Category: Industries

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Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

March 15, 2016

Canada’s public sector entities include federal, provincial, municipal and territorial governments, Crown corporations, government agencies, boards and commissions, public utilities, and a wide variety of public institutions, including hospitals and educational institutions. When engaging with the public sector, additional legal requirements and practical matters need to be considered, above and beyond the usual legal and commercial issues encountered in private…

Opportunities for U.S. Private Equity in Canada’s Energy Sector

March 14, 2016

The Canadian energy sector represents a unique investment opportunity for private equity investors seeking to invest in, or acquire outright, established energy assets at a discount to historical prices. The ability to capitalize on the discounted debt of oil and gas companies in a low-risk jurisdiction like Canada has never been more attractive. One of the many factors that make…

Species at Risk Putting Wind Projects at Risk

March 11, 2016

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has allowed another wind project Renewable Energy Approval (REA) appeal on the basis of environmental concerns. In doing so, it has made findings on the statutory test of “serious and irreversible harm to animal life or the natural environment” with respect to species at risk that could have significant impacts on future renewable energy projects….

Legal Trends 2016: Oil & Gas

March 9, 2016

ONE | LOW COMMODITY PRICES As depressed oil prices continue to dominate the headlines and natural-gas prices hover near record lows, sustained low commodity prices have had a cascading effect on the industry, compelling companies to fundamentally alter their business strategies. Cash-flow management is among the areas most impacted. Without a steady income stream, companies are left with few options….

Ontario Wine Causing Headaches: Vintners Struggle to Comply with Labelling Laws

March 7, 2016

Regulated by the federal and provincial governments and the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), wine labelling requirements in Ontario can be complicated. This can make it difficult to comply. Despite this, it’s important to adhere to the various requirements as the repercussions for non-compliance can be hard on both the pocket book and the day-to-day business of a winery, particularly if…

Quebec’s Energy, Mining Sectors Searching for Clarity on Social Acceptability

March 7, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resource Minister Pierre Arcand tabled a green paper (referred to in French as the “Livre Vert”) at the National Assembly, outlining five guidelines regarding social acceptability as it relates to the use of public lands and the development of natural resource projects in Quebec (Green Paper). This Green Paper is the latest…

Mining Matters for the Resource Industry

March 1, 2016

In advance of the 2016 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention taking place on March 6-9, we will be featuring a series of relevant content for your business and legal needs on Blakes Business Class throughout the month. Attached is a whitepaper on the federal Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), outlining the proactive steps companies in extractive industries…

A Railway Is Not a Mine: Ontario Court of Appeal Rules on Surface Rights in Unpatented Mining Claims

February 29, 2016

On February 24, 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in 2274659 Ontario Inc. v. Canada Chrome Corporation, confirming the interpretation of sections 50 and 51 of the Ontario Mining Act (Act) as they relate to surface rights in a mining claim. The Court of Appeal held that surface rights in unpatented mining claims are restricted to prospecting…

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

February 26, 2016

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (Act) on February 24, 2016 The Cap and Trade Program Regulations (Regulations) on February 25, 2016 BACKGROUND On April 15, 2015, the Government signed an agreement with Quebec…

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