Earlier this year, Walker Law published an article on its website discussing Bhasin v Hrynew; a case from the Supreme Court of Canada which is the highest court in the country.
Last year, in celebration of our firm’s tenth anniversary, we provided a list of the top ten new laws that would be affecting Ontarians.
Under the Residential Tenancies Act (“RTA”), landlords may only evict tenants for certain reasons. However, in a hot rental market, landlords may falsify reasons to evict a tenant, so that the unit may be renovated and re-rented at a much higher price. This is known as a “renoviction”.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the economy has been struggling to maintain the balance between continued delivery of essential services and the need to promote physical distancing. Ontario’s court system has been trying to balance public health concerns with the need to continue promoting access to justice.
Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been concerned about the Novel Coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause influenza-like symptoms in humans. An interesting characteristic of Coronaviruses is that they are “zoonotic”, meaning they can be transferred between humans and animals.
In our December post, we provided information on laws that you may see in 2020. As we celebrate our 10th year, we're detailing the ten laws that already have or will definitely change this year.
Federal Tax Changes
The basic amount that most Canadians can earn tax- free increased on January 1 to $13,229 from $12,298, which may result in tax savings of up to $140 in 2020.
Changes to the Divorce Act
The majority of changes will be effective July 1, 2020. The changes include updated criteria to determine a child’s best interests in custody cases and measures to address family violence when making parenting arrangements.
Amendment to the Canada Business Act to include Diversity
Public corporations incorporated under this Act are required to report diversity of directors and senior management, which includes visible minorities.
Virtual Currency Dealers Must Register with the Federal Government: By June 1, 2020, they must meet the same client identification, record keeping, and reporting requirements as banks and credit unions.
Amendments to Comparison Countries Regarding Drug Pricing
By July 1, 2020, Canada will remove countries such as the United States and Switzerland for comparing and determining drug pricing and will add countries with similar populations such as Spain and Australia.
No more out of country health insurance
Those who become ill while travelling cannot claim the $400 a day maximum covering of emergency care or the $50 a day maximum for emergency outpatient services such as an MRI.
Restrictions on vaping products
Convenience stores and gas stations are banned from promoting vaping products.
Cancel Increase in Minimum Wage
By October 1, 2020, Ontario’s $14 minimum wage will be adjusted to the rate of inflation, but will not increase to the predetermined $15.
Dogs on Restaurant Patios
Restaurants and bars are permitted to allow dogs on patios where low-risk foods such as beer are served.
Phasing out the red and white health cards
As of July 1, 2020, the red and white health cards will be phased out. When photo ID cards were announced in 1994, it was estimated that $65 million in fraudulent health claims were made each year using red and white cards. Now, it is estimated that roughly 300,000 red and white health cards remain in circulation. If you are still in possession of a red and white health card, you should take the steps below:
Tanya Walker obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University in 2005 and her Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Economics from McMaster University in 2002. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006. Tanya is currently serving a term as Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario; elected by her peers as not only the first Black elected female Bencher from Toronto, in the 220-year history of the Law Society, but also as one of the youngest sitting Benchers.
Tanya is a frequent speaker on legal issues to the Toronto Community and regularly appears on the CTV Show, Your Morning as a legal expert. She has also been named in the 2017 and 2018 Lexpert Guides as one of the Leading Lawyers to Watch in Corporate/Commercial Litigation and is also the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Business Enterprise of the Year Award.
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2020 is likely to bring in some new laws and amendments that could affect everything from internships to a crackdown on parking spots and a possible reversal on pit bull ownership in Ontario.
Many people are surprised at the conclusion of their lawsuit when they receive a bill from their lawyer that is much higher than they expected. If you receive a bill from your lawyer that you believe is unfair, there is a process in place to address your concerns called an assessment hearing.
In February 2019, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion published a report addressing the important role senior management and leaders play in promoting diversity and inclusion.