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Pay equity rules to cost $620 million a year

Affected workers include 435,000 government employees and 823,500 workers at Crown corporations and the federally-regulated private sector likes airports, banks and railways.

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Bringing in pay equity in 2024 will cost $620 million a year, with companies given eight years to adjust salaries of underpaid women, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The Pay Equity Act covers approximately 1.3 million employees,” said a Parliamentary Budget Office report.

Affected workers include 435,000 government employees and 823,500 workers at Crown corporations and the federally-regulated private sector likes airports, banks and railways.

The cost of $620 million annually from 2025 “includes $544 million in salary increases, $73 million in employment pension and benefit contribution increases and a $4 million increase in employee contributions to the Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance,” wrote analysts.

The Budget Office in an earlier 2020 report estimated total costs of $1.95 billion over a decade. The labour department put costs at $1.6 billion.

Parliament passed the Act in 2018 but has yet to take effect.

“We have to look at the bigger picture here,” then-Labour Minister Filomena Tassi told reporters last July 7.

“There is no question the scale of work and magnitude of work of what we are undertaking here absolutely takes time. I would love to have seen this corrected overnight, but we must recognize this is complex. Sustainable, long-term change takes time to get it right.”

The Act requires federally-regulated employers with 10 staff or more to first introduce pay equity plans, then survey workplace wage gaps and adjust underpay for women. Equity payments are not retroactive.

“Women have participated in Canada’s workforce for many decades now and have been responsible for at least one-third of our country’s economic growth,” said Tassi.

“But when it comes to the question of pay and compensation, there was a serious problem that needed to be addressed.”

The size of the wage gap between women and men in Canada has been estimated at 74¢ to 93¢ on the dollar. Statistics Canada in a 2019 report said calculation was difficult since relatively higher pay in male-dominated industries like construction skewed figures, while women overall tended to work fewer hours.

“In general the gender gap has narrowed over time,” said the StatsCan report.

Analysts added much of the current gap “was unexplained.”

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  1. Jerry Terpstra

    December 1, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Sounds like a lot of gov employees. Which by the way get paid by tax dollars but not much imput back into the economy. Our tax dollars paying thier taxes. Makes sense to me.

    Ever wonder how the economy works. Heres is my short version.

    Joe. Grows some veggies to make some extra cash.
    In the fall he sells his veggies to Butch for $100.00
    Sends in $25.00 to the gov for his Taxes.

    Joe takes the $100.00 over to Tim the butcher to pay for his $100.00 meat bill.
    Tim sends $25.00 to the gov for his taxes.

    Tim takes the $100.00 he got from Joe and pays Tom to cover his $100.00 bill at the Hotel bar.
    Tom sends in $25.00 to the gov to cover his taxes

    Tom takes the $100.00 he got from Tim and gives it to Ann to cover the $100.00 cater bill for his daughters wedding.
    Ann sends in $25.00 to the Gov to cover her taxes.

    Ann Takes the $100.00 she got from Tim and gives it to Butch to cover the $100.00 bill at the hardware repair store.
    Butch sends in $25.00 to the Gov to cover his taxes.

    Butch takes the $100.00 and gives to Joe to buy more Veggies.

    Same $100.00 paid 5 bills and bought more veggies.
    The gov received $125.00 in taxes from the $100.00

    Everyone was happy..

  2. Dennis

    December 1, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Another Great idea! The Money Printing Presses will be working overtime, of course requiring more Civil Servants to fulfill this madness. But who cars right? Nirvana in Bizzaro World. Glad I’m Old!

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Minister says a million Afghans want to come to Canada

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on Monday told reporters Canada has accepted 6,750 to date.

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In an effort to escape the clutches of the blood-thirsty Taliban, more than a million Afghans have asked to immigrate to Canada, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on Monday told reporters Canada has accepted 6,750 to date.

“We look forward to welcoming even more Afghan refugees,” said Fraser.

Cabinet last August 13 said it would allow 20,000 into Canada, later raising the quota to 40,000.

“When do you expect the Canadian government to fulfil its promise to bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada?” asked a reporter.

“I know there are a lot of people who are interested in taking part in our effort,” replied Fraser.

“I anticipate that if we remain on track, sometime in the next calendar year, now that we’re in 2022, we will cross the 40,000 threshold,” said Fraser.

The number of Afghan requests to settle in Canada totaled “in excess of one million,” he added. Afghanistan has a population of 40 million.

“The circumstances of course are heartbreaking in Afghanistan,” said Fraser.

Requests to settle here “would include people who reached out by e-mail to the Department of Immigration or Department of Foreign Affairs expressing an interest in taking part in Canada’s program.”

“It is not necessarily one million distinct applicants,” said Fraser.

“I use the point to illustrate the pressures the system is facing when it comes to processing and identifying 40,000 cases that qualify.”

Canada let 405,000 immigrants from all nations into the country last year, eclipsing the previous record of 400,870 in 1913. It was the first increase in federal immigration quotas in a national recession.

Cabinet has proposed to raise the national quota to 411,000 more immigrants this year and 421,000 next.

Previous Liberal and Conservative cabinets cut immigration quotas in the Great Depression and by an average 22% following nine previous postwar recessions. The cuts followed economic downturns in 1947, 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1974, 1980, 1991 and 2009. Cabinet in the 1957 recession cut immigration quotas by 56%.

