To date, Canada has not seen large-scale environmental class actions, as found in the U.S., since the Canadian class action regime is more restrictive. Environmental class actions are available for claims involving a reduction in property values as a result of pollution, but currently are not available for health claims.
Provincial employment law in Canada is based on a workers’ compensation program under which workers can recover for their injuries from centrally administered funds, but are prevented from suing their employers for injuries or health problems sustained on the job. The funds can, in turn, commence subrogated claims in the names of the workers against the parties responsible for the injuries and health problems (as was done with asbestos claims).
While civil litigation involving land contamination, health effects from pollution, or other environmental damages is available, the use of punitive damages in Canada is more limited than in the U.S., and tort claims are often subject to court-imposed caps.
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Canada’s first set of harmonized derivatives rules (trade reporting) published by three provinces: Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba
As mandatory reporting of OTC derivative contracts to trade repositories (TRs) (one of the G20 commitments) takes effect globally, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”), the Quebec Autorité des marchés financiers (the “AMF”) and the Manitoba Securities Commission (the “MSC”) on November 14, 2013, simultaneously published the first province-specific set of harmonized derivatives rules (the “Rules”) in Canada.
In this presentation, Dentons' Jeff Bastien, Andrea Raso and Dana Hooker discuss the appropriate ways to deal with employee absence.
On November 7, 2013, the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) issued a Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations (“Staff Notice”) that provides guidance for companies considering a listing on the TSX.