This report investigates three areas where policy changes could lower the cost of compliance, increasing Canada’s attractiveness to investment in an increasingly competitive global market. One way to achieve this is increasing provincial and territorial harmonization of employment and labour standards policies.
Because of variations in legislative requirements by province, the cost of compliance per employee is higher for employers operating in multiple provinces, compared to those operating in a single province.
In addition, some provinces and territories require more compliance time than others. For those operating in a single province, 53.6 per cent of payroll time is spent on compliance in British Columbia, compared to 60 per cent in Quebec.