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Ontario Seeks to Establish New Pricing Framework for Generic Drug Products

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently proposed amendments to the Regulations under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act, seeking to establish a new pricing framework for single and dual source generic drug products. This Update provides an overview of the proposed changes – and their potential impact.

Dec 1, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Investment Canada Act

The following are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the application, administration and enforcement of the Investment Canada Act. These FAQs and responses are of a general nature, and cannot be regarded as legal advice. 

November 2014

Antitrust Advisory: Search and Seizure

A search and seizure is a fast-paced and high-stakes situation requiring the right mix of preparation and cooperation. In this Antitrust Advisory, we highlight the top 10 dos and don’ts when responding to an unexpected visit from competition enforcers, ensuring you’re well equipped for whatever comes your way. 

Nov 27, 2014

OECD Considers Availability of Tax Treaty Benefits for Investment Funds, Pension Funds and Private Equity Funds

On November 21, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft that considers when tax treaty benefits should be granted to various investment funds, including collective investment vehicles, private equity funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. The discussion draft expands on the OECD’s prior work on preventing treaty abuse as part of its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Canada, together with other G20 countries, has committed to completing work on the BEPS project in 2015. Comments on the latest discussion draft may be provided by January 9, 2015. 

Nov 24, 2014

Antitrust Advisory: Cartels

The cornerstone of Canada’s Competition Act, the cartel offence is the top priority of the Competition Bureau. In this Antitrust Advisory, we take a closer look at cartel activity in Canada as well as the global enforcement effort, providing practical information to help you manage your risk. 

Nov 20, 2014

Countdown to CASL 2.0 – Computer Program Provisions Come into Force January 2015

On November 10, 2014, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission released guidance on the installation of computer programs under Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL). Notably, the guidance sets out when the Act applies to the installation of computer programs and states that "self-installed software is not covered under CASL."

Nov 14, 2014

Antitrust Advisory: What You Need to Know about Canada’s Bid-Rigging Offence

Bid-rigging is a criminal offence and enforcement action against companies and individuals is a top priority of the Canadian Competition Bureau. 

Nov 13, 2014

Landmark Decision Establishing New Duty to Act Honestly in Performing Contracts

In a landmark decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized a new duty on parties to perform contractual obligations honestly. In the Court’s words: “This means simply that parties must not lie or otherwise knowingly mislead each other about matters directly linked to the performance of the contract.” This Osler Update looks at the Court’s decision and examines its practical implications. 

Nov 13, 2014

Landmark Health Canada Study Finds No Definitive Link Between Wind Turbines and Human Health

Health Canada has released its long-anticipated findings in the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study – the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind in the world. This Update summarizes the key preliminary findings from the study – which found no association between exposure to wind turbine noise and illness, chronic disease, stress and sleep quality for those individuals who live near wind turbines – and examines their legal significance.

Nov 10, 2014