VW Canada promotes customer incentives in wake of emissions scandal

Volkswagen Canada is offering incentives to attract customers and offset lost sales since its parent company admitted last month that it cheated on government emission tests on diesel-engine models.

Volkswagen says it is offering a choice of lower finance rates, lower lease rates and cash incentives on select vehicles until Nov. 2, 2015 VW scandal

“The incentives were implemented to support our customers and dealers during the period in which our TDI diesel sales remain suspended pending resolution of the recent EPA Notice (from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency),” VW Canada’s spokesman said in an email.

The TDI diesel engines were available on a variety of Volkswagen models that accounted for nearly 22 per cent of VW Canada’s sales before Sept. 22 when the company told dealers to stop selling the models in question.

“That figure is now lower, as all sales since have been of gasoline powered cars,” Volkswagen Canada said Friday.

Source The Canadian Press,

Rises the minimum wage in five provinces of Canada

This October 1 took effect the increase of the minimum wage in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

Alberta is where the largest increase recorded since the minimum wage will increase from 10.20 to $ 11.20 per hour, an increase of almost 10%.

 

This province had one of the lowest in Canada pay. Therefore, the prime minister of the province, Rachel Notley, had committed to bringing the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour by 2018, which has been criticized by the private sector.

 

Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador are both increasing their minimum hourly wages by 25 cents on Thursday, bringing Ontario’s rate up to $11.25 and Newfoundland and Labrador’s up to $10.50.

 

Manitoba and Saskatchewan recorded an increase of 30 cents an hour, with new salaries for 11 and $ 10.50 per hour, respectively.

 

With the increases that take effect today, New Brunswick becomes the province with the lowest minimum wage to $ 10.30 an hour, while the Northwest Territories had the highest of $ 12.50 per hour.