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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Mortgage Stress Tests in Canada

The Canadian government is trying to cool the hot real estate markets in metropolitan cities such as Vancouver and Toronto, by rolling out new rules on mortgage lending.  The most recent of these measures, are the rules implemented…

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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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Charities Update – Canada

Recent Canadian Charity News: Official donation receipts must now include the name and website address of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Following the move to the canada.ca website, official donation receipts will need to be updated with the…

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Purchase of Real Property and the “Lawyer Approval” Clause

In recent years, some Canadian cities have experienced a dynamic shift in their housing market. Market factors such as a strong global economy, an increased desire amongst foreign buyers to own Canadian real property, the influx of out…

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Barbeau Evans LLP – Fall 2017 Law Brief

To learn more about Multiple Wills and Probate Fees in British Columbia, the Foreign Buyer’s Tax, Anti-SPAM Law and the suspension of the Private Right of Action, as well recent developments at Barbeau Evans LLP, please see 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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