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Cannabis Report

September 26th, 2018

As of October 17, 2018, Canada will legalize the recreational use of cannabis. This legalization raises important legal and commercial issues with the United States, where Canadian and foreign companies, shareholders, directors, managers and employers cannot ignore the consequences.


Obtaining a Cannabis Producer Licence

September 25th, 2018

Everything you need to know about the process

Beginning on October 17, 2018, recreational cannabis will be legal in Canada. In order to meet the regulatory requirements for authorized cannabis producer or grower, entrepreneurs will have to be familiar with the key steps in the process.


Cannabis-Related Innovations: Strategies for Protecting Intellectual Property

September 25th, 2018

Protection of intellectual property rights is a key factor in a company’s efforts to obtain or maintain a competitive advantage. The situation is no different for companies in the cannabis industry. This article offers an overview of the various strategies for protecting IP that apply to cannabis-related innovations.


Obtaining Financing and the Inherent Challenges of the Cannabis Industry

September 25th, 2018

With the legalization of recreational cannabis this October 17th, there will be a spike in interest in the future production market and in the number of investors wishing to take advantage of this activity sector. However, obtaining the necessary capital to finance this industry in Canada is not as simple as it is in other activity sectors.


Provincial Elections: The Polls Are Opening

September 24th, 2018

What are the employers’ obligations?

On October 1st, 2018, provincial elections will be held in Québec. The Election Act sets out certain specific obligations for employers during a provincial election.


Cannabis and Commercial Leasing: Issues to Consider

September 24th, 2018

Whether you are a commercial property owner, a qualified cannabis producer or a cannabis production property owner, caution is necessary when business and cannabis cross paths.


Cannabis and Zoning Issues

September 24th, 2018

What impact will the legalization of cannabis have on zoning bylaws and municipalities? Where will recreational cannabis producers in Québec be able to establish their businesses? Where will the Société québécoise du cannabis be able to open its retail outlets? Zoning issues are crucial when it comes to cannabis.


Trademarks and Cannabis: Tailoring a Strategy

September 24th, 2018

You have decided to seize the opportunity that represents the cannabis market, its accessories or related services. You have come up with an original name and maybe even a logo under which you will be known. Before going any further, you will need to do some verification that goes well beyond what generally applies in this regard.


Cannabis: How to Balance Privacy Rights and the Employer’s Management Prerogative

September 24th, 2018

The legalization of cannabis involves privacy issues. Although cannabis use will obviously continue to have repercussions for society as a whole, the provisions of the Cannabis Act that will come into force on October 17, 2018, make it more a personal matter. From now on, every individual will have the freedom of choice to use it.


Random Drug Testing in the Workplace

September 24th, 2018

Beginning on October 17, 2018, Canadians will be permitted to freely obtain and use cannabis. In order for employers to adopt a random testing policy, they will have to show that there are enhanced safety risks in the particular workplace.


Registering Your Products on Amazon: Practical Trademark Considerations

September 20th, 2018

In order to better regulate the products sold on its platform and prevent illegal activities, Amazon has set up a trademark registry known as the Amazon Brand Registry.


Data breaches: Remember to Notify!

September 14th, 2018

As of November 1 2018, reporting data breaches to Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) and to the individuals whose data was compromised will be mandatory for organisations subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (“PIPEDA“). Failure to comply can cost up to $100,000.


CFIUS – Recent Additional Protectionist Measures Making Investments in the United States More Difficult

September 13th, 2018

Are you in the technology sector or infrastructure sector? Do you plan to make any acquisitions in the United States? Do you plan to do business with the US government? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you need to be aware of the changing obligations imposed on new investors by the US government through modifications to CFIUS.


Céline Tremblay is joining BCF’s intellectual property team!

September 4th, 2018

Previously a member of the Trademarks Opposition Board in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, she is joining our team as Consulting Trademark Agent.


New rights for employees with respect to leave and authorized absences

August 29th, 2018

Read the analysis of our specialists

Bill 176, which was adopted by the National Assemblye on June 12 2018, has introduced some major changes to the labour standards, in particular several amendments with respect to leaves and authorized absences.


