Canadian Retailer - Summer 2011 - (Page 6)

| STOREFRONT shop talk MAJORITY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT COULD RELAX RULES ON TELECOM FOREIGN OWNERSHIP A n already fiercely contested Canadian telecom industry may have just become that much more competitive, thanks to a majority Conservative Canadian government. The Conservatives had wanted to loosen existing rules governing foreign ownership in the industry in 2010 but were unable to because of their minority status on Parliament Hill. With a majority however, many feel that it’s but a matter of time before they make the decision to open up the Canadian telecom landscape; a move that is seen by a number of analysts as one that will foster ongoing competition within the industry. It’s expected that legislation which will allow the loosening of foreign ownership rules will be in place by the end of 2011, signifying a dramatic shift within the industry, enabling international telecom companies like U.S.-based AT&T, France Telecom, Germany's T-Mobile, Japanese telecom giant NTT or Mexico's America Movil to potentially set up operations in Canada. Foreign ownership consultations have already been announced by Industry Minister Tony Clement, proposing three options, which include removing all existing restrictions on foreign ownership; increasing the limit of foreign investment from the current 20 to 49 per cent, and/or eliminating restrictions for carriers with less than 10 per cent market share. Any of these options of relaxed ownership restrictions will certainly benefit any telecom provider currently assessing entry into the Canadian market, but will also allow newer wireless players like Wind Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile to seize a greater share of the market. RCC HELPING RETAILERS CREATE SAFER WORKING ENVIRONMENT R etail is the largest industry in Canada, generating nearly $80 billion for the country’s economy and employing more than 2 million people in 2010. The industry offers numerous roles and opportunities, serving as a fulfilling and challenging career for many Canadians, while also providing many new and young workers with their entry into the country’s workforce. As such, it’s the overarching goal and commitment of everyone involved in the industry to provide all retail employees with a positive learning experience and the necessary training and education to ensure the safest working environment possible. Recognizing this commitment, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), in partnership with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS), has developed a practical guide to assist retailers in ensuring a safe workplace. The Health and Safety Self-Assessment Guide, in addition to providing retailers with useful tools to enhance their current safety programs, will also help them understand their provincial and national obligations related to health and safety procedures and regulations. RCC hopes that the Guide will serve as a refresher for many retailers, or a starting point to the road to zero injuries in the workplace. In addition to the Health and Safety Self-Assessment Guide, RCC has a number of other health and Safety resources that retailers can leverage to assist 6 | canadian retailer | summer 2011 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - Summer 2011

Canadian Retailer - Summer 2011
Publisher’s Desk
Shop Talk
Mobile Retail
Leadership Series
In Your Best Interest
Sector Spotlight
Retail Innovation
LP Roundtable
LP Technology
PCI Compliance
Technology Leadership
Training and Education
Advertisers’ Index
Have Your Say

Canadian Retailer - Summer 2011