“Say on Pay” Legislation: A Brief and Non-Binding Overview

What is “Say on Pay”? “Say on pay” is a phrase that has been gaining currency in the past several years.  It refers to legislation that gives a firm's shareholders the right to vote on the remuneration of executives.  This type of legislation is one of the responses to soaring executive compensation which is too often uncorrelated to [...]

By |2020-07-29T10:30:10-07:00July 29th, 2020|Blog, Canada Business Corporations Act, Corporate Law|

COVID-19 and Constructive Dismissal

This blog post discusses employment law as it applies to provincially regulated non-unionized workplaces in British Columbia. Information in this blog post may not be accurate with respect to federally regulated workplaces, unionized work places, and workplaces located outside of British Columbia. Due to COVID-19 and the ensuing economic downturn, employers are looking for ways [...]

By |2020-07-17T10:59:37-07:00July 17th, 2020|Blog, COVID-19, Employment Law, Employment Standards Act|

British Columbia’s New Benefit Company Legislation

British Columbia recently became the first Canadian province to allow the establishment of benefit companies. Businesses can now apply to become a benefit company under the BC Business Corporations Act (the “Act”). What is a benefit company? Maryland was the first state to allow the creation of benefit companies under law. Since then, 36 US [...]

Remote Signing of Estate and Personal Planning Documents during COVID-19

As we have seen, COVID-19 has greatly disrupted services which must be conducted in person, and these include signing your will, power of attorney, or representation agreement. BC law requires that these documents be witnessed and specifically precludes signing them electronically.  As such, it seemed uncertain how persons needing them could create these documents while [...]

By |2020-06-17T09:00:08-07:00June 16th, 2020|Blog, COVID-19, Wills & Estates|

Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) Set to Open on May 25, 2020

The Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) has announced that the online application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses will open on May 25, 2020.  Furthermore, it has provided additional details about the program and the application process.  The full details regarding the program and the application process can [...]

By |2020-06-03T08:33:55-07:00May 22nd, 2020|Announcement, Blog, COVID-19|

Cannabis Advertising Strategies: Compliant and Effective

The law surrounding advertising of cannabis and cannabis services and accessories is new, convoluted and evolving.  In this post, we broadly outline some of the do’s and don’ts of cannabis advertising.  Then, we apply these regulations to the digital world, showing how digital marketing of cannabis can be done in compliance with regulations. How can [...]

By |2020-05-14T13:21:31-07:00May 14th, 2020|Blog, Cannabis Law, Cannabis Regulations|

COVID 19 Relief for Technology and Video Game Companies

May 5, 2020 In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and provincial government have developed numerous programs and made various amendments to existing programs, to assist in bringing relief and support to affected businesses and individuals. To make the process even easier for those seeking assistance, we’ve prepared a brief summary of the funding [...]

By |2020-06-03T08:41:10-07:00May 5th, 2020|Blog, COVID-19, Technology|

Federal Government Announces Rent Relief Program Covering Up to 75% of Rent Costs for Small Business Owners

April 24, 2020 The Federal Government announced today that they have reached an agreement in principle with all the provinces and territories to provide rent relief for small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The program is called the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) plan, and it has the potential to provide small [...]

By |2020-06-03T08:12:38-07:00April 24th, 2020|Announcement, Blog, COVID-19|

Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA)

Benefits to Buyers and Sellers Businesses must continually adapt to changing economic conditions. Some strategies are appropriate for a booming economy and others are better suited for today’s more uncertain times. Working through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) is one of the best available strategies when considering an acquisition in a turbulent economic environment. [...]

By |2020-04-23T12:35:27-07:00April 22nd, 2020|Blog, Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act|

UPDATED: Employment Law in the Time of COVID-19:  What Employers and Employees Need to Know

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s becoming increasingly clear that a health crisis can have substantial economic impact.  Many employers and employees are feeling the crunch already.  Most will feel it at some point as the situation continues to evolve. With that in mind, it is important for employers and employees to understand their legal [...]

By |2020-04-30T17:03:59-07:00March 22nd, 2020|Blog, Employment Law, Employment Standards Act|