Category: Practice Areas

Competition Law and the Digital Economy in Canada

December 4, 2019

Competition law enforcement agencies have undertaken many new initiatives focused on the digital economy, including publishing position papers,1 developing enforcement strategies,2 hiring specialized personnel,3 and taking enforcement action against technology companies. Like its international counterparts, the Canadian Competition Bureau (the Bureau) is focused on issues related to the digital economy.   Please click here to download.

The Little Engine that Couldn’t: SCC Rules on Limitation of Liability for Sale of Ship Engine Parts

December 4, 2019

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently rendered an important decision on the division of powers between the federal and provincial governments. While that decision was made in the context of Canadian maritime law, it has potentially far-reaching implications for contracts and disputes involving the transportation of goods across borders and the construction of projects under federal jurisdiction. BACKGROUND In…

Corporate Transparency: Which Path Will Quebec Take?

December 3, 2019

In recent years, several countries have undertaken various actions to combat fraud, tax evasion, tax avoidance, money laundering and the financing of criminal activities. Despite the implementation of several measures to strengthen corporate transparency, the Quebec government is still seeking solutions to counter these schemes. It is in this context that, in October 2019, Quebec’s Ministry of Finance published a…

Canadian Competition Law Issues for the Financial Services Sector

November 28, 2019

In recent years, the financial services sector has seen the emergence of new business models and services, including in areas like Internet payments and intermediary platforms. At the same time, the financial services sector has emerged as a key area of focus for potential advocacy initiatives and enforcement by the Competition Bureau. At Blakes, we routinely advise a broad range…

Burden Reduction: OSC Addresses 199 Problems

November 28, 2019

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has released its Reducing Regulatory Burden in Ontario’s Capital Markets report (Report), identifying 107 initiatives to address 34 underlying concerns identified in the 199 suggestions received through its stakeholder consultation process to gather feedback on unnecessary burden and areas for improvement. While a national securities regulator would be the most significant reduction in the burden…

The Digitization of Vehicles: Privacy Concerns

November 28, 2019

In this video, Blakes Privacy lawyer Wendy Mee addresses privacy concerns and risks for autonomous vehicles, and what privacy protective measures and controls AV companies can implement in order to ensure that privacy is protected and that privacy risks are minimized.   For further information, please contact: Wendy Mee                      …

Cybersecurity Alert: IIROC-Regulated Investment Firms Must Now Report Incidents

November 25, 2019

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has amended its Dealer Member Rules to require mandatory reporting by dealer members (Dealers) in the event of a cybersecurity incident. The amendments are accompanied by guidance on the new requirements. IIROC expects dealers to issue an initial report within three days of discovery of an incident, and to submit a detailed…

Ontario’s Proposed Supply Chain Management Act: Highlights of Key Provincial Procurement Developments

November 22, 2019

As part of its most recent budget legislation (Bill 138), the Government of Ontario introduced the Supply Chain Management Act (Government, Broader Public Sector and Health Sector Entities), 2019 (Act) in support of the provincial government’s policy of centralizing procurement activities. Public sector buyers and vendors doing business with Ontario will be keenly interested in this Act and the Regulations…

CSA Seeks Comments on Initiative to Reduce Regulatory Burden for Investment Fund Issuers

November 21, 2019

In September 2019, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Notice and Request for Comment Reducing Regulatory Burden for Investment Fund Issuers – Phase 2, Stage 1, which outlines a number of proposed amendments and proposed changes to the disclosure regime and operational matters for investment fund issuers (the Proposed Amendments). Comments on the Proposed Amendments are due by December…

Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law

November 21, 2019

We invite you to join us for our semi-annual program exploring recent updates and legal developments in pensions and employee benefits law as well as recent employment and labour law changes. Topics: Case Law and Regulatory Round-Up Lindsay McLeod Enhanced Benefit Security: What Plan Sponsors Should Understand About Recent Government Changes and Further Proposals Kathryn Bush Member Communications and Beneficiary…