2020 Updates & What's New

Keep up to date with 2020 employment legislated updates for Ontario, Alberta and BC including employment standards, human rights, privacy, and safety. 

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June 10, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Virtual Townhall Sessions with the BC's Human Rights Commissioner 

Do you have questions about your rights and responsibilities under B.C.’s Human Rights Code? Join in one of the six scheduled virtual townhall sessions with the BC's Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender, to learn about protected grounds, discrimination and human rights in B.C. The sessions will be delivered via Zoom.

Virtual Townhall Sessions Province of British Columbia

April 6, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Revised Workers Compensation Act comes into force on April 6

On April 6, 2020, a revised Workers Compensation Act comes into force. This rewriting of the Workers Compensation Act makes no changes to British Columbia’s laws concerning workers’ compensation, occupational health and safety, and employers’ assessment premiums. It simply makes the existing laws more accessible. The B.C. Government has reorganized the Act so specific laws are easier to find and modernized the language so the Act is easier to read and understand.

On April 6, the Worksafe BC website will be updated to reflect the revised Act.

Revised legislation Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2020 - ONTARIO
New health & safety legislation takes effect

Effective January 1, 2020, two regulations under the Occupational Health & Safety Act takes effect.  The first regulation is Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents (Reg 883/90), and the second is Designated Substances (Reg 490/09). All businesses must be compliant with these new regulations.

New legislation Province of Ontario

January 1, 2020 - ONTARIO
OHIP eliminates out-of-country health insurance coverage

Effective January 1, 2020, the Ontario government no longer provides out-of-country healh insurance coverage. 

Amended legislation Province of Ontario

January 1, 2020- BRITISH COLUMBIA 
WorksafeBC premium rate for 2020 is maintained

The average base rate for 2020 is maintained at the same level as 2019 and 2018, at 1.55% of employers' assessable payroll.

Rates for 2020 for employers Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Medical Services Premium (MSP) Eliminated

Effective January 1, 2020, British Columbia (B.C.) residents are no longer charged MSP premiums. 

New Legislation Province of British Columbia

January 1, 2020 - 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 2020 All Provinces & Territories

January 1, 2020- 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, 2020 or later.

2020 TD1 Forms All Provinces &Territories