Aid for Students

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Description: On April 22, the Prime Minister announced $9 billion in assistance for students who have found their summer employment options limited, or eliminated outright, by COVID-19. With summer camps shuttered, and traditional opportunities disappearing, students will be eligible to receive $1250 per month. While some will obviously appreciate the government’s action, others may question… Read more »

On the Farm

Posted by & filed under Personal Tax, Student life.

Description: Canadian farmers are getting some help from the federal government to pay for foreign workers. Because the workers will have to be quarantined for 14 days after entering Canada, the government will provide farmers with up to $1,500 per worker to cover pay during the quarantine period. Each year about 40,000 of these agricultural… Read more »

Summer Jobs

Posted by & filed under Accounting Careers, Student life.

Description: The COVID-19 virus has created havoc in the summer job market for students. Regular summer jobs are disappearing, as well as positions for student practicums and co-op opportunities. The loss of practicums is especially concerning as they are often required for graduation from certain programs. The Prime Minister has responded that the federal government… Read more »

What About my Credit Card?

Posted by & filed under Financial Reporting and Analysis, Student life.

Description: A number of measures have already been put in place to help Canadian consumers deal with the economic impacts from the COVID-19 virus. But, so far, those high credit card interest rates don’t appear to have been touched. With Canadians facing outright unemployment or reductions in hours worked, a break on credit card rates… Read more »

Zoom With Care

Posted by & filed under Data security, Financial Accounting, Student life.

Description: Business, schools, and individuals have been quickly learning all about the Zoom, the software that has allowed many to link live with friends and colleagues during this time of social distancing. You should be aware, however, that hackers see Zoom as a new opportunity to mess with you and your data. The Toronto Star… Read more »

COVID-19 Hard on Lower Income Canadians

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Description: We could soon be dealing with two million unemployed Canadians in the face of the COVID-19 virus. Canada has not seen unemployment rates like this in over 70 years. The story tells us that the job losses are not distributed very evenly, with about 40% of those making $14 an hour or less facing… Read more »

Flames to the Rescue

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Description: During this highly unusual situation with COVID-19, we have seen the sudden interruption of various professional sports seasons. This has left many part-time employees who worked in arenas and sports venues without work. In Calgary, the NHL Flames had originally taken the stance that the employees who weren’t working would not be paid. But… Read more »

Truck Driver Shortage

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Description: It was hard to find a business story this week that wasn’t about the corona virus. But, here’s one: officials are worried about a massive shortage of truck drivers to move goods across North America. According to a recent report, Canada is short 20,000 drivers. It seems like the self-driving vehicles won’t be bailing… Read more »

Data Rates

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Description: The federal government has told Canada’s big 3 telecoms – Bell, Rogers, and Telus – to cut their cellphone rates by 25%, or else. Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains told the companies that if they don’t take action within two years, then the politicians will step in to force them to. On the… Read more »

Google Expanding in Canada

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Description: Tech giant Google is expanding its operations in Canada, building 3 new facilities to accommodate 5,000 employees by 2022. Toronto, Montreal, and Kitchener-Waterloo will be the big beneficiaries of this move. Things have come a long way since the time when the company hired its first Canadian employee in 2001, opening an office of… Read more »