RCC Statement on Bill C-59 Digital Services Tax
Retail Council of Canada
by dpool
2d ago
With the passing of Bill C-59, the Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, retailers worry that new policies contained within the bill, such as a Digital Services Tax, risk hurting our industry and will increase costs for Canadians. Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has always believed that the development of a digital services tax needs to be coordinated with our international partners and should not be applied retroactively. RCC urges the government to commit to negotiations with the United States and other countries to arrive at a harmonized digital services tax, and to work with our indus ..read more
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Vancouver police bust shoplifting and fencing operation
Retail Council of Canada
by fzehra
4d ago
Vancouver police say they’ve uncovered a huge shoplifting and fencing operation that uses vulnerable downtown eastside residents to steal products for sale online. Watch Video. The post Vancouver police bust shoplifting and fencing operation appeared first on Retail Council of Canada ..read more
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Marine Atlantic Service Update: Delays and Schedule Changes 
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention Maritime logistics providers, supply chain managers, retailers with Newfoundland and Labrador operations: The Marine Atlantic service from North Sydney to Argentia is delayed until June 26, 2024. Consequently, schedules for North Sydney to Port-aux-Basques have been revised. Retailers dependent on this route should review the updated schedule for potential impacts. See Marine Atlantic release.  The post Marine Atlantic Service Update: Delays and Schedule Changes  appeared first on Retail Council of Canada ..read more
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E-Bikes, Smart Watches, and More Join PEI’s EPR Program 
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention retailers who sell electronics, fitness and sports equipment, wearable tech and gadgets and e-bike and scooter vendors: This fall, significant changes are coming to Prince Edward Island’s EPR program for electronics. Starting October 1, 2024, the PEI government will include e-bikes, scooters, exercise equipment, and wearables like smart watches in the list of obligated items under the province’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations. These new regulations could impact product offerings and compliance requirements. To review the final regulations, please see&nbs ..read more
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Saskatchewan Enhances Workers’ Compensation Laws 
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention retailers in Saskatchewan: Starting October 1, 2024, Saskatchewan is implementing updates to The Workers’ Compensation Act to streamline processes for injured workers. Changes include enhanced privacy measures, increased benefits for dependent children, simplified medical reviews, and indexed awards. Effective January 1, 2025, the definition of ‘worker’ will expand to include students in recognized programs, with provisions for further updates. The post Saskatchewan Enhances Workers’ Compensation Laws  appeared first on Retail Council of Canada ..read more
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New Protections for B.C. App-Based Workers
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention retailers using app-based third-party delivery services: Starting September 3, 2024, third-party app-based ride-hailing and delivery workers in B.C. will earn a minimum of $20.88 per hour (120% of the regular minimum wage) and receive mileage compensation. Additionally, workers using personal vehicles will be compensated at $0.45/km for ride-hailing assignments and $0.35/km for delivery assignments. New regulations and a regulatory amendment also cover tips, suspensions, terminations, and workers’ compensation. This landmark move ensures fair pay and tra ..read more
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New Review on Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (ODSHAR) Released
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention all retailers with refrigeration and HVAC systems: A crucial review of ODSHAR is out and may impact those using refrigerants and HFCs in HVAC systems. RCC will notify members once the review is published. Please reach out to Harrison Brook, Sustainability Manager, at hbrook@retailcouncil.org to request a copy of the review. Comments will be due by August 9, 2024.  The post New Review on Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations (ODSHAR) Released appeared first on Retail Council of Canada ..read more
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Federal Court Ruling on Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Ban
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention all retailers who sell products that contain or are packaged in plastics: A pivotal hearing on Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Prohibition is set for June 25, 2024. Expect a decision by late fall or early winter. Regardless of the outcome, the case may go to the Supreme Court, with the government likely pursuing further measures. The post Federal Court Ruling on Canada’s Single-Use Plastics Ban appeared first on Retail Council of Canada ..read more
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Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Strike Averted
Retail Council of Canada
by lizley
5d ago
Attention retailers relying on timely imports and exports: The CBSA strike was resolved last week when the government and unions arrived at an agreement removing the threat of disruption at Canada’s border. RCC continues to keep track of the situation at the Port of Montreal, in addition to possible future labour disruptions at Canada’s rail companies, Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), which continue to be on hold as the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) conducts its review. The post Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Strike Averted appeared firs ..read more
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Spring Retail Crime Blitz
Retail Council of Canada
by fzehra
1w ago
On June 6th, the Vancouver Police Department(VPD) held a press conference to announce the remarkable success of their Spring Retail Blitz –an initiative to collaborate with retailers against retail crime. VPD recovered over $600K in stolen goods and made several arrests. The inaugural Law Enforcement Recognition Awards were also awarded to key officers for their exemplary work. Recent coverage featuring some of the great word done by the Vancouver District Police 5 people arrested in Vancouver police DTES fencing sting | CBC News Vancouver police bust shoplifting and fencing operation ..read more
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