Category: Industries

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Important Changes for Third Parties in the Canada Elections Act

April 17, 2019

Recent changes to the Canada Elections Act (Act) will have wide-ranging and important implications for businesses, industry associations, advocacy groups, community groups, unions and other persons who communicate with political parties or campaigns before and during federal elections. The newly introduced restrictions, among other things, include extensive communication, expenditure and collusion prohibitions, which will apply as early as June 30…

New Drone Rules Take Flight June 1, 2019

April 4, 2019

In January 2019, the Government of Canada announced changes to regulations governing how and where drones can be operated in Canada. These regulations will also introduce new requirements for drone users and will take effect on June 1, 2019. During this short video, Blakes Partners Auriol Marasco and Jason MacIntyre from our Drones team discuss the recent regulatory changes and…

Lending Market Sets Sights on Sustainability Linked Loans

April 2, 2019

Building on the internationally recognized Green Loan Principles (GLPs) adopted in 2018, the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), the Loan Market Association (LMA) and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA) have recently published a set of voluntary global guidelines entitled the Sustainability Linked Loan Principles (SLLPs). The demand for loan products that incentivize improvements in borrowers’ sustainability profiles…

2019 Legal Trends: Cybersecurity

March 26, 2019

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our first article for 2019 looks at the current landscape of cybersecurity and highlights key legal trends and developments. We also offer some practical advice on what businesses can do to equip themselves and mitigate their risk in this constantly evolving space. 

Your Guide to the 2019 Federal Budget

March 22, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Government of Canada released its 2019 budget (2019 Budget) before the federal election later this year. We’ve summarized the key aspects from the 2019 Budget that may impact your business.  For tax changes, including proposed changes to the excise taxation of cannabis extracts (including oils), cannabis edibles and cannabis topicals, please see 2019 Federal Budget – Selected Tax…

2019 Federal Budget: Financial Services Highlights

March 22, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the Government of Canada released its 2019 budget plan (2019 Budget) before the federal election later this year. The 2019 Budget includes several proposals that impact federally regulated financial institutions. The legislation implementing these proposals is not released yet and is expected to follow later in 2019. The key proposals are outlined below. OPEN BANKING The…

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…

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…

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…

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