The New Year will bring in a lot of new regulations and laws all over Canada. Some of them are discussed below.
- Parental Leave Extension
The new mothers and fathers can spread their federal employment insurance from 12 months to over 18 months. They get to stay with their child longer than before. There is a change in the family caregiver benefits. Now, you get to leave for 15 weeks or 35 weeks to take care of critically ill children, injured child or adult.
- Ban on Microbeads
All toiletries that contain plastic microbeads are banned by Health Canada from Jan. 1, 2018. The ban will exempt natural health care products and non-prescription drugs until June 30th. They will also face a ban from July 1, 2018.
- Legalization of Marijuana
The marijuana legalization deadline given by the federal liberals is July 2018. The sale of marijuana will be for people aged 18 and above, with provinces given the liberty to fix the minimum age. The people with legal age can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis in dried or non-dried form.
- Carbon Tax
All the provinces and territories in Canada have to impose a $10 per ton of carbon tax from 2018. This could result in an increase in gasoline prices, heating bills and of course grocery bills.