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Ontario to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 (including servers)

 Now, this is just a proposed bill, but the Cons have the political power to move this forward.   This would raise the 'general minimum wage' and the 'special minimum wage' for liquor servers to go up to $15/hr starting January 1, 2022. The Student Wage (under 18, under 28 hours per week) would also increase from $13.50 to $14.10. Homeworkers would see it go from $15.80 to $16.50. Hunting and Fishing Guides go from their daily rate of $71.75 (under 5 hours a day) to $75, and then $143.55 (more than 5 hours a day) to $150.05 Source:
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Exhibition Assistance Funding from Ontario Arts Council (info session)

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Canada Post has brought back Free Shipping Tuesdays

 Now, I believe you need to be a business customer of Canada Post, but had this shared with me.  You can get to ship one parcel for free on a Tuesday throughout October and be entered to win free shipping for a year. It’s Tuesday! Send one free Expedited Parcel™ within Canada today and save every Tuesday in October.     Here is your promo code:  OCT5     You’ll also be entered to win free shipping for a year (up to $10,000). You’ll earn a bonus entry every time you ship a parcel with your Canada Post Solutions for Small Business™ customer number during October.   Start shipping     Offer: This offer is exclusive to Canada Post Solutions for Small Business™ members without a pre-existing parcel agreement with Canada Post. Members are eligible to redeem one (1) free Expedited Parcel™ item within Canada on each of October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, Eastern Time (ET). All items must be processed using the Canada Post Snap Ship™ online tool in conjunction with a uniq

Proof of Vaccination Requirements kick in tomorrow (Sept 22) here are some resources

 The requirement for some indoor settings to have proof of vaccination for individuals starts September 22nd.  The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association has provided some resources for business owners as they navigate this new step: Asking For Proof of COVID-19 Vaccines Beginning tomorrow, September 22, 2021, Ontarian's will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination (two doses plus 14 day waiting period after second shot) as well as proof of identity at a number of indoor settings: ·          Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout); ·          Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment); ·          Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; ·          Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport; v ·          NEW : Indo

Learn How to Do Business with Greenstone Mine with this free event

  The Greenstone Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) Business Centre would like to invite you to the “How to do Business with Greenstone Mine” virtual event on Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. The event is held in partnership with the Municipality of Greenstone and Greenstone Mine, an Equinox Gold and Orion Mine Financing Joint Venture, and will include a presentation from the company about the current project and future operations work, and how to do business with them. If you are interested in attending, please pre-register by September 17, 2021 at 4 p.m. ZOOM meeting logistics will be sent out to registrants thereafter. Participants will need access to their own device (computer/smartphone) and internet connection. To register, contact the GEDC via email or by telephone (807) 854-2273. There is no charge for this event.  Everyone is welcome!

Ontario Business Registry update will mean you need to submit early by mail

 With the changes coming to the Ontario Business Registry  on October 19th, this means that if you are planning to file any work through the service via mail, that it should be mailed so that it is received by the office prior to September 17th, 2021. So, with mailing - you may want to double check how long it can take.

Ontario moving forward with a Vaccine Passport

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