Current affairs

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.


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.


2018 Federal Budget – Analysis of Passive Investment Income's mesures

March 20th, 2018

The proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act essentially concern the measures relating to passive investment income of corporations. These new modifications will have an impact on the small business deduction and will tighten the requirements for reimbursable dividend tax on hand.


2018 Federal Budget : New Filing Requirements for Trusts and Other Obligations

March 13th, 2018

Trusts which did not have filing obligations in the past may be subject to the new reporting requirements starting 2021.


BCF recognized among Canada's Best Managed Companies

March 8th, 2018

The firm is a member of the Platinum Club.

We are the only law firm in Québec to have received this high honour!


The important questions you need to ask yourself before exporting

February 28th, 2018

What? Where? To whom? Why?

It is of the essence, before you engage in any international transaction, to proceed with an analysis of goods and technology, to ensure that the required permits are obtained. You also need to be aware of the sanctions that may apply to the country toward which you export, or the persons involved. Experts can help you develop and implement a plan for carrying out your international expansion so that you can rest easy.


BCF is pleased to announce that tax lawyer Héléna Gagné has joined its Wealth Protection team

February 19th, 2018

A prominent young tax lawyer, Héléna joins a team that includes some of the best experts in Quebec in tax planning, estate planning and wealth protection.


Ilya Kalnish honoured at the Client Choice Awards 2018 for a second consecutive year!

February 19th, 2018

Since 2005 this prestigious legal award has been recognizing firms and their partners for excellence in terms of their abilities and their client service.


If you sell online via your website, make sure that you adapt your practices for collecting your customers’ personal information

February 15th, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force in May 2018; it imposes many new requirements on enterprises that collect data on their European clients. Make sure you are ready.


Preserving the identity of your company after you’ve sold it

February 13th, 2018

A frequently asked question

Our lawyer and partner Julie Doré discusses in La Presse Affaires an issue that is important to those entrepreneurs who want to ensure that the business they created continues to reflect their values after it is sold to someone else.


Entrepreneur or executive: Who will have access to your will?

February 8th, 2018

When your father dies, you find out that he bequeathed his entire estate to his new wife and named her liquidator of the succession. She refuses to let you see the will. What can you do?


BCF shifts towards urban mobility!

February 1st, 2018

The firm subscribes to the STM and RTM employer programs in order to promote the use of public transit by its employees. Thanks to this initiative, it will become the official partner of the City of Montréal as part of its Sustainable Montréal development plan.


BCF to host the 1st edition of the Startup Innovation Forum

February 1st, 2018

The urban mobility was the theme of this Forum

The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, attended this first major rendezvous in 2018 between the business community and the newly-elected municipal administration.


BCF is proud to welcome five of its lawyers to the partnership

January 8th, 2018

These young lawyers are among the best of their generation in their respective practices. As talented as they are hard-working, they toil on a daily basis to put forth tangible solutions for our clients.



December 22nd, 2017

Amendment to the Act respecting duties on transfers of immovables.


Net neutrality threatened: The issues summarized

December 21st, 2017

The Internet has become the platform of choice for the exchange and sharing of ideas, and net neutrality advocates speak about a real attack on freedom of speech on the web that could have a tangible commercial impact on businesses that depend on the Internet and bandwidth for their commercial activities.


Increased power of local municipalities to impose direct taxes

December 6th, 2017

By adopting this Autonomy Act, the National Assembly has granted local municipalities governed by the Cities and Towns Act or the Municipal Code of Québec authorization to impose any municipal tax in its territory, provided it is a direct tax.


Annie Gauthier joins BCF as a partner

December 5th, 2017

She is one of the most respected lawyers in the field of technology and life sciences

Her presence adds to the many recognized talents on our business law team specializing in life sciences, and is further evidence of our leadership in this industry.


BCF and Montréal InVivo join forces to advise entrepreneurs

November 30th, 2017

Governance and marketing agreements are central to the issues faced by life sciences enterprises.

The first online training module is now available! André Morrissette, a partner in our firm, provides sound advice about governance, with a focus on training for a board of directors.