There is a large discrepancy in the salaries in Canada.  How much would you pay for the safety and security of loved ones?  What do you think is a fair price for the health and wellbeing of your friends and family?  Is there a price tag you would put on the security and development of your children.  Well Canada standards have put a price on all of the above.  The results might shock you:

Average Starting Ranges in Canada posted on payscale.ca

Family Physician                                 58,000 – 102,000

Canadian Air Force Pilot                    52,500 – 75,000

Human Resource Manager               50,000 – 67,000

Registered Nurse                                46,000 – 62,000

Software Developer                            45,000 – 60,000

Paramedic                                            43,000 – 57,000

Yoga Instructor                                    40,000 – 54,000

Elementary Teacher                           39,000 – 49,000

Police Officer                                       35,000 – 50,000

Administrative Assistant                    35,000 – 37,000

Enlisted Canadian Armed Forces   2601/month (31,212 annually) which for those who don’t like math 15.00/hr.

Warehouse or assembly worker      25,000 – 29,000

Grocery Clerk                                       21,500 – 25,000

Army Cadet                                          17,300 (8.32/hr.) that is 1.93/hr. less than minimum wage.

 
 
Welcome to the beautiful world of online accounting! Exciting isn’t it? Well, not exactly, at least for most of you out there... accounting has always been seen as boring, frustrating, and—let's face it—painful. A necessary evil that all businesses have to deal with.

But the tide is turning, feathers are being ruffled, and times are changing.  The small traditional accounting firm will no doubt die a slow painful death in the years to come. Personal meetings will be replaced by more convenient and more accessible web conferencing, mountains of paper replaced by virtual data, fancy suits replaced by jeans and sneakers—the list goes on. These are just some of the ways that the accounting industry is changing.

Online accounting is relatively new in Canada. Our neighbours in the US have already caught on, but Canada has been relatively slow to adopt.  Online accounting basically means to offer accounting services in a completely virtual environment. Today, forward thinking accountants are making use of these new technologies to help make accounting less painful for business owners like you.

Imagine ditching your shoebox full of receipts and replacing it with an iPhone app that snaps pictures of your receipts.  What about having an accounting system connect automatically to your bank so that it pulls in your company’s transactions on a daily basis?  Or how about being able to view a snapshot of how your company is performing on a daily basis, not months after year-end? We live in the information age; we should know how our business is performing each and every minute of the day if we want.

The software has existed for years now. It is the human aspect of accounting that has been behind the times. Modern day accountants understand that the industry is undergoing radical changes. They understand the benefits of this technology and leverage it to businesses of today’s generation.

Modern day business owners are busy, always connected and always on the move. Most feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, at least the ones that I speak to. More importantly, they certainly don’t have the time to muddle around with mountains of paper, messy Excel spreadsheets or driving through traffic to see their accountant. Luckily, the days of that are over with online accounting.

With technology moving so fast, today’s accountants should be able to identify these new online technologies and recommend them based on the situation and business they are dealing with and this is really what is setting apart modern day accountants with traditional ones. Consulting on not only tax but also software is a key differentiator. Online accountants are adapting to the way business is being handled in today’s Internet era.

New accounting technology is not just there to look shiny and nice. Its purpose is to make accounting easier, less time consuming and allow you to use better, more up to date information for decision making purposes. The advancement of technology in our society is what moves us forward.

Taking your accounting online is a huge step forward for the industry. It’s a game changer. But is it for you?

Do you care about having your financial information 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Do you need (or even like) to visit your accountant in person? Are you completely computer illiterate? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I would say online accounting is not for you.

But if you are a modern day business owner who is looking for ways to shave hours off of your busy schedule, if you want a more convenient accounting option and if you want to be in better control of your business thanks to new tools being available, then I would take a good, long, hard look at the virtual accounting options available today.

It’s time to move forward with the times and say goodbye to the traditional accounting firm.

 
 
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, launched 30 Days, 30 Reasons on October 13th 2013a social media campaign leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11, 2013. As part of the annual Remembrance Campaign, Veterans Affairs Canada will use social media to engage Canadians in remembering the sacrifices and achievements of Canada's Veterans.

"By getting Canadians involved over the coming weeks, we're building awareness in remembrance activities, helping to promote Canadian history and preserving the memories of those who served Canada so proudly in uniform," said Minister Fantino. "Beginning today, until November 11, Canadians will have an opportunity every day to recognize the importance of remembering Veterans who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace."

This year, the challenge is to "Show You Remember."

Using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, Canadians can show they remember by posting photos, videos, and messages using the hashtags #ShowYouRemember and #ShowYourThanks.

"Encouraging remembrance is an important responsibility that our Government takes very seriously," said Minister Fantino. "Along with ongoing efforts to provide services and support to Veterans and their families, we also work to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements of those whose legacy is the peace and security we continue to enjoy today. I invite all Canadians to join together in honouring those who served Canada."

Through the use of advertising and social media, the Government of Canada encourages Canadians to remember and show their thanks to Canada's Veterans.

Some 1.1 million Canadians served in uniform during conflict, proving their valour time and again against the enemies of freedom, democracy and the rule of law.  Canada's Veterans made incredible efforts—storming the beaches of France, braving the difficult terrain of Italy and withstanding punishing conditions on land, sea and air. I look forward to having Canadians join together with people around the world in remembering their sacrifices. 

The First World War (1914-1918) and the Second World War (1939-1945) are among the most important chapters in world history. Both of these 20th century global conflicts touched the lives of countless families and communities across Canada. Sadly, more than 110,000 Canadians lost their lives during the two World Wars. November 11th provide all Canadians with opportunities to celebrate their proud heritage and, more importantly, to honour those who served and continue to serve our country to uphold the values of peace, freedom and democracy.

For more information on Canada's role, visit veterans.gc.ca.

Veterans Affairs Canada's support and services offer the right care at the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca