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The Nova Scotia government tabled its third consecutive balanced budget. Over half of the projected budget surplus will come from the taxes on cannabis sales, beginning in July 2018. There were no...

For an independent retailer with no more than 8 stores = $292,500 additional annual costs!

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BC Finance Minister Carol James introduced the Government’s 2018 budget:

1. The government will eliminate Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums effective January 1, 2020.  [Individual...

New Brunswick Finance Minister Cathy Rogers tabled the government’s pre-election budget today. The budget featured a decrease in the small business tax, increased spending on youth employment,...

The Alberta NDP Government made a commitment in their March 2, 2017 throne speech to strengthen consumer protection laws and introduce a Consumer Bill of Rights. 

Throughout July, August...

WorkSafeBC has released preliminary assessment rates for 2018. For 7,403 general retail stores, the preliminary base rate for 2018 will be 19.5% lower than in 2017; the preliminary rate for 262...

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced good news for retailers.  Effective January 1, 2018, an average three percent premium rate reduction for businesses operating in...

Last week, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced that it will be launching an independent review of its tax system. The review will be led by a five-person committee and will examine...

The Government of Canada has agreed to RCC’s and other industry groups’ request to suspend CASL’s lawsuit provisions.

This means that individuals or groups will not be able to file for...

Nova Scotians have re-elected the Liberal government with a reduced majority. The Liberal Party led in the polls throughout the campaign and was able to hold off a late surge from the Progressive...

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