It seems that with the new year comes new rules. There are a number of new laws and regulations in Canada to look out for as we head into 2021.

Here are seven mandates and laws in the works for 2021 that you need to know about. 

Divorce Act

Canadians can expect to see some changes in the Divorce Act concerning family laws in the new year. Prior changes were made in 2019 and were originally supposed to come into effect on July 1, 2020.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes were postponed until March 1, 2021. 

One of the major changes will involve the terms used in divorce settlements. Words such as "custody" and "access" in the Divorce Act will be removed and "decision-making responsibility' and "parenting time" will take their place, according to the Department of Justice.

Privacy Act

Canada has promised to look into modernizing Canada's Privacy Act, such as reviewing the ways in which federal legislation is responsible for how establishments "collect, use, disclose, retain, and dispose of the personal information of individuals."

The Department of Justice will consult with the public for feedback until January 17, 2021.

Canadian Environmental Protection Act

The federal government revealed that they are working to ban harmful single-use plastic bags across Canada in a bid to be more eco-friendly. 

According to Prime Minister Trudeau, the ban could take effect as early as 2021.

Canada Child Benefit

The federal government will be giving temporary support to families with children under six years old by giving them $1,200 per child in 2021.

Per the Government of Canada, this will help almost six million families and over two million kids.

Work-From-Home Tax Break

Did you work from home during the pandemic? Well, you may be entitled to a tax break of $400 come tax season.

The Canada Revenu Agency reportedly already had this in place in 2020 but has now loosened its requirements for applying.

Feeds Regulations

Canada will be cracking down on manufacturers and suppliers of livestock feed in the new year by implementing the Feeds Regulations, 2021 Act. This act will take a closer look at how livestock feed is produced across the country and the risk of contamination when feed is made.

Producers will now have to document the "biological, chemical and physical hazards" that come with production and determine if their supply contains any hazards or a chance of contamination.

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