2019 Updates & What's New

Keep up to date with 2019 employment legislated updates for Ontario, Alberta and BC including employment standards, human rights, privacy, and safety. 

Updates

July 3, 2019 - ALBERTA. Bill 2 (An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business) passed legislation

Bill 2 amends the Alberta Employment Standards Code (ESC) by making changes to the calculations for general holiday day and overtime. It also amends the eligibility for general holiday pay.

Amends Employment Standards Code(ESC) and Labour Relations Code (LRC)

Province of Alberta

June 24, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA. Guidance Documents from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC)

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) publishes guidance documents to inform citizens and promote compliance with BC's access and privacy laws.

Tools to promote compliance with BC's privacy laws Province of British Columbia

June 21, 2019 - FEDERAL. Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act) receives Royal Assent

Bill C-81 is Canada's first federal accessibility legislation.The goal of Bill C-81 is to identify, remove, and prevent accessibility barriers in various areas for all persons especially for persons with disability in the society. This bill applies to Parliament, Crown corporations, the federal government and private sector businesses under federal jurisdiction, such as banking, telecommunications and transportation.

New Legislation All Provinces and Territories

June 5, 2019 - ALBERTA. Bill 2 (An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business) passed Second Reading - Stay tuned!

If passed, Bill 2 would reduce the burden on job creators, restore workplace democracy and get Albertans back to work.

Amends Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code Province of Alberta

May 30, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA. Bill 8
(Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019) receives Royal Assent

Bill 8 amends the Employment Standards Act (ESA). There are several changes to the ESA including employees are now entitled to receive a job protected unpaid leaves under various situations such as to seek medical attention for the employee or eligible person in respect of a physical or psychological injury or disability caused by domestic or sexual violence.  

Amends the Employment Standards Act  Province of British Columbia

May 29, 2019 - FEDERAL. Bill 30 (Labour Relations Code Amendment Act) receives Royal Assent

Bill 30 amends the labour relations code to enhance protections for workers. This bill follows the recommendations as set out in this Labour Relations Code Review Panel Report.

New Legislation All Provinces and Territories

Deadline - June 4, 2019 - FEDERAL (PIPEDA)
Consultation on Transborder Dataflows - Get your voice heard! 

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) is revisiting its policy position on transborder data flows under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This includes cross border disclosures of personal information between organizations. 

Deadline to provide feedback is June 4, 2019. 

Public Consultation -  changes on PIPEDA's transborder dataflows  Province of British Columbia

April 30, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA.  Bill 30
(The Labour Relations Code Amendment Act) - Proposed changes

The British Columbia government introduced Bill 30, Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2019 on April 30, 2019. The Bill proposed amendments to the Code in several areas. 

Proposed changes to the Labour Relations Code Province of British Columbia

April 29, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA.  Bill 8
(The Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2019)  - Proposed changes

Bill 8, if passed into law, will amend the BC Employment Standards Act in several important areas, including application of the ESA to unionised workplaces. 

Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act Province of British Columbia

April 3, 2019 - ONTARIO.  Bill 66
(Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019) receives Royal Assent

Bill 66 amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Among the amendments are changes on how employers calculate overtime pay and eliminating the requirement for employers to post a copy of the poster providing information about the Employment Standards Act in the workplace. 

Amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 Province of Ontario

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Deadline - March 31, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Modernizing the Employment Standards Act - Get your voice heard! 

The Ministry of Labour is considering making improvements to the BC Employment Standards Act in several areas. British Columbians have been invited to provide their views before the government makes changes to the BC Employment Standards Act. Deadline to provide feedback is March 31, 2019. 

Public Consultation -  changes to BC Employment Standards Act Province of British Columbia

March 7, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA 
PrivacyRight program to launch

PrivacyRight is a new initiatiave launched by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia to assist private organisations with understanding their obligations under PIPA. 

Tools to raise awareness of and compliance with PIPA Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2019 - ONTARIO. Bill 47 
(Making Ontario Open For Business Act, 2018) takes effect

Bill 47 repeals or amends some provisions of the previous Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017). The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000. 


Amends the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000
Province of Ontario

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January 1, 2019 - ALL CANADA
PIPEDA's guidelines on obtaining meaningful consent takes effect

These guidelines released by The Office of the Privacy Commissioner improves upon the current consent model under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Improvement on PIPEDA's current consent model  Provinces and/or organisations governed under PIPEDA

January 1, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA 
WorksafeBC premium rate for 2019 is maintained

The average base rate for 2019 is maintained at the same level as 2018, at 1.55% of employers' assessable payroll.

Rates for 2019 for employers Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA 
FairPharmaCare changes takes effect

As of January 1, 2019, Regular Assistance families earning up to $45,000 per year have lower deductibles and/or family maximums. For some of those families, there is no deductible or family maximum.

Changes to deductibles and/or family maximums Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2019 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
(BC) Employer Health Tax Takes Effect

The employer health tax is an annual tax on B.C. remuneration paid to employees and former employees in a calendar year beginning on January 1, 2019.

New Legislation Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2019 - ALL CANADA
Updated EI & CPP Premiums, Maximums & Exemptions

Employers are required to deduct from their employees EI Premiums from insurable earnings and CPP contributions from pensionable earnings. Employers are also required to contribute an amount equal to the CPP contributions deducted from their employees and  pay 1.4 times the amount of the employee's EI premium. 

New Rates for 2019 All Provinces & Territories

January 1, 2019 - ALL CANADA
New TD1 forms (Federal & Provincial)

TD1 is a form used to determine the  amount of tax to be deducted from an employee's employment income. These new forms are to be used for wages paid on January 1, 2019 or later.

2019 TD1 Forms All Provinces &Territories