Budget 2022: Important Changes Impacting Real Estate

The Federal Government has released Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable (the “Budget”). In connection with the Government’s efforts to make housing more affordable and available to all Canadians, the Budget introduces several measures that will impact real estate across the country. The following is a brief, high-level summary of some […]

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See What Others Don’t: Solutions to Labour Shortage

A fundamental issue is keeping supply chains from operating at full capacity, causing companies to turn down orders and stalling economic growth. These consequences are the result of a phenomenon that is afflicting the business world: the talent shortage. Barriers to recruiting qualified workers are increasing and there is no sign that the situation will improve […]

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Marshall Fields takes a majority stake in CannTrust

Marshall Fields International BV, an Amsterdam-based holding company, and a group of individual investors recently completed the acquisition of 90 per cent of CannTrust Equity, a new subsidiary of CannTrust Holdings, and holder of the company’s cannabis licences through its operating division, CannTrust Inc. The 10 per cent of the outstanding common shares will be […]

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Trademarks on the Beverage Market, Alcoholic or Not: Avoid Drinking the Cup

The popularity of local products among Quebecers has dramatically increased in recent years, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are no exception. Spirits of all kinds, microbrewery beers, wines, ready-to-drink cocktails and seltzers, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – the variety of products from Québec is growing steadily. Under these circumstances, companies specializing in beverages must stand […]

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Energere Acquired by a Subsidiary of GDI Integrated Facility Services

Energere Inc., a company specialized in energy efficiency solutions, smart buildings and smart cities, was recently acquired by Ainsworth Inc., a GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. subsidiary. As a result of this acquisition, Ainsworth has launched Ainsworth Energy and Technology Solutions, a new business unit. Energere is a Québec leader with 25 years of experience in energy services. The company’s […]

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Women Inspiring Women

On this International Women’s Day, let us celebrate all the inspiring women whose leadership contributes to our community’s social, cultural, political, and economic success. Feminization of leadership is now emerging as a new model of leadership that is more inclusive, human and caring. Beyond gender, this leadership fulfills a critical need for a more flourishing […]

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Foreign Nationals Entering Canada for Business or Employment in 2022

The Government of Canada will be changing how they deal with foreign nationals entering Canada in light of the ongoing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022. As matters currently stand, individuals with business to transact in Canada, or foreign nationals who are employed in Canada can enter if they are vaccinated with little trouble.  […]

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A Second Edition for the Manuel de l’action collective

Edited by our partner Shaun E. Finn, the second edition of the “Manuel de l’action collective”, a collaborative BCF guidebook, is intended to be an indispensable reference tool that will allow practitioners and legal counsel to navigate the complex world of the Québec class actions with confidence. Published by LexisNexis, this new edition reflects significant changes […]

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New Business Immigration Measures: What Your Foreign Workers Need to Know

BY Julie Lessard, Elsa Agostinho Every month, our Immigration and Business Mobility Team monitors major news that may impact your foreign workers. Check out these September 2021 business immigration updates. International Mobility Program for Essential Workers in Television and Movie Production Essential workers in a production crew (filming) of a live-action movie or television project being filmed in […]

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Almost Half of the Canadian Businesses Have Little Knowledge of Intellectual Property: Be in the Other Half!

BY Sarah Hébert-Tremblay, Johanne Auger The Canadian Intellectual Property Office recently released the results of its survey on intellectual property awareness and use. The purpose of this survey was to measure the general awareness of intellectual property among businesses in Canada. The survey reveals some very interesting, and concerning, stats, including that only 57% of Canadian […]

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Did Airlines Fail in their Duty to Refund Tickets for Cancelled Flights Due to the Pandemic?

BY Maxime Blanchard In a Thomson Reuters article[1], our lawyer Maxime L. Blanchard comments on the Superior Court of Québec’s recent decision regarding a class action against airlines that had to cancel their flights because of the health measures implemented by the governments. Due to the sanitary measures implemented by the governments to protect the population from COVID-19, […]

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