A company called BFE is capitalizing on new phenomenon that has been popping up in the news lately, professional boyfriends. BFE is looking for men aged 25 years or older to accompany women and men (depending on your sexual orientation) to various events such as weddings, concerts and parties.
The job pays a minimum of $75 and hour and you get to manage your own schedule. You must be mature (or at least act like it) well read and agreeable. Arrogant and conceited individuals need not apply. All you need is a cover letter telling BFE why you'd be a good match and whatever you do, DO NOT send them naked pictures of yourself. The company insists that: "Nudes will guarantee your rejection, for the position and in life"
To be clear, this is not an escort service. There is no sex required and all candidates must have either a university degree or a some kind of professional training. You need to be in good physical condition, be a good listener and a strong communicator.
If you're interested in becoming a professional boyfriend you can apply HERE
Women make up over half of the Canadian population, but when it comes to owning a business, they're seriously underrepresented — less than 16% of entrepreneurs in Canada are women.
When women do take on leadership positions, they become role models for young girls and pave the way for pay equality.
Women-led businesses also create new jobs four times faster than the national average and create companies at double the national average, so why do they account for so little of Canadian entrepreneurs?
Typically cited reasons for the gender gap range from differences in work experience to unconscious gender bias, but equal participation of women in the economy remains one of the most important issues of our time.
That's why YES Employment + Entrepreneurship is advancing women's economic empowerment with programs and courses designed to help women build their network, gain access to mentors and play a leadership role within Canada's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
If you own a women-led startup in Montreal, these services by YES are a great place to start if you're looking for support, training, funding and — ultimately — success.
From weekly one-on-one meetings with a dedicated ELLEvate Business Coach, access to legal and accounting information, funding (up to $10,000!), awards and everything in between, this program is there to help you succeed.
Just take a look at previous winners, Julie Tzeng, Marlee Rabin and Aliyeh Rasooli zadeh, who all achieved greater success both during and after the program.
Julie (pictured below, left), the founder of Arshae, a stylish and sustainably sourced shoe company, was the first-place $10,000 winner of the program's competition and was able to secure a partnership with École de Technologie Supérieure.
In the same year, Marlee (pictured below, right) also won $2,500 as part of the ELLEvate Women Entrepreneurs Pre-Accelerator.
Aliyeh, the founder of Triple F Group, won $7,500 as the pre-accelerator's second-place winner and $25,000 from Entreprendre Ici. She was also a finalist in the Scotia Bank Women’s Initiative Competition.
If you're looking to start your own business, or are already there but in need of guidance, ELLEvate also provides women with specialized online workshops.
For $10 per workshop, you can get strategies to find opportunities, overcome challenges and make your mark.
Designed and influenced by Quebec-based women entrepreneurs for women entrepreneurs just like you, ELLEvate's e-learning courses cover everything you need to know about sales and funding.
Learn about the different sales processes and techniques to increase customers and sales, and discover what funding sources are most suitable for your business' needs.
If you're interested in signing up, stay tuned. These courses will be launching at the end of March. You can visit the ELLEvate website for more information.
If you're a Montreal-based, women-led startup looking to delve deeper into the startup ecosystem and gain mentorship and funding throughout the process, ELLEvate might just be the perfect place to start.
Entrepreneurs like Andrea Bomo, health coach and business owner; Samantha Bateman, founder of Integria Consulting; and Taïna Chalifoux, Montreal's "Coffee Queen" (pictured below), agree ELLEvate would have made a huge difference to them when starting their businesses.
If you’re curious about some of the women taking their businesses to the next level with the help of ELLEvate, check out the #TogetherWeELLEvate campaign on social media.
Price: Prices vary depending on the course or program selected.
Why You Need To Participate: Whether you run a women-led startup, you have a business idea or you're looking to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship, ELLEvate will provide you with the tools needed to hit the ground running.
It's fair to say that times are tough right now, and change — whether it's financial, emotional or simply routine-related — is constant.
One of the biggest shifts many Quebecers face these days is in employment and career opportunities, which have been ever-changing during the pandemic.
COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and sporadic lockdowns have made planning ahead difficult, but that doesn't mean we should put our aspirations on hold.
