Federal-provincial agreement ensures fairness for business and protection for workers

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Federal-provincial agreement ensures fairness for business and protection for workers

TORONTO, Jan. 24 - Minister of National Revenue John McCallum and Ontario Labour Minister Chris Bentley today announced a co-operative initiative to ensure businesses pay their fair share of federal payroll taxes and workplace health and safety insurance premiums. The two ministers emphasized the importance of ensuring a level, competitive playing field for businesses and the need to protect employee entitlements and workplace safety. "It's important that everyone pays their fair share towards government programs and services. The Canada Revenue Agency believes in using responsible enforcement to ensure everyone contributes equally," said McCallum. "This joint program is of enormous benefit to the workers of Ontario," added Bentley. "By making certain that all employers required to pay workplace safety and insurance premiums do so, we are creating a system that provides appropriate coverage in workplaces across the province." The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are working under a memorandum of understanding to share business data about employers in Ontario. Cross-referencing allows each organization to identify those businesses that are registered with one agency, but not the other, so appropriate action can be taken. "The agreement means Ontario's employers will be working on a level playing field and that the employees of the province will have access to expert advice on workplace health and safety," said WSIB President Jill Hutcheon. The CRA and WSIB have identified over 17,500 employers in the province of Ontario that are registered with one organization but not the other. Letters are being sent asking them to ensure they are compliant with the relevant legislation by registering with the appropriate agency. The CRA and the WSIB plan to follow-up with businesses that do not register voluntarily. The CRA's long-standing mission is to promote compliance with Canada's tax legislation and regulations through communication, quality service and responsible enforcement, thereby contributing to the economic and social well-being of Canadians. The WSIB plays a key role in the province's occupational health and safety system. It administers no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, Ontario Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405; Sam Papadopoulos, Manager of Communications, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Revenue Agency, Office: (905) 615-2117, Cell: (416) 275 4823