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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November 25, 2020 - ONTARIO
Bill 214 (Time Amendment Act, 2020) Passed and Awaits Royal Assent

Ontario has voted to stop the practice of changing the clock back and ahead by an hour. However, the change would be contingent on the Government of Quebec and New York State passing similar laws.

Bill 214, which still needs to receive royal assent from Ontario’s lieutenant governor, would move Ontario to daylight saving time on a permanent basis.

New Legislation Province of Ontario

November 4, 2020 - FEDERAL
Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations take effect on January 1, 2021

Effective January 1, 2021, federally regulated employers covered under Part II of the Canada Labour Code, including but not limited to banks, airports, radio and television broadcasting and cable systems, and the federal public service, will be required to comply with the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations.

Employers will be required to review and update current policies relating to workplace harassment and violence.

New Regulations All Provinces and Territories

September 24, 2020 - ONTARIO
Bill 154 (Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2020) receives Royal Assent

Bill 154 proclaims the third Friday of June in each year as Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day.

Ontario has seen an increase in cases of cyberbullying. Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day will increase awareness of the problem of cyberbullying and help lead to its prevention. This is an important Bill as it encourages discussion of cyberbullying in workplaces.

New Legislation Province of Ontario

September 5, 2020 - ALBERTA
Bill 32 (Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplace Act): Changes to Employment Standards Code take effect on November 1

 Bill 32 introduces a number of changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code.

Changes to the Employment Standards Code effective November 1 include Pay & Payroll, Rest Periods, Youth Employment, Holiday Pay Calculations, Vacation Time and Hours of Work.

Amended Legislation Province of British Columbia

August 14, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Bill 23 receives Royal Assent, making major changes to workers' compensation

According to the BC Government, the changes to the Workers Compensation Act will provide better support to injured workers and their families and enhance WorkSafeBC’s ability to investigate workplace incidents, while keeping premiums low.

The new legislation contains 34 provisions that include housekeeping amendments and changes relating to compensation, assessment, and occupational health and safety matters.

Amended Legislation Province of British Columbia

August 13, 2020 - ONTARIO
Public Consultation on Private Sector Privacy Legislation

The Ontario government launched consultations to improve the province's privacy protection laws. People and businesses from a wide range of sectors, including technology, financial and service, and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, will have the opportunity to contribute to strengthening transparency and accountability concerning the collection, use and safeguarding of personal information online.

Through an online survey, written submissions and web conferences, the government is collaborating with the people of Ontario to create a legislative framework for privacy in the province's private sector. Deadline for participating in this consultation is Thursday, October 1

Public Consultation Province of Ontario

August 12, 2020 - FEDERAL
The Federal Government sets temporary minimum rate for EI Program

The federal government has set a temporary minimum unemployment rate of 13.1% for all Employment Insurance (EI) economic regions across Canada effective retroactive to Sunday, Aug. 9.

Amended Legislation All Provinces and Territories

July 15, 2020 - ALBERTA
Public Feedback on Occupational Health & Safety Act Review

The Ministry of Labour and Immigration is seeking public feedback on the Occupational Health & Safety Legislation to ensure it is meeting the needs of Albertan workers and employers. 

The Ministry would like to hear feedback from Albertans on ways to keep workers protected while reducing administrative burdens for businesses and employers. Deadline for submission of feedback is Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Public Feedback Province of Alberta

July 15, 2020 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
Public Consultation on Personal Information Protection Act

A Special Committee has been appointed to undertake a review of the Personal Information Protection Act pursuant to section 59 of that Act. The Act governs how private sector organizations collect, use and disclose personal information and gives individuals the right to access their own personal information. The Special Committee must submit a report, including any recommendations, to the Legislative Assembly within one year.

The Special Committee is holding a public consultation on how the Act is working. If interested, you may provide a written, audio or video submission by Friday, August 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Public Consultation Province of British Columbia

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