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The Year of the Rat

Published on Jan 24, 2020 in Uncategorised

Being part of other cultures in Vancouver is one of the best things about this city. We wish all of our friends a very happy Chinese New Year for 2020! Year of the Rat … what does that mean exactly? First of all – the Rat is the FIRST sign in the Chinese zodiac. It’s […]

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Speculation & Vacancy Tax

Published on Mar 29, 2019 in Uncategorised

!! Speculation & Vacancy Tax: Friendly reminder that if you own a property in BC, you will need to complete a declaration by Monday, March 31, 2019, even if you won’t be required to pay the tax. To claim your exemption (by phone or online), you must register your property (one registration per person on […]

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Important Dates for your Property Taxes

Published on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorised

July 3 Deadline to pay your rural property taxes Deadline to apply for the home owner grant without late payment penalties Deadline to apply to defer your property taxes without late payment penalties Deadline to apply for the Farm Extension Program   July 4 A 5% penalty is applied to your unpaid account balance, including any unclaimed home owner grant   […]

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Tens of Thousands of Children are Going Hungry in Our Communities

Published on Mar 09, 2018 in Uncategorised

Everyday, tens of thousands of children are going hungry in our communities. While school breakfast, lunch and snack programs are actively addressing this crisis, the weekend remains a difficult time for many families. We know that when a child is given a Backpack Buddy on Friday afternoon that’s full of meals and snacks for the […]

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A Quick Guide to Daylight Savings Time

Published on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorised

Early Sunday morning, we will be springing forward 1 hour to kick off the start of Daylight Savings Time. This means longer days, warmer seasons, patio beers and beach days! – But why do we spring forward and how does this affect our internal clocks? Here are some facts you can spout during the inevitable […]

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OSFI Tightens Supervisory Expectations for Mortgage Underwriting

Published on Jul 07, 2016 in Uncategorised

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued a letter this morning to all federally regulated financial institutions (FRFI). The letter expresses concern about the rising levels of household debt in Canada and serves to remind FRFIs of their obligations under Guidelines B-20 and B-21 to assess and underwrite mortgage loans and mortgage […]

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