BCF welcomes four experienced lawyers to its employment and labor law team

August 24th, 2018

Nicola Di Iorio, Geneviève Beaudin and Mélanie Sauriol join our team of partners.


The BCF Business Law team ranks again in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

August 21st, 2018

Twelve of BCF's members are chosen in the annual selection of Best Lawyers in Canada for the excellence of their practice and of the services they provide to their clients.


BCF welcomes 5 new lawyers in its team!

August 20th, 2018

We are very proud to train the best of the next generation and welcome them to our team of professionals.


Municipal By-Laws in the Airbnb Era

August 9th, 2018

Depending on the sectors concerned, as well as supply and demand, it could be financially attractive for developers to allow tenants and/or private unit owners to rent out their space on a short-term basis. It is important to note that since short-term rentals are considered commercial use, municipal taxation will be affected by the fact that the institutions holding a classification certificate will no longer be considered residential and will be taxed accordingly.


The End of the So-Called "Orphan" Clauses Relating to Pension Plans and Other Employee Benefits

July 24th, 2018

Bill 176, as adopted by the National Assembly, henceforth hinders the application of so-called "orphan" clauses which cause employees hired after a given date to be entitled to a pension plan and/or other employee benefits that are less advantageous compared to that to which employees hired before said date are entitled.


New obligations for personnel placement agencies and employers who retain their services

July 19th, 2018

Bill 176 adopted on 12 June 2018 notably reinforced the obligations for personnel placement agencies, recruitment agencies for temporary foreign workers as well as for employers who are retaining their services.


The new deadline for filing a harassment complaint is two years

July 17th, 2018

Among the provisions of Bill 176 is Section 42 which modifies the deadline for filing a complaint of psychological harassment. Applicable since June 12, 2018, the deadline is extended from 90 days to 2 years from the last incidence of the offending behaviour.


Yves Séguin Joins BCF as a Strategic Advisor

July 9th, 2018

With over 40 years of experience in business, government and institutions, Mr. Séguin is recognized for the extent of his business network and his in-depth understanding of regulatory issues, the machinery of government, and fiscal policy. A well known negotiator, he has participated in many major transactions.


Are Chinese industrial goods competing against your products in the United States?

June 21st, 2018

As of July 6, 2018, 818 of those products will be subject to a 25% additional tariff. If you are a Canadian industrial products manufacturer exporting to the United States tariff free under North American Free Trade Agreement, perhaps this is a great opportunity to undercut your Chinese competitor.


International public procurements: interested?

June 15th, 2018

The agreement between Canada and the European Union increases access to new markets

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union establishes new rules and access for Canadian businesses to a public procurement market having an annual value of CA$ 2.7 trillion.



June 8th, 2018

With this partnership, BCF Venture’s funding initiative is destined to promote a great trend of investment in pre-seed startups in Canada and allow them to better support the next generation of entrepreneur talents operating in the fintech industry.


BCF supported Troilus Gold Corp. in the completion of $15,757,216 private placement of flow-through shares

June 7th, 2018

Our partner Marc-André Godard contributed to the success of Troilus Gold Corp’s major transaction. The gross proceeds of the offering are to be used by Troilus to incur Canadian exploration expenses on its Troilus gold and copper project located in Québec.


Student Summer Work: Does a Lower Salary Constitute Discrimination?

June 5th, 2018

Students hired for the summer period could be entitled to the same hourly rate as the employees they replace, if their work is equivalent. Last month, the Human Rights Tribunal of Quebec ruled in favour of this request. An overview of the serious consequences for employers.


Aluminum and Steel: Impacts of Canada-US Commercial Relations

June 4th, 2018

What you need to know about recent NAFTA negotiations

The latest changes in Canada-US commercial relations have a significant impact on the aluminum industry. Read the article of our expert to find out more.


