Business owners like you are reporting that shortage of qualified labour is one of their fastest growing concerns. Have you ever considered hiring someone from outside of Canada to fill those vacant positions? We have some tips on immigration programs available to you.
The governments of Canada and Alberta offer funding for employee training. Eligible employers are required to contribute one-third of the total training costs. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. We can help you learn about the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.
Winter is here… so it’s time to think about summer! Planning on hiring a student? If a wage subsidy covering up to 50% of the minimum wage piques your interest, start executing that plan now! Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232. The deadline for applications has been extended until February 3, 2017
As of March 15, 2016, foreign nationals who do not need a visa to visit Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
The costs of hiring, orientation and training can pile up. Having to fill the same position twice or more in a year can be a very frustrating experience and can also significantly impact productivity and team morale.
The Service Canada Job Bank offers employers the ability to post their job ads for free allowing them to reach thousands of potential job seekers. As of April 30th, the Job Bank has added new features to help better connect employers with employees. Find out more here. Advice is free for members: call 1-888-234-2232.
Business owners and their employees love vacations; yet planning to fit them into the business cycle and meeting employee’s expectations can be challenging.
It is important to communicate how vacations are to be requested, when they are approved (or not...), by what method and how they are earned to all of your employees so that you can avoid the worst vacation minefields.
It is always important to ensure you are hiring the best candidate for the job. For certain positions you may want to screen your final candidates with a criminal background check but the question is do you really need to?
Regardless of the number of employees you have, the mental health of your workers matters. The Mental Health Commission of Canada estimates that the Canadian economy loses nearly $50 billion annually as a result of mental health-related issues.
Alberta's general minimum wage increases by a dollar ($1.00) per hour to $12.20 and the current liquor server rate will be removed, effective October 1, 2016. Weekly and monthly minimum wages used by certain professions will rise to $486 and $2,316, respectively, at the same time.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to provide ongoing coaching and opportunities for personal development, it is simply not feasible to retain an employee. Perhaps a worker is not a ‘good fit’ in the company. If you need to dismiss an employee, our tips will help ensure you meet your obligations.
Social media is part of our daily lives. From Facebook to Twitter to LinkedIn, it is very likely your employees participate in social media. We can help you develop a social media policy to clarify what you expect from your staff and to protect your business.
It’s easy to manage employees who show up on time and work hard. But dealing with those who are chronically late, or who frequently call in sick, can be trickier. Let us help you walk through the minefield of attendance issues.
Writing attention grabbing job ads and posting them in all the right places can mean the difference between attracting few applicants, and having a selection of candidates from which to choose. Learn how to optimize your job ads for maximum effect.
Regardless of the size of your business or the number of employees you have, it is important to have a written code of conduct to set expectations for your employees and define acceptable behaviours on the job.
If you or any of your employees are between the ages of 60 and 70 and are collecting CPP benefits while continuing to work, you may have to start contributing to CPP again. On January 1st, 2012, new rules came into effect for those collecting their benefits while continuing to work.
We have long advocated balanced labour laws throughout Canada, including in the area of employment standards and labour relations. Whether it’s the right of employees to a secret ballot vote, or defending the right of employers to communicate with their employees during a certification drive we are committed to advancing these and other democratic principles everywhere.
CFIB member surveys show the shortage of qualified labour has become one of the top issues affecting small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada. While there is no single solution, CFIB has lobbied the federal and provincial governments to help our members address this important challenge.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has capacity to accept more nominations from employers. If you have temporary foreign workers currently working for you, the AINP may help them become permanent residents.
Writing an employee job description is a vital step every employer should take for all positions. A good job description will allow business owners to create better job postings, set employment expectations and aid in performance management.
Hiring an apprentice can connect you with an employee that has knowledge of cutting-edge technologies and concepts to help your business stay competitive. Government knows apprenticeship is important for our economy and provides incentives to offset the costs of apprenticeship. Here are opportunities for the employer and individual apprentices.