Recent legal news from Canada

On February 8, 2018, the federal government introduced the Impact Assessment Act (“IAA” or “Act”), federal legislation to replace Canada’s current environmental assessment legislation, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (“CEAA 2012”). The proposed IAA is the result of the federal government’s review of the scope and process of Canada’s federal environmental assessment legislation, which began with the establishment of an external Expert Panel in August 2016. View Full Post
In 2012, omnibus budget legislation (Bill C-38) was introduced by the previous Harper government, which included changes aimed at streamlining various federal environmental assessment (EA) review and regulatory processes. As part of its 2015 election platform, the federal Liberals promised to review these changes with a view to restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards. View Full Post
BC’s hourly minimum wage will increase (again) effective June 1, 2018 By Donovan Plomp This morning, Premier John Horgan announced changes to BC’s minimum wage. The current hourly minimum wage of $11.35 was implemented on September 15, 2017. This rate will increase as follows: June 1, 2018 will increase by $1.30 to $12.65 June 1, 2019 will increase by $1.20 to $13.85 June 1, 2020 will increase by $0.75 to $14.60 June 1, 2021 will increase by $0.60 to $15.20 As reported by the provincial government (here), the gradual increases are intended to “allow employers time to plan and absorb additional labour costs.” The announced increases pertains only to the hourly minimum wage. View Full Post
On February 6, 2018, the federal government announced proposed amendments to the Fisheries Act (the Act), as we summarized here. In furtherance of the federal government’s reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples, the proposed amendments provide opportunities to increase and strengthen the role of Indigenous groups in decision-making under the Act, which includes the potential for an increased role in project reviews, monitoring and policy development. View Full Post
Mes collègues Jillian Hyslop, Tracey Stott, Kristin Wall et Jordana Sanft ont fait un aperçu des principales nouvelles de l’année 2017 dans le secteur pharmaceutique. Il y a eu plusieurs changements dans la jurisprudence et aussi à la législation. Selon moi, le plus important développement dans la jurisprudence est la mort de la doctrine de la promesse, sur laquelle mon collègue Brian Daley a écrit en grand détail. View Full Post
On February 6, 2018, the federal government announced amendments to the Fisheries Act (the “Act”) aimed at restoring what it describes as ‘lost protections” and “incorporating modern safeguards” to protect fish and fish habitat. The Act, regarded as one of Canada’s principal environmental laws as it is the primary federal statute governing fisheries resources in Canada, includes important provisions for conserving and protecting fish and fish habitat that affect a variety of industries. View Full Post