A number of laws and regulations came into effect as of yesterday or will be coming later this year across Canada.
- The federal Liberals have set July, 2018 as the deadline to legalize recreational marijuana. Sales of pot will be restricted to people 18 and older, although provinces will be able to set their own minimum age requirements. Provinces are also tasked with figuring out how to sell and regulate marijuana.
- New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread 12 months’ worth of federal employment insurance over 18 months and stay home with their child longer.
- The federal government wants all provinces and territories to impose a $10 per tonne carbon tax by 2018. If a province or territory doesn’t implement a carbon price on its own, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa will implement a price in that jurisdiction. A carbon price plan could result in higher gasoline prices and heating bills. We may also see our grocery bill rise, since food is often transported by diesel-burning vehicles.
- Health Canada has banned the manufacturing and importing of toiletries that contain plastic microbeads. The microbeads have been used in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body lotions and shower gels, among other everyday health and beauty items. They are now listed as a toxic substance under the Environmental Protection Act.