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Manitoba New Home Warranty Act – Will you be Ready for it?

The Manitoba provincial government has proclaimed the New Home Warranty Act and Regulation to come into force as of January 1, 2018. As a new home buyer, a builder or a lender, you should start to familiarize yourselves with the new rules and requirements, so that you are not caught off guard.  The following is a basic overview of the new regulatory scheme: In most… Read More »

Rent Guidelines for 2018

The Manitoba Government has set the rent increase guideline – being the amount by which landlords can increase the rent of units without applying to the branch – to 1.3% effective January 1, 2018. There are certain residential units that are exempt from the rent increase guidelines, including: units renting for more than $1,475 a month as of December 31, 2017 units managed by, or… Read More »

Federal versus Provincial Incorporation

As a new business, one of the questions facing a business owner is whether you should incorporate at the provincial or federal level. There are of course benefits to either option and it is up to the individual owner to determine which fits their corporation best.  Incorporating federally has some benefits, one of which is that the corporation has the right to carry on business… Read More »

Why Should I Keep My Corporate Records Up To Date?

With the hustle and bustle of everyday business life, business owners sometimes forget about little things, including corporate record maintenance. Managing your corporate affairs should also include managing your corporate record maintenance, and in particular, the legal aspects of maintenance. There are many changes that may seem simple that occur during a corporation’s life cycle, such as officers and directors of the corporation changing, changing… Read More »

Drug Use in the Workplace

With the pending legalization of marijuana in 2018, many employers are concerned about how they can best manage the potential risks created by employees who use marijuana as well as other drugs. A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada gives employers greater guidance in workplace policies to effectively manage the risks associated with employee drug use. In Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp,… Read More »

Buying a Home: Land Transfer Tax

Land transfer tax is paid by a buyer of real estate in Manitoba. There are only very limited exceptions to the payment of land transfer tax. For example, an “interspousal” transfer of land between spouses or common-law partners is typically exempt from land transfer tax, and the sale of farmland to another farmer, as defined by the applicable legislation, who will use the land for… Read More »

 
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