On July 17, 2020, the government of Canada (the “Government”) released details, as well as draft legislative proposals to amend, inter alia, the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “ITA”), in respect of a redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) program. The legislative proposals, in the form of Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures (“Bill C-20”), received Royal Assent on July 27, 2020, and are now law.
Each of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis recently published their insights on the impact that COVID-19 will have on corporate governance and provided guidance on what effect the pandemic may have on the application of some of their voting policies for the upcoming 2020 proxy season. Many of the global policy statements in these publications have relevance and implications for Canadian issuers, which we have summarized below.
IIROC announced this week that it is deferring collection of its fees for small and medium-size IIROC dealer member firms in light of the COVID-19 situation. The deferral will benefit almost 90% of all IIROC dealers, but will only apply as follows: