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                    [src] => 
                    [deps] => Array
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                            [1] => jquery-migrate
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                    [ver] => 1.12.4
                    [args] => 
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            [tc-cart] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => tc-cart
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/tickera/js/cart.js
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                            [0] => jquery
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                    [ver] => 3.4.4
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                            [data] => var tc_ajax = {"ajaxUrl":"https:\/\/www.cfa.ca\/wp-admin\/admin-ajax.php","emptyCartMsg":"Are you sure you want to remove all tickets from your cart?","success_message":"Ticket Added!","imgUrl":"https:\/\/www.cfa.ca\/wp-content\/plugins\/tickera\/images\/ajax-loader.gif","addingMsg":"Adding ticket to cart...","outMsg":"In Your Cart","cart_url":"https:\/\/www.cfa.ca\/tickets-cart\/","update_cart_message":"Please update your cart before proceeding.","tc_provide_your_details":"In order to continue you need to agree to provide your details.","tc_gateway_collection_data":"","tc_error_message":"Only customers aged 16 or older are permitted for purchase on this website","tc_show_age_check":"no"};
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            [jquery-ui-datepicker] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => jquery-ui-datepicker
                    [src] => /wp-includes/js/jquery/ui/datepicker.min.js
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                            [0] => jquery-ui-core
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                    [ver] => 1.11.4
                    [args] => 1
                    [extra] => Array
                        (
                            [after] => Array
                                (
                                    [0] => 
                                    [1] => jQuery(document).ready(function(jQuery){jQuery.datepicker.setDefaults({"closeText":"Close","currentText":"Today","monthNames":["January","February","March","April","May","June","July","August","September","October","November","December"],"monthNamesShort":["Jan","Feb","Mar","Apr","May","Jun","Jul","Aug","Sep","Oct","Nov","Dec"],"nextText":"Next","prevText":"Previous","dayNames":["Sunday","Monday","Tuesday","Wednesday","Thursday","Friday","Saturday"],"dayNamesShort":["Sun","Mon","Tue","Wed","Thu","Fri","Sat"],"dayNamesMin":["S","M","T","W","T","F","S"],"dateFormat":"MM d, yy","firstDay":1,"isRTL":false});});
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                        )

                )

            [booked-spin-js] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => booked-spin-js
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/booked/assets/js/spin.min.js
                    [deps] => Array
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                    [ver] => 2.0.1
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                            [group] => 1
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                )

            [booked-spin-jquery] => _WP_Dependency Object
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                    [handle] => booked-spin-jquery
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/booked/assets/js/spin.jquery.js
                    [deps] => Array
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                    [ver] => 2.0.1
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                            [group] => 1
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                )

            [booked-tooltipster] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => booked-tooltipster
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/booked/assets/js/tooltipster/js/jquery.tooltipster.min.js
                    [deps] => Array
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                    [ver] => 3.3.0
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
                        (
                            [group] => 1
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                )

            [booked-functions] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => booked-functions
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/booked/assets/js/functions.js
                    [deps] => Array
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                    [ver] => 2.0.9
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                            [group] => 1
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                )

            [tc-jquery-validate] => _WP_Dependency Object
                (
                    [handle] => tc-jquery-validate
                    [src] => https://www.cfa.ca/wp-content/plugins/tickera/js/jquery.validate.min.js
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                    [ver] => 3.4.4
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                )

            [cfa_ca_head_mini_js] => _WP_Dependency Object
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                    [handle] => cfa_ca_head_mini_js
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                            [0] => jquery
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                    [ver] => v1.0.0
                    [args] => 
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                )

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                    [handle] => cfa_ca_footer_mini_js
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                )

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                    [ver] => 
                    [args] => 
                    [extra] => Array
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                )

        )

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Advocacy Update: January 13, 2020

HEADLINES
Federal Tax Changes
Ontario Reduces Taxes for Small Businesses
StatsCanada – Unemployment Rate Drops
Employment Gains in Service-producing Sector

 

Federal Tax Changes

The basic amount most Canadians can earn tax-free is going up on Jan. 1, 2020 to $13,229.  The increase is being phased in over four years until it reaches $15,000 in 2023.

For Canadians in the lower income brackets, the changes could result in tax savings of up to $140 in 2020.  For those earning more than $150,473 annually, those savings will be clawed back or not offered at all.

Also starting on Jan. 1, the employment insurance premiums for individual workers and employees will slightly decrease. The maximum annual EI contribution for a worker will fall by $3.86 to $856.36 and employers’ maximum contribution will fall from $5.41 to $1,198.90 per employee.

CRA Payroll Calculator Is available to help Franchisors and Franchisees ensure their payroll calculations are correct.

Ontario Reduces Taxes for Small Businesses

Effective January 1, 2020, Ontario reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax (CIT) rate by 8.7 per cent by reducing the rate to 3.2 per cent.

According to the Ontario government, this move will deliver up to $1,500 in annual savings to more than 275,000 businesses – from family-owned shops to innovative start-ups.

Small businesses also benefit from accelerated write-offs of capital investments as well as the government’s decision to not parallel a federal measure that would have increased taxes on some small businesses earning passive investment income.

These tax measures, along with the small business CIT rate cut, would deliver a total of $255 million in Ontario income tax relief to small businesses in 2020.

StatsCanada – Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.6%

On Friday, Statistics Canada released its update Labour Market Survey Results which showed Employment increased by 35,000 (+0.2%) in December, and the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.6%. In the 12 months to December, employment increased by 320,000 (+1.7%), the result of gains in full-time work (+283,000 or +1.9%). Over the same period, the number of hours worked was little changed.

  • In December, employment increased in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and Prince Edward Island, while a decline was recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • There were more employees in the private sector (+57,000 or +0.5%) in December, offsetting a decline of a similar size in November.
  • Employment increased in accommodation and food services and in construction, while it was little changed in the other industries.

Employment Gains in Services-producing Sector Led by Ontario

In the 12 months to December, employment growth in Canada was driven by the services-producing sector (+367,000 or +2.5%), while there was a decline in the goods-producing sector (-47,000 or -1.2%). The number of employees in both the private and public sectors increased in 2019, while self-employment was little changed.

In the services-producing sector, there were notable increases in professional, scientific and technical services (+86,000), wholesale and retail trade (+77,000), health care and social assistance (+75,000) and finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing (+75,000). Most of the growth in the services sector was in Ontario (+245,000).

Employment fell in the goods-producing sector, reflecting declines in manufacturing (-40,000), natural resources (-29,000) and utilities (-15,000) which were tempered by an increase in construction (+29,000). From December 2018 to December 2019, employment in manufacturing declined in Ontario and British Columbia, while employment in natural resources declined in five provinces, most notably Alberta and British Columbia.

For more information please check the Statistics Canada website.

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