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Nova Scotia retailer Amos Pewter honoured with Retail Council of Canada’s Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award

May 8, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Don Sheehan, owner of Amos Pewter, a designer and retailer of pewter gifts and keepsakes in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia will be honoured with the 2014 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award.

The Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by Chase Paymentech, the payment processing and merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., recognizes the outstanding contributions of a local independent retailer to his or her community. The recipient is seen as a visionary, an innovator, and an integral part of the community that his or her business serves. Don Sheehan was selected this year among a list of remarkable independent retailers across Canada and will be recognized for Amos Pewter’s commitment to superior customer service, support of the Mahone Bay community as well as the business’ expansion in Atlantic Canada.  The first Amos Pewter location was established in 1974 by Greg and Suzanne Amos and has expanded since Don took ownership in 2006 to include locations on the Halifax waterfront, Peggy’s Cove and Charlottetown (PEI).  

“RCC is delighted to present this award to Don Sheehan, an entrepreneur who is dedicated to growing and innovating the customer experience and a true ambassador in the community of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of RCC. “Amos Pewter has built a loyal customer base not only in Atlantic Canada but worldwide who value the focus on quality and dedication to retaining local flavour. We are proud to recognize these accomplishments on behalf of the industry.”  Amos Pewter is a proud sponsor of several local festivals and events held year round in Mahone Bay and is a fundraising partner of the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax. The artisans at Amos Pewter work hard to create a culture of customer service through on-site demonstration workshops that showcase their traditional trades and crafts. “I am pleased to see one of our great artisans recognized across Canada for his leadership.  Mr. Sheehan is a proud member of our 70 international artisans that have implemented the ÉCONOMUSÉE concept in their business to help artisans grow their businesses through cultural tourism,” said Michel Gervais, President, ÉCONOMUSÉE.

Don and Amos Pewter will be recognized by the industry at RCC’s annual Excellence in Retailing Award Dinner held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at STORE 2014 – Canada’s Retail Conference. For more information about STORE 2014, visit www.storeconference.ca.

 

For more information:
Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
416 467-3759
dpool@retailcouncil.org


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RCC Applauds C.D. Howe Findings on Primary Causes of Canada/US Price Differences

May 6, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomes the findings contained in the C.D. Howe Commentary “Sticker Shock: The Causes of the Canada-US Price Differential.”

“The Institute’s findings echo what retailers in Canada have been experiencing for years,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada.  “High tariffs and unjustified higher prices charged by suppliers to retailers in Canada are both leading to higher prices for Canadian consumers.”

Brisebois indicated that expert studies, beginning with the 2013 report from the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, have consistently concluded that retailers in Canada are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to competing with retailers south of the border.  She indicated that the government has begun to address this issue through tariff cuts and a commitment to address price gouging at the wholesale level and she called on the government to continue these efforts.

RCC offered up one caution in relation to C.D. Howe’s suggestion to increase personal exemptions on goods brought into the country. 
“We believe this is premature,” said Brisebois.  “Until we level the playing field for retailers in this country, another increase in personal exemptions would turn border towns into ghost towns because retailers are major direct and indirect contributors to the economic livelihood of these communities.”

“Retailers are in the business of competing but cannot do so with one hand tied behind their back,” continued Brisebois.  “Similarly it would be premature to change the de minimis rules on postal and courier shipments, indeed to do so now would exacerbate, rather than reduce the price gap.”

“When tariffs and wholesale prices are equal, or close to parity, we are confident that our small and large brick-and-mortar, omni-channel and on-line retailers will all provide Canadian consumers competitive offerings and our customers will have no reason to shop south of the border.”

For more information contact:
Colin Asuncion
Retail Council of Canada
416 467 3782
casuncion@retailcouncil.org


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Canadian Retail Industry honours Bob Peter, President & CEO, LCBO with Lifetime Achievement Award

May 6, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Bob Peter, President & Chief Executive Officer of LCBO, will be the 2014 recipient of RCC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“RCC is honoured to award Bob Peter with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, RCC. “Over the course of his 45 year career, Bob has helped to shape, innovate and grow two of Canada’s leading retail organizations, Hudson’s Bay Company and LCBO. Under his leadership, the LCBO has established a corporate culture in which community service, strong customer satisfaction, employee engagement and improved environmental sustainability are embraced as core business values. Widely known for his tireless work ethic, operational vision, and ability to lead by example, Bob has taken the LCBO to new heights, firmly establishing the company as one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol and a true Canadian retail success story.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior executive with a minimum of 25 consecutive years of retail service who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career. Winners are visionaries who have left an indelible mark on the industry through their innovations and commitment to customers and employees. The recipient is recognized as a retail role model, an icon in the industry, and one who has dedicated his/her business life to retail.

