Category: Financial Services

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Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2016

January 18, 2017

The regulation of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued intensifying in 2016 with a new wave of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting mortgage lending, the bank resolution regime, the life insurance capital framework, anti-money laundering legislation, deposit insurance, and corporate and operational-risk governance, among many other areas. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2016 are outlined in this, our…

OSFI Releases Draft Guidance on Model Risk Management

January 4, 2017

On December 21, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), released for comment a new draft Guideline E-23 on enterprise-wide model risk management (Guideline). The draft Guideline aims to address the increasing reliance by financial institutions on internal models in management decision making and sets out OSFI’s minimum standards for managing and controlling model risk. The comment…

SCC Upholds Solicitor-Client, Litigation Privilege in Recent Rulings

November 28, 2016

In two decisions released on November 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) affirmed the fundamental importance of litigation privilege and solicitor-client privilege. In Lizotte v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada (Lizotte), the SCC dealt with issues relating to the breadth of litigation privilege and confirmed that it exists as a stand-alone privilege under Quebec law, while in Alberta…

Infographic: Key Issues When Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

October 31, 2016

Canada’s public-sector entities include all levels of government, 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 transactions.

A New Financial Consumer Framework – Does this Change Everything?

October 26, 2016

On October 25, 2016, Bill C-29, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2, received first reading. Division 5 of Bill C-29 will, if passed, consolidate the consumer provisions under the Bank Act. This is a result of successive governments’ promises to enact a comprehensive federal “consumer code” for banks, federal credit unions and foreign bank branches. It also reflects a response…

Proposed Supervision Framework and Publishing Principles for FCAC Decisions Released for Consultation

October 19, 2016

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) recently published the following two documents for comment: Proposed Supervision Framework and Publishing Principles for FCAC Decisions (Consultation). The consultation period runs until November 14, 2016, and written comments can be submitted here. The FCAC last updated its Compliance Framework in 2011 (2011 Compliance Framework) and the current Consultation aims to address the…

New Test: Ontario Court Stayed Action in the Face of Broad Arbitration Agreement

October 18, 2016

In Haas v. Gunasekaram (Haas), the Court of Appeal for Ontario clarified the test for staying court proceedings under section 7(1) of the Ontario Arbitration Act and emphasized that courts should enforce arbitration agreements where possible. In so doing, it reversed a lower court’s decision and stayed the plaintiff’s action. FACTS The plaintiff entered into a shareholders’ agreement relating to…

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