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In addition to our regular guest bloggers, Inside Internal Controls blog published by First Reference, provides occasional guest post opportunities from various subject matter experts on the topics of risk management and best practices in finance and accounting, information technology, environmental issues, corporate governance, sales/marketing and operations, not-for-profits and business related issues in Canada. If you are a subject matter expert and would like to become an occasional blogger, please contact Yosie Saint-Cyr at editor@firstreference.com. If you liked this post and would like to subscribe to Inside Internal Controls blog click here.

Liability waivers: If in doubt, get a new one

There is a need for entities wishing to rely on liability waivers to ensure that the waivers are expertly drafted, that the purpose and limitations of liability waiver are understood by such entities and that such entities routinely review their waivers to ensure that they apply to all activities that might be engaged in by the parties executing such waivers.

 

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Time is of the essence: When late is no better than never

Contracts for the purchase and sale of real property and other commercial contracts often contain a clause that says “time is of the essence” in respect of certain or all contractual obligations (a “Timing Clause”). Many parties sign contracts without given due consideration to the full impact of a Timing Clause or otherwise hold the […]

 

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Compliance incentive: Canada to appoint a Canadian Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise

On January 17, 2018, the Government of Canada furthered its “progressive trade agenda” and responded to calls from human rights groups by announcing that it is going to watch the activities of Canadian businesses operating in overseas markets more seriously. The Government of Canada will create an Office of the Canadian Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise […]

 

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Fintech regulatory developments: 2017 year in review

As predicted in our 2016 year-end report, 2017 proved to be a busy year for Fintech in Canada, with a number of important regulatory developments. With the dawn of 2018, we look back to summarize some of 2017’s most notable Fintech regulatory developments in Canada, as well as developments to watch for in 2018.

 

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Lock in 1% interest rate for income splitting loans by March 31, 2018

The prescribed rate used to calculate taxable benefits for employees and shareholders for interest-free and low-interest loans has been 1%, the lowest possible rate, since April 2009, other than in Q4 2013 when it rose to 2%.

 

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Artificial intelligence and the protection of personal information in Canada: The priority for 2018

“When I look at myself, I am discouraged, when I compare myself to others, I panic…” This distorted saying summarizes the interactions in 2017 between artificial intelligence (AI) and personal information. While the number of AI projects and successes continues to mount in Canada, especially in Montréal, discussions on “the after” remain embryonic: how can […]

 

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Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Law: What you need to know about compliance program requirements

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) is Canada’s financial intelligence unit. Among other things, it is responsible for the enforcement of Canadian AML Law. In December 2017, FINTRAC released a revised guidance document relating to the compliance program requirements.

 

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Québec Court of Appeal confirms application of French language requirements for websites

On December 20, 2017, in 156158 Canada inc. v. Attorney General of Québec, 2017 QCCA 2055, the Québec Court of Appeal confirmed the constitutional validity of the provisions of the Québec Charter of the French Language (the CFL) that require the joint or predominant use of French in commercial advertising, packaging and publications, including websites.

 

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Is it ever wise for a franchisor to become a shareholder of its franchisees?

Is it a good idea for a franchisor to become a joint shareholder in the franchised businesses of its network? Sometimes yes, and often not. It depends… mostly on the franchisor!

 

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Building warranty or insurance? Recent Alberta jurisprudence on standard by-law endorsement

The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied leave to appeal in respect of the Alberta Court of Appeal’s decision in 852819 Alberta Ltd v Sovereign General Insurance Company, 2017 ABCA 76, leave to appeal denied 2017 CanLII 51468 (SCC) (“852819 Alberta”), which provides much needed clarification regarding the interpretation of the By-law Endorsement coverage common to most all-risk commercial property insurance policies in Canada. The defendant insurers were represented by the authors.

 

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Tax court addresses clergy residence deduction for religious teachers

The clergy residence deduction provides for a limited deduction for housing provided to a member of the clergy or supplied by a member of the clergy. It is a deduction that has existed for a long time and seems to have been designed to address the situation of a member of the clergy who is provided with a manse by a local congregation, but who may be expected to use the house in the course of clergy duties.

 

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The facilitation payment exemption is gone – It’s time to revisit your anti-corruption compliance program

Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (the “CFPOA”) contained, until October 30, 2017, an unusual provision permitting the payment of certain small bribes to foreign public officials. Known as the “facilitation payment” exemption, this provision permitted companies and individuals to make payments to “expedite or secure the performance by a foreign public official of any act of a routine nature that is part of the foreign public official’s duties or functions.”

 

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Posting security to discharge a builders lien

One of the means available to discharge a lien quickly is to apply to the Court further to s. 24 of the Builders Lien Act. Through this section any land owner and any party liable on contract or subcontract in connection with the improvement giving rise to the lien can apply to post money into court that will stand as security for the lien.

 

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Charities can now help businesses in the aftermath of disasters

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In August 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) updated its Guidance CG-014 on community economic development (“CED”) activities and charitable registration. There were a number of updates to the Guidance, but the most significant was the inclusion of the statement that charities are now able to support, on a more long-term basis, the efforts of businesses that are helping to rebuild communities affected by disaster.

 

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Changes to the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010

On November 14th, Bill 154 received Royal Assent. As noted previously, this omnibus bill made changes to the Corporations Act (Ontario), to social investment provisions in the Charities Accounting Act (Ontario), and other statutes. Some of the more significant changes to the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) are reported here, none of which are in force today but will be when ONCA comes into force. As you may recall, ONCA was passed in 2010, but it will only come into force on a day to be named. The government plans to bring the ONCA in force in early 2020.

 

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