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Rental Fairness Act Improves life for tenants and global assignees

On March 8, 2017, All Points reported on what was then a little known loophole for landlords to raise rents above rental rate guidelines, if the property was first occupied for residential purposes after November 1, 1991.  Please see this article here:  http://www.allpointsrelocation.com/articles/landlords-rent-control-loophole/ Shortly after our relo-lert, this fact became well reported in the media,…

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Non-Resident Speculation Tax and how it affects relocation. What you should know!

Non-Resident Speculation Tax and how it affects relocation.  What you should know! All Points’ clients have been asking about the new Non-Resident Speculation Tax in Ontario. So, we wanted to share our preliminary summary of it, as soon as we could. Here are the keys points: The new tax was announced on April 20 as…

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For Mental Health Awareness Week: a new tool in the toolkit!

For Mental Health Awareness week, we thought we would step away from relocation issues and give voice to what is truly one of the most important weeks of the year. Too many people suffer from poor mental health and one of the best ways to combat this is through the use of psychotherapy. Unfortunately many…

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Express Entry Tilts towards greater French Language Proficiency

There has been an adjustment to Canada’s Express Entry application intake system, which represents a big change for immigration in Canada.  It will now award more points to those who have strong French language ability, who are applying for permanent residence.  This will come into effect on June 6, 2017. How is it different than…

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Relocation benefits may be taxable.

Canada Relocation: Do you hold relocation benefits open for one year?

Canada Relocation: Do you hold your relocation benefits open for one year?  You may want to qualify them. It is very common in many relocation policies to allow benefits to be available for one year.  Very often this one year provision was intended to assist with origin properties that took long periods to sell.  Unfortunately,…

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Rent control loophole

Landlords find “loophole” to Rent Control in Ontario

Landlords find “loophole” to Rent Control in Ontario Most people are under a misunderstanding about Rent Control in Ontario.  They believe that landlords can only increase rental rates each year according to guidelines as set out by the Ministry.  And it is true that this is the case for many rentals, however…. A little known…

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nighttime for small accounts in Canada

What happened to small volume relocation clients at Brookfield Relocation?

In an unprecedented move in the relocation industry, Brookfield Global Relocation Services has sold its small and medium size corporate accounts.  Brookfield is reportedly doing this so it can fo­cus on serving larger clients and government business, according to several sources.   All Points has always benefited from the business of small to medium volume…

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Toronto rents increase at fast pace

Everyone knows about Toronto’s hot housing market, so it should come as no surprise when there is a spillover effect into the rental market. As a Destination Services specialist, All Points saw an almost unprecedented low number of rentals on the market this summer contributing not only to higher rental rates, but an extreme challenge…

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How will Vancouver’s 15% tax on foreign buyers affect relocation?

In its ongoing attempt to rein in the runaway price increases in Vancouver’s hot real estate market, the BC government has introduced legislation that taxes foreign nationals an extra 15 per cent when buying real estate there. The legislation became effective on August 2. Effects: It should be said that this is a punitive tax. …

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Vancouver Mayor’s proposal could affect Domestic Secondments and Global Assignments

Vancouver’s mayor has announced that the city is looking at imposing a tax on vacant homes. Depending on how the proposed law is written this could increase the cost of domestic secondments and global assignments. However, we first have to remind ourselves of CRA guidelines for such assignments. What are the CRA Guidelines regarding assignments?  …

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