There are many new laws and rules that Canadians should be aware of as the 2019 starts to roll in. For the provinces, there will be new rules set for penalties to violators of the distracted driving law, sexual harassment occurring in the workplace and increase in rent rates. The federal government has also imposed a new rule regarding each province tasked to develop plan in order to limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Provinces that are non-compliant will have to pay the required carbon tax.
Another big change in Canada pertains to the extended parental leave. This will give new parents, regardless if same-sex or if adopting, the chance to have an additional five weeks of parental leave. This is only applicable if both parents agree to share the time so they have equal shared in taking time off and taking care of their children. The new benefit under the Employment Insurance will only be given starting March 17, 2019.
For Alberta, truck drivers will be required to undergo mandatory training starting the first day of March 2019. This does not cover drivers of trucking in Kitchener though the training is highly recommended to ensure safety. Based on the new rules, the driver training schools will use the same standard curriculum in teaching. In the case of Saskatchewan, truckers will be required training based on the program the province has developed. It will start on March 15 and drivers must comply with 121.5 hours before they can take the Class 1 test to get their trucking license.
Before October 17 of this year, Canada will legalize the manufacture and sale of edible cannabis products, topical and extracts. Prior to this, Health Canada will conduct a public consultation for 60 days. The draft regulations will prohibit the use of encouraging ingredients that will raise the interests of the youth and will ensure that food-borne illnesses will not spread and there will be no cases of over consumption.
In Ontario, the penalty for violators of distracted driving will have to pay higher penalties such as a fine reaching $1,000, three demerit points and three-day suspension of their driver’s license.