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Minister Flaherty announced today (September 9, 2013) that it will freeze the Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate for employees at 2013 levels.

On the heels of his return from a G20...

 

Canadian merchants pay among the highest costs in the world for processing credit card payments.

Why Are Payment Costs Increasing?

  • There are 76 million credit...

In 2010, the Competition Bureau brought an application before the Competition Tribunal to
strike down restrictive and anti-competitive rules that Visa and MasterCard impose on
...

Our members have been long-time supporters of Interac and of Interac’s low cost secure debit option.  These restructuring proposals will ensure that Interac will continue to be an option for our...

  • Amendments to changes in tariff laws that will ensure Least Developed Countries (LDC) are exempt from changes to the General Preferential Tariffs (GPTs).  This is a significant win for our...

In one of the industry’s most important public policy sessions of the year, RCC met on September 30 with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in Ottawa.  The objective of the meeting was to bring the...

Effective September 1, 2013, Alberta's minimum wage will increase by 20 cents to $9.95 per hour. This represents a 2.1 per cent increase to the province's minimum wage.

Background...

As of January 1st, 2013, the Quebec Sales Tax (QST) rate will increase from 9.5% to 9.975% and businesses will need to modify their check-out systems in order to stop charging QST over the Goods...

The following Budget announcements have direct impact on retailers:

  •     The government listened to RCC’s position on minimum wage and made no change to minimum wage for 2013.  It...

In New Brunswick, Premier David Alward has announced a cabinet shuffle.

Background:

Details on this issue can be found here.

Current Status:

Retail Council of Canada (...

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