Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Higher Employment Insurance Premiums By End of Year

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley announced Friday (April 16, 2010) that Canadian employers and employees should expect to pay sharply higher Employment Insurance premiums when the current EI premium freeze expires at the end of this year.  An extension of the Dec. 31 expiry date for the government-ordered freeze that was introduced as part of the government's two-year economic stimulus plan has been ruled out.  If the financing board proceeds with the maximum premium hike each year until 2015, the annual contribution per worker will increase by $535 a year, with $312 coming from the employer and $223 from the employee.


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