To Control or Not Control, Part #2: Recent Developments in “Owner” Liability Under the OHSA

This blog continues our exploration of the potential employment law consequences stemming from the degree of control a party exerts within a variety of business and project structures. In an earlier blog, our employment law group outlined the risk for franchisors when taking too much control over their franchisees’ businesses and the potential employment liability consequences […]

Ontario Court of Appeal Gives Drunk Drivers a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

Personal Injury lawyers and their clients are all too familiar with the carnage and suffering caused by impaired drivers.  Canada has the worst rate of drunk-driving deaths in the developed world. Transport Canada estimates over 1,000 fatalities, and more than 60,000 injuries, every year from collisions involving drunk drivers. Unfortunately, a recent decision by the […]

In-Trust For Accounts: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In-Trust For Accounts have become a common way for parents and grandparents to set aside money to finance their children or grandchildren’s post-secondary education. A parent or grandparent simply opens up an account at a financial institution for the benefit of their child or grandchild for educational expenses, with no formal written trust deed in […]

What is a PPSA Registration?

We frequently work with small businesses on a variety of matters, from leasing to employment contracts. As the business becomes more successful, plans often turn to expansion and our clients will meet with their bank to obtain financing. Without a property to mortgage, they are usually concerned about what they can offer the bank to […]

Step-Parent Obligations to Pay Child Support

It can be surprising to stepparents to learn that they could have a child support obligation for a stepchild in the event of a separation. However, in a society where blended families are common, this is a very prevalent issue. The Child Support Guidelines provide that where a spouse against whom a child support order […]

The Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) To Be Proclaimed Into Force

On October 19, 2021, after an over ten-year delay, Ontario not-for-profit business owners will finally see the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) proclaimed into force. What is ONCA intended to do? ONCA is intended to replace the existing Ontario Corporations Act (OCA) (which currently governs over 50,000 Ontario not-for-profit corporations) to modernize how Ontario not-for-profit […]