Whether you're seeking a new career path or your job is changing, there is always something you can do to move forward and gain perspective. You might just need a little community support.
That's where YES Employment + Entrepreneurship comes in. Providing English-language support services to Quebec job seekers, recent grads and anyone transitioning between careers during these challenging times, YES offers creative tools and resources to offer a fresh outlook and help you come up with a plan.
As a not-for-profit, YES offers career counselling, business coaching, mentorship, networking opportunities and many professional development workshops totally free of charge.
YES knows you need more than just a solid CV to stand out, so their employment counsellors help demystify the job search process by taking a holistic approach to your success and well-being.
They can help you identify your values and skills, map out a realistic plan of action, offer advice, expand your network and answer some of your most burning questions — like what are employers looking for right now? What are the most in-demand skills? And what will this all look like post-COVID?
Narcity spoke with a representative from YES Employment + Entrepreneurship to help you get a head start on answering these questions and create insight into what the job market looks like now and in the future.
It's tough to say for sure which jobs will be in demand — these are unprecedented times and no one can know how the pandemic will turn out. Most industries will face a long recovery and change to one degree or another.
That being said, YES says public-facing jobs will be in high demand once people are vaccinated and feel safe socializing. As soon as the hardest-hit industries like retail, food, hospitality, tourism and manufacturing can fully operate again, they will.
Specialized Industries Will Thrive
Green energy (like solar and wind power), biotechnology, healthcare, tech and IT — including industries like artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, e-commerce, finance, software development and network engineering — are expected to flourish.
You might also find your stride in the important and growing community-related professions of organizational psychology, change and systems management, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.
Power skills are the human aptitudes that machines simply can't create. They include things like adaptability, flexibility, creativity, time management, effective communication, curiosity, openness, resiliency and lifelong learning.
YES advises to not underestimate the power of these skills (get it?) or write them off as buzz words or catchphrases. The key to standing out from the crowd is authenticity, and being able to demonstrate the power skills you claim to have.
One way to do this is for every claim you make about yourself, have three examples of how it's true. If you can't think of anything specific, don't worry; anyone can develop power skills and learn to communicate them to others.
Hybrid WFH Set Ups Are Here To Stay
If you've enjoyed the comfort of working from your couch, dining room table or home office, it’s likely WFH will remain part of organizational culture in some capacity. The pandemic has shown that many people and organizations can survive — and even thrive — when staff are set up appropriately for this.
YES believes it's likely that many employers will use both in-office rotations and working from home since there are drawbacks and benefits to both. Having access to a common space is especially useful in the beginning stages of a new job or career since it helps employees get immersed in their company’s culture and community.
On the other hand, for those who deal with complex assignments daily that require focus and the mental space to deep dive into, WFH is an incredibly practical option.
YES understands the difficult employment landscape and how quickly things are changing. The bright side is, some form of change will always happen, and this is as good a time as any for you to change along with it.
To help you get started and reach your employment goals, YES can connect you to an Employment Counsellor so you can begin making professional connections, expanding your knowledge and reaching your employment goals.
They also have a job board and tons of free workshops online, which you can find right on their website or by calling 514-878-9788.
The pandemic won't last forever (thank goodness!), so take this time to reflect and use the free tools and resources out there to set yourself up for success. Opportunities will come again, and YES knows that your job is to be prepared when they do.
To register for workshops and to meet with an Employment Counsellor, visit the YES website or check them out on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
We wouldn't blame you if you were confused when you applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
When it launched in 2020, Cabral told MTL Blog the Government of Canada website did not specify whether the conditions applied to gross or net income. We now know it's gross income (so your total pay before taxes and deductions).
Basically, as long as you were actually eligible, you don't need to pay it back. If you weren't eligible, you do need to repay it.
What were the eligibility requirements for the CERB?
It's important to remember that in 2020, Canadians had to re-apply for the CERB each month during the pandemic, in the event that they found jobs or self-employment income from one month to the next.
