Category: Corporate & Commercial

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Legislative Update: Electronic Disclosure to Prospective Franchisees Coming to Ontario July 1, 2016

June 17, 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, Ontario will permit disclosure documents required under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (Act) to be delivered electronically to prospective franchisees. The Act provides that a disclosure document may be delivered personally, by registered mail or by any other prescribed method. In the 16 years since the Act was passed, no other permissible method of…

Quebec Publishes Draft Regulations Requiring the Presence of French on Outdoor Signs

May 10, 2016

On May 4, 2016, the Government of Quebec published proposed Regulations that aim to ensure there is “a sufficient presence of French” on the outdoor signage of establishments on which trademarks appear in a language other than French. These proposed Regulations would amend current Regulations under the Charter of the French Language (Charter) and would require Quebec businesses using non-French…

Alberta Budget 2016: Climate Leadership Plan Implementation

April 21, 2016

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan (Plan) was released on November 22, 2015. The Plan represented a dramatic and fundamental shift in Alberta’s approach to climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) issues, including to achieve the government’s stated objective of gaining support and “social licence” for the pipeline takeaway capacity needed to support Alberta’s oil and gas production and export industries. With…

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…

2016 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2016

On March 22, 2016, the Minister of Finance tabled Canada’s 2016 Federal Budget (the 2016 Budget). This was the first budget presented by the newly-elected Liberal government, which won a strong majority in the fall 2015 federal election after nearly a decade with the Conservative party in power. The Liberals were elected on a platform that included promises to provide tax…

Quebec 2016-2017 Budget: Continued Fiscal Discipline

March 18, 2016

On March 17, 2016, the Quebec government (Government) unveiled the 2016-2017 budget (Budget). The Government confirmed that it balanced the books for 2015–16 and anticipates maintaining a balanced budget for 2016–17. The balanced budget comes without raising any income taxes, sales taxes or fees. The balanced budget is, however, based on certain important assumptions, including an economic growth of 1.5…

Alert: Proposed Ontario Amendment Eliminating the 30-per-cent Rule for Pension Fund Investments

March 16, 2016

The Ontario government has announced a consultation until April 29, 2016, relating to a proposed regulation change under the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario) that would permit a pension plan administrator to invest pension plan assets in more than 30 per cent of a corporation’s voting shares. The announcement suggests that a threshold may be established where corporate disclosure or undertakings…

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…

First Step to Re-engagement: Canada Rolls Back Iranian Sanctions

February 8, 2016

In an abrupt reversal of the trend of increasing sanctions against Iran, which Canada has followed since 2011, the Government of Canada announced on February 5, 2016, that it would be implementing significantly less stringent restrictions against trade with, and investment in, Iran. The announced amendments to the regulations that impose Canadian sanctions against Iran under the Special Economic Measures…

Canada Positioned to Impose C$1-Billion in Retaliatory Surtaxes on Imports

December 8, 2015

Under international trade rules, as of December 7, 2015, Canada has the right to impose just over C$1-billion per year in surtaxes on goods imported from the U.S. This is due to a decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrator who ruled that Canada may impose additional border taxes on any goods of its choosing in retaliation for the…

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