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Canada Looks to Close Gender Pay Gap, Introduces Pay Equity Legislation for Federal Employers

October 31, 2018

On October 29, 2018, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 (Bill C-86) in the House of Commons, which proposes new pay equity legislation, the Pay Equity Act (Act). If passed, the Act will apply to federally regulated employers with 10 or more employees. The Act’s intended purpose is to “establish a proactive process…

What to Expect Come November 2018: Privacy Commissioner’s Final Guidelines on Mandatory Breach Reporting under PIPEDA

October 30, 2018

On October 29, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) published the final guidance intended to assist organizations in complying with the mandatory breach reporting and record-keeping requirements under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which come into effect on November 1, 2018. As of November 1, organizations subject to PIPEDA will be required to notify…

Quebec Provides Guidance on New Time Limit for Filing Complaints of Psychological Harassment

October 29, 2018

The Administrative Labour Tribunal (ALT) clarified the terms under the Act respecting labour standards (Act) that provide the new time limit for filing a psychological harassment complaint with the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), in its recent decision, Dinu v. 9227-3754 Québec Inc. (Dinu) (available in French only). AMENDMENTS Previously, Section 123.7…

Canada Details Federal Carbon Pricing System in Face of Increasing Opposition

October 26, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced additional details regarding the federal carbon pricing system and published draft regulations amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). A federal fuel charge of C$20 per tonne of carbon emissions will come into effect in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan in April 2019 and in Yukon and Nunavut in…

Ontario Looks to Roll Out Major Changes to Labour Law with Bill 47: Making Ontario Open for Business Act

October 24, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Ontario government introduced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 47) in the Ontario legislature. Bill 47 proposes significant changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. The government has stated that Bill 47 is intended to “bring…

Ontario Government Announces Cannabis Retail Rules

October 22, 2018

Ontario has now passed Bill 36: Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 36), which sets out the government’s updated approach to the regulation of recreational cannabis. Bill 36 introduces the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (Licence Act), which governs the regulation and licensure of private cannabis retailers and amends the legislation making up the previous regime, including the Cannabis Control…

Concordia International Corp.’s Canada Business Corporations Act Proceedings Explained

October 18, 2018

The recent restructuring proceedings of Concordia International Corp. (Concordia) demonstrate that the arrangement provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) remain as a powerful tool for balance sheet restructurings in Canada. These provisions allow a company to submit a plan of arrangement for creditor and court approval in order to achieve a balance sheet restructuring in a timely and…

Supreme Court of Canada Rules Duty to Consult Does Not Apply to the Law-Making Process

October 15, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) determined that Ministers of the Crown have no duty to consult Aboriginal Peoples in the development of legislation, in its October 11, 2018 decision in Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council) (Mikisew). However, the majority of the SCC held that declaratory relief could be available where aboriginal or treaty rights…

Important Recent Competition Law Developments in Canada

October 11, 2018

In recent weeks, the Canadian Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced a number of initiatives relevant to companies that do business in Canada. In particular, the Bureau recently issued an information bulletin clarifying its initiative to conduct and publish industry-wide Market Studies. The Bureau has also updated its Immunity and Leniency Programs, which set out the Bureau’s approach to granting immunity from…

New TSX Rules Governing Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations Now in Effect

October 11, 2018

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) announced amendments (Amendments) to Part X — Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations (SPACs) of the TSX Company Manual (Manual), which came into effect on October 4, 2018. Notable changes to the TSX SPAC rules include codifying exemptions previously provided to SPACs by the TSX and removing the requirement for shareholder approval of a qualifying acquisition subject…

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