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Federal Budget 2022—Home-buying, climate change and personal tax highlights

The federal government approached Budget 2022 under immense pressure to address skyrocketing inflation, amid widespread uncertainty as we enter a sixth wave of the coronavirus pandemic and facing global supply chain woes and a geopolitical crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine. Factor in the Liberals’ minority government status—one stabilized by a recent confidence-and-supply agreement […]

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Federal Budget 2022 offers minor tax relief for business, funding for innovation

The federal government’s Budget 2022 contained several new proposed measures, both from a personal and corporate tax perspective, in addition to various new spending initiatives and tax credits. These measures will have some impact on the business community, but when it comes to Canada’s economic outlook as a whole—including strategies to manage runaway inflation and […]

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10 ways to mitigate the business impact of inflation

Businesses across Canada that navigated the pandemic storm and thought they were in the clear soon faced another major challenge: widespread inflation. Rising prices have impacted the cost of everything from labour and materials to machinery and services across sectors. The latest Statistics Canada data puts the official inflation rate at 5.7 per cent year […]

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What to expect when you’re expecting a spring federal budget

As surely as Ottawa’s chillingly-cold winters will soon shift to warmer spring weather, professionals and media are eagerly speculating about the potential contents of the upcoming federal budget—the spring 2022 installment of which is expected to be tabled in early April. A number of factors, both domestic and foreign, will strongly influence measures included in […]

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Federal Fiscal and Economic Update 2021: Few gifts (or lumps of coal) for business

The federal government tabled its Fiscal and Economic Update 2021 last week and the business community across Canada wondered if it had been all but forgotten. The update was heavy on COVID-19 relief spending and made direct references to the potential uncertainty ahead—including the looming economic impact of the omicron coronavirus variant, global supply chain […]

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Ottawa unveils targeted COVID-19 business support benefits

While the coronavirus pandemic has by no means subsided, the federal government clearly believes that the economy is regaining its footing, with recent job performance data confirming a return to pre-pandemic employment levels. Accordingly, Ottawa last week allowed three key COVID-19 business benefits—the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support—to […]

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Why your best business investment could be employee retention

In the old days (e.g., prior to the coronavirus pandemic), many organizations dedicated a less-than-optimal percentage of their HR resources to employee retention. Why bother working to retain staff when new employees were lining up for their positions? Even then, top employers understood that it not only makes more financial sense to retain and engage […]

July tax news: Non-arm’s length property transfers, superficial losses–and more

NON-ARM’S LENGTH PROPERTY TRANSFERS Overview There are special rules under the Income Tax Act (the “Act”) that apply to property transfers to a non-arm’s length person. The rules, discussed below, can override the actual proceeds or sales price received on the property transfers. For most purposes, “related” persons, as defined in the Act, are non-arm’s […]