Real Estate & Construction

Real estate and construction companies operate in a highly competitive, increasingly complex environment. Skilled labour shortages, fluctuating interest rates, and other market-drivers must continuously be assessed in terms of both short- and long-term needs.

  • The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) to bring rent relief to small business tenants

    The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) to bring rent relief to small business tenants

    On April 24, 2020, the federal government announced that rent relief through the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) is on the way for small businesses experiencing financial...

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  • Construction and COVID-19: five practical next steps

    Construction and COVID-19: five practical next steps

    The coronavirus outbreak sweeping the country has made construction projects more unpredictable than ever. For construction owners and managers, the challenge is layered and specific to...

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  • Tax Alert – Commercial landlords offering rent deferrals may face tax consequences

    Tax Alert – Commercial landlords offering rent deferrals may face tax consequences

    Commercial landlords are generally required to account for GST/HST and QST at the time rent is payable under a lease agreement including any additional rent such as property taxes, even...

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  • Shifting to work safe and work smart during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Shifting to work safe and work smart during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Your business can follow these steps to protect your workers, clients, and productivity during the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Procurement and supply chain strategies during COVID-19

    Procurement and supply chain strategies during COVID-19

    Manage procurement and supply chain risk during COVID-19 with short and long-term strategies.

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  • Three Things You Need To Know If A Contract Is Breached Because Of COVID-19

    Three Things You Need To Know If A Contract Is Breached Because Of COVID-19

    Key information on contract breaches and COVID-19—covering force majeure clauses, claims for damages, and litigation.

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  • Four Key Disruptors In Canadian Commercial Real Estate

    Four Key Disruptors In Canadian Commercial Real Estate

    Canada’s commercial real estate market is going strong, but the competitive landscape is changing — and property owners need to be prepared. After a record-setting year in 2017, most major...

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  • Recent changes to AFFO and ACFO

    Recent changes to AFFO and ACFO

    Recent Changes to AFFO and ACFO. This past February, the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) announced a new financial accounting performance metric, in addition to modifying...

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  • The 2018 BDO global REIT report

    The 2018 BDO global REIT report

    BDO Global surveyed 35 REIT leaders from companies around the world about global changes to the REIT climate.

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  • How to speed up payments in the construction industry

    How to speed up payments in the construction industry

    Construction projects are expensive, and costs can rise due to slow or delayed payments. It’s estimated that can increase a project’s general costs by an additional 3%. However, there are...

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  • 5 Tips to Manage a Crisis

    5 Tips to Manage a Crisis

    The COVID-19 outbreak presents a major crisis for businesses, and the objective of managing a crisis event should be simple: as an organization, how do we protect our people, assets, and other...

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  • Bill 142 – Ontario construction lien act amendment – are your accounting systems ready?

    Bill 142 – Ontario construction lien act amendment – are your accounting systems ready?

    Bill 142 – Construction Lien Act Amendment Act, 2017 aims to modernize the 35-year-old Construction Act in Ontario (previously called the Construction Lien Act), and ensure that workers who...

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  • 5 Key Industry Drivers For Real Estate Investment Trusts In Canada

    5 Key Industry Drivers For Real Estate Investment Trusts In Canada

    Over the past decade, REITs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) have offered some of the strongest returns, while the TSX REIT Index has approximately doubled the performance of the TSX...

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  • Understanding Construction Holdbacks and the Potential Tax Implications

    Understanding Construction Holdbacks and the Potential Tax Implications

    In the construction industry, holdbacks may be inserted into contracts as a way to protect the buyer, by “holding back” a portion of the invoice until all the work is complete. This allows the...

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  • Reality check: How AR and VR are changing real estate

    Reality check: How AR and VR are changing real estate

    There has been a lot of talk lately about how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are impacting the construction and real estate industries today. AR and VR can offer...

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  • Tax alert - Reducing complexities of land transfer tax

    Tax alert - Reducing complexities of land transfer tax

    On July 14th 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Finance released a Consultation Document which discusses a number of proposed measures that aim to reduce the complexity associated with the...

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  • Employees or Subcontractors? The Risk is in the Details

    Employees or Subcontractors? The Risk is in the Details

    Transportation companies today often use subcontractors in place of employees, usually (though not exclusively) as drivers. In an increasingly competitive economy, the benefits of this decision...

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  • Real Estate Development - BDO’s Outlook for 2018

    Real Estate Development - BDO’s Outlook for 2018

    If change is the mark of a vibrant business climate, the Canadian real estate space can look back and celebrate a banner 2017. From mortgage rate increases to interest rate hikes to...

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