Category Archives: blog

“Final Pivot” – COVID-19 Emergency Benefits expire October 23rd, replaced by targeted supports

    On Thursday, October 22nd, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the “final pivot in delivering the support needed to deliver a robust recovery.” This “Final Pivot” means several existing pandemic support programs for individuals and businesses will expire on October 23rd, 2021:

    –  Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 
    –  Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) 
    –  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) 

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    When should I buy life insurance?

      Life insurance is something you can use at any age. Whether you’re in your 20s or approaching retirement, you can benefit from having life insurance. Our article, “When should I buy life insurance”? can help you understand:
      • What the two main types of life insurance are – term and permanent
      • When term insurance is better for you and when permanent insurance is
      • How life insurance can benefit you at different ages
      • What costs life insurance can help your loved ones’ cover

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      Importance of a Buy-Sell Agreement

        Working as a partnership between 2 or more individuals is never an easy task, and the situation only gets more complicated when one or more of them exits the business. Protecting not only the business, but your personal interests, as well as your family’s future are very important objectives for any business owner, and should not be overlooked.

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        Group Retirement Benefits

          Working at an organization that offers a pension plan is one of the greatest financial advantages a Canadian can enjoy. Pension plans are designed to provide retirement income and help employees reach their retirement goals and for business owners- help retain key employees.

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          Easy Exit: Business Succession in a Nutshell

            Getting into the world of business is a meticulous task, but so is getting out of it Whether you’ve just hit the ground running on your business or if you’ve been at it for a long time, there is no better time to plan your exit strategy than now.

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            Estate Freeze

              An estate freeze can be an integral part of your estate planning strategy. The purpose of an estate freeze is to transfer any future increase in your business’s value (generally shares) that you own to someone else.

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              British Columbia 2021 Budget Highlights

                On April 20, 2021, the B.C. Minister of Finance announced the 2021 budget. We have highlighted the most important things you need to know, including:

                • Changes in the requirement to repay the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers
                • Home Owner Grant threshold change
                • PST exemption for electric bikes
                • Elimination of PST rebate for certain vehicle sales
                • Delay in the carbon tax increase
                • Tobacco tax increases
                • Changes to the speculation and vacancy tax

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                Federal Budget 2021 Highlights

                  On April 19, 2021, the Federal Government released their 2021 budget. Our article contains highlights of the various financial measures in this budget, divided into three different sections:

                  • Business Highlights, including an extension to COVID-19 Emergency Business Supports, new programs to support job creation, and a change in interest deductibility limits.

                  • Individual Highlights, including details on the tax treatment and repayment of personal COVID-19 benefits (such as CERB), eligibility changes to the Disability Tax Credit, an increase in OAS for those 75 and up, and support for job skills retraining.

                  • Additional Highlights, including a proposed federal minimum wage of $15, changes to the GST New Housing Rebate conditions, and new or increased taxes in areas such as luxury goods, tobacco, and Canadian housing owned by non-resident foreign owners.

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                  What’s new for the 2021 tax-filing season?

                    Tax season is upon us once again. But since 2020 was a year like no other, the 2021 tax-filing season will also be different. Due to all the changes in both where and how Canadians worked, the Canadian government has introduced some new tax credits and deductions to keep pace with these changes. Our article covers all of the following:
                    • How to claim home office expenses
                    • The new Canada Training Credit
                    • Pandemic emergency funds
                    • New digital news subscription tax credit

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