In our continued effort to offer you relevant and useful tools, we are pleased, at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, to publish a French version of IFRS Example Consolidated Financial Statements 2019, a publication by the Grant Thornton International IFRS team entitled États financiers consolidés types conformes aux IFRS – 2019 (hereinafter the “Example consolidated financial statements’’).

The Example consolidated financial statements have been updated to reflect changes in IFRS that are effective for the year ending December 31, 2019. These include the adoption of IFRS 16 Leases, which become effective for accounting periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. No account has been taken of any new developments published after April 30, 2019.

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Jean-François Boudreault
Partner | Human resources consulting

How can you recruit and retain qualified staff to maintain your business’s growth? You need to be prepared to face this major issue.

The shortage of qualified workers affects most industries and is a sizeable obstacle for business leaders.

According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, there are currently over 117,000 job vacancies to be filled in Quebec.

It is therefore imperative for managers to surround themselves with human resource experts to attract new talent, retain their employees and thus maintain their company’s growth.

First of all, as a company, you must position yourself as an appealing employer: organizations must stand out from the competition and be attractive to candidates by presenting strong values and an organizational culture that has a positive influence on the employee happiness index.

You then have to project that image into the community. The more positively you are talked about, the more attention you will get from candidates. The employer brand is therefore the first aspect on which executives must focus to attract new talent, since in a context of labour shortage, job seekers have a wide array of choices.

Recruiting: attracting the best talent

Before calling on a head hunter, you have to ask yourself whether you’re satisfied with your organization’s human resources positioning. Do you think you’re “alluring” enough to attract the best talent and pursue your ambitions?

The business environment is being disrupted by numerous changes, including new technologies, digital transformation or globalization, it is important to take advantage of these innovations and use them as a lever to improve your organization’s image.

Capitalize on opportunities to promote yourself: be active on social networks, share your successes, your activities in the field or the causes you support. Sell yourself! In this day and age, employees should be perceived as customers!

Maintain a strong connection with your current employees

With a strong employer brand, not only will you attract new resources, you’ll retain your current employees.

Here are the main aspects you should pay attention to in order to maintain your image:

  • The organization’s culture and values;
  • The work environment, it should be enjoyable and motivating;
  • Challenges and advancement opportunities;
  • The overall compensation offering (financial and non-financial benefits);
  • Working conditions (flexible schedules, teleworking possibilities, etc.);
  • Support (training, mentoring, co-development);
  • The management team’s quality and leadership;
  • Work tools;
  • The organization’s social commitment.

To be a great employer, you must also have a well-structured skills development and succession planning program. The ideal candidate for a key position may already be in your ranks.

Most employees want opportunities to progress. Target the resources that you think are the best fit for a promotion to strategic positions, and then give them all the necessary guidance to develop. Be flexible in your selection criteria and act quickly in choosing your candidates.

Your employees (past and present) are the best ambassadors to promote your employer brand. You have to take care to maintain an excellent relationship with them. An exit interview with departing employees can also help you identify areas for improvement within your organization.

Nevertheless, finding the rare gem is not an easy task. We suggest that you call on specialists such as the ones in our firm, who offer complete services in this field. We can help you position yourself as a particularly interesting employer and find candidates who will fit perfectly into your organization.

24 Sep 2019  |  Written by :

Jean-François Boudreault is a partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. He is your expert in human...

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Stéphane Gagné
Senior Manager | CPA, CA, D. Fisc. | Tax

Do you have a fishing permit or carry out a fishing business? You should know about the related tax and legal considerations.

Governments have implemented several tax provisions to benefit, among other things, two specific sectors of our economy: fishing and agriculture. This article covers key considerations to help fishing business owners maximize their tax situation.

Succession

Unlike other businesses, specific tax provisions allow the owners of a fishing (or farm) business to transfer the business to family successors with no tax impact, either during their lifetime or at the time of death.

It is also possible to transfer the shares of a fishing business to family successors with no tax impact.

Capital gains

Only the assets used in operating the fishing (or farm) business qualify for a capital gain deduction on their sale.

The capital gain deduction on the disposal of a corporation’s qualifying shares is higher for a business that carries on a fishing (or farm) business than for any other type of business.

Instalments

Individuals whose main source of income is from carrying on a fishing (or farm) business are not required to make tax instalments as often or for the same amount as individuals who carry on another type of business.

Asset acquisition: investment tax credit

Some assets acquired to be used in carrying on a fishing business qualify for an investment tax credit, that is, a tax subsidy that reduced their acquisition cost.

The tax authorities make it easier to claim a capital cost allowance in the year of acquisition of assets used in a fishing (or farm) business.

Advantageous tax rates

In Quebec, the tax rate on income earned by a corporation carrying on a fishing business is generally lower than for other corporations.

Employment insurance

There is a specific employment insurance plan for fishers and they are the only self-employed workers who can receive these benefits.

Incorporation

A fishing business can be incorporated and there are some tax benefits associated with this option, the main one being a lower tax rate.

Note that a number of Fisheries and Oceans Canada policies limit or prevent the implementation of some tax reorganizations.

Do you have questions about the taxes applicable to fishing businesses? Our team of tax experts has the answers and can provide tax compliance and reorganization services.

Don’t hesitate to call on them; they have in-depth knowledge of the specific, complex tax provisions related to the fishing industry, thanks to their geographical positioning. We are close to our clients and we know their situation.

Come meet us to talk about your tax concerns and tell us a few fish stories!

20 Sep 2019  |  Written by :

Stéphane Gagné is a tax expert at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. Contact him today!

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The Grant Thornton International IFRS team has published Insights into IFRS 16 – Presentation and disclosure.

This bulletin identifies the presentation and disclosure requirements and provides examples of note disclosures.

IFRS 16 requires lessees and lessors to provide information about leasing activities within their financial statements. The Standard explains how this information should be presented on the face of the statements and what disclosures are required.

When it comes to the notes, the Standard tends to focus on the details of the information to be provided, leaving it to preparers to decide on the most meaningful way to present it.

This bulletin identifies the requirements and provides a series of examples illustrating one possible way the note disclosures might be presented.