Canada: Proposed changes to Ontario corporate law requirements for director residency and written shareholder...

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On 8 October 2020, the Government of Ontario tabled the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 (Bill 213) for its second reading. Bill 213 introduces red tape reduction and regulatory modernization efforts to make Ontario more competitive. Among the changes proposed are amendments to the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (OBCA) which would eliminate director residency requirements for Ontario corporations, and permit written shareholder resolutions to be effective if signed by a majority of votes rather than a unanimity of shareholders. Bill 213 has not yet received royal assent, and no date has been set for the coming into force of the proposed changes to the OBCA.

Canada: COVID-19 – National security review process becomes (temporarily) longer

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The Canadian government has temporarily extended three key time limits applicable under the national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act (ICA), potentially introducing more uncertainty for foreign investors and impacting deal timelines for transactions involving Canada. The extended time limits will apply to most transactions implemented or subject to a filing under the ICA between 31 July and 31 December 2020.

North America Tax News and Developments – July 2020

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Read publicationWe are pleased to enclose the June issue of Tax News and Developments, a publication of Baker McKenzie's North America Tax Practice Group....

Canada: How to Develop a Privacy-Enriched Data Retention Policy

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Every day companies around the world grapple with how best to protect critical business data. However, retaining personal information about an individual or employee for longer than necessary makes it more likely that the information will be subject to unauthorized or accidental access, use or disclosure. It could also violate the terms of the individual’s consent and reasonable expectations of privacy.Baker McKenzie Partner Theo Ling and Associate Jonathan Tam recently outlined an approach on how to develop a privacy-enriched data retention policy, published in The Canadian Privacy Law Review. The piece discusses the steps organizations can take to determine and document how long to retain personal information collected across its operations.

International: COVID-19 Global guide on public contracting

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In light of the global pandemic, governments across the globe are faced with urgent needs whose immediate coverage is a matter of life and death. Hence, these unusual and uncertain times call for rare and exceptional measures, and without much ado, governments around the globe have provided them. Common to all approaches is the will to enable public contractors to procure the urgently needed supplies to save lives and contain the pandemic without major bureaucratic hurdles.

Global: USMCA: Game On! Webinar Series

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Part 1: How to Claim Preferential Tariff TreatmentBaker McKenzie experts from Canada, US and Mexico deliver a 75-minute session to understand the impact of...

Canada: Bill 64 and its proposed amendments to Quebec’s Privacy Laws

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On 12 June 2020, the government of Quebec introduced Bill 64, "An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information" (Bill). The Bill proposes to modernize the existing framework applicable to the protection of personal information by amending various public, and private sector Quebec laws, to align closer with the requirements under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) and the European General Data Protection Regulation. The Act respecting the protection of personal information in the privacy sector, which is Quebec’s private sector privacy law, is one of the laws that will be significantly impacted by Bill 64.

Canada: Climate Change/Sustainability Planning and the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

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The recently announced Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) will require loan recipients to report on climate change and sustainability-related risks and opportunities. This...

Canada: COVID-19 – The Canadian Employers’ Reopening Playbook (Part 4)

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As COVID-related restrictions begin to be lifted, employers are properly focused on ensuring that their workplaces and workforces are prepared for reopening. However, there is some suggestion that full or partial reclosings, followed by subsequent reopenings, may need to occur until a vaccine is developed, mass immunity exists, or sufficient treatment methods are implemented. As they plan for reopening, employers should also take this opportunity to reflect on their processes, examine their readiness, and determine what changes are required to seamlessly navigate in a post-COVID environment or a second—or third—wave of COVID-19.

COVID-19 – The Reopening Playbook – Video Chat: The next normal in Canada,...

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As companies begin to reopen, employers must plan now for the complex issues presented by mobile employees. During this 20-minute moderated discussion focused on North America, our Global Immigration & Mobility lawyers from the US, Canada and Mexico explore the current landscape and anticipated challenges employers will face with employee travel and immigration processes.
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