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Proposed Small Business Tax Changes

This article was taken directly from the Globe and Mail. The overview Mr. Morneau announced in the budget back in March that the Liberals have not been pleased with some Canadians who are using corporations in their tax planning, and that changes would be made. The claim is that certain folks are using corporations to […]

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Trillium changes pushed back as Ontario seeks ‘further learning’ about co-ordination

Changes originally scheduled for September, impacting the Trillium Drug Plan, have been pushed back while Ontario seeks further clarification about co-ordination of benefits with Private Insurance Plans. http://www.benefitscanada.com/news/trillium-changes-pushed-back-as-ontario-seeks-further-learning-about-co-ordination-100136?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily_Newsletter

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Richard published in “smallbiz Advisor” magazine again!

Check out my recent submission in the smallbiz advisor magazine, discussing some of the challenges related to small businesses and Pension/RRSP. http://www.smallbizadvisor.ca/group-retirement/advisors-can-help-employers-prepare-their-staffers-for-retirement-5043?utm_source=EmailMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter  

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Prescription Drug Benefits for Children & Youth Under age 24 in Ontario

The Province of Ontario will now cover prescription drugs, currently listed on the Ontario Drug Benefit program, for children and youths under age 24 starting in 2018.  It is quite likely this will have an impact on group benefit plans renewing next year. The final design and eligibility requirements of this program are still to be finalized; […]

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2016 RRSP Deadline

The RRSP deadline for 2016 contributions is March 1, 2017.  Make sure you get your contributions in before then!

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Federal Government- Taxable Benefits

The Federal Government is proposing to make premiums paid by a business for health and dental plans taxable income to employees.  This will have a direct impact on a businesses ability and willingness to offer this protection to their employees.  A company which offers a health and dental benefits plan have lower absenteeism; and increased productivity. […]

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Alternative(s) to Group Benefits

The Canadian workforce is constantly changing and employers are having to find unique ways to attract today’s talent.  In the past this was done by offering employees a compensation package usually consisting of salary, expense accounts, a benefits plan and a retirement/employee savings plan.  Historically the process of developing a benefits plan involved the employer choosing the benefits to be insured; which meant employees had little […]

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Changes to Employment Insurance Waiting Period

The 2016 Federal Budget released earlier this year included a change which will impact disability coverage on benefit plans. The waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits will be reduced from two weeks to one week, starting January 1, 2017*. Currently the Employment Insurance payment period is a 17 weeks, which includes a 2-week waiting period where […]

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Postal Disruption

With the potential Canada Post strike looming, insurance companies are notifying administrators and employees there may be delays in receiving premium invoices and or claim cheques. Premium Statements If you currently receive your premium statements by mail, you can avoid delays by registering for on-line administration and/or on-line premium statements.  If you are already set up with on-line […]

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Ontario Registered Pension Plan

On Monday June 20th the provincial and territorial ministers agreed in principle to revamp the Canada Pension Plan paving the way for the cancellation of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that a deal was struck that would see an increase in CPP contributions starting in January 2019 to combat the […]

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