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July 2017

Tax alerts

  • Disputes delay CETA implementation
    No. 32, 24 July 2017
    While Canada and the European Union have approved the necessary implementing legislation for the provisional application of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA or the Agreement), the Agreement is still not in force on a provisional basis for those areas under the EU Commission’s control (e.g., tariffs).
  • Ontario seeks input on LTT proposals
    No. 31, 20 July 2017
    On 14 July 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Finance posted a consultation document on the Regulatory Registry, setting out proposals to facilitate compliance with section 3 of the Land Transfer Tax Act, which imposes provincial land transfer tax (LTT) on unregistered dispositions of beneficial interests in land. The ministry has invited feedback and will consider all comments submitted on or before 28 August 2017 electronically or in writing.
  • Alberta “auditing” Insurance Act charges
    No. 30, 19 July 2017
    The Province of Alberta has taken the unusual step of authorizing its Tax and Revenue Administration to audit insureds for charges payable under section 61 of the provincial Insurance Act. The Insurance Act is a regulatory statute but the TRA appears to be attempting to administer it like a tax statute.
  • Finance addresses tax planning with private corporations
    No. 29, 18 July 2017
    On 18 July 2017, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released for consultation a paper and draft legislative proposals addressing tax planning arrangements using private corporations. It is the government’s view that these changes are necessary to close perceived tax loopholes and improve the fairness of the Canadian income tax system. These proposed measures represent the most significant amendment to the taxation of private corporations in Canada since the tax reform in 1972.

June 2017

Immigration Alerts

  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    29 June 2017
    On the last day before its summer break, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear and review the administration’s appeal of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ May 25, 2017 decision to uphold a lower court’s injunction against President Trump’s second executive order aimed at restricting admission of certain individuals from six designated countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). The case will be heard in full when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October.
  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    7 June 2017
    On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a revised Executive Order (“Order”) that was to take effect on March 16, 2017. This Order aimed to restrict the admission of certain individuals from one of six designated countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) to the United States for a period of 90 days. The revised Executive Order was issued to replace the prior Executive Order of January 27, 2017, which was also the subject of numerous lawsuits.

Tax alerts

  • Canada signs the MLI: some further observations
    No. 28, 29 June 2017
    On 7 June 2017, Canada and 67 other countries became signatories and parties to the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS (the MLI). The MLI contains certain minimum standards that the signatories must accept and a host of optional standards - for instance, with respect to treaty abuse - which the signatories can accept, should they so desire.
  • Proposed changes to VDP affecting GST/HST disclosures
    No. 27, 21 June 2017
    On 9 June 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released highly anticipated proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) that have implications for disclosures involving GST/HST, excise tax, excise duties, softwood lumber product export charges and air traveller security charges. The changes will affect the availability of VDP relief for certain disclosures.
  • Proposed changes to income tax VDP
    No. 26, 21 June 2017
    On 9 June 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency released highly anticipated proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) that have implications for disclosures involving income tax and source deductions. The changes will affect the availability of VDP relief for certain disclosures.
  • Canada and 67 other jurisdictions sign the MLI
    No. 25, 14 June 2017
    On 7 June 2017, 68 jurisdictions, including Canada, signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS (the MLI).
  • FCA affirms release of trapped limited partnership losses in multi-tiered partnerships
    No. 24, 5 June 2017
    On 19 May 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) released its decision in The Queen v. Green et al. (2017 FCA 107), rejecting the Crown’s appeal of the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) decision (2016 TCC 10).

May 2017

Tax alerts

  • CRA extends transitional relief for certain US partnerships
    No. 23, 18 May 2017
    At the 26 April 2017 conference hosted by the International Fiscal Association in Toronto, officials from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) clarified transitional measures pertaining to the treatment of limited liability partnerships and limited liability limited partnerships as corporations for Canadian income tax purposes.
  • Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive
    No. 22, 10 May 2017
    Beginning in the summer of 2017, companies can apply for the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive (SCII), outlined in Bill 61: An Act respecting the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive, which was first announced in May 2016 and confirmed in the Saskatchewan 2017-18 budget delivered on 22 March 2017.

April 2017

Immigration Alerts

  • CA Mobility Immigration Alert
    26 April 2017
    Canadian immigration's Express Entry application intake system will be adjusted to award points for prospective permanent residence applicants with strong French language ability. Individuals with adult siblings who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Canada will also receive additional Express Entry points.
  • CA Mobility Immigration Alert
    19 April 2017
    Effective 19 April 2017, Service Canada will refuse to process Labour Market Impact Assessment ("LMIA") applications for 29 high skill occupations in Alberta as part of a two year pilot project announced by Alberta Labour Minister, Christina Gray and Federal Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister, Patricia Hadju.
  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    18 April 2017
    On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order setting out a new “Buy American, Hire American” policy.
  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    4 April 2017
    On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued statements of its intent to protect American workers from H-1B program discrimination. This comes on the heels of an announcement from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse (the "Announcement").

