Canadian Consulting Engineer

PEO York Chapter Presents: Contractor or Employee: Which is Best?

February 22, 2017
531 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, Ontario

contractor or employee

Until recent years, most engineers were hired as permanent employees. Today, however, a wider variety of working relationships is the norm. Engineers may be hired as employees, as dependent contractors, and as independent contractors, on a full-time or part-time basis, and on a fixed term basis or indefinite basis. This new range of working relationships impacts entitlements (e.g. termination entitlements) and obligations (e.g. under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, and the WSIB) .
At this presentation, returning presenter Christine Ashton of Wilson Vukelich LLP will speak about which working relationship is best: employees or contractors.  Christine will cover:

  • Tax obligations in regards to employees vs. contractors
  • Legal obligations and liability exposure in regards to employees vs. contractors
  • Best practices for drafting employee and contractor agreement


speaker christine ashtonChristine Ashton is an associate with Wilson Vukelich LLP in its litigation group. Christine’s practice is devoted to the areas of labour and employment law, tax litigation, and related litigation.
Christine represents unionized and non-unionized employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. She is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, compensation, performance management, workplace health and safety, human rights, through to termination. Christine is frequently engaged in the preparation of employment contracts, manuals, and policies, conducting workplace investigations, and providing client training workshops. Christine also provides advice and advocacy to executives and professionals on employment matters. Prior to joining Wilson Vukelich, Christine articled with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

$15.00 plus a small processing fee.



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