25 Feb 2014

Saguenay, February 25, 2014 – At a Saguenay Chamber of Commerce business lunch today, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton publicly shared the highlights of the analysis of the Lac à Paul mining project it conducted for Arianne Phosphate.

Given the project’s size and its impact on economic growth in Quebec, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton President and CEO Emilio B. Imbriglio was present for the report’s release. “This project will create wealth. And that’s what Quebec needs and must have to thrive. We have to develop our natural resources in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. This project meets these requirements. Our society needs powerful development tools to spur growth, and Arianne Phosphate’s project is truly such a tool,” stated Mr. Imbriglio.

Saguenay office partner Éric Dufour, who also took part in the presentation, further pointed out that “rarely does a project like this one come along—a project that delivers a lasting impact and spinoffs of over $12 billion, that entails hiring more than 500 direct workers a year during construction and that then creates over 1,400 direct and indirect jobs for the more than 25-year lifetime of the mine. No doubt about it—this is a crucial project for our region!”

The analysis released at the lunch confirmed that Arianne Phosphate’s Lac à Paul mine project will be the biggest investment in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in the past decade. It will have a huge impact, raising average worker income in the region and boosting collective wealth while adding to the ranks of mining subcontractors, as well as diversifying the regional economy beyond the traditional logging and aluminum sectors. In addition to attracting new residents and a talented workforce with special expertise, the project will also generate new opportunities for educational institutions.

Arianne Phosphate’s Chief Operating Officer, Jean-Sébastien David, who was also in attendance, answered questions from the business people present. He said that he was proud that Lac à Paul was a major project for the economic development of the region and of Quebec. “Arianne Phosphate is working with all stakeholders, including First Nations, to make sure that the project will help our communities to grow and become even more competitive. As a responsible company, we want strong, sustainable growth for our society, in consultation with local communities. That is why we are committed to building a key project that the region and Quebec will be proud of,” said Mr. David.

Brian Kenny, President and CEO of the mining company, underlined that the project is creating quality jobs in the region. “Our Chicoutimi head office already has more than 25 people working to develop this world class project, and this number is constantly increasing.” He added that he is proud that Arianne’s Lac à Paul project is Quebec based. “Quebec is recognized for its mining expertise. Arianne Phosphate is very happy to be able to count on this expertise while taking the project through development stages to production of its high quality phosphate concentrate” concluded Mr. Kenny.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has become a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, and business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of over 2,400 people, including some 230 partners in more than 100 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For over 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd, providing clients with the expertise of the member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.

About Arianne Phosphate

Arianne Phosphate (“Arianne Phosphate Inc.”) is developing the Lac à Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 km north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminants. The Company has 85.2 million shares outstanding.

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Francis Letendre
Senior advisor – Public Relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel. : 514 390-4201
[email protected]

Karyna Tremblay
Community Relations Coordinator
Arianne Phosphate
Tel. : 418 549-7316
[email protected]

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21 Feb 2014

Montréal, February 20, 2014 – A mere few days after the federal budget was tabled, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to again release its post-budget tax bulletin on the Quebec budget for individuals and businesses. To view the main fiscal measures from the second budget released by Minister of Finance and the Economy Nicolas Marceau, go to: www.rcgt.com/en/2014-Quebec-budget.

A Precursor to the Elections

Before calling a possible spring election, the Quebec government has chosen to table a budget that should serve as an economic and financial platform for the next campaign.

The budget confirms the state of public finances while recalling certain measures from various policies unveiled in recent months. New budget measures are also announced that should encourage the growth of Quebec businesses. “Noteworthy measures include an additional $25 million investment in the Anges Québec Capital fund, the authorization granted to Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins to issue $150 million in shares in 2014, and the launching of initiatives to create a new fund of venture capital funds in Quebec,” stated Bernard Poulin, Tax Partner.

While already announced, the support given to 300 high-performing businesses, nicknamed “gazelles,” has already shown promise in accelerating the growth of these businesses. The call for candidates will be open from February 24 to March 28, 2014.

With respect to the mining and forestry sectors note, the government intends to raise its financial participation in mining companies developing resources in Québec, by using, in particular, the $1 billion in capital from the Capital Mines Hydrocarbures fund, and investing $10 million in the forestry industry through a new fund to speed up development of the residual biomass sector, with a view to energy production.

Business transfers: Putting an end to tax inequity

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton welcomes the work led by the Task Force on the Protection of Québec Businesses, chaired by Claude Séguin. The Minister of Finance and the Economy publically released the Task Force’s report during the budget announcement. We hope that many of these measures will become official in the near future.

