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Is it Time to Incorporate Your Business?

At some point in time, every business owner considers whether or not his or her business should be incorporated. The structure of a business is fluid and may change with time. Often small businesses initially take the form of a sole proprietorship or partnership but, as they evolve, a corporate structure is adopted to grow […]

Update on Temporary Ban on Evictions of Commercial Tenants

Below is an update to my previous blog, Temporary Ban on Evictions of Commercial Tenants Extended, posted on October 20, 2020. The temporary ban on commercial evictions, which was originally introduced in June 2020, has been further extended. In December 2020, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 (the “Act”) received […]

Temporary Ban on Evictions of Commercial Tenants Extended

An updated version of this blog was posted on March 2, 2021. On October 1, 2020, the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020 (the “Act”) came into force. The Act amends the Commercial Tenancies Act to prohibit landlords from taking certain actions against their commercial tenants if the landlord is or would be eligible […]

Ontario Government Introduces the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business

The Government of Ontario is making funding available to support small business and registered charitable organization customers who are having difficulty paying their energy bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB), eligible small businesses and registered charities will receive a one-time, on-bill credit to help them […]

Upcoming Changes to Ontario’s Franchise Legislation

The Ontario government recently confirmed that the long-awaited amendments to the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, and the General Regulation, O. Reg. 581/00, made under the Act will be coming into force on September 1, 2020. Franchisors are welcoming these changes, which provide clarity to certain provisions of the legislation. In general, these amendments: […]

Ontario Announces Stage 3 Reopening – Nearly All Businesses May Reopen

Premier Doug Ford announced this week that 24 regions in the Province of Ontario, including the Ottawa Public Health unit region, may enter Stage 3 of the provincial reopening framework this Friday, July 17, 2020. On Friday, beginning at 12:01 a.m., nearly all businesses and public spaces in the affected regions will be able to […]

Government Announces New Programs to Help Small Businesses Go Digital

On June 11, 2020, the federal and Ontario governments unveiled a $57-million investment in the Digital Main Street platform that will assist up to 22,900 Ontario businesses to create and improve their online presence. The news release can be found here. The following three programs will be offered to businesses through the Digital Main Street […]

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