Legislative roundup: Changes in payroll laws and regulations from across Canada

CPP form available online • Service Canada makes changes to ROE Web • B.C. to have Family Day as of 2013 • B.C. minimum wage increase • WorkSafeBC announces flat average premium rate • Alberta sets WCB maximum insurable earnings • WSIB sets maximum earnings for 2012 • WorkSafeNB announces 2012 assessment rates • WCB sets maximum earnings for 2012
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 11/03/2011

Canada

CPP form available online

The CPT30 form, which will allow employees affected by the changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in 2012 to opt out of contributions, is now available online. The form, called CPT30 (Election to Stop Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan or revocation of a Prior Election) is for employees who are at least 65 years old but younger than 70 who are collecting CPP or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP). These employees will be able to choose whether or not they want to contribute to the CPP as of Jan. 1. If they choose not to contribute they will have to fill out the form, send the original to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and send a copy to their payroll department. But this process should not be completed yet, according to the CRA. The page the form has been posted on notes employees should not complete the form, give a copy to their employers or send the original to the CRA before Dec. 1. The form can be viewed as a PDF at: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/cpt30/cpt30-11e.pdf

Service Canada makes changes to ROE Web

Service Canada is changing the Record of Employment (ROE) Web service on Oct. 16 to include an online legal agreement. There will also be new security features, a simplified ROE Web registration form and a consent form for payroll service provider clients. Companies already registered for ROE Web will have to have their ROE Web administrator (primary officer) accept a new online agreement when he logs in to ROE Web after Oct. 16.  All ROE Web users will be prompted to complete a professional profile and identify security questions the first time they log in to ROE Web after Oct. 16.  Employers and payroll service providers that have a paper agreement have until September 2012 to accept the online agreement. After this date, employers and service providers that have not accepted the new online agreement will have to contact Service Canada to reactivate their access to ROE Web. If the primary officer at an organization has left the company or is no longer in that role, the company will have to choose a new officer who will have to complete a Change of PO form. 

British Columbia

B.C. to have Family Day as of 2013

British Columbia will join three other provinces in celebrating Family Day, according to the provincial government. The new provincial statutory holiday will be celebrated on the third Monday of every February, however, it won’t be introduced until Feb. 18, 2013, in recognition of the time employers will need to adjust to the new holiday.  The announcement came as part of the minister’s throne speech opening the fourth session of the 39th Parliament, which focused on job creation, building stronger, safer communities and continuing to open up government for British Columbia families. 

Minimum wage increase

Starting Nov. 1, British Columbia’s  general minimum wage rate rose from $8.75 per hour to $9.50. The rate for liquor servers increased from $8.50 per hour to $8.75 on the same day. The minimum rate for live-in home support workers rose from $87.50 per day to $95. The minimum rate for live-in camp leaders went up from $70 a day to $76.00. The rate for resident caretakers with nine to 60 suites increases from $525 a month, plus $21.05 per suite, to $570 a month, plus $22.85 per suite. The minimum rate for resident caretakers with more than 60 suites rises from $1,788.28 per month to $1,941.56.

WorkSafeBC announces flat average premium rate

The average base premium rate for registered employers in British Columbia will remain unchanged from 2011, WorkSafeBC announced. The 2012 average published base rate will be $1.54 per $100 of employers’ assessable payroll. WorkSafeBC’s average published base rate for 2008 through 2010 was $1.56. The average published base rate is a composite of rates in 67 individual rate groups, or insurance pools, which are compilations of various classification units. Insurance premium rates for B.C.’s 206,000 employers are based on the claims cost (or safety) history of their industry and of similar employers and are further adjusted based on individual performance. For 2012, 53 per cent of employers will experience a base rate decrease, eight per cent of employers will have their rate unchanged and 39 per cent of employers will have a base rate increase. WorkSafeBC projects a deficit at the end of 2011 and  increases to the rate in 2013.

Alberta

Alberta sets WCB maximum insurable earnings

Alberta’s compensation board has set its maximum insurable earnings for 2012 will be $86,700. The 2011 ceiling in the province was $82,800.

Ontario

WSIB sets maximum earnings for 2012

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has set the maximum assessable/insurable earnings for 2012. The maximum next year will be $81,700, a $1,900 increase from last year’s ceiling which was $79,600.

New Brunswick

WorkSafeNB announces 2012 assessment rates