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Government of British Columbia announces extension to Land Owner Transparency Act filing deadline

On November 2, 2021, the Government of British Columbia (“B.C.”) announced it will be extending the deadline for pre-existing owners to file a transparency report with the Land Owner Transparency Registry (“LOTR”) until November 30, 2022. The Ministry of Finance’s...

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Bill 96 and its impact on immovable property registrations

On May 13, 2021, the Quebec Government tabled An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec (“Bill 96”) in Quebec’s National Assembly. The purpose of Bill 96 is to “affirm that the only official language of Québec...

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New house on the block(chain)

Introduction Would you trade your home for a work of art? An art critic might consider it. But what if it wasn’t art you were trading your home for, but Bitcoin? Like artwork, Bitcoin’s value is largely dependent on the...

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Client alert: British Columbia Land Owner Transparency Registry

Effective November 30, 2020, the British Columbia Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) came into force, bringing into existence the new British Columbia Land Owner Transparency Registry (“LOTR”). This is a publicly searchable registry containing names, citizenship and other information of...

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Why REALTORS® should incorporate a Personal Real Estate Corporation (PREC) by December 31, 2020

REALTORS®  now have the ability to utilize a PREC.  Learn about the benefits,  some questions you should ask yourself together with details and pricing for Miller Thomson’s services to REALTORS® in Setting up a Personal Real Estate Corporation. There are...

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Cross-country COVID-19 check-up

History of Canadian Government COVID-19 Rent Relief On April 24, 2020, the Government of Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. The CECRA program, which was run through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), was set...

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Deal making in the new normal

As Canada steels itself in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 and the economy continues to navigate the related downturn, the commercial real estate industry, like many others, finds itself faced with significant challenges and uncertainty. Indeed the...

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Ontario REALTORS® can now use personal real estate corporations – Miller Thomson assists OREA in crafting regulatory scheme

Introduction On October 1, 2020, Regulation 536/20 under the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020 (the “Regulation”) came into force, providing Ontario brokers and salespersons registered with the Real Estate Commission of Ontario (“Registrants”) the ability to incorporate a...

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The importance of acting quickly when applying for a provisional injunction

When it comes to court proceedings, time is of the essence. This principle becomes even more crucial when applying for a provisional injunction, as was recently reaffirmed by the Superior Court in Ville de Baie-d’Urfé c. Hirtle [1]. The applicant,...

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New community benefits charge framework in effect

The Province of Ontario has now introduced regulations which flesh out how the Community Benefits Charges regime, initially announced in 2019 by Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act (“Bill 108”) and revised by Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic...

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COVID-19 Resources

We have written on a variety of topics to help identify the pertinent issues, understand the legal implications, minimize risk exposure and manage legal obligations.

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