March 31, 2017
The Government of Canada recently released the 2017 Federal Budget. Many of the commitments outlined in the Budget (if passed into legislation) will significantly impact employers, particularly employers in the federal sector. The Budget proposes the following changes:
Canada Labour Code:
Employment Insurance Act:
The Federal Government has not yet introduced any bills amending the Employment Insurance Act or the Canada Labour Code, which means these changes are not yet law. The 2017 Federal Budget is simply an indication of where the Federal Government intends to go. These commitments remain in the development stage and may still be amended before being enacted under legislation.
Before provincially regulated employers are affected by any of these proposed changes, amendments will need to be made to provincial employment standards legislation. In Ontario, for example, changes may result from the Changing Workplaces Review as discussed in an earlier In A Flash, Make Your Voice Heard! Submissions on the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report.
We will continue to monitor the 2017 Federal Budget, as well as any potential changes to provincial employment standards legislation, and update you on any changes that may impact your organization. To learn how the 2017 Federal Budget may impact your organization or if you have any questions relating to workplace law, please contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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