PTC Web Desk: In a concerted effort to address multifaceted societal issues encompassing human rights, public safety, and healthcare, Canada is ushering in an array of transformative measures slated to take effect throughout 2024. These reforms, spanning from stricter bail regulations to the introduction of an expansive dental care plan, underscore the nation's commitment to fostering comprehensive improvements across various sectors.
With a strategic focus on societal well-being, these initiatives signify a proactive approach by the Canadian government to tackle prevailing challenges and enhance the overall quality of life for its citizens.
Rollout of Dental Care Plan
Ottawa introduces a phased approach to launch its extensive federal dental programme, aiming to alleviate financial barriers for essential dental care among low-income uninsured seniors starting May 2024.
Carbon Price Rural Rebate Boost
Beginning April 2024, Ottawa doubles the rural top-up rate for pollution price rebates from 10 to 20 percent, acknowledging the higher energy costs faced by rural residents.
With increased maximum pensionable earnings under the Canada Pension Plan, employers and employees will each contribute $3,867 in 2024, signaling an increase of $113 for incomes exceeding $68,500.
Changes to MAID
Potential amendments to the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) law may extend eligibility to individuals suffering from mental illness from March 17, 2024, pending Ottawa's decision.
Stricter Bail Law
Effective January 4, 2024, the federal bail-reform Bill imposes stringent conditions for serious repeat violent offenders and certain cases involving firearms and intimate partner violence.
Modern Slavery Law Requirements
From January 1, 2024, Canadian entities must comply with the new Modern Slavery Act, necessitating reporting on measures to combat child or forced labour with penalties for non-compliance.
Reforms for International Students
Starting January 1, 2024, higher cost-of-living financial requirements for study permit applicants aim to ensure affordability for international students in Canada.
Accessibility Plan for Employers
Federally regulated employers must create accessibility plans by June 1, 2024, as per the Accessible Canada Act, ensuring consultation with disabled individuals.
Pay Equity Reforms
Federally regulated employers with specific employee counts must publish pay equity plans by September 3, 2024, focusing on job class equality.
Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, and Quebec implement reforms in workers' compensation, health benefits, minimum wage, employment standards, and immigration criteria, each taking effect during 2024.