An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Monday, Sept. 9:
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a freeze in the employment insurance (EI) premium rate for employees at the 2013 level of $1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings for 2014. He also said the rate will be set no higher than that for 2015 and 2016.
The Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) announced that the EI maximum insurable earnings (MIE) for 2014 will increase to $48,600 from $47,400 in 2013.
Tuesday, Sept. 10:
Minister of State (small business and tourism and agriculture) Maxime Bernier delivered a keynote address to members of Calgary's business and academic communities at a luncheon organized by the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, highlighting the government’s efforts to empower Canadian entrepreneurs.
Wednesday, Sept. 11:
National Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay announced new measures to combat tax evasion through the use of electronic suppression of sales (ESS) software
Thursday, Sept. 12:
Treasury Board President Tony Clement announced an extension of the online consultation on the government's progress towards meeting the first-year commitments in its Open Government Action Plan to September 16, 2013.
Graham Fraser, the commissioner of official languages, released a study showing that federal institutions need to do a better job of reporting on their language training activities.
Friday, Sept. 13:
Governor General David Johnston signed the royal proclamation officially proroguing Parliament until October 16, when a throne speech will mark a new session of Parliament.
Mr. Clement announced new measures to increase the transparency of government contracts. The new measures include the publication of more detailed information on contracts for services such as professional services and management consultant contracts.
Federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers met in Saskatoon to discuss key issues affecting workers and employers.
The Department of Finance released draft legislative proposals to implement a number of tax measures from the 2013 federal budget.
Federal, provincial and territorial tourism ministers met in Whitehorse to discuss improving visitor access, marketing and tourism attraction development in Canada.
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