Bob Peter will be recognized by the industry at RCC’s annual Excellence in Retailing Award Dinner held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at STORE 2014 – Canada’s Retail Conference. For more information about STORE 2014, visit www.storeconference.ca.

About Bob Peter
Bob Peter’s career spans over 45 years in Canadian retailing, beginning with the Hudson’s Bay Company in Winnipeg. He has held several high-level positions including President of Simpsons, President of The Bay, Chairman of Bay Specialty Stores and Executive Vice-President of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Bob joined the LCBO in 2001 where he is President and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for corporate leadership and providing a forum for consultation and dialogue with the trade on matters affecting the beverage alcohol industry.

Under his leadership the LCBO has consistently increased its operational and financial performance, undertaken an unprecedented expansion of its store network and improved customer service, modernized its logistics facilities and supply chain, positioned itself as a leader in philanthropic endeavours and environmental sustainability, strengthened its record in responsible retailing and corporate social responsibility, and provided effective support for Ontario beverage alcohol suppliers to grow their businesses.

Bob has served as a cabinet member of the United Way of Greater Toronto and as a director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Junior Achievement and the Toronto Zoo.

For more information contact:
Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
416 467-3759
dpool@retailcouncil.org


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Harry Rosen CEO Larry Rosen named Distinguished Retailer of the Year by Retail Council of Canada

May 5, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Larry Rosen, Chairman & CEO of Canada’s largest luxury menswear retailer Harry Rosen, will be the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award. 

“The Canadian Retail Industry is thrilled to recognize Larry Rosen for his passion and contributions to the men’s apparel business,” says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, RCC. “Like the fashion industry, Larry and the Harry Rosen brand are constantly evolving to upgrade and expand the in-store experience and fuse their bricks-and-mortar and online businesses, all while maintaining the legendary service culture their customers have come to rely on.”

Celebrating 60 years in operation, Harry Rosen has grown from a single Toronto location to 16 stores across the country with 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end menswear. “The continued growth of Harry Rosen year over year is a testament to his strong leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity,” notes Brisebois.

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader who has led his/her company to outstanding business success and innovation and who has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. The recipient is seen as a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities.

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to Larry Rosen at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  The Gala, part of STORE 2014 – Canada’s Retail Conference, will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.

About Larry Rosen
Eldest son of Harry Rosen, Larry Rosen has worked for the company for more than 25 years in many different areas: on the sales floor, as a buyer, in operations and corporate development. Larry began learning the business as a teenager, working summers as a sales associate in Harry Rosen stores. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws Degree from Western University. After practicing corporate law in Toronto, Larry joined Harry Rosen as a buyer in 1986. He then became involved in store operations at a senior management level, and then became Buying Director. In 1997 Larry was named President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2000.

Larry is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board, the Ivey Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Board of Directors. He spearheads the Harry Rosen United Way campaign and major initiatives to raise funds for prostate cancer research, including Harry’s Spring Run-Off, which has raised more than $3 million to date.

For more information:
Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
416-467-3759
dpool@retailcouncil.org


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STORE four weeks left to register

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Retail as a Career Silent Auction

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Retailers concerned with Ontario Spending Budget

May 1, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is concerned that the Government of Ontario’s budget released today places yet another burden on business to pay for government-mandated programs.

“Retailers understand the need for Canadians to have adequate income levels in retirement,” says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada.  “The level of retirees’ incomes affects the overall economy and of course – determines people’s abilities to buy goods from our members,” continued Brisebois.

“However there is a limit to the cumulative impact that retailers and other businesses in this province should be expected to pay.   We are about to have the highest minimum wage in the country, we already have the 2nd highest WSIB rates and now, a new provincial retirement pension plan.  This is yet another raid on employers to pay for government-mandated programs.”

RCC is however pleased the Government of Ontario listened to retailers’ concerns on new revenue tools to fund infrastructure. 

“RCC had been opposed to proposed plans to introduce new revenue tools to pay for investments in transport and transit infrastructure that would have been unfairly targeted at retailers,” said Brisebois.  “We applaud the government’s balanced approach to reinvesting in the infrastructure of this province to support the movement of goods and people that is vital to a healthy economy.”

