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2019 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 20, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2019 federal budget (2019 Budget). The government had already signalled that the primary focus of the 2019 Budget would not be business concerns as those had been largely addressed in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement. Given that 2019 is an election year, that should not be surprising. Nonetheless, the 2019…

2019 Federal Budget: Key Provisions Affecting Pensions, Benefits and Executive Compensation

March 20, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the federal government tabled its 2019 budget (2019 Budget), which included a number of provisions related to pensions, benefits and executive compensation, as summarized below. Changes to Insolvency Proceedings, Corporate Law and Pensions Changes to Stock Options Unclaimed Assets Framework Permitting Additional Types of Annuities Under Registered Plans Individual Pension Plans Contributions to a Specified Multi-Employer…

Alberta Court Overturns Ministerial Decision on Oil Sands Cost Recovery

March 19, 2019

On judicial review, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench overturned a ministerial decision of the Alberta Department of Energy (ADOE) regarding costs incurred by an oil sands project owner in Fort Hills Energy Corporation v. Alberta (Minister of Energy). The case was decided on a standard of reasonableness and is the first to interpret and articulate the underlying policy of…

Now’s Your Chance: CSA Seeks Input on Regulation of Crypto Asset Trading Platforms

March 19, 2019

Parties interested in the crypto asset trading industry have been given an opportunity to provide their views on the appropriate regulatory oversight in Canada for crypto asset trading platforms. On March 14, 2019, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC and, together with the CSA, the Regulators) jointly published Consultation Paper 21-402 Proposed…

M&A in Canada: The Increasing Importance of Navigating National Security Approvals

March 18, 2019

Getting a merger reviewed on national security grounds can cause delays and even lead to failed transactions. Canada began screening foreign takeovers on national security grounds in 2009, and today merger planning requires careful consideration of national security closing risks of every transaction. The United States has also recently expanded the scope of its national security review, and Europe recently…

B.C. Strengthens Protections for Heritage Sites, Introduces Mandatory Reporting Requirements

March 14, 2019

The British Columbia government recently introduced amendments to the Heritage Conservation Act (Act) to strengthen protections for heritage and archeological sites and objects in the province. Proposed amendments include a duty to report the discovery of a site or object that may have heritage value, which may impact both existing and planned property development and infrastructure projects. Failing to report…

AT&T/Time Warner: Lessons Learned for Companies Considering a Merger

March 12, 2019

On February 26, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Court of Appeals) issued an important antitrust decision, which will influence how vertical mergers are reviewed in the U.S., and perhaps in other countries, including Canada. The Court of Appeals refused to overturn the U.S. District Court (District Court) ruling that allowed AT&T (one of the…

Matthew Boswell Appointed as New Commissioner of Competition in Canada

March 5, 2019

On March 5, 2019, the Government of Canada appointed Matthew Boswell as Canada’s new Commissioner of Competition. Mr. Boswell most recently served as Interim Commissioner of Competition, and has previously served in various leadership roles at the Bureau since 2011, including heading up both the Bureau’s cartels branch and mergers branch. Commissioner Boswell assumes leadership of the Bureau at a…

And Then There Were Four: New High-Cost Credit Legislation Proposed in British Columbia

March 5, 2019

On February 26, 2019, Bill 7 – Business Practices and Consumer Protection Amendment Act, 2019 (Bill) was introduced as part of British Columbia’s Consumer Financial Protection Action Plan. If passed, the Bill will amend the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA) to provide for a new high-cost credit regime and add new prohibitions that will apply to payday lenders,…

Ontario Unveils Plan to Boost Auto Sector, Pledges C$40-Million in Funding

March 4, 2019

The Province of Ontario, with a population of over 14 million people and the largest economy in Canada, is home to a rapidly changing automotive sector that built approximately 2.2 million cars in 2017 and employs over 125,000 workers, accounting for 11 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP. On February 14, 2019, the Ontario government published Driving Prosperity: The Future…

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