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Setting up a business in Canada? Don’t forget about immigration considerations

Foreign companies and foreign nationals seeking to start business operations in Canada need to be aware of Canadian immigration and entry rules to ensure a smooth entry into the Canadian market.

 

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When it rains, it pours – Supreme Court of Canada allows umbrella purchaser claims

Umbrella purchasers are persons who purchased a product that was neither manufactured nor supplied by the cartel members.

 

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Immigration implications of corporate acquisitions, restructurings and changes

Companies and human resource managers need to be aware of the potential immigration implications that corporate changes, acquisitions or restructurings may have on temporary foreign workers (TFWs) that they employ in Canada.

 

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Discharging a builders’ lien on posting of security: How much is enough?

When a builders’ lien is filed, it can cause all manner of disruptions to financial, contractual and business relations and there can often be urgency in getting a lien discharged while, at the same time, ensuring the right to dispute the underlying claim giving rise to the lien is preserved.

 

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Competition Bureau reinforces its focus on non-notifiable transactions

In a recent news release, the Competition Bureau made official its intention to increase the resources it devotes to the identification and review of non-notifiable merger transactions.

 

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Compliance with the Quebec language requirements for display of trademarks to be ‎mandatory on November 24, 2019‎

This information bulletin addresses the language requirements pertaining to display, in a language other than French, of trademarks on real estate in Quebec.

 

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Ways to maintain proper books and records

A recent Tax Court of Canada (“TCC”) decision, Promised Land Ministries v. The Queen[1], serves as a reminder to charities of the importance of maintaining proper books and records.

 

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KPMG studies ERM and gets some things right but misses the key point

There’s some good material in KPMG’s Enterprise Risk Management Benchmarking Study, subtitled Evolving to an active, integrated and agile approach amidst change and disruption.

 

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Prompt payment legislation in British Columbia: Long overdue?

The federal government and several provinces have now each proposed or enacted legislation to create “prompt payment” regimes for construction projects.

 

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New B.C. Business Corporations Act transparency register requirements: A primer

Beginning on a date to be announced, privately-held B.C. Business Corporations Act (“BCA”) companies ‎will be required to maintain a “transparency register” of “significant individuals”, being individuals who:‎

 

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The board and cyber security

There’s another useful article on Forbes. How to talk to the board about cybersecurity is written by an experienced CIO, John Matthews. Here are some useful excerpts with my highlights:

 

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Alberta Court of Appeal confirms super-priority status of restructuring charges

There were conflicting decisions from Nova Scotia (Rosedale) and Alberta (Canada North) on whether it was possible for CCAA and BIA created super-priority claims to rank senior to the Crown’s deemed trust claims under the fiscal statutes.

 

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Canada is first jurisdiction worldwide to require diversity disclosure beyond gender; Diversity disclosure rules will apply to federally incorporated public companies effective Jan. 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, corporations governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) with publicly traded securities will be required to provide shareholders with information on the corporation’s policies and practices related to diversity on the board of directors and within senior management, including the number and percentage of members of the board and of senior management who are women, Aboriginal persons, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

 

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Do risk appetite statements add value?

Whilst the majority of firms had risk appetite statements that were set by the Board and which were supported by relevant metrics, 50% of respondents noted that their risk appetite statements did not link to the firm’s strategy or to the actual underlying risk the firm faced, and did not provide a forward looking view of risk.

 

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An ERM horror story

Does it make sense to aggregate risk levels for a variety of risk sources, including cyber, compliance, credit, liquidity, competitor, and internal control over financial reporting?

 

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