Municipalities’ pre-emptive rights

The adoption on June 9, 2022 of the Act to amend various legislative provisions mainly with respect to housing gave the cities and municipalities as well as the public transit corporations and intermunicipal authorities of the province of Québec the power to grant a pre-emptive right in their favour to certain immovable properties within their territory; the Act amends the Charter of Ville de Montréal, metropolis of Québec, the Cities and Towns Act, the Municipal Code of Québec and the Act respecting public transit authorities, among others, accordingly. It should be noted that, until the adoption of this Act, the City of Montréal was the only city in Québec to have such a power.

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The importance of board chair succession planning: the board chairs of professional bodies are guardians of the legitimacy and credibility of their boards

Chairing the board of directors of a professional body (also known as a “professional order” in Quebec) entails much more than just directing its work. Board chairs exercise legal, strategic and political roles and responsibilities. The board chair’s crucial role in maintaining an effective board makes succession planning an essential part of good governance for any professional body.

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Modernization of the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector: what employers need to know

Employers are subject to a number of new obligations as a result of the modernization of the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector (the “Act”), the new provisions of which will come into force over a three-year period (from September 2022 to September 2024). Below are some of the amendments that may require employers to adapt their processes and practices to comply with the new requirements of the Act. 

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BIM: a tool for substantiating a claim

The use of Building Information Modelling, commonly known as BIM, is becoming increasingly widespread in both public and private construction projects. BIM is traditionally seen as a tool used for the digital representation of various physical and functional aspects of a project. It serves as a communication and coordination tool which promotes increased collaboration between stakeholders and should therefore reduce the number of problems encountered during construction projects. Some of the problems that could be avoided with the proper use of BIM include issues stemming from interdisciplinary coordination of drawings and specifications, issues related to in-situ conditions, issues caused by owner-initiated changes and several other unexpected issues that may arise on-site.

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Letters of intent for the acquisition of an enterprise: their purpose and the obligations they create

This article appeared in French the October 2022 issue of the Journal des Parcs industriels published by the Corporation des parcs industriels du Québec.

A letter of intent is the generally recommended formal first step in transactions involving the acquisition of one or more businesses. Although the content may vary depending on what the parties agree to, this article provides an overview of the usual contents of a letter of intent and the obligations it creates for the parties concerned.

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