LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sept. 12: PEI became the latest jurisdiction to eliminate its entrepreneur stream offering immediate permanent residency for applicants who set up a local business amid concerns of immigrants forfeiting their $200K deposit and not actually opening a business. Immigrants who want to open a new business will still be accepted, provided they meet requirements to ensure the business gets launched and remains in continuous operation for at least a year. And, of course, foreign workers will still be able to get in to fill jobs that can’t be met by local labour.
Sept. 2: Comments closed on WCB draft policy POL-153 proposing workers’ comp coverage of medical marijuana as
- It’s for treatment of illnesses and injuries covered by workers’ comp; AND
- It’s authorized by a WCB recognized health care provider who has conducted an in-person assessment of the worker; AND
- There’s objective medical evidence that standard treatment options, including pharmaceutical cannabinoids have been tried and failed.
Sept. 21: That’s the deadline to apply for new WCB Grant funding of up to $75,000 per project to be provided via 2 streams:
- Training and Education for workplace health and safety, injury prevention and return to work instructional programs
- Workplace Innovation for other projects designed to improve health and safety and return to work.
Sept. 16: That’s the final day of WCB public consultations on proposed Workers’ Compensation Act changes to provide presumptive coverage for firefighters with cancer and heart injuries.