The Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board has announced a drop in premiums for most industry classifications heading into 2018. The average employer premium rate for 2018 has been set at $1.19, a decrease of four per cent.
The WCB says the 2018 rate is the lowest in 30 years, and the third-lowest in Canada. For more on the 2018 Premium rates, please click here.
Chamber Urging City of Prince Albert to Lower Commercial Property Taxes and Support Local Businesses
Once again, the City of Prince Albert has the unfortunate distinction of being named the city with the highest commercial tax ratio of all cities in Saskatchewan. As the City of Prince Albert prepares its municipal budget for 2018, the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce is once again urging City officials to consider significantly lowering the commercial business tax rate for businesses in Prince Albert.
A report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has found that Prince Albert had a municipal property tax gap of 3.86 in 2016 – meaning commercial property owners paid $3.86 in tax for every $1 that residential property owners paid – and the highest property tax bill of $6,546 for properties assessed at $200,000. The report found Prince Albert once again “had the most unfair tax system” in the province.
“The City has done some work to improve the commercial tax ratio somewhat over the last few years, but too many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open right now, and we need to see significant improvement,” said Larry Fladager, CEO of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce.
“Asking local businesses to pay more tax than everywhere else year after year, when the economy has slowed across the country and we’re hearing about layoffs and closures, is outrageous. The City can and should be doing more to make it easier for businesses to survive in Prince Albert.”
As the City considers its 2018 budget, the Chamber is urging the City to consider a significant tax break for commercial properties.
“We’ve said this before. Municipal officials are not doing enough to find cost savings in Prince Albert, and this has a negative effect on business,” Fladager added.
The average tax gap for 2016 was 2.21. Warman was found to have the lowest municipal property tax gap among Saskatchewan cities at 1.39.
ChamberPlan Benefits part of new Tandem program
PayWorks and Johnston Group have teamed up to offer synchronized payroll and benefits data. The new Tandem benefits program is exclusive to clients of both the Payworks and Johnston Group Benefits programs - including ChamberPlan Benefits.
For more information about the new Tandem program, please click here or visit http://www.tandemintegration.com/.
Larry Fladager has announced his retirement as CEO of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Fladager has announced he will leave his position later this month.
Mr. Fladager has a long history with the Chamber, having served as both a board director and Chair of the board before coming on as CEO in April 2015. During his time as CEO, Mr. Fladager has focused on supporting and promoting local business, growing the membership and engaging with the wider community.
While his work with the Chamber has been both engaging and challenging, Mr. Fladager says now is the right time to retire. He said there is still work to be done to grow the Chamber and advocate for local business to ensure members continue to receive support and exceptional value for their membership.
“The role of the Chamber of Commerce is to be the voice of business in Prince Albert. The job of the CEO is to build relationships with members and the community, and take a leadership role in promoting policies and initiatives that make it easier to do business in Prince Albert,” he said.
“It’s a challenging time for business right now, as the economy is sluggish and many local businesses are struggling to turn a profit and keep their doors open. The Chamber has done a lot of work to promote local business, and encourage tax-friendly policies and economic growth, and the new CEO will be tasked with continuing that momentum and promoting Prince Albert as a great place to live, work and invest.”
Meghan Mayer, the current Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, extended her thanks and best wishes to Mr. Fladager upon his retirement.
“Larry has done much to further the mandate of the Chamber as an advocate for local business, and we appreciate his work to grow the membership and his leadership on important initiatives aimed at supporting and educating the business community. Larry has done a great job as CEO and the board wishes him well in the future,” Ms. Mayer said.
Gordon Jahn, the Past Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors, said Mr. Fladager is well known in the business community, and his experience and expertise has been critical to the Chamber’s success on important initiatives such as lowering the commercial tax ratio in Prince Albert, attracting new business and industry to the city, and promoting Prince Albert as a great place to do business.
Mr. Fladager’s last day as CEO of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce will be December 31. To see the job description for the position of CEO, please click here.