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New Year, New Environmental Rules: Alberta’s Revised Remediation Rules Take Effect in 2019

November 27, 2018

On January 1, 2019, significant amendments to Alberta’s Remediation Certificate Regulation will come into force. These include: Renaming the regulation the Remediation Regulation Creating a site-based remediation certificate Creating a new reporting requirement for impacts Defaulting to the application of Tier 1 rather than Tier 2 Guidelines Issuing a Tier 2 compliance letter Establishing a new mandatory remedial measures timeline…

Alberta Securities Commission Announces New Whistleblower Program

November 26, 2018

On November 20, 2018, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) announced the creation of its whistleblower program (Program) through the adoption of ASC Policy 15-602 Whistleblower Program (Policy) and accompanying amendments to the Alberta Securities Act (Act). The Office of the Whistleblower was established to oversee and enforce the whistleblower legislation. The Program’s goal is to facilitate reporting in order to…

Ontario Passes Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

November 23, 2018

On November 21, 2018, the Ontario government passed the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47), which introduces significant changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. As discussed in our October 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Ontario Looks to Roll Out Major Changes to Labour…

Cy-Près Love: B.C. to Impose Requirements for Charitable Distributions of Funds from Class Proceedings

November 22, 2018

On November 19, 2018, the Government of British Columbia introduced Bill 57, Attorney General Statutes Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill), in the legislative assembly for first reading. If passed, the Bill will amend the Class Proceedings Act to provide direction on how to allocate undistributed funds at the end of a class action. Historically, funds that were not distributed to the…

Selected Tax Measures from the 2018 Fall Economic Statement: Changes for Capital Assets, Canadian Journalism

November 22, 2018

On November 21, 2018, Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau presented the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement (Statement), which includes significant tax changes that take effect immediately. This bulletin highlights two tax measures included in the Statement: changes to Canadian tax depreciation rates for new investments in capital assets, and measures designed to support Canadian journalism. ACCELERATED TAX DEPRECIATION FOR NEW…

Real Estate Developers in B.C. Face New Reporting Requirements for Assignments of Pre-Sale Purchase Agreements

November 19, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, developers marketing real estate development properties located in British Columbia will be subject to new information collection, reporting, and document retention requirements with respect to assignments of purchase agreements. Developers currently undertaking (or planning to undertake) a new development must ensure their purchase agreements comply with the new requirements. These changes follow the province’s passage of…

Pay Transparency in Ontario Delayed… or Dead?

November 16, 2018

On November 15, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, 2018 (Bill 57) in the Ontario legislature. Bill 57 proposes to amend a significant number of Ontario’s statutes, including the Pay Transparency Act, 2018, which was scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2019.  If passed, Bill 57 would change the commencement date…

Coming to a Store Near You: Ontario Unveils Its Retail Cannabis Licensing Regulations

November 16, 2018

The Government of Ontario (Government) has released its much-anticipated cannabis retail licensing regulations (Regulations) that set out several of the requirements for parties seeking to enter the retail market. It is expected that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will begin accepting applications on December 17, 2018, with stores to open by April 1, 2019. OPERATIONS Stores will need…

Beneficial Ownership: New Developments

November 15, 2018

The Minister of Finance recently introduced Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 (Bill C-86). Though Bill C-86 makes some minor modifications to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) in respect of importing or exporting currency in amounts greater than C$10,000, from a regulated entity perspective, the most significant changes are the ones proposed to…

Demystified: USMCA’s Digital Trade Provisions on ISP Liability in Canada

November 15, 2018

The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) digital trade provisions have attracted significant attention over their perceived impact on the Canadian legal and business landscape, especially around the implication that Canadian web platforms may not be liable for the content posted by third parties. However, the importation of these concepts from the United States may not have as significant an effect as…

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