Corporate & Commercial Law

Transitioning under Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

After a lengthy delay, Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) was proclaimed into force on October 19, 2021, updating and modernizing laws for not-for-profit corporations…

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Simply Incorporating or Registering a business name does NOT give you exclusive rights to the name

A common mistake business owners make is thinking that simply incorporating or registering their business name (e.g., with ServiceOntario) gives them exclusive rights to the…

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Adding Certainty To Your Contracts

Crafting Corporate Agreements As a corporate/commercial lawyer, my practice centres on drafting documents to give effect to clients’ arrangements that they want reduced to writing,…

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Beneficiary Designations and resulting trusts

In 2018, the Federal government introduced Bill C-78 (the “Bill”), which proposed significant changes to the law governing post-divorce parenting, specifically to the Divorce Act[i]…

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How Contractual Discretion is Limited by Good Faith

Good Faith & Contractual Discretion In the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision of Wastech Services Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, 2021 SCC…

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Ontario Courts Are Still Open During COVID-19 — Sort Of

COVID-19 & Ontario Court Proceedings On March 15, 2020, the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice announced that the Superior Court was…

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Raising Capital In The Exempt Market

OSC & The Exempt Market When looking to grow a business outside of traditional bank financing, business owners often consider granting equity in a corporation…

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Beds Or Sheds: What’s The Difference

Mark Twain’s old adage “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore” continues to remain relevant as we see property values increase in Ontario year over year…

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OBCA Amendments To Make Business Corporations More Flexible

Bill 213 & Corporate Changes On December 8, 2020, Bill 213 – the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2020 – received royal assent after passing…

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What Happens If You Default On A Business Loan?

COVID-19 & Defaulting on Loant What happens if you default on a business loan? Defaulting on a business loan is a reality for many Canadian…

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