of the minimum wage order on...

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New Canada-PEI Job Grant Announced

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced the signing of the full agreement for the Canada Job Fund, which includes the launch of the Canada Job Grant, with the Government of Prince Edward Island. The Honourable Allen F. Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning, who participated in the announcement with Minister Shea,...

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Increasing the Labour Market Participation of Under-Represented Groups

Working Together is a new wage subsidy program that connects job seekers with disabilities with employers by providing a wage subsidy for a minimum of six months. Neil Squire Society is offering this program in partnership with the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. The Neil Squire Society is a national not-for-profit organization that uses technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with disabilities. The society has developed innovative programs and services, as...

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Prevent Heat Stress at Work

Source: Workers Compensation Board of PEI With the first heat wave of the summer in the forecast, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) reminds all Islanders to take precautions to avoid heat stress at work. Heat stress refers to a variety of heat-related disorders, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can lead to serious or even fatal injury.  Symptoms may include weakness, muscle pain, light-headedness, nausea and high body temperatures. Environmental hazards such as...

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PEI Leading in Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Atlantic Canada

The number of temporary foreign workers in Atlantic Canada tripled between 2005 and 2012 to reach 10,900 workers in December 2012 according to research by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Prince Edward Island is leading the way in the number of temporary foreign workers: 139in 2005 644in 2009 1,000+in 2012 The largest increases in the number of temporary foreign workers have been in lower paying, lower skill occupations such as fish plant and food service workers. Recent...

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Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage in Prince Edward Island will be increased to $10.20 cents an hour as of June 1 and to $10.35 an hour as of October 1, says Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry. “The new rates take into account both the interests of employers and employees,” said Minister Sherry. “As well, the increase reflects a stronger and more buoyant economy and greater confidence in our prospects as a province.” The new rates were approved by the provincial cabinet based on...

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Gender Identity Added to Human Rights Act

The P.E.I. Human Rights Act now expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The act previously prohibited discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation. The amendments, made in December 2013, underline that the Act also covers the right of people to choose how they express gender identity. As a result of the changes, businesses may need to review policies related to such items as dress codes or gender-neutral washrooms.  New...

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Talk about safety during Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

March 9-15, 2014 is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, an annual event that raises awareness about the importance of farming safely. With this year’s theme, Let’s Talk About It, the Workers Compensation Board encourages farm employers and workers to initiate a conversation about safety hazards and ways to work safely. “Dialogue creates valuable opportunities to learn from one another,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “With a topic as important as workplace...

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