A non-resident trust can be used to carry on business in Canada. A non-resident trust carrying on business in Canada will be subject to ordinary Canadian income tax on any trading profit, as if it were an individual with the highest marginal tax rate. The advantage of using a non-resident trust is that, unlike a corporation, there is no Canadian branch tax or withholding tax on the distribution of after-tax profits by a non-resident trust to its beneficiaries. A trust is not subject to federal or provincial taxes on capital. However, a non-resident trust does not qualify for certain withholding tax exemptions that are available to corporations.
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On February 6, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) released OSC Staff Notice 51-722 Report on a Review of Mining Issuers’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis Guidance (the “Report”). The Report summarizes the results of a review conducted by the OSC of the annual and interim Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) filed by 100 mining companies with market capitalization of less than $100 million (the “Review”) and is designed to serve as a tool to assist small mining companies to navigate regulatory requirements.
Alberta Securities Commission publishes Staff Notice 91-704 Over-the-Counter Derivatives Transactions
On January 2, 2014, Alberta Securities Commission (“ASC”) staff published Staff Notice 91-704 Over-the-Counter Derivatives Transactions (“ASC Staff Notice 91-704”) summarizing the current regulatory framework governing over-the-counter (“OTC”) derivatives trades in Alberta.
On December 18, 2013, Hydro-Québec Distribution (“HQD”) officially launched call for tenders A/O 2013-01 for the purchase of a 450 MW block of wind power (“A/O 2013-01”).