Best Practices for Québec Companies Receiving European Data

May 30th, 2018

As far as adequacy recognition by the European Commission is concerned, Québec companies are caught in a grey zone when transferring their data to another jurisdiction – probably as a result of oversight. Appropriate safeguards must be put in place to avoid unpleasant EU sanctions.


The challenges of agri-food marketing under CETA

May 29th, 2018

Be careful – some European geographical indications are protected under the Agreement.


BCF plays a major role in the acquisition of a Québec cannabis producer by Emerald Health Therapeutics

May 25th, 2018

BCF is proud to have represented Emerald Health Therapeutics in its acquisition of Agro-Biotech, a Québec-based cannabis producer.


Anonymization? Think Again

May 23rd, 2018

Caution is advised when considering anonymization to circumvent the rigid data collection, use and communication requirements set out in Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or in Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).



May 17th, 2018


The BCF Business Law's partners are pooling their resources to drive the growth of technology startups and create Québec's very first Super Angel Fund.


BCF unveils its second cohort of BCF Imagine

May 17th, 2018

In addition to celebrating the first anniversary of BCF Imagine, the 10 startups selected to be part of the second cohort were unveiled yesterday.


What we should retain from the recent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada

May 10th, 2018

Three important findings stand out in recent judgments of the country's highest court. Be aware of these key elements when you're appealing from a decision in administrative law.


BCF, a proud partner in the success of the first Sport'Aide's benefit cocktail

May 2nd, 2018

The benefit auction raised $27,425!

The first Sport'Aide benefit cocktail was presided by our partner Serge LeBel and raised $27,425 to support Sport'Aide's mission.


The Deep Web and Dark Web demystified for businesses

April 20th, 2018

Among the multitude of platforms from which transactions are concluded, the Deep Web and Dark Web are currently at the heart of some of the most important commercial activities. It is in the interest of your business to pay attention to this, both for prevention of cyberattacks and for due diligence.


Marijuana Legalization: What to expect for employers?

April 19th, 2018

Since the federal government has announced its bill on cannabis legalization, many employers are concerned, rightly so, by the impending impacts in the workplace. Here are important things to keep in mind as you manoeuver with the new legislation.


The GDPR is Coming: How to Get Ready

April 17th, 2018

8 measures that organisations should take to become compliant

Recently there has been much concern – some justified, some less so – about the coming into force on May 25, 2018 of the General Data Protection Regulation. While the regulation should be taken seriously and organisations brought into compliance with the new law, there is no reason to panic.


Protection of personal data: new measures put in place by the European Union

April 9th, 2018

Is your business affected? If so, how to comply?

Interviewed by La Presse, our lawyers Didier Culat and Nicolas St-Sauveur comment on the new European measures to which Québec SMEs doing business in Europe will have to comply.


Is your organisation collecting too much data and is it well protected?

April 6th, 2018

The Cambridge Analytica case reminds us that organizations need more than ever to protect the information they collect. Is there a foolproof way to ensure good data management or is a leak inevitable? Overview of the steps to take to better protect the data collected by your company.


The impact of sanctions on your plans for expansion

April 4th, 2018

Export? Yes, but what? Where? To whom? Why? - Continued

It is of the essence, before you engage in any international transaction, to be aware of the sanctions that may apply to the country toward which you export, or the persons involved. Our experts can help you keep up to date and establish appropriate processes and policies.


BCF - Dedicated to your growth

April 3rd, 2018

BCF is at the heart of Quebec's entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem. Every day, we accompany clients in their strategic operations. Here is a summary of the year 2017 highlights of the firm.


Smart contracts to enable automated transactions

March 23rd, 2018

One of the promising applications of blockchain

Transactions made with blockchains not only ensure data safety, but also automate the terms of an undertaking. Our Blockchain team has scrutinized these smart contracts.


BCF at the forefront of Delma Group's listing

March 23rd, 2018

The BCF team is proud to have assisted Delma Group, a real estate Montreal company, in its approval for listing.


Bill 176 modifying the labor standards: significant impacts for employers

March 22nd, 2018

An analysis of our labor and employment law team of the impacts of the draft law on employers following its tabling in the National Assembly on March 20, 2018.