Survey request from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Supporting our New Neighbours:

Late last year, the federal government announced that they would be welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada. These refugees have come in a mix of government and privately sponsored refugees. Government sponsored refugees have been destined for larger urban centres across Canada. Because these news stories have touched the hearts of many Canadians, the number of privately sponsored refugees is quite large; many of these refugees have ended up in smaller communities across Canada where private groups of all kinds have been their sponsors. Among other things, sponsors have found them housing, clothing and toys to help make their settlement less traumatic.

In short, regardless of where these refugees have gone, they have been welcomed.

The Canadian chamber network has been active across the country, assisting within their communities to help settle and engage our newcomers. Much of the initial effort has been to assist in settlement. Many of these settlement activities are completed and now, the focus starts to turn to how refugees can find work and integration into the economy. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has challenged business to help the refugees settle through employment and jobs.

We want to capture the level of involvement that businesses have had in the initial integration and support of newly-arrived Syrian Refugees. We have heard many touching stories, and would love to hear many more. We would also like to gather some information about best practices and gain a big-picture perspective about where community efforts are being focused. Finally, we’d like to be able to share what we gather with others – so they might copy your good work!

So that we might gather some of this data, we would ask that you fill out this five to ten minute survey*, and show us how your company has helped in the effort.

Thank you!

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

*If your company has had no involvement, please take a minute to click “no” throughout the survey to help give us the best overall perspective possible

Laura Nunno
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce | La Chambre de commerce du Canada
420 – 360 rue Albert Street | Ottawa, ON K1R 7X7
T: 613.238.4000 (281) | F: 613.238.7643
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Scammers Swindle Vulnerable Canadians

March 18th, 2016

“Your 82 year old grandmother calls you at work in the middle of the day and she is in tears. She explains that she has just been told by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that she will go to jail if she doesn’t pay her taxes right away. Scared and confused, she gave the caller personal and financial information. What would you do?”

This scenario is only one of many examples of someone who fell prey to a highly skilled scammer. It wasn’t the CRA calling. Anyone can get telephone calls, mail, text messages or emails, or any fraudulent communication that claims to be from the CRA.

For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1‑888‑495‑8501. If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact your local police service.

Scams that involve impersonating the CRA appear to target new Canadians and senior citizens. But no one is immune.

When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone call, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page. The number for business-related calls is 1‑800‑959‑5525. The number for calls about individual concerns is 1‑800‑959‑8281.

To help you identify possible scams involving the CRA, use the following guidelines:

The CRA:

  • never requests prepaid credit cards;
  • never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
  • never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
  • never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.

When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

  • Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
  • Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
  • Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
  • How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?
  • Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?

Remember, you can confirm your tax status with the CRA either online through the CRA secure portals such as My Account, My Business Account, or Represent a Client, or by calling the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 for individuals or 1-800-959-5525 for businesses.