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Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips

Ontario tables $17 billion COVID-19 stimulus package with economic update

The COVID-19 crisis and ensuing shutdown of entire economies across the globe has sent governments scrambling to respond. From providing aid to individuals to supporting devastated businesses, stimulus packages have been organized at an unprecedented pace to boost market liquidity, mitigate shocking spikes in unemployment and stave off an even more widespread recession. It’s in […]

BDC loan program business people shaking hands

Lending rules for BDC’s COVID-19 relief program take shape

As the federal government rolled out a sweeping package of stimulus measures this week to cushion the economic blow from the COVID-19 epidemic, business owners across Canada immediately sought information as to how they could quickly access the new relief programs. The urgency has been heightened by complete shutdowns across some sectors such as hospitality, […]

Office closure update: We’re working remotely, but still open for business

Our management team has been closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving coronavirus situation and assessing our response on a daily basis. As we noted previously, we took several steps this week to ensure the health and safety of our clients, employees and other partners—including pausing all in-person meetings and staff visits to client sites, and allowing staff […]

Taxation Specialists

COVID-19 Economic Stimulus: We analyze the tax implications

The federal government’s announcement Wednesday of an $82 billion stimulus package to offset the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak provided a modicum of reassurance to Canadian businesses. Ottawa’s message was simple: we’re here for you in tough times. The package introduced $27 billion in direct support for businesses and individuals, as well as […]

Want to kick start business growth? Learn how to delegate

Hopefully you’re reading this article on a dock in Muskoka, feet up, beverage in hand while taking in views of a pristine lake. Maybe you’re enjoying the fruits of your entrepreneurial labour and taking some summertime downtime. But if you’re like so many business owners who have grown their companies past the medium-sized threshold—usually defined […]

Chinese authorities step up personal income tax enforcement

As Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig linger in detention in China, Canadian entrepreneurs would be excused for being more than a little anxious about doing business in the Middle Kingdom due to the current geopolitical tensions between our two countries. You’ll recall that the Sino-Canadian clash first emerged with the detention of Huawei Technologies […]

Managing one of the overlooked aspects of growth: business change

So, you’ve founded a company, managed to survive the first few start-up years and now employ a staff of around 20 people. The good news: you’ve come further than the average entrepreneur, who, statistics show, will start and crash out of multiple businesses before eventually achieving success (assuming they do, indeed, manage the feat). But […]

Ontario budget 2019: ‘Open for Business’ moves from campaign slogan to governing mantra

When Doug Ford swept into power last year, he promised that Ontario would once again be ‘Open for Business.’ The new Progressive Conservative premier went so far as to plaster his campaign slogan on highway signs at the Ontario-U.S. border. It was a not-so-subtle, all-caps reminder to our American friends of his commitment to undoing […]

Stronach family squabble offers important lessons in business succession

The more money in a family, the more problems that can arise when it comes time to pass the estate or business on to the next generation. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, but as we’ve seen in countless anecdotes and even our own client engagements, wealthy families have a tendency to […]

You’ve been audited by CRA. Now what?

If there’s one letter that entrepreneurs dread receiving in the mail, it’s the one from the Canada Revenue Agency informing them that their business or personal returns are the subject of a tax audit. Audits can take weeks, months, even years to complete in extreme cases, and can be emotionally and financially draining for business […]