December 12, 2016
Business Law Policy
Consumer and Business Policy Unit
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Re: Business Law Advisory Council Report to Minister of Government and Consumer Services for reform of Ontario’s corporate and commercial legislation
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Business Law Advisory Council Report to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“Ministry”) on recommended changes to Ontario’s corporate and commercial legislation, which was published for comment on November 16, 2016. We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this legislative process and to contribute to these important developments.
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