October 10, 2017
The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.
Posted in: Anti-spam, Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance, Capital Markets, Commercial Real Estate, Competition & Antitrust, Corporate & Commercial, Cybersecurity, Employment & Labour, Environmental, Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Foreign Investment, Franchising, Information Technology, Infrastructure, Intellectual Property, International Trade, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Power, Privacy, Procurement, Renewable Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax, Technology, United States
September 25, 2017
The Quebec Minister of Finance presented the budget speech for the 2016–2017 financial year on March 17, 2016 (2016–2017 Budget), which modified the system of duties on transfers of immovables (please see our March 2016 Blakes Bulletin: Significant Proposals to Duties on Transfers of Immovables). These amendments were integrated into Bill 112, which was introduced on November 15, 2016, and assented to…
September 21, 2017
On September 21, 2017, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) comes into force on a provisional basis. If they haven’t already done so, it is now time for Canadian businesses to take steps to ensure that they are prepared to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities presented by the CETA. HOW TO BENEFIT FROM CETA Following are…
September 13, 2017
On September 8, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released draft legislation to amend the Excise Tax Act (Canada) with regards to “Investment Limited Partnerships”, and is accepting comments until October 10, 2017. If implemented, the suggested changes will result in certain limited partnerships being required to pay Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) on management and administrative services provided…
April 25, 2017
On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government announced that it is imposing a 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax (NRST) on the purchase or acquisition of interests in residential property located in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). The GGH incorporates the greater Toronto area, including Toronto itself as well as Brant, Dufferin, Durham, Haldimand, Halton, Hamilton, Kawartha Lakes, Niagara, Northumberland,…
April 19, 2017
The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.
Posted in: Cannabis, Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Financial Services, Government & Public Sector, In-House Counsel, International Trade, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Product Liability, Tax
March 23, 2017
On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…
January 23, 2017
On December 21, 2016, the new Canada–Israel tax treaty entered into force. The new treaty was signed on September 21, 2016 in New York, and replaces the existing treaty that dates from 1975. For most purposes, the provisions of the new treaty took effect as of January 1, 2017. Overall, the new treaty modernizes the rules applicable to Israeli investments…
December 21, 2016
2016 AND LOOKING FORWARD Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007. The aggregate value of announced deals to date is C$399.9-billion, while announced deal volume reached an impressive 3,100 transactions….
December 12, 2016
On November 29, 2016, the Auditor General of Canada released the 2016 Fall Reports, including “Income Tax Objections”, regarding the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) management of income tax objections. This bulletin provides an overview of the Report and highlights its recommendations and the CRA’s responses and plans for improvement. The Office of the Auditor General sought to answer a simple…