Meritas Capability Webinar - Doing Business in Canada

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The purpose of this webinar is to assist lawyers worldwide in advising their clients on how to retain lawyers in Canada and to assist those clients conducting business there.

The webinar will present the geographic outline of Canada and the division of Canada into Provinces. Canada is a constitutional democracy created in 1867 by an Act of the UK Parliament which divided the powers in Canada between the Federal Government and the individual See more +

The purpose of this webinar is to assist lawyers worldwide in advising their clients on how to retain lawyers in Canada and to assist those clients conducting business there.

The webinar will present the geographic outline of Canada and the division of Canada into Provinces. Canada is a constitutional democracy created in 1867 by an Act of the UK Parliament which divided the powers in Canada between the Federal Government and the individual Provinces. In this respect, Canada is very similar to the US where there is a division of powers between the Federal Government and State and local Governments.

The discussion will then turn to the specific powers which were granted to the Provinces and the Federal Government. Lawyers are primarily licensed by the individual Provinces due to the fact that in areas of Provincial Jurisdiction, the laws (both common law and in the case of Quebec, civil law, as well as statutes passed by the Provinces) vary in each Province. It is highly recommended that counsel be retained in the Province where the primary business of the enterprise will be conducted to ensure Provincial criteria are satisfied.

Most lawyers and their clients, from outside of Canada, view Canada as a homogenous Country of one set of laws. This is far from the reality of the legal regime in Canada. There is also a division in the various Courts and how lawsuits are conducted. This is dependent on the type of action and various conflict of laws between the Provinces.

At the end of the webinar, there will be an outline of the Meritas advantage as it exists in Canada. Meritas is represented in each Province and Territory in Canada and therefore provides a “National” presence which is not available from any single law firm.

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Topics:  Canada, International Labor Laws, International Tax Issues

Published In: Business Organization Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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