“We welcome the tax measures, especially that which makes it possible to defer capital gains when transferring a business to the next generation upon the death of a manager-shareholder. For several years, the firm has been actively interested in the tax fairness of intergenerational business transfers, and this recommendation is a first encouraging step towards achieving this fairness. We strongly hope that the Québec government will act swiftly in this regard,” added Bernard Poulin.

Therefore, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton continues to urge the Quebec and Canadian governments to enact laws to ensure the fairness of our tax system and encourage business transfers among family members.

An exclusive RCGT-mandated survey on the matter, conducted by CROP on November 29, 2013, confirmed the economic consequences related to successions and business transfers. With the imminent retirement of over a third of Quebec entrepreneurs, the province is currently faced with the largest turnover of SME executives in its history.

A recent study by the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship revealed that individuals looking to start their own business were far more interested in creating their own rather than buying out and taking over an existing one. Consequently, we need to search for ways to support our entrepreneurs and encourage them to take over existing businesses; otherwise many SMEs will close or be bought out by foreign interests. This condition is important to ensure our collective prosperity.

“Our tax system should stop penalizing Quebec entrepreneurs; otherwise we will continue to threaten the longevity of Quebec businesses. Tax equity for intergenerational business transfers is essential to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. Currently, this inequity causes sellers to lose out on the $800,000 capital gains deduction, a condition that doesn’t apply to third-party transactions,” reiterated Jean Gauthier, Partner and National Head of Tax.

According to Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO, “This situation needs to be addressed quickly, in the interest of Quebec and Canadian entrepreneurs, who act as an important leverage for our economic development. We need to strive to prevent offshoring and relocations, maintain control over our dynamic businesses and assist them in achieving their full potential. We need to help entrepreneurs who wish to transfer their business to their children come out on the winning end. Quebec needs to give entrepreneurs the means to succeed.”

To view the full report Business Transfers: Problems and Suggested Solutions, go to: http://www.rcgt.com/en/news/business-transfers-report/.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, today Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, tax, consulting services, business recovery & reorganization. Its strength is based on a team of more than 2,400 people including some 230 partners in more than 100 offices in Quebec, eastern Ontario and New Brunswick. For the past 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd providing its clients with the expertise of the member and correspondent firms in more than 100 countries.

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Francis Letendre
Senior Consultant – Public Relations
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel.: 514-390-4201
[email protected]

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14 Feb 2014

Once again this year, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton tax experts had the opportunity to share their observations with different media (in French) regarding the federal budget tabled on February 11, 2014.

This outreach once again is proof of the firm’s professionalism and influence throughout Québec and the Ottawa and Edmundston areas, particularly through the speedy publication of a tax bulletin and a press release, as soon as the lock-up was lifted.

Here are some interviews conducted by the firmʼs tax specialists:

Tax Partner Luc Lacombe, who attended the budget lock-up, gave interviews to several Québec radio stations. Among the interviews conducted by Luc Lacombe, we should mention those given to:

Mr. Lacombe also acted as a spokesman for CPA Canada on the CPAC show Revue politique (go to 16:40 minutes, and more specifically, to 19:40 minutes for Mr. Lacombe), broadcast the evening the budget was tabled.

Tax Partner Sylvain Gilbert granted four radio interviews:

  • Radio-Canada Première with host Réjean Blais, aired February 11 in the Estrie region
  • Passion Rock 101.9 FM with host Marc Bossé, broadcast February 12 in the Victoriaville region
  • O 97.3 FM Le meilleur de la musique with host Jason Caron, aired February 12 in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie and Centre-du-Québec regions
  • Passion Rock 105.5 FM with host Jean-Hugo Savard, broadcast February 12 in the Chaudière-Appalaches region

In addition, the Regional Vice-President for the Eastern Townships, Réal Létourneau, participated in a round table organized by the newspaper La Tribune, along with other decision-makers from the region. Two articles were published in this regard, a more general article on the budget and another on workforce training.

Finally, the press release and the post-budget tax summary were publicized, in particular, on the websites of Québec hebdo, Yahoo Finance and the newspaper L’Avantage du Bas-St-Laurent, as well as Conseiller.ca.

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13 Feb 2014

Within the context of a consultation conducted by Industry Canada on science and technology, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton decided to submit recommendations to the federal government, in view of its keen interest in research and development issues and its solid expertise in this field. To further ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of Canada’s businesses, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is convinced that the federal government has every interest in investing more and better in innovation.

For many years, the firm has supported companies operating in Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston areas to determine the projects and activities that particularly satisfy the criteria of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program. We have multiple intