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Take Pride: Celebrating and accommodating inclusion

Jul 29, 2016

There are many reasons for employers to celebrate inclusion this week. A notable development is the amendments made by the Province of British Columbia on July 25th to the BC Human Rights Code to add “gender identity or expression” as a prohibited ground of discrimination.  These amendments provide an opportunity to reflect on inclusiveness in the workplace. 

Recent amendments to the Strata Property Act come into force

Aug 17, 2016

On July 28, 2016, amendments to the Strata Property Act (the “Act”) included in the Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2015 came into force, revising the requirements under the Act for authorizing the winding up of a strata corporation and cancellation of a strata plan.  These changes create new opportunities for the redevelopment of aging strata housing stock in British Columbia.

Update on Amendments to the Property Transfer Tax Act

Jul 26, 2016

The government of British Columbia has introduced Bill 28 – 2016 Miscellaneous Statutes (Housing Priority Initiatives) Amendment Act, 2016 (“Bill 28”) which will amend the Property Transfer Tax Act (British Columbia) (the “Act”) to require that foreign nationals, foreign-controlled corporations and certain trustees, pay an additional 15% property transfer tax (the “Additional Transfer Tax”) when purchasing residential property in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.