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Remediation agreements and other recent developments in white collar crime

Remediation agreements, a new tool for corporate accused, will continue to be in the spotlight as we all learn when prosecutors will be prepared to allow the use of remediation agreements and how their use will be received by the voting public.

 

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New 2019 Competition Act and Investment Canada Act merger review thresholds

Certain types of transactions that exceed prescribed thresholds require pre-merger notification under Canada’s Competition Act. Such transactions cannot be completed until notice has been given to the Commissioner of Competition and the statutory waiting period has expired or, alternatively, has been terminated early or waived by the Commissioner. One of these thresholds, the transaction-size threshold, is subject to an annual index adjustment.

 

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Ontario reveals the details about its performance standards for large industrial emitters

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On February 12th 2019, Ontario announced its proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, the Industrial Emissions Performance Standards Program.

 

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OSC seeks to reduce regulatory burden in step with Ontario Red Tape Initiative

The Ontario Securities Commission announced on January 14, 2019, that its Burden Reduction Task Force, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance, has undertaken to lessen regulatory burdens and enhance competitiveness for Ontario businesses.

 

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Fintech regulatory developments: 2018 year in review

2018 proved to be another busy year for Fintech in Canada, with a number of notable and anticipated regulatory developments. We look back to summarize some of 2018’s most notable Fintech-related developments in Canada, and developments to watch for in 2019.

 

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Ontario’s environment plan: Preserving and protecting our environment for future generations

On November 29, 2018, the Ontario government released its Environment Plan: Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations.

 

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Full steam ahead for official bilingualism: Government of Canada tables overhaul of official languages regulations

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On October 25, the Government of Canada tabled significant amendments to the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations. As discussed previously, this regulatory overhaul stems from commitments made in the 2018 federal budget plan to improve access to services offered in the language of the official minority by federal institutions from coast to coast.

 

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Back to square one? Ontario government winds down cap and trade program and overhauls approach to climate change

On July 25, 2018, the newly formed Ontario Government introduced Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018 (the “new Act”), which repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 (the “old Act”) and provides for the wind-down of the province’s cap and trade program[1]. The new Act also sets out a renewed approach to climate change policy.

 

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European commission releases proposal to regulate crowdfunding

Crowdfunding Service Providers (CSPs) can provide businesses and individuals with a digital platform to reach out to potential investors for funding. Presently, some EU countries have their own national legislation on crowdfunding while others require CSPs to be licensed and operate under EU frameworks.

 

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BC passes legislation to modernize International Commercial Arbitration Act

The legislature passed the International Commercial Arbitration Amendment Act on April 12, 2018 with the goal of updating BC’s International Arbitration Act to reflect current international best practices.

 

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Ontario budget 2018: Financial services updates

The 2018 Ontario Budget includes a number of financial services related developments, with a strong focus on innovation.

 

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Alberta moves to strengthen its lobbying law: Proposed legislation would be among the strictest in country

If amendments to the Lobbyists Act, introduced on April 11 by the Government of Alberta, are passed by the Legislature, the Lobbyists Amendment Act, 2018, would make Alberta one of the strictest regulators of lobbying in the country.

 

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Budget Bill 2018: Amendments to Financial Services Statutes

The Budget has provided that, in connection with the current 2019 Bank Act review, certain legislative amendments to implement targeted proposals resulting from the recent review of the federal financial sector framework would be introduced as a priority.

 

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Bill-68: Significant Amendments to the Fisheries Act

The proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence would provide enhanced enforcement powers under the Fisheries Act, and proposes an alternative to traditional prosecutions in the event of non-compliance. The federal government may offer some persons charged with offences under the Fisheries Act to enter into “Alternative Measures Agreements” in lieu of prosecution.

 

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