Vancity selected as a top family friendly employer
Vancity has been recognized as a leader in helping employees balance their family commitments outside of work. The credit union has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2018. This special designation recognizes employers across the country that offer progressive and forward-thinking programs to help employees balance work and family commitments. Vancity was praised for its flexible working arrangements. It was also praised for a care-time policy that can be used for personal illness, severe illness of an immediate family member, emergency childcare and eldercare arrangements.
Manitoba Credit unions losing tax deduction
The credit unions of Manitoba got blindsided in the recent provincial budget with the announced phase-out of a special deduction. The phase-out means the province’s 30 credit unions will have to pay an additional $15 million in provincial corporate income tax. When it was introduced, the special tax deduction was intended to give credit unions a leg-up, to allow them to survive in the very competitive financial services industry. “We are very disappointed,” said Garth Manness, CEO of Credit Union Central of Manitoba. Credit unions are a Manitoba success story. Why should credit unions be hit with increased tax as a result of being successful and helping to build the Manitoba economy, said Mannes.
Elder Care Co-op Rideshare starts on Vancouver Island
The Cowichan Elder Care Co-op on Vancouver Island recently launched its Cowichan Valley Rideshare Service. Complementing existing services, Cowichan Valley Rideshare is a free service available to all Cowichan Valley residents. There are services offered by HandyDart and the Cowichan Seniors’ Foundation to help seniors get to medical and support group appointments. But there has been a lack of options available to allow to seniors to access theatres, restaurants, social, political and educational gatherings—or even just visit friends in the evening. For these folks, Rideshare is just the ticket.