November 10, 2017

Congratulations Leading Edge Geomatics

Congratulations to our client, Leading Edge Geomatics, on its exciting new strategic partnership with Novacap! Read more here…
August 10, 2017


On August 1, 2017, Connors Stilwell published a legal update for our clients explaining the impact on private corporations and their shareholders of the July 18, 2017 tax proposals released by the Department of Finance. A copy may be found here. 1 Now, we provide our critical viewpoint. The Language of Loopholes The spring release of the federal budget is one of the most anticipated and important annual events for me as a tax lawyer. Each spring, the budget lays bare not only the government’s spending priorities, but it announces the government’s planned changes to the federal income tax regime. These changes routinely keep me and the tax profession at large on our toes as we strive to deliver knowledge and know-how to our clients about the Canadian taxation system. It is not an easy job, but it is one that I believe in and love. Budget 2017 was quiet from a tax law and policy perspective. Among the professionals I interact with on a regular basis, we noted how slim the budget was and how few tax changes were announced relative to recent years. I did not even flinch, but rather nodded in agreement, as I read this, promising […]
August 1, 2017


These are the dog days of summer, but while you may have been enjoying some well-earned sunshine and down-time, on July 18 the federal government released bombshell proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act that, if enacted, will fundamentally rearrange the system that has defined the taxation of private corporations and their shareholders in Canada for decades. Chief among the areas affected are the taxation of income split through family trusts and private company share structures, taxation of passive income earned by a corporation, and taxation of amounts extracted as capital gains rather than as dividends. The Department of Finance is accepting input from stakeholders during a consultation period that ends October 2, 2017. In the meantime, key aspects of the proposals in their current form have immediate effect as of July 18, 2017. As a result, we strongly recommend that any business owner operating through a private corporation or more elaborate corporate structure promptly reach out to a tax advisor to determine whether and how these proposals affect the taxation of income earned through the structure or the taxation of any current or proposed transactions involving a private corporation. Key Proposals: The Highlights Key among the proposed changes to […]