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Termination Pay in Ontario

One of the most important issues that arises when an employer dismisses an employee in Ontario relates to notice pay. Often commonly referred to as severance pay, termination pay or a severance package, notice pay is owed to employees who have lost their job through no fault of their own. In this post, we will be discussing some of the basics of notice pay, including wrongful dismissal, the accuracy of online severance pay calculators, and the value that an employment lawyer can bring to anyone who has been recently dismissed from their place of employment. 

Ontario condominium law: Are all the rules legal?

Condominium living can come with a lot of rules. Ontario residents may wonder whether some of those rules are legal under condominium law. For instance, there are rules that stipulate what paint colours can be used in a unit or the colour of window coverings, and what pets can and can't share the space. But do condo boards have the right to impose these rules? 

Basically, the answer hinges on two premises: what the rule actually speaks to and what means are used to adopt the rule. The bottom line is that rules can stipulate the use of individual units and common areas of the building. So, the condo corporation does have some say over what people can do in their own units. These rules are adopted by condo boards and handed out to owners, who then have 30 days to speak to the issues at hand.

Shared Common Elements in a Condominium - An explanation of POTL and CECC

Condominium developers may be required by the City to purchase a Parcel of Tied Land ("POTL"), as authorized in the Condominium Act, 1998 (the "Act"), to be tied to their common elements. Conversely, condominium owners currently enjoying an informal arrangement of shared costs for common elements may want to formalize it by exploring a Common Elements Condominium Corporation ("CECC"). What is a POTL and a CECC, how are they linked, and what are the advantages of having them if you are a condominium developer or condominium owner? 

Interim Occupancy Fees Related to a New Build Condominium Purchase

When a purchaser buys a newly constructed condominium unit, the builder will often allow them to move in prior to being able to transfer legal title to the property.  This occurs in almost all new build condominiums since the legal process required to declare a condominium building requires a survey of the finished product. This is also known as "interim occupancy", when an occupancy permit is available.

Resealing of Foreign Orders Appointing Guardians

This blog was written in collaboration with David Morgan Smith at Hull and Hull LLP. 

In some cases, an incapable person residing outside of Canada has assets in Canada. Can a guardian appointed outside of Canada have access to the incapable's Canadian assets? By extension, would a Guardianship Order made outside of Canada be recognized in Ontario?

Licensing Requirements for Private Cannabis Retail Stores

On October 17, 2018, the Ontario government passed Bill 36 - the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018. Among other things, the new legislation enacted the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018, which regulates the licensing, operations, and oversight of private cannabis retailers in Ontario.

At this time, recreational cannabis can only be purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation. However, as of April 1, 2019, recreational cannabis will be sold at physical stores in municipalities across Ontario (with the exception of municipalities which decide to opt out of permitting brick-and-mortar stores).

Does the "polluter pays" principle hold up? - Roxie Graystone speaks to Law Times

The "polluter pays" principle states that the party who caused the contamination should be held responsible to pay for the costs of that contamination. It is one of the foundational principles of environmental law in Canada. However, there are other principles at work in Canada's environmental law regime and a recent Ontario case is an implicit recognition of those principles.

New Build Condo Closing Costs: Tarion And Utilities

For our final post in our series on closing costs for new build condos, we will take a look at more complex costs that are payable upon closing. In previous weeks, we looked at the down payment and legal fees, as well as applicable taxes. This week we'll look at Tarion, development charges and utilities.

As listed on the New In Homes website, additional closing costs also include fees for warranties (called a Tarion), development charges and setting up your gas and hydro within the unit. These fees can vary depending on where in Ontario you have purchased your unit, and the exact size and build of the condominium.

The complex process of buying a business

If you are an entrepreneur at heart, chances are you have been waiting for the right opportunity to come along. The thought of buying a business may be intimidating, but it can also be exhilarating when you are ready to take the big step. Before you invest what is likely a sacrificial amount of money, you may want some tips for finding just the right business to suit you.

It is not enough to purchase the first Ottawa business that becomes available or to search in one particular neighbourhood. There are numerous factors that can combine to improve the chances of success for your new venture.

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