“New Canadians who choose Canada as their home play a crucial role in our economic success, our diversity,” said Fraser.

“They help build the richness of our communities and our future prosperity, particularly as we’re seeking to fill gaps in the labour force and restore the health of our communities after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Home prices soaring from coast to coast

Figures showed “the average family must spend two-thirds of their gross income on monthly payments for the average home in Toronto or Vancouver,” he said

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Shhhh! Don’t tell the Liberals, they may want to tax it.

Six cities across the country saw house price gains averaging at or near six figures last year, Canadian Real Estate Association data showed on Monday.

Blacklock’s Reporter said members of the Commons finance committee reviewed the figures with Canada’s chief statistician.

“Housing inflation is homegrown,” said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, Ont.).

Figures showed “the average family must spend two-thirds of their gross income on monthly payments for the average home in Toronto or Vancouver,” he said.

Association data indicated a total 666,995 homes nationwide were sold last year.

“This was a new record by a large margin, surpassing the previous annual record set in 2020 by a little more than 20% and standing 30% above the average of the last 10 years,” said a realtors’ report.

The year-over-year Canadian average home price increased 18% to $713,542 last month.

“There are currently fewer properties listed for sale in Canada than at any point on record,” Shaun Cathcart, senior economist for the Real Estate Association, said in a statement.

“Unfortunately the housing affordability problem facing the country is likely to get worse before it gets better,” said Cathcart.

Figures showed average price gains averaged at or near $100,000 or more in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Halifax. Prices were:

  • up 31% or $286,600 to $1,208,000 in Greater Toronto;
  • up 26% or $51,700 to $252,200 in Fredericton;
  • up 24% or $172,400 to $902,700 in Victoria;
  • up 22 % or $89,162 to $490,127 in Halifax;
  • up 21% or $90,900 to $517,800 in Montréal;
  • up 17% or $181,600 to $1,230,200 in Greater Vancouver;
  • up 16% or $91,800 to $661,500 in Ottawa;
  • up 15% or $44,230 to $347,920 in Charlottetown
  • up 12% or $33,600 to $319,600 in Winnipeg;
  • up 12% or $31,700 to $301,800 in Québec City;
  • up 10 percent or $39,800 to $451,200 in Calgary;
  • up 9% or $24,900 to $292,000 in St. John’s;
  • up 6% or $19,800 to $329,000 in Saskatoon;
  • up 6% or $14,500 to $260,500 in Regina;
  • up 4% percent or $13,200 to $336,600 in Edmonton.

“Could you just speak to what the primary causes are right now, this year, to the increase in the price of housing?” Liberal MP Yvan Baker (Etobicoke Centre, Ont.) asked.

“First and foremost is demand,” replied Anil Arora, chief statistician with Statistics Canada.

“We are seeing because of COVID a desire of people to have more open space,” said Arora, adding: “The second is what we see are the interest rates. The mortgage rates are at historic lows.”

Earlier this month, a report done for the CMHC is now recommending the federal government tax home equity.

The report says bringing in a home equity tax would raise $5.83 billion for federal coffers.

It’s something the governing Liberals, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, vowed they would never do.

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BoC spokesman: ‘I deny I said what I said’

Management disclosed the blacklist last Friday moments before the start of a routine videoconference for news media.

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They may have said it on a Zoom call, but Bank of Canada managers are now denying they have a media enemies list, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Bank Governor Tiff Macklem’s director of communications Paul Badertscher in an e-mail denied blacklisting Blacklock’s despite telling a deputy governor in an audio tape: “I do not want to be in a situation where we are allowing Blacklock’s to be asking us. So, yes, that’s where we’re at.”

“The Bank of Canada welcomes all accredited media outlets to its briefing sessions and ensures equal opportunity to ask questions as time permits,” Badertscher wrote in his Monday e-mail.

A deputy bank governor who attended the Zoom call did not comment.

“We have nothing further to add,” said Jeremy Harrison, managing director of communications for Canada’s central bank.

Management disclosed the blacklist last Friday moments before the start of a routine videoconference for news media. Blacklock’s dialed into the Zoom call and began recording the session for note-taking purposes.

Badertscher was overheard explaining to a deputy bank governor that media were given different treatment depending on who they were.

“I know who’s who,” said Badertscher.

“There’s a couple here who I absolutely — I’ll check the list to make sure he’s not listening — absolutely not keen to give questions to. I do not want to be in a situation where we are allowing Blacklock’s to be asking us. So, yes, that’s where we’re at”:

  • Unidentified man: “Paul, I think we have a journalist on the line with us right now.”
  • Badertscher: “We do. I have got to get you to drop. I’ll call you at 10:30, okay?”
  • Unidentified man: “Sure, thanks.”
  • Badertscher: “Thanks man. And I’d ask people, don’t let any, don’t admit people please. Let me do all the admitting, okay? Because I know who’s who.”

Badertscher would not name other outlets blacklisted from questioning Bank of Canada officials.

The blacklist follows repeated statements from cabinet commemorating World Press Freedom Day.

“We recognize how important it is to support our strong, independent media and to encourage journalists to continue to hold those in power, here and all around the world, to account,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the Commons in 2018.

“Independent, fact-based reporting is vital,” Trudeau said in 2019.

“Media play an essential role in defending and advancing the truth,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said in her 2018 World Press Freedom Day observance.

“We remind ourselves that without a free and independent press we all lose.”

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