For further information:

Sharon Armstrong
Retail Council of Canada
sarmstrong@retailcouncil.org
416.574.2552


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Phase out of Inefficient lighting

http://www.retailcouncil.org/memberservices/energyprograms/lighting-phase-out

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STORE awards gala

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Libris Awards 2014 Longlist Announced

March 24, 2014

Nominees include Chris Hadfield, Bobby Orr, Alice Munro and Joseph Boyden

March 24, 2014 (TORONTO) – Retail Council of Canada is thrilled to announce the longlist for the 2014 Libris Awards, nominated and voted on by members of the Canadian bookselling community. The annual Libris Awards honour outstanding achievements made in every part of the book industry, from authors and editors, to sales reps and distributors, to booksellers of all kinds. 

A record number of nominations were submitted for consideration this year, creating a longlist that is diverse and showcases the talent working across the country to connect Canadian readers with meaningful books. 

The longlist will be voted on by book industry members, with a shortlist being released in April. The winners will be announced at the Libris Awards Gala taking place on June 2, 2014 as part of Retail Council Canada’s annual STORE Conference. 

A limited number of media passes for the Dinner are available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact:
Lesley Fletcher, Manager, MySTORE Book Industry
Retail Council of Canada
416-467-3768 lfletcher@retailcouncil.org


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Alberta Employment Standards Consultation Underway

Alberta Employment Standards Consultation Underway

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March 13, 2014

Member Update:

Alberta’s Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk recently announced a review and public consultation regarding Alberta’s employment standards legislation. 

Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Regulation establish minimum standards in areas such as:
• Hours of work
• General holidays and general holiday pay
• Vacations and vacation pay
• Employment records
• Overtime 
• Maternity and other special leaves 
• Termination of employment
• Restrictions on the employment of children

The deadline to provide submissions is April 11, 2014.

RCC will be providing a response to the consultation discussion guide and will be requesting a meeting with Minister Lukaszuk to provide our feedback directly to the Minister.
RCC asks that you please share your feedback with our Director, Prairies, Lanny McInnes via e-mail at lmcinnes@retailcouncil.org by April 7, 2014 to help inform our response. 

Next Steps:

Alberta retailers have several ways to provide their feedback directly to the government as well.  They can:
Use the online discussion guide and survey 
• Send comments via email to jstl.esreview@gov.ab.ca;
• Request a hard copy version of the survey by calling the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 1-877-427-3731; or
• Send written submissions to:
     Employment Standards Code Review
     Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour
     8th floor, 10808 – 99 Avenue
     Edmonton, AB T5K 0G5

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes at:  lmcinnes@retailcouncil.org or (204) 253-1654


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2014 Alberta Budget – Highlights and RCC Analysis

2014 Alberta Budget – Highlights and RCC Analysis

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March 13, 2014

RCC Budget Perspective:

Despite the costs associated with the 2013 flood, and with government revenue well above 2013’s forecasted levels, Finance Minister Doug Horner Alberta’s 2014 Provincial Budget returns to a balanced operating budget.  At the same time, however, the Alberta government will continue to borrow billions over the next three years for capital construction projects.

The good news for retailers and consumers in Alberta is that no new taxes were created and no taxes were increased in the 2014 budget.  Alberta expects that economic performance, consumer confidence, and consumer spending will continue to be strong over the next 3 years.

View the 2014 Alberta budget papers. 

Budget Highlights included:

• No new taxes or tax rate increases while holding government operating expense increases to 0%.

• $2.6 billion surplus projected for 2014-15, with $40.4 Billion in operating expenses and $43.1 billion in operational revenue.

• Introduced The Savings Management Act, which outlines the creation of the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund and the Alberta Heritage Fund.

• Borrowing $4.88 billion for capital infrastructure projects in 2014-15, $4.59 billion in 2015-16, and $2.73 billion in 2016-17.

• No mention of an increase to the province’s minimum wage.

