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|

Wills and Estates 101 + Discount for Preparation of Simple Wills

An important part of the work we do is helping our clients understand how they can plan and protect their household for the future through Wills and Estate Planning. Due to the recent influx of inquiries we've received, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with some basic information on Wills and Estate Planning, [...]

By |2020-04-03T09:10:34-07:00April 2nd, 2020|Announcement, Wills & Estates|

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|

BC Transparency Register

New Requirements for BC Private Companies Effective May 1, 2020, private companies in British Columbia will be legally required to keep and maintain a transparency register containing information about “Significant Individuals”. In summary, Significant Individuals are individuals who have direct or indirect control of a private company or a significant number of its shares. Significant [...]

Single Game Sports Betting: Legalization Looming?

On February 25, 2020, Kevin Waugh, MP from Saskatoon-Grasswood, put forth bill C-218 to the House of Commons.  The bill would legalize single game sports betting in Canada.  Named “An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sports Betting)”, it seeks to ever so slightly change the language of the Criminal Code, a change with potentially [...]

By |2020-03-10T10:55:42-07:00March 5th, 2020|Blog, Gaming, Gaming Law, Sports Betting|