Tax alerts

  • Yukon budget 2017-18
    No. 21, 27 April 2017
    Yukon Finance Minister Sandy Silver tabled the territory's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 27 April 2017.
  • Nova Scotia budget 2017-18
    No. 20, 27 April 2017
    Nova Scotia Finance Minister Randy Delorey introduced the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 27 April 2017.
  • Ontario budget 2017-18
    No. 19, 27 April 2017
    Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the province's 2017-18 budget on 27 April 2017.
  • Ontario proposes new 15% nonresident speculation tax
    No. 18, 26 April 2017
    In a news release dated 20 April 2017, Ontario announced the introduction of its Fair Housing Plan, a comprehensive package of measures with a stated purpose of helping more people find affordable homes, increasing supply, protecting buyers and renters, and bringing stability to the real estate market.
  • Manitoba budget 2017-18
    No. 17, 11 April 2017
    Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen tabled the province’s fiscal 2017-18 budget on 11 April 2017.
  • Prince Edward Island budget 2017-18
    No. 16, 7 April 2017
    PEI Finance Minister Allen Roach tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 7 April 2017.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador budget 2017-18
    No. 15, 6 April 2017
    Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Cathy Bennett tabled the province’s fiscal 2017-18 budget on 6 April 2017.
  • FCA denies CRA request for tax working papers
    No. 14, 3 April 2017
    On 30 March 2017, the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) released its decision in BP Canada Energy Company v Minister of National Revenue (2017 FCA 61), overturning a 2015 decision by the Federal Court of Canada.

March 2017

Immigration Alerts

  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    8 March 2017
    On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a revised Executive Order (“Order”) that will take effect on March 16, 2017, which restricts the admission to the United States of certain individuals from one of six designated countries for 90 days.

Tax Alerts

  • Quebec budget 2017-18
    No. 13, 28 March 2017
    Quebec Finance Minister Carlos J. Leitão tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 28 March 2017.
  • Federal budget 2017-18 Targeted measures for FSOs
    No. 12, 24 March 2017
    On 22 March 2017, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled his second budget. Read on for observations on how the tax measures could impact financial services organizations (FSOs), namely, banks, insurers and asset managers, as well as their clients.
  • Saskatchewan budget 2017-18
    No. 11, 22 March 2017
    Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 22 March 2017.
  • Private company insights: federal budget 2017-18
    No. 10, 22 March 2017
    Read our executive summary highlights of Budget 2017 that are relevant to private companies and their shareholders.
  • Federal budget 2017-18
    No. 09, 22 March 2017
    Read our late-breaking Tax Alert on the 2017-18 federal budget. And to hear more in-depth analysis and perspectives on the budget, view our budget evening webcast.
  • CRA releases guidance on CbC reporting
    No. 08, 20 March 2017
    On 2 March 2017, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released Guide RC4651, its guidance on country-by-country (CbC) reporting in Canada, a new filing obligation for multinational enterprise groups with consolidated revenues of €750m or more.
  • Alberta budget 2017-18
    No. 07, 16 March 2017
    Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 16 March 2017.

February 2017

Tax alerts

  • Nunavut budget 2017-18
    No. 06, 23 February 2017
    Nunavut Finance Minister Keith Peterson tabled the territory's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 22 February 2017.
  • British Columbia budget 2017-18
    No. 05, 22 February 2017
    BC Finance Minister Michael de Jong tabled the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 21 February 2017.
  • New Brunswick budget 2017-18
    No. 04, 8 February 2017
    New Brunswick Finance Minister Cathy Rogers introduced the province's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 7 February 2017.
  • Northwest Territories budget 2017-18
    No. 03, 3 February 2017
    Northwest Territories Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod tabled the territory's fiscal 2017-18 budget on 1 February 2017.

January 2017

Immigration Alerts

  • US Mobility Immigration Alert
    30 January 2017
    On 27 January 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order that restricts refugee admissions as well as the admission of anyone from one of seven designated countries for 90 days.

Tax alerts

  • Alberta's Venture Capital Tax Credit
    No. 02, 12 January 2017
    The Alberta Government has introduced the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) to stimulate investment in certain industries with strong job-creation potential. The AITC offers a 30% tax credit to investors who provide venture capital to eligible companies during the three-year period in which the AITC program is in force, and is offered on a first come, first served basis. The program will start accepting applications on 16 January 2017.
  • New Alberta tax credit to stimulate investment and create jobs
    No. 01, 3 January 2017
    Effective 1 January 2017, companies can apply for the new Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC). The two-year credit will provide $70m in investment credits for manufacturing, processing and tourism infrastructure to spur economic diversification and job creation in Alberta.

Press Releases

  • Four EY lawyers recognized as highly regarded individuals
    Toronto, 12 January 2017
    Who's Who Legal recently recognized 42 Canadian lawyers whose practices focus on assisting corporations with the legal immigration and naturalization of skilled workers. EY impresses this year, with four of our people on the list. Congratulations to: