Bill C-69 – A Slightly Unfinished Work in the Newfoundland...

Background Bill C-69 was passed by the Parliament of Canada in June 2019.[1] It was omnibus legislation, a package of both new legislation and amendments to existing legislation. One of the objectives of Bill C-69 was a complete overhaul of the environmental assessment of large resource projects in Canada. It was, and continues to be, a […]

Breaking Glass Ceilings – Federal Pay Equity Legislation Seeks Equal...

On September 10, 2019, the federal government announced the appointment of the first ever federal Pay Equity Commissioner. The Pay Equity Commissioner’s role is to provide leadership and direction for the administration and enforcement of the new federal Pay Equity Act (the “Act”). The Act establishes a new pay equity regime which is aimed at reducing gender based pay discrimination by ensuring all federally regulated employers take proactive steps to ensure they are providing equal pay for equal value.

Atlantic pilot program fast track to East Coast immigration

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) offers a fast route for employers wishing to hire immigrants and for people wishing to immigrate to Atlantic Canada. The AIPP has recently been extended until December 2021. The AIPP is an employer-driven program that allows Atlantic Canadian employers looking to fill labour gaps with applicants who meet their […]

October 9, 2019

Nova Scotia Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation

This article was first published in Municipal World, Canada’s municipal magazine. NS Restructuring Offers New Model for Consolidation Nova Scotia’s first municipal consolidation in over 20 years is gaining attention as, potentially, a new model for consolidating two already stable and viable municipalities that are convinced they can achieve even more by coming together. The […]

Introduction of Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, or Sexual Violence...

On November 1, 2019, employees on Prince Edward Island will be entitled to up to three (3) days leave with pay and an additional seven (7) days leave without pay if an employee, their minor child or a person for whom an employee is a primary caregiver of is a victim of domestic violence, intimate […]

Don’t Be a Materiality Scrape Goat

Contemplating selling your business? Considering entering into a purchase agreement? Materiality scrape provisions are something you should be keeping an eye out for. In many purchase agreements, vendors will make representations about what they are selling. These include a wide range of assurances— such as that it has good title to the assets/shares being sold, […]

September 24, 2019

Assisted Human Reproduction: The Use of Genetic Material Post-Separation

With advances in medical technology, the use of assisted human reproduction has increased significantly in the past 40 years, since the first child born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) was born.  The law has not kept pace with the changing medical and societal landscape.  A recent series of decisions across the country highlight the need […]

Newsflash: Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education Considering...

The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is considering expanding the equal pay provisions of the Labour Standards Code (the “Code”), and its ability to enforce compliance with the Code through the imposition of administrative penalties. The Code currently has equal pay provisions that prohibit employers from paying women differently from men for […]

August 16, 2019

So You Want to Start a Brewery or Distillery? Things...

Corporate Structure Consider the best ownership structure for you and your partners. Below are several options for how to set up your business and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each, taking into account factors such as personal liability and income tax implications. Sole Proprietorship One individual is the sole owner of the business. Advantages: […]

Nova Scotia: Can Offshore Aquaculture Be Our Culture?

The potential in Atlantic Canada for economically sustainable aquaculture has been well documented, but getting the industry to flourish remains a challenge and yet an opportunity for the governments in this region.