Category: Infrastructure

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OEB Considering Changes to Commercial and Industrial Customers’ Rate Design

April 25, 2016

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has published a staff discussion paper, Rate Design for Commercial and Industrial Electricity Customers: Aligning the Interests of Customers and Distributors (Staff Discussion Paper), in which it considers a new rate design that will affect all commercial and industrial customers who receive electricity from a distribution company. Although commercial and industrial customers only account for…

Your Guide to the 2016 Federal Budget

April 15, 2016

We have summarized key aspects of the Liberal government’s 2016 federal budget that may impact your business. Please see 2016 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures for more information. For pension-related matters, see Federal Budget 2016 – Pension Issues. For financial services, see 2016 Federal Budget – Financial Services Highlights. For infrastructure, see Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget. In…

Quebec’s Energy Policy: Ambitious Energy Goals for 2030

April 11, 2016

After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to transition towards a low-carbon economy that will help fight climate change. Environmental organizations, businesses and First Nations thus far seem to be in favour of the Policy. The…

Legal Trends 2016: Private Equity

March 31, 2016

ONE | OILPATCH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES Between June 2014 and December 2015, the price of a barrel of oil was cut roughly in half, resulting in a significant downturn in the earnings of companies with businesses connected to the oil industry. Private equity (PE) firms with portfolio companies that have operations in or exposure to Alberta and Canada’s energy…

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

March 24, 2016

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and Promises of the New Canadian Government. Now that the 2016 federal budget, titled “Growing the Middle Class” (2016 Budget), has been tabled in the House of Commons by the…

Quebec’s Energy, Mining Sectors Searching for Clarity on Social Acceptability

March 7, 2016

On February 16, 2016, Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resource Minister Pierre Arcand tabled a green paper (referred to in French as the “Livre Vert”) at the National Assembly, outlining five guidelines regarding social acceptability as it relates to the use of public lands and the development of natural resource projects in Quebec (Green Paper). This Green Paper is the latest…

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

February 26, 2016

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act (Act) on February 24, 2016 The Cap and Trade Program Regulations (Regulations) on February 25, 2016 BACKGROUND On April 15, 2015, the Government signed an agreement with Quebec…

2016 Ontario Budget: C$160-Billion Boost to Infrastructure Paves Way for Job Creation

February 26, 2016

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government (Province) released its 2016 budget, titled “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (Budget). The Budget focuses on economic growth and job creation across Ontario. Investments in infrastructure are intended to play a large role in these goals by stimulating job creation today, and supporting jobs in the future. As the Budget details, the Province…

Court Limits Liability for Nuisance, Expands Injurious Affection Claims for Public Infrastructure Projects

January 8, 2016

In November, the B.C. Supreme Court (Court) issued an important decision in the long-running litigation saga arising from the construction of the SkyTrain’s Canada Line between Vancouver’s downtown, the suburb of Richmond, and Vancouver’s international airport. The decision has significant implications for public infrastructure projects, in identifying those kinds of claims that may successfully be brought as a result of…

Ontario Government Consulting on Proposed Design of the New Cap-and-Trade Program

November 20, 2015

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has released details of its proposed cap-and-trade program designed to address climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On April 15, 2015, the Ontario government signed an agreement with Quebec to create a joint cap-and-trade system to reduce GHG emissions. The cap-and-trade program will be the primary…

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