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CETA Now In Force: Are You Maximizing the Benefits?

September 21, 2017

On September 21, 2017, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into force on a provisional basis. If they haven’t already done so, it is now time for Canadian businesses to take steps to ensure that they are prepared to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities presented by the CETA. HOW TO BENEFIT FROM CETA Following are…

Takeoff Denied Again: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Denial of Airline Fuel Surcharge Class Action

September 21, 2017

On September 12, 2017, the British Columbia Court of Appeal (Court) affirmed the refusal to certify a class proceeding against various airlines regarding the description of fuel surcharges in Simsek v. United Airlines, Inc. (also referred to as Unlu v. Air Canada) (Unlu). The plaintiffs alleged that the airlines improperly characterized fuel surcharges as “taxes” or “taxes and fees” on…

Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

September 19, 2017

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which intends to launch a fund that will invest all of its assets in bitcoin. The regulatory backdrop for this landmark registration is provided by the Canadian Securities…

Industry Responds to CSA Guidance on Cryptocurrency Offerings

September 18, 2017

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and the spread of cryptocurrency offerings have attracted increased attention from securities regulators in Canada and abroad. Recently, staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) (other than Saskatchewan) published Staff Notice 46-307 – Cryptocurrency Offerings (Staff Notice), in response to requests from fintech businesses for guidance on the applicability of Canadian securities laws to…

Finance Canada Seeks Comments on New Tax Proposals Regarding Investment Limited Partnership Rules

September 13, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released draft legislation to amend the Excise Tax Act (Canada) with regards to “Investment Limited Partnerships”, and is accepting comments until October 10, 2017. If implemented, the suggested changes will result in certain limited partnerships being required to pay Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) on management and administrative services provided…

Alberta Extends Deadline to File Actuarial Valuation Reports

September 13, 2017

On September 11, 2017, the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance announced that the Superintendent of Pensions has extended the deadline to file actuarial valuation reports prepared as at December 31, 2016, by six months, to March 31, 2018, for all pension plans except collectively bargained multi-employer plans. Alberta also granted a six-month extension for actuarial valuation reports due to be…

Opportunities for Canadian Companies Increase as India Accelerates Its Smart Cities Mission

September 13, 2017

The Government of India recently announced it is accelerating the pace of its Smart Cities Mission by asking states to focus on impactful and public-private-partnership-based smart city projects, which can achieve results over the next year and have a rigorous review mechanism in place. The Smart Cities Mission presents many opportunities for Canadian players in the technology and infrastructure sectors…

How the Comeau Decision May Affect Inter-Provincial Distribution of Cannabis

September 12, 2017

A recent appeal regarding the inter-provincial importation of alcohol may have impact on the structure of provincial cannabis distribution in Canada. The appeal of R. v. Comeau (Comeau) is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) and could significantly impact the fast-developing legislative and regulatory regimes for recreational cannabis. Licences issued under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes…

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Distribution Plans

September 8, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Ontario unveiled its plan to give the existing Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) the oversight of retail sales of recreational cannabis in Ontario, upon its legalization in Canada. Sales will be made through new standalone cannabis stores (not combined with alcohol) and through an online ordering service. The announcement is consistent with broad industry expectations…

New Reporting Requirements Now in Force in Quebec for Mining, Oil and Gas Industries

September 8, 2017

Quebec mining and oil and gas industries must now comply with the Regulation respecting the application of the Act respecting transparency measures in the mining, oil and gas industries (Regulation), which came into force on August 3, 2017. The Act is designed to impose transparency measures in the mining and oil and gas industries, discourage and detect corruption and foster…

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