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Ontario's Construction Lien Act reform Modernization of old tools to secure payment

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On Wednesday May 31, 2017, Bill 142 An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act (Bill 142) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The changes incorporate the recommendations of a broad range of stakeholders...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Canada: Ontario Government's Proposed Legislation to "Create Fairer and Better Workplaces" Includes $15 Minimum Wage and Equal Pay...

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On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government issued its response to a Final Report recently released by two Special Advisors as part of their Changing Workplaces Review. This Report included 173 recommendations for amendments to...more

Ontario Government Announces Sweeping Employment and Labour Law Changes

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government announced a plan to introduce legislation entitled “The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017,” that, if enacted, could mean significant changes to several employment standards and...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Highlights of Bill 17: Alberta's Fair and Family Friendly Workplaces Act

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Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, was introduced in the Alberta Legislature on May 24, 2017. The Bill is part of the Government of Alberta’s efforts to ensure that “Alberta has fair, modern and...more

Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation...more

Alberta Government to Strengthen Powers Related to Securities Investigations

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On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Finance Minister introduced Bill 13: Securities Amendment Act, 2017. As described to the media, and during First Reading, the Bill aims to strengthen investor protection by amending and updating...more

Bill C-30 passed Senate yesterday to usher in changes to Canadian pharma patent regulations

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Bill C-30 was passed by the Senate yesterday, May 11, 2017 without amendment. Bill C-30 is the bill that will implement the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). As reported here, this...more

Ontario introduces sweeping changes to residential real estate market with Fair Housing Plan

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On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government unveiled its Fair Housing Plan (“FHP”). Pursuant to the FHP, the Ontario government will introduce sweeping legislative changes to Ontario's residential real estate sector, with the...more

Ontario Introduces 15% Tax on Foreign Real Estate Buyers

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The Ontario government announced a new proposal to impose a 15 percent tax on purchases of residential real estate by foreign buyers as part of its Fair Housing Plan. Similar to the foreign buyer tax enacted last year by the...more

Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

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On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

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On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Reviews of Workplace Legislation Underway in Alberta

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In Alberta, the Employment Standards Code establishes the minimum standards for employment relationships. Relatedly, the Labour Relations Code governs the relationships between unions and management....more

Mandatory inclusionary zoning in Ontario: But what does it change?

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In June 2016, we provided an overview of the Province’s proposed inclusionary zoning legislation titled "Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?" ...more

Ontario Bill Proposes to Create “Health and Safety Management System” under OHSA

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The Ontario government has introduced legislation that seeks to, among other things, provide for the establishment of employer “health and safety management systems” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act....more

New Alberta Bill 208 seeks to provide protection against workplace bullying

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On November 9, 2016, Calgary MLA Craig Coolahan introduced Bill 208, Occupational Health and Safety (Protection From Workplace Harassment) Amendment Act, 2016. This Bill seeks to address workplace bullying by introducing...more

CETA Implementation in Canada - Implications of Bill C-30 on the Pharmaceutical Industry

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Bill C-30 presents significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape by introducing supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and proposing substantial modifications to the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

Target Benefit Plans: A New Proposed Plan Design Option for Federally-Regulated Employers

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On October 19, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-27 which, if passed, will permit federally-regulated employers to establish single-employer and multi-employer target benefit plans. The bill proposes to amend...more

Bill C-30 to implement CETA tabled in Canadian Parliament: implications for pharmaceuticals

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On October 31, 2016, the day following the signing of CETA, the Canadian Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, tabled Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement...more

B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

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Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of...more

Will Ontario green light mandatory inclusionary zoning?

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An overview of the proposed legislation - From the beginning of its term, part of this Liberal government’s mandate has been to improve access to affordable housing. On May 18, 2016, Bill 204, the Promoting Affordable...more

Alberta’s Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act

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The Alberta Government introduced Bill 20, the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, on May 24, 2016. The Bill proposes a carbon levy on fuel consumption and marks the Government’s first step towards executing Alberta’s...more

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and...more

What Multinational Employers Need to Know about Ontario’s Proposed Sexual Harassment Protections

After adopting an action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment in March 2015, Ontario’s legislature is taking steps to pass an act that would create new duties for employers to prevent and investigate sexual harassment...more

Canadian Employment News Series: Ontario’s New Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act: How the proposed legislation will...

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The Ontario government introduced Bill 132, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015” (the “Act”) on October 27, 2015. This Act is part of...more

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