After the incorporation of the liberals to the government new winds of changes installed at the parliament.
In the following lines we invite you to learn about some of the most important and relevant changes that are approaching.
1- Extended parental permission
New mothers and fathers who plan to begin their parental leave as of December 3, 2018 will be able to split 12 months of federal employment insurance for 18 months and stay home with their child for longer.
New family benefits for "caregivers" also begin on December 3, 2018, including a 15-week leave to care for a seriously ill or injured adult, and a 35-week leave to care for a seriously ill or injured child.
2-Carbon price plan
The federal government wants all provinces and territories to impose a tax of $ 10 per tonne of carbon by 2018.
If a province or territory does not implement the carbon price alone, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa will implement a price in that jurisdiction. Ottawa has been in conflict with some provinces regarding this issue.
Depending on where you live, a carbon pricing plan could result in higher gas prices and heating bills. Similarly, you may also see your grocery bill increase, since food is often transported in vehicles that use diesel as combustion.
3-Tax changes in small businesses
If you are a small business owner, and especially if you run a family business, you probably already have heard of the federal government's controversial tax reform plan.
As of January 1, 2019 Ottawa is tightening the rules that allow small business owners to reduce their tax burden by sharing part of their earnings with their family members, which is known as income spraying.
The Finance Department has outlined the changes on its website, saying that the revised revenue spraying rules contain clear and simple tests to determine if a relative has made a significant contribution to the business. The tests include verifying whether a family member has made a substantial capital investment in the business or meets the minimum age and number of hours worked requirements.
4- Prohibition of Microbeads
As of January 1, 2018, Health Canada banned the manufacture and import of toiletries containing plastic microspheres. Micro pearls have been used in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body lotions and shower gels, among other everyday health and beauty items.
The ban will make exceptions for natural health products or over-the-counter medications that contain micro pearls, but they will also be banned later in the year, effective July 1, 2018.
The small plastic particles are generally too small to be trapped by the sewage treatment system filters and end up in lakes, rivers and oceans so they are listed as toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act.
5- Changes to the Employment Standards Code
Changes in the labor law that took effect on January 1, 2018 include prolonged protection from unpaid work for compassionate leave, changes in the way employees can deposit overtime, and a new unpaid license for employees they deal with a situation of domestic violence.
In addition, in the province of Alberta on October 1, 2018, the general minimum wage will increase to $ 15 per hour, from a current $ 13.60 per hour.
In mid-November 2017, Alberta passed Bill 24, which reinforces the rules on gay alliances in the schools of the province.
The legislation will prevent schools from denying or delaying the formation of homosexual clubs. The law now also makes it clear that school officials can not tell parents if their children are in a gay alliance except in special circumstances, such as when a student is under direct threat of harm.
The rulers of the new Democracy said they wanted to change the law in response to comments from United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, who said that in some cases it is better to inform parents that their children have joined a homosexual alliance.
7-Recreational marijuana will be legal nationally in the summer of 2018.
Federal Liberals have set July 2018 as the deadline to legalize recreational marijuana.
Cannabis sales will be limited to persons 18 years of age or older, although the provinces may establish their own minimum age requirements. The provinces also have the task of discovering how to sell and regulate marijuana.
Under the new federal legislation, people of legal age may publicly possess up to 30 grams of dry cannabis, or its equivalent in a non-dry form.
Although it is not a surprise the initiatives that you have had the opportunity to review in the previous lines, let me tell you that if it turns out to be a great pleasure to see that all the promises of Justin Trudeau's election campaign have a date of execution and implementation.