(Feb. 26/14) Last month’s federal budget included measures that strongly impact CRFA members, including credit card fees, labour recruitment and the pricing disparity between Canada and the U.S. Here’s a roundup of the key issues and what you need to know:

Credit card fees
Government pledged to drive fees down and strengthen the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry.

In post-budget media interviews, CRFA called on government to act now to reduce credit card acceptance fees. We will update members on this issue.

Click here to see CRFA’s recommendations to government on how to reduce credit card fees.

Labour recruitment
The 2014 budget mentioned previously announced initiatives intended to help our members meet their labour recruitment needs, including:

  • Canada Job Grant;
  • Canada Apprentice Loan;
  • Targeted Initiative for Older Workers; and
  • Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities.

CRFA is assessing how our members may benefit from these programs. We also remind members of our partnership with March of Dimes and the Accessible Biz Connections program, which offers a wage subsidy and links employers with individuals with a disability looking for work.

Click here to learn more about Accessible Biz Connections.

Canada-U.S. price disparity
The budget noted that we should not have to pay higher prices in Canada. We will use this issue to push for supply management modernization. For example, our members should not have to buy Canadian chicken at twice the American price.

Other issues
The budget also proposed to invest an additional $390 million over five years to strengthen Canada’s food safety system, and eliminated the EI payroll deduction for new hires.

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