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  • Contact Us | Small Biz Advisor
    WEBSITE Managing Editor Anna Sharratt 416 908 1301 PUBLISHING SALES Executive Publisher Garth Thomas 416 764 3806 Associate Publisher Alison Webb 416 764 3876 Group Publisher Advisor Donna Kerry 416 764 3805 Senior Account Manager Francesca Allman 416 764 3883 National Account Manager Robert Martins 416 764 1839 Sections News Group Benefits Group Retirement Your Business Partner Education Advisor for business Services Bulletins RSS Feeds Customer Service Subscribe Contact Us

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  • Sales & Advertising | Small Biz Advisor
    1301 PUBLISHING SALES Senior Director Business Publishing Garth Thomas 416 764 3806 Group Publisher Pension Benefits Alison Webb 416 764 3876 Senior National Account Manager Benefits Canada Avantages Francesca Allman 416 764 3883 National Account Manager Eastern Canada Advisor Financial Services Group Karine Huard 514 843 2133 Sections News Group Benefits Group Retirement Your Business Partner Education Advisor for business Services Bulletins RSS Feeds Customer Service Subscribe Contact Us Sales

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  • Three in five Canadians say stress harms their health | Small Biz Advisor
    and home can be a fine balancing act and CHFA wants to help Canadians make workplace wellness a priority says CHFA president Helen Long Highlights from the survey include Ontarians reported the highest levels of workplace stress in the country with 72 in agreement that work causes them stress British Columbia residents reported the lowest levels of workplace stress with 56 of those surveyed in agreement Respondents from Manitoba and

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  • Canadian execs more ethical than most: survey | Small Biz Advisor
    act unethically to meet the pressures of financial targets This includes offering entertainment personal gifts or services cash payments or misstating performance Nearly three quarters don t believe any actions are justified to meet financial targets versus just over half the respondents globally When it comes to different unethical actions executives could justify Canadians clearly didn t support extending monthly reporting periods backdating contracts or booking revenues prematurely However they

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  • Canada’s lagging productivity our Achilles heel, Scotiabank CEO says | Small Biz Advisor
    focused on innovation if companies are going to succeed if we re going to create good jobs for young Canadians here His comments touch on a problem that has mystified policy makers and the private sector alike for years Last month Statistics Canada reported that the labour productivity rate growth contracted 0 2 in 2015 by far its weakest result in three years The issue has captured the attention of Finance Minister Bill Morneau who has set up an economic advisory council in an effort to find solutions Porter also highlighted what he perceives to be a disconnect between the skills that many graduates possess and those that employers look for We see the effects of this at Scotiabank where we have a growing need for digitally savvy employees such as specialized programmers engineers and data scientists Porter said More and more companies regardless of the industry are chasing this same talent pool Scotiabank has shifted its focus to developing the kind of talent it is looking for including through partnerships with Western Queen s and St Mary s universities Porter said The company has also boosted its investment in technology to more than 2 4 billion and has been partnering with financial technology startups in an effort to meet clients changing needs he added One example Porter cited is a partnership with Sensibill a Toronto based upstart that allows customers to digitize their receipts in an effort to simplify tax filing and record keeping Porter also said he is frustrated by the lack of progress on energy infrastructure particularly on the Energy East project a pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp that would ship 1 1 million barrels of Alberta oil per day to refineries in Eastern Canada I think this project is really important for the national fabric of

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  • ORPP bill has option for other provinces to join | Small Biz Advisor
    be meeting with his counterparts in other provinces this June to discuss solutions for a national retirement plan From earlier meetings he said the Atlantic provinces British Columbia and Quebec seem to be receptive with Saskatchewan showing less enthusiasm As the province moves forward with legislation one of the key questions around the ORPP has been whether or not federally regulated organizations such as banks would have to enrol their employees into the plan We are not able at this stage to enrol federally regulated employees said Hunter However we have made provision in this legislation that at a future date should that change that they ll be able to be enrolled down the road It s something that we re aware of We re working with the Department of Finance Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency to make those requests known The proposed act describes eligible employees as someone employed in Ontario if they report to work full or part time at an employer s establishment in Ontario On that issue the Canadian Bankers Association noted in a statement recently that the province has put forward a proposal to the federal government to extend the ORPP to federally regulated industries While it is unclear at this point how the federal government views the proposal it raises a number of significant jurisdictional and operational issues that the CBA is currently discussing with our members said the CBA The government said the act would also establish the ORPP Administration Corporation s compliance and enforcement framework which would include permitting it to administer fines Employers that fail to deduct or remit contributions would also be charge interest in late payments It would also establish a formal funding policy to guide the actions of the administration corporation and the government in the event

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  • Consumer spending up 6% in Q1 | Small Biz Advisor
    sign for Canadian businesses Following a flat period in 2014 Moneris has recorded six consecutive quarters of positive spending increases All four quarters of 2015 saw growth of between 5 and 7 Moneris findings this quarter are consistent with positive economic indicators released by Statistics Canada showing GDP growth in January along with an uptick in retail sales and employment increases in March Consumer spending rose by 5 9 in

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  • Finance officials facing a chronically weak global economy | Small Biz Advisor
    Bank and the OECD the IMF has repeatedly overestimated the strength of the world economy in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis Problems span the globe China s sharp slowdown has hurt commodity exporting countries by driving down demand for everything from iron ore to coal Prices of raw materials have sunk as a result A rising dollar has pinched American factories by making their goods more expensive in foreign markets and contributing to a sharp deceleration in U S growth since late 2015 The 19 countries that use the euro currency have struggled to gain any momentum despite aggressive easy money policies from the European Central Bank Japan s economy is hobbled by consumers wary of spending Obstfeld expresses concern about volatility in financial markets the refugee crisis caused by violence in the Middle East and the possibility that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union a prospect that could undercut Europe s political and economic stability The dangers could pull the world economy below stalling speed Obstfeld says Experts have been confounded since the financial crisis by trends that in some ways have defied economic history Wages haven t risen significantly in advanced economies even though unemployment has fallen Inflation has remained dangerously subpar despite ultra low borrowing rates engineered by major central banks And those historically low loan rates have yet to encourage businesses to step up investment meaningfully One especially pressing concern With rates already low and government debts high many countries wouldn t have much ammunition to fight another recession should one occur Obstfeld issues an urgent warning for countries to make a pre emptive effort to jump start their economies through continued low rates government spending that encourages growth and reforms that promote economic efficiency There is no longer much room for

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