Canada Business

5 Positive Signs for Canadian Businesses: Bank of Canada Report

Anthea Business Development

According to the Bank of Canada’s latest business outlook survey, Canadian companies are optimistic about the future. In fact, the survey found that firms were planning to boost their investments and hire more workers. This finding comes after the country added 79,000 jobs in December 2017, pushing the jobless rate to its lowest level since 1976. Positive Outlook for Canadian …

mental health

Will You Make Mental Health a Priority at Your Business?

Anthea Business Development

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability—one that can have a negative impact on employee morale and productivity. While mental health has received a lot more attention in recent years, it still isn’t widely understood by many employers or employees who haven’t experienced mental health issues themselves. Here’s just one story …

Advertising ROI

Is Your Advertising Working? [4 Steps to Make Sure It Is]

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In order for your organization to get the most out of its advertising efforts, it’s important to gather solid data. However, there’s no one, universally used method for measuring the effectiveness of advertising. Moreover, the advertising process can differ depending on your organization, industry and types of marketing strategies you employ. That’s why it’s important to follow these steps for …

CASL changes

Government Suspends Private Right of Action Provisions of CASL

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In response to concerns raised by businesses, charities and non-profits, the Government of Canada recently suspended the private right of action (PRA) provisions of Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). PRA was scheduled to come into force July 1, 2017, and would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against organizations, as well as their officers, directors and agents, by anyone who felt …

Hire an Intern

Are You Hiring an Intern? Follow These 4 Tips

Anthea Business Development

For businesses large or small, internship programs can have many benefits. First, there are major savings involved when you compare the cost of hiring full-time employees. Second, internships provide great opportunities to young, local talent, allowing organizations to give back to their communities. Want to see how hiring an intern could help your business? Consider this: While starting an internship …

Time Theft

Are Your Employees Stealing Time?

Anthea Business Development

Time theft is a type of employee fraud where a worker receives payment for tasks he or she has not completed. There are several examples of time theft, all of which take an employee away from his or her assigned work—costing companies time and money. 3 Types of Time Theft As an employer, it’s important to be aware of the …

Federal Budget

Can the 2017 Federal Budget Impact Your Employees’ Benefits?

Anthea Business Development, Business Insurance

The Liberal government recently tabled the 2017 federal budget, which Finance Minister Bill Morneau says will put Canadians to work and make the country more innovative and globally competitive. The full budget details how the government will spend $330 billion ($1 billion of new spending) on programs, services and paying down Canada’s debt. Included in the 280-page budget are a …


CASL Provisions Come Into Force July 1, 2017: Is Your Business Ready?

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Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL), which regulates the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and requires entities that distribute them to obtain prior consent, came into force on July 1, 2014. While many aspects of CASL have been in effect for years, key provisions—including the private right of action (PRA)—will be imposed beginning July 1, 2017. What Does This Mean For …

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5 Ways to Make Your Business Meetings More Productive

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Meetings are a key component to any high-functioning workplace and growing your business. Not only are they are a primary method for employees to interface and discuss ongoing projects, but they can also encourage team building. However, meetings can quickly become unproductive if the proper precautions aren’t considered. This can lead to delayed projects and frustrated employees. Make Your Meetings …