Next steps:

RCC will monitor both the implementation of Budget 2014 and the continued implementation of The Fiscal Management Act.  We will also continue pressing the government to take action on the key priorities outlined in RCC’s Retail’s Election Agenda including lowering payroll costs, implementing cost effective waste diversion, harmonizing to reduce the regulatory burden on retailers, and increase Alberta’s available labour pool.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes at:  lmcinnes@retailcouncil.org or (204) 253-1654


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2014 Manitoba Budget – Highlights and RCC Analysis

2014 Manitoba Budget – Highlights and RCC Analysis

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March 13, 2014

RCC Budget Perspective:

Following the political fallout from last year’s decision to raise Manitoba’s PST from 7 to 8 percent, Manitoba’s new Finance Minister Jennifer Howard presented a budget with few surprises and that did not raise personal or business taxes.  The government is also attempting to rein in government spending by capping this year’s spending increase at 2 percent.  The 2014 Manitoba budget still projects a $357 million deficit and the provincial debt is projected to grow to $18.6 billion by 2015.  The government is projecting, however, that it will achieve a surplus of $39 million by 2016.

The 2014 Manitoba budget papers can be viewed here.

Budget Highlights included:

• No increase or expansion to sales, business or income taxes.  No increase to the tobacco tax;

• $5.5 billion in infrastructure spending over the next 5 years:

• new legislation to protect consumers when they contract home repairs and buy or sell a home, and new rules to protect families from misleading cable, Internet and cellphone promotions;     and

• the province’s minimum wage will be increased in 2014, but no details on when or by how much were provided.

Next Steps:

RCC has met with the Minister of Labour regarding Manitoba’s minimum wage and we have provided her with RCC’s advice on how future increases should be determined.  We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide members with an update as soon as details regarding the 2014 increase become available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Lanny McInnes at  lmcinnes@retailcouncil.org or (204) 253-1654


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Retail Council of Canada Applauds Work Completed on Pig Code; Reiterates Animal Welfare Commitment

March 6, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) congratulates the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC)’s Pig Code Development Committee in the completion of the revision of the Pig Code. 

“NFACC’s Code of Practice process provides a collaborative, credible, science and consensus based approach to how animals are raised in Canada.  This revision provides a significant advance for the welfare of pigs,” said Dave Wilkes, SVP, Government Relations and Grocery Division.  

The completion of the revised Pig Code of Practice allows RCC the opportunity to reinforce its grocery member commitment made in April 2013 – to source fresh pork products from sows raised in alternative housing practices by the end of 2022.  The revised Pig Code’s sow housing requirement includes:
Groups and pens –  which are considered to be alternative housing;
Stalls, if they are provided with the opportunity to turn around or exercise periodically, or other means that allow greater freedom of movement – which are considered to be alternative management of traditional housing systems. 

Only the alternative housing is consistent with RCC’s voluntary commitment for the end of 2022.

RCC grocery members will continue to dialogue with stakeholders in their supply chains, and implement the commitment in accordance with their own specific business requirements and in consultation with vendor partners. 

For further information:
Devon Pool
Senior Marketing Manager
416 467 3759
dpool@retailcouncil.org


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Retail Council of Canada calls for end to labour dispute disrupting the movement of containers through Port Metro Vancouver

March 5, 2014

With strike action by container truckers scheduled to begin tomorrow at Port Metro Vancouver’s container terminals, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) called upon all parties involved to take the necessary steps to avert the disruption of goods coming into Canada’s largest gateway.

This disruption of container traffic comes at a time when there is already a significant backlog of containers as a result of weather conditions in Central and Eastern Canada.
“The operation of the Port of Vancouver is of vital importance to the retail industry across Canada. Retailers view the current labour dispute with growing concern,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of RCC. 

With Port Metro Vancouver handling over $170 billion in goods annually, even a few days’ disruption can have a major economic impact on the retail industry.   “Our greatest concern is that Canadian consumers will not be able to obtain the goods they require.  While it may be possible to re-route some containers through U.S. west coast ports, one inevitable consequence of doing so will be higher prices for consumers and lower economic activity in Canada,” Ms. Brisebois added.

RCC appreciates the efforts of the British Columbia Government in working to achieve a settlement.  Retailers call upon all parties involved to be mindful of the impact on Canadian consumers and of the potential consequences for retail employment if goods are not getting through.  The retail sector is hopeful that an agreement can be reached at an early stage.

Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional and national specialty chains, and online merchants. The retail industry employs 2.2 million Canadians, including almost 300,000 British Columbians.

For further information:
Greg Wilson
Director, Government Relations (B.C.)
Retail Council of Canada
gwilson@retailcouncil.org
Direct: 604-730-5254


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HR Conference

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Competing in the World of Omnichannel Retailing

Thursday, March 20, 2014Register NowA dynamic exchange where cutting-edge research and industry know-how collide. Find out how businesses can gain a competitive edge and how consumers can “shop smart” in the evolving world of omnichannel retailing.

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RAC Digital Day

Friday, March 21, 2014Register NowThis workshop will demonstrate go-to-market strategies and tactics designed to help capitalize on the multi-channel shopping phenomenon. Attendees will learn how to rethink their shopper marketing strategies and select…

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Media Advisory – Federal budget: RCC available for comment

February 10, 2014

Senior representatives from Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are available for comment prior to and following the Federal Budget announcement tomorrow afternoon.

RCC’s Senior Vice-President, Government Relations David Wilkes will be in the media lock-up and available after the budget is tabled at 4:00 pm EST. RCC’s President & CEO Diane J. Brisebois and Vice-President, Québec Nathalie St-Pierre will be available for comment in Toronto and Montreal respectively.

To arrange an interview, please contact Sharon Armstrong at 416-574-2552 or via email at sarmstrong@retailcouncil.org.
For French media inquiries, please contact Maxime P. Leduc at 514-449-3008 or via email at mleduc@cccd-rcc.org.


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Experiment is Working — Tariff Reductions Lead to Big Savings for Canadians

February 6, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) released information today that demonstrates tariff reductions are paying off for Canadian consumers.  In Budget 2013, the Minister of Finance introduced an important pilot project on the reduction of customs tariffs, with the first step being the elimination of duties on baby clothes and most sports and athletic equipment.  As we approach the first anniversary of that important decision (March 21, 2013), RCC conducted a sampling of its members to assess the effectiveness of tariff reductions (see examples attached, hi-res graphics available upon request).

“The elimination of these tariffs, which ranged from 2.5 per cent to as high as 20 per cent, has made a real difference to the prices paid on products bought and used every day by Canadians.” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of RCC. 

Highly-regarded Nielsen Canada has been contracted to conduct a study on the pass through of savings to Canadian consumers.  Nielsen, which is expected to report in fall 2014, is looking at a large number of items, measuring prices both before and after tariff elimination. 

“While the Nielsen study will be the definitive analysis of the effect of tariff reduction, RCC can say conclusively that the savings to consumers are already clear.  The Government made the right decision, for businesses and consumers alike,” Ms. Brisebois added.

RCC looks forward to working with the Government of Canada on future tariff reductions on a wide range of goods sold at retail. RCC will work to ensure that all players in the retail business, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers, join retailers in passing on savings leading to lower retail prices.

Retail Council of Canada is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional and national specialty chains, and online merchants.

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For further information:
Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
dpool@retailcouncil.org
416.801.3204


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Ontario Government Double Counting in Minimum Wage Calculation

January 30, 2014

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) expressed its concerns today over the Government of Ontario’s announcement to raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $11.

“While RCC supports the Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel’s recommendations announced earlier this week to link minimum wage to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index – the move to retroactively apply this principle is quite simply double counting,” says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of RCC.

The last round of increases, put in place by the Ontario Government from 2008-10, raised minimum wage by $2.25 an hour, a significant increase over three years – 28% – one that more than captures all CPI inflation from 2008 to today. 

“At a time when Ontario CPI was typically only 2% annually, employers were required to absorb a huge increase to their labour costs over those three years,” says Brisebois.  “To go back now and apply a further 6% in retroactive CPI is unfair and inconsistent with the principles just announced in the Panel’s recommendation.  It’s bad for job creation, and bad for the economy.”

RCC participated in the Advisory Panel and recommended that any changes to Ontario’s minimum wage be linked to key economic indicators, specifically the Consumer Price Index (CPI). 

RCC encourages the government to apply the recommendations outlined in the report on a go-forward basis.  “Any attempt to apply the recommendations retroactively would result in Ontario’s minimum wage being seriously out of step with other Canadian Provinces, and neighbouring U.S. states, which would, in turn, have a direct impact on Ontario’s economy,” says Brisebois.

Retail Council of Canada is the Voice of Retail. Founded in 1963, RCC is a not-for-profit association which represents more than 45,000 stores of all retail formats, including department, grocery, independent merchants, regional and national specialty chains, and online merchants.

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For further information:
Devon Pool
Retail Council of Canada
dpool@retailcouncil.org
416.467.3759


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Energy into Action

Tuesday, February 11, 2014Energy into Action

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Retail Advertising & Marketing Symposium

Wednesday, April 9, 2014Retail Advertising & Marketing Symposium For retail marketers, the RAC 2014 Symposium is the definitive forum to engage with industry thought leaders and discuss the hottest issues impacting marketing and advertising in the …

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Cross Border Shopping Luncheon

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lunch followed by a presentation and panel discussion moderated Steve Mossop, President, INSIGHTS WEST. 


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What Must Retail Marketers Do Differently in 2014?

Friday, February 7, 2014What Must Retail Marketers Do Differently in 2014?A breakfast panel discussion to explore how Canadian retailers will need to train and equip their marketing teams differently to meet the unprecedented array of new challenges th…

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

The goal of the AODA is to make Ontario accessible to persons with disabilities by the year 2025. Significant responsibility for achieving this goal has been placed on organizations operating in Ontario’s private sector, and in particular retail. This session reviews what we have learned through the process of complying with the first set of accessibility standards – the Customer Service Standards – and helps retailers prepare for what’s coming next.

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2014 Human Resources Conference

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Holiday Retail Conditions with Peter Woolford

Tuesday, December 16, 2014Holiday Retail Conditions with Peter Woolford1:00 -1:30 PM ETEach quarter, the Retail Council of Canada surveys members to bring you the latest news on retailer performance across the country. The Retail Conditions Report prov…

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Fall Retail Conditions with Peter Woolford

Wednesday, September 10, 2014Fall Retail Conditions with Peter Woolford1:00 -1:30 PM ETEach quarter, the Retail Council of Canada surveys members to bring you the latest news on retailer performance across the country. The Retail Conditions Report prov…

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Understanding What The New “Anti-Spam” Legislation Will Mean To You

Everyone seems to have heard about CASL – Canada’s Anti-spam legislation, but few are aware of its implications. CASL will impose significant and unprecedented requirements on businesses to acquire consent in order to send marketing emails and other commercial electronic communications.
The regulations have now been published and will take effect July 1, 2014.

Join our webinar – available exclusively to members – to find out WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU and your operations.  Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer this webinar which will save you time, energy and money as you move through compliance with this new regulation.

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What you’ll learn:
• What is a CEM?
• What constitutes consent?
• How do I get consent?
• How do I prove I have consent?
• What are the exemptions?
• What does this mean for my business?


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Leaders in Retail Breakfast with Kevin Macnab

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Kevin Macnab
President, Toys “R” Us (Canada)

The Leaders in Retail Breakfast Series is designed specifically to connect retailers and non-retail suppliers, vendors and consultants with some of the most successful and forward thinking leaders in Canadian retail. The program includes a series of breakfast events that provide participants with the opportunity to engage with prominent senior retail executives who are leading the way in Canadian business, as well as the chance to share ideas and talk candidly about their plans for the future.

No other program provides you with such direct access to some of the most successful senior leaders in Canadian retail, in such an intimate environment.

Just confirmed!

Kevin Macnab
President, Toys “R” Us (Canada)

February 26, 2014
Location TBC

Registration info coming soon!

 


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Retail Executive Private Reception – NRF Convention, NYC

http://www.retailcouncil.org/events/retail-executive-private-reception-nrf-conve…

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Retail Executive Private Reception – NRF Convention, NYC

new york executive private reception
Monday, January 13, 2014
W New York Times Square
1567 Broadway
New York City, NY,

Attending NRF’s Annual Convention in NYC? Join us at the Retail Executive Private Reception.

And don’t forget. RCC has special member discounts to the Convention. 


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Leaders in Retail Breakfast Series

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Shelley Broader
President & CEO, Walmart Canada

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Shelley Broader
President  & CEO, Walmart Canada

November 12, 2014
Location TBC

 

About the Leaders in Retail Breakfast Series:

The Leaders in Retail Breakfast Series is designed specifically to connect retailers and non-retail suppliers, vendors and consultants with some of the most successful and forward thinking leaders in Canadian retail. The program includes a series of breakfast events that provide participants with the opportunity to engage with prominent senior retail executives who are leading the way in Canadian business, as well as the chance to share ideas and talk candidly about their plans for the future.

No other program provides you with such direct access to some of the most successful senior leaders in Canadian retail, in such an intimate environment!

Registration info coming soon!


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Canada Post Announces Major Changes to Postal System

Member Update/Impact

Canada Post unveiled a five-point plan that it says will form the foundation of a new postal system designed to better serve busy Canadians and meet their changing needs.

The plan includes:

• Converting households who currently receive their mail at their door to community mailbox delivery (over the next 5 years)


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Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation – Impact on Retailers

Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. The legislation received Royal Assent in 2010 and was awaiting regulations to define key terms, outline exemptions and bring it into force. These regulations will formally …

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