On March 19th, the City of Montreal (the “City“) officially announced a modification to its By-law for a Diverse Metropolis, commonly referred to as By-law “20-20-20” (the “By-law“), for the purpose of easing some of the constraints imposed on real estate developers. This decision follows criticisms voiced by the official opposition and the Chamber of […]

On February 21, 2024, the National Assembly adopted Bill 31: An Act to amend various legislative provisions with respect to housing (the “Act“). According to the legislator, these amendments – made for the purpose of increasing Québec’s housing supply – provide for stricter regulation of rent increases in new constructions, introduce initiatives to expedite the […]

In Quebec, municipalities can levy property taxes on data centre equipment, as well as on other types of real estate and equipment. The terms of taxation are subject to various factors, including local tax policies, property value, and assessment by municipal authorities. We deem important inform our clients about the possible applicability to their sector, […]

In accordance with the Roberge v. Bolduc [1991] ruling, a title examination is an obligation of means. However, the legal professional responsible for researching property titles must perform its task prudently and diligently, which means that if elements lead it to believe that a more rigorous search is necessary, it must delve deeper into its […]

The meticulous maintenance of the co-ownership registers (hereinafter referred to as the “Registers“) by the board of directors of the syndicate of co-ownership (hereinafter the “Syndicate“) is of great importance. Indeed, it contributes to the proper functioning of buildings held in co-ownerships and helps prevent conflicts between co-owners and their Syndicate.  Let’s overview some important […]

Faced with the evolution of the practice of law and particularly the place that technology takes in daily life, the Government of Québec adopted, on October 24, 2023, a law whose name is quite revealing of its objective:  the Act to modernize notarial practice and promote access to justice (“Bill 34“).  Except for certain provisions […]

As a kick-off to our educational series, we delve into explaining one such crucial industry term, “Zero-Day Exploit.” In the increasingly sophisticated domain of cyber threats, the menace of Zero-Day Exploits has become hard to ignore. This cybersecurity phenomenon is notorious for its potential to create a significant wave of detrimental impacts across the cyber […]

As of September 14, 2023, owners of new purpose-built rental housing will benefit from a complete exemption from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The Prime Minister announced that the government is enhancing measures for rental housing, including not only apartment buildings, but also student residences and senior residences built for long-term rental. Under this […]

On March 21st, the Minister of Municipal Affairs presented to the National Assembly of Quebec Bill 16, entitled “An Act to amend the Act respecting land use planning and development and other provisions” (the “Bill”). The Bill is presented in the wake of the National Policy on Architecture and Land Use Planning unveiled in June […]

Update: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, announced on February 4, 2024, that the existing ban on foreign ownership of Canadian housing would be extended by an additional two years. Thus, the ban, currently set to expire on January 1, 2025, would be extended to January 1, 2027 by the […]