You should also keep in mind that there were two ways to apply for the benefit when it was launched: through Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
You did not apply for, nor receive, CERB or EI benefits from Service Canada for the same eligibility period
You did not quit your job voluntarily
You reside in Canada and are at least 15 years old
You earned a minimum of $5,000 (before taxes) in the 12 months prior to your application, or in 2019, from one or more sources within employment income, self-employment income or parental leave
Your employment income was $1,000 or less before taxes for at least 14 days in a row during the 4-week period you applied for
You stopped working, were unable to work, had work hours reduced or used up at least one week of employment insurance benefits paid since December 29, 2019 throughout the four-week period due to COVID-19
If you didn't fit one of the above criteria, you should have received a letter from the CRA notifying you of your ineligibility period and the amount due, Cabral said.
If you received a letter notifying you of your income ineligibility and had self-employment income from the gig economy that you did not declare, such as for Uber Eats drivers and OnlyFans workers, you should file an adjustment to your taxes to declare the missing self-employment income.
"You might as well make a correction to your income taxes instead of having to pay back [your benefit amount]," Cabral said.
What do I do if I have to repay my benefits?
If you did not repay your ineligible CERB amounts by December 31, 2020, you'll have to pay taxes on the full amount you received during the 2021 tax season.
But Cabral said that if you pay CERB reimbursements this year, you'll be able to deduct the amount from your income during the 2022 tax season.
If you received any government benefit issued in relation to COVID-19 — including the CERB, CESB and CRB — and make less than $75,000 during the 2020 tax year, Cabral said your 2020 taxes are still due April 30, 2021.
However, you will not be charged any interest on the CERB money you owe until the same date in 2022.
"The government is basically giving you one year of leeway to pay back your amount due, only if you received the benefit," Cabral said.
She advised us that even though you have more time to pay back your benefits free of interest, you should make yourself a budget to pay it off, because "it will creep up on you sooner or later."
If you don't have the money to pay it back, then like any other amount due to the government, you should call the CRA and make a payment arrangement, Cabral said.
"As long as you respect the payment arrangement that you agree on, it cuts your [tax] penalty and interest," she said.
"If not, after one month of non-payment, you have a 5% penalty and 1% interest per month for 12 consecutive months."
To pay back Canada's COVID-19 emergency response benefits, you can do one of the following:
If you applied through the CRA, you can make the repayment online through your CRA My Account, through online banking or by mail
If you applied through Service Canada (EI payments), you can return or repay the amount through online banking or by mail through cheque or money order
You can find more information on repaying the CERB on the Government of Canada's webpage.
The letter was signed by the presidents of teachers' unions at John Abbott College, Vanier College, Concordia University and McGill University as well as the vice president of the Dawson College Teachers' Union.
We call on the government to prioritize investment in public higher education to address the long-standing issues.
Open letter to Quebec's minister of higher education
The letter says Montreal's higher education teachers have faced physical, mental and financial strain as a result of the pandemic, as well as existing issues exacerbated by it.
"The strain [teachers] are currently facing is not sustainable," the letter says.
The letter asks for an "immediate injection of funds" from the Quebec government to do the following:
Reduce the teaching workload by reducing class sizes
Bridge existing and growing inequities between certain employment categories of teachers and professors
Provide supplemental support for teachers for online training and support and, for at-home IT and other expenses normally covered on campus
Support to remedy physical and mental health issues created by pandemic working conditions
The authors asked the government to make sure the funds are used for classroom teaching so teachers and students are the direct beneficiaries.
According to the letter, the provincial government allocates resources to teachers using the same formula as before the pandemic.
"Teachers are expected to teach the same number of students and the same number of course sections, and deliver the exact same competencies, even though teaching online is [...] significantly more labour intensive," the letter says.
The authors say most post-secondary teachers in Quebec have been forced to shift to online teaching due to COVID-19, often without help from their respective institutions — and in some cases, teachers have had to pay for at-home equipment and online teaching tools out-of-pocket.
The letter also says that inequities caused by "employment categories" of teachers and professors — for example, part-time versus full-time — continue to make the situation worse.
The current system, it says, limits access to resources depending on teachers' employment status.
"As the pandemic drags on, one year and counting, with no end-date in sight, it is critical that the government make these necessary investments immediately," the letter says.
"Failure to do so will risk putting the well-being of our teachers, and the future of our education system and our youth in peril."