Mortgage Stress Test – Update

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) announced a number of new mortgage rules which came into effect on January 1, 2018. The new rules, which affect all Canadians renewing or refinancing a mortgage, will require…

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Firm Moves – Paul Barbeau

March 2018 has been a busy month for Barbeau Evans LLP lawyer, Paul Barbeau.  Paul was appointed by the Hon. Andrew Wilkinson, as the Leader’s Representative to the Party Executive of the BC Liberal Party.  The Party Executive manages the…

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Private Placements in Canada

Canadian Securities regulations generally restrict a company from selling its securities without filing a prospectus, with the applicable securities regulator(s). As the preparation and filing of a prospectus is a time consuming and costly process, it is often…

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One Year Left for Society Transition

Societies Act – Transition Deadline of November 2018 is Fast Approaching! In May of 2015, the British Columbia Government enacted the Societies Act (the “Act”), which requires all societies in British Columbia to transition by November 28th, 2018. The…

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Canadian Charity Compliance

The Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) has produced a number of charitable registration and charity compliance videos, that are very helpful for Canadian charities dealing with the following issues: How Do I Chose the Right Charity; Gifting and Receipting;…

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Joanna Elliott, BBA, LL.B. (Hons) Joins Barbeau Evans LLP

Joanna Elliott is the newest addition to our team, joining our firm in September of 2017 as a Legal Assistant.  Joanna is a recent international Law School graduate, who is currently working through the accreditation process to becoming a…

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Foreign Buyer Tax – An Australian Perspective

British Columbia and Ontario have both recently instituted a Foreign Buyers Tax (B.C.) (the “FBT”) and a Non Resident Speculation Tax (Ontario) (the “NRST”), in an effort to address escalating home price and, arguably, the general supply imbalance.…

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Multiple Wills and Probate Fees in British Columbia

Multiple Wills have been utilized for multi-jurisdictional estate planning for a very long time. More recently, multiple Wills have been utilized in the Province of Ontario, for managing Probate Fees which are calculated on the value of the…

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Expatriation Tax Implications of Renouncing US Citizenship or Surrendering a Green Card

Many residents of Canada have connections to the US, ranging from business interests, ownership of recreational or retirement properties, children attending US colleges, etc.  Furthermore, there are many US individuals residing in Canada, also for reasons of work,…

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