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Ottawa proposes expansion to eligibility for tax support for business investments
Budget 2021 included proposals to provide temporary immediate expensing in respect of certain property acquired by a Canadian-Controlled Private Corporation (CCPC).
This immediate expensing would be available for “eligible property” acquired by a CCPC on or after April 19, 2021, and that becomes available for use before January 1, 2024, up to a maximum amount of $1.5 million per taxation year. The immediate expensing would only be available for the year in which the property becomes available for use.
Eligible property under this new measure would be capital property that is subject to the capital cost allowance (CCA) rules, other than property included in CCA classes 1 to 6, 14.1, 17, 47, 49 and 51, which are generally long-lived assets.
COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations added across Niagara
Niagara Region Public Health is now hosting clinics in a variety of locations in Niagara, replacing the mass vaccination clinic at the Niagara Falls (Scotiabank) Convention Centre. Walk-ins and appointments are now available. Eligible residents can walk-in, or book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination either online through the provincial portal at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling the provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900.
GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinics now accepting walk-ins
There are now six GO-VAXX buses on the road, with another two set to join the fleet by the end of February. The buses have administered more than 42,000 doses at over 440 clinics since they debuted last August, and have visited communities across 24 of Ontario’s public health units, ranging from Windsor-Essex in the west, Haliburton in the north, and Ottawa in the east.
GO-VAXX buses will next be in Thorold on February 17 and 18. Click here for times and locations.
Legal challenges of employer vaccine mandates and health measures are being tossed out as arbitrators in Canada largely side with the need to maintain safe workplaces during a pandemic, legal experts say.
Most of the cases with rulings so far involve employee grievances in unionized workplaces, which have an expedited decision-making process compared with the courts, they say.
A scan of decisions issued in recent weeks shows arbitrators are largely erring on the side of caution and minimizing health risks to employees and the public, experts say.
“The first decisions have clearly set the tone in favour of employers and their obligation to maintain a safe workplace,” said Adam Savaglio, an employment lawyer and partner with Scarfone Hawkins LLP in Hamilton.
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