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HST and You….

Posted by sweens on May 19, 2010

Starting July 1st, 2010, the federal GST in Ontario and British Columbia will be combined with the PST to be a value added harmonized tax (HST). Under the new HST, most goods and services will be subject to 13% tax in Ontario and 12% tax in British Columbia.

What does this mean?

Where the service is being provided in a non-harmonized province or a province which is already harmonized (i.e. NS, NB and NFLD), there will be no impact to your current process.

In order to ensure that the correct tax rate is used, please use the following as a guideline:

If the goods/services are supplied before July 1st and the service is being provided in ON or BC:

  • Please be sure to submit all hours and appropriate authorized paperwork (if applicable) worked up to June 30, by July 5
  • Please submit all expenses reports incurred for June or prior by July 5. Do not include any receipts post June 30th.

If the goods/services are supplied on or after July 1st and the service is being provided in ON or BC:

  • Your invoice date should be no earlier than July 1st
  • the “GST or HST Amount” on any invoice submitted should reflect 13% HST for ON or 12% HST for BC

What do I need to do?

Businesses that are registered for the GST would automatically be registered for the HST and, as a result, would continue to use their current GST/HST account number for HST. There would be no need to provide any new documentation for your current contract with Procom.

For full details and more information please click on the following:

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R&D employment rises

Posted by sweens on February 16, 2010

Published on February 11th, 2010
Canadian Press

A new study suggests employment in research and development is on the rise in Canada.

Statistics Canada reports there were 228,680 full-time equivalent personnel engaged in research and development (R&D) activities in Canada in 2007, up two per cent from the previous year.

The agency says the business enterprise sector employed the majority of R&D personnel in Canada at 65 per cent.

Higher education employed 26 per cent of the country’s R&D workers, while government accounted for eight per cent and non-profit organizations employed one per cent.

StatsCan says about three-quarters of R&D personnel worked in Ontario (45 per cent) and Quebec (31).

Most of the remaining R&D personnel were working in British Columbia (10 per cent) and Alberta (seven).

Researchers accounted for 63 per cent of total R&D personnel, while technicians comprised 25 per cent and support staff 12.

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Canadian Hiring Intentions Perk Up

Posted by sweens on September 1, 2009

By Ottawa Business Journal Staff

Tue, Sep 1, 2009 10:00 AM EST

Eighty-five per cent of Canadian businesses will likely maintain or increase staff sizes in the next 90 days, according to a new report by a recruiting and HR company with offices in Ottawa.

The report, by David Aplin Recruiting, polled more than 450 “business leaders, hiring managers and decision makers” in Canada and found that Ontario, Alberta and British Columbian respondents were most optimistic.

As well, more than 75 per cent of those surveyed said they anticipate overall employment rates in Canada to improve in the near future.

“Sixty-eight per cent of those companies surveyed acknowledged that they were affected by the recent recession,” said Jeff Aplin, executive vice-presiden, in a statement.

“Organizations were forced to deviate from their business plans and enter into survival mode in order to survive the last year.”

Among the methods Mr. Aplin said companies used to survive were reduced hours or shortened work weeks, time off in lieu of overtime, wage or hiring freezes, work-share programs and voluntary unpaid leaves.

“(But) in some cases, reducing overall headcount was the only means to remain viable,” Mr. Aplin said. “The recent survey results are great news for Canadians – there are signs everywhere that business is starting to return to a more optimistic times.”

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