Category: Financial Services Regulatory

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Bill 141: New Governance Rules for Certain Quebec Companies

December 11, 2017

Directors of Quebec insurers, trust and savings companies and deposit institutions will have increased duties regarding the development and enforcement of “sound commercial practices” and “sound and prudent management practices” in order to comply with new regulations enacted by Bill 141. The bill, titled An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of…

Bill 31: Alberta Beefs Up Its Consumer Protection Legislation

December 6, 2017

On November 29, 2017, the Alberta government introduced Bill 31: A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act (Bill 31), which proposes a number of amendments to the Fair Trading Act (Act). The Alberta government simultaneously issued a statement to explain and provide additional context for the amendments (Statement). The proposed changes are in response to a consultation held from…

Bank of Canada Gets More Serious about Issuing a Digital Currency

December 6, 2017

On November 30, 2017, the Bank of Canada (BoC) released a staff white paper cautiously in favour of creating a central bank-issued digital currency (CBDC) for Canada. Referencing the continuing trend toward using electronic forms of payment in lieu of physical currency, the white paper explores the possible economic benefits of a CBDC and whether such benefits would justify the…

A Look Inside OSFI’s Draft New Corporate Governance Guideline

December 5, 2017

­­­In November 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released for public comment a revised draft of its Corporate Governance Guideline (CG Guideline). The proposed revisions follow Superintendent Jeremy Rudi­n’s announcement in June 2016 that OSFI intended to streamline and simplify the governance guidance for federally regulated financial institutions. In the draft CG Guideline, OSFI provides a…

New Canadian Sanctions Legislation in Effect: Sergei Magnitsky Law

November 7, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced regulations under the recently enacted Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (SML) imposing an asset freeze on a number of foreign nationals identified by the government to be responsible for, or complicit in, significant corruption or gross violations of human rights. Like other Canadian sanctions laws,…

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

November 7, 2017

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in many ways a trading nation, and many Canadian businesses have ties elsewhere, sanctions laws have a significant impact not only on the target countries but also on Canadian…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

Financial Literacy for In-House Counsel

October 5, 2017

Blakes is proud to host our New to In-House Series, designed to bring together junior and mid-level in-house counsel for a candid exchange of insights to highlight and address some of the challenges and opportunities facing in-house lawyers in their roles today. Speaking the language of business is an increasingly important skill for in-house counsel. This program will help you to understand…

Canadian Economic Sanctions Update: New Sanctions Against Venezuela and Other Developments

October 3, 2017

Two recent developments in the Canadian economic sanctions regime are notable for Canadian financial institutions and businesses engaged in international trade: Canada has imposed new sanctions against Venezuela under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) and removed the export ban it had in place against Belarus since 2006. VENEZUELA SEMA REGULATIONS The SEMA is the federal legislation through which Canada…

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