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On May 29, 2020, the B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued Ministerial Order No. M179 (the “Order”) which has broad sweeping implications for numerous commercial tenancies in the Province. The preamble to the Order outlines one of the purposes of the Order which is that “measures are needed to prevent the eviction of small business tenants” ...

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Further to our previous blog post, additional information has been provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA). Details of this information can be viewed here

Recapping our previous post, under the voluntary program, loans will be provided to qualifying commercial ...

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments across Canada have put measures in place to slow the spread, but which have also had a significant impact on business. The purpose of this post is to provide an overview of the powers available to the Government of Alberta to respond to the pandemic, and most notably, those available under the Alberta Emergency Management Act ...

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Further to our previous blog post, Prime Minister Trudeau announced today further details regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA). Details of the announcement can be viewed here.  

Under the voluntary program, loans will be provided through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to qualifying commercial landlords to cover 50 ...

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Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of businesses are seeking some form of rent relief from their landlords.

When negotiating a rent relief agreement, there is a balance to be struck between providing meaningful relief to a tenant so that its business has a better chance of long term survival, while still allowing the landlord to meet its ongoing ...

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On April 15, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued a Ministerial Order which permits all strata corporations to hold electronic annual and general meetings (i.e via Skype, Zoom, etc.), even if the strata corporation has no specific bylaw passed enabling it to be held this way. This order helps address the controversy over the use of these methods ...

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Developers of residential real estate projects in B.C. have been faced with a number of legal and practical challenges as they attempt to navigate the repercussions of the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Among other things, developers have been required to find new and safe ways to operate their construction sites, administer rental buildings, complete home ...

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Prime Minister Trudeau announced today that the Canadian government is working with the provinces and territories to develop a national program to provide support to help small businesses with their rent for the months of April, May and June. Mr. Trudeau and his provincial and territorial counterparts will hold a telephone meeting on Thursday evening to further discuss ...

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Further to our previous blog post, BC Housing has released details regarding eligibility and has launched the application process of the recently created BC Temporary Rental Supplement Program.

The program will provide a temporary rental supplement for April, May and June, 2020 and will be paid directly to landlords. The program gives $300 per month for eligible ...

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Even during these unprecedented times, a strata corporation’s obligations continue. Strata councils face both the challenge of how to continue with their usual vital business, such as:

  • holding annual general meetings (AGMs) or special general meetings (SGMs) to approve special levies for critical repairs and rising insurance costs
  • making 2-5-10 warranty claims
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