Monthly Archives: February 2016

Canadian immigration updates: Changes to temporary foreign worker practices

LMIA-EXEMPT WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Employers of foreign nationals should now be aware that as of late 2015, businesses who wish to employ foreign nationals in Canada who are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) must complete an online …

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Budget 2016: Amendments to BC’s property transfer tax regime

On February 16, 2016, Finance Minister Michael De Jong announced the 2016 Provincial Budget. A portion of the Budget calls for amendments to British Columbia’s current property transfer tax regime.

Property transfer tax is a Provincial tax that is imposed …

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Environmental, social and governance issues – dealing with them is good business

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become very important issues in the investment world. Sustainability has been one of the more significant recent trends in global financial markets. It has taken the form of investors’ desire for …

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Franchising focus: Implied termination rights

A 2014 decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, France v. Kumon, 2014 ONSC 5890 (“Kumon”), presents an interesting precedent for the proposition that any franchise agreement may be terminable on reasonable notice where the franchise agreement does not …

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BC Societies – get ready for transition

The new Societies Act (BC) will come into force on November 28, 2016 and replace the existing governance rules of the current Society Act (BC), which applies to over 25,000 non-profit organizations in British Columbia.  Most of the provisions of …

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What to consider when buying and selling a business

Buying or selling a business can be a complex matter depending upon the nature of the business being acquired or sold and the structure being used to effect such a sale. Every such transaction is also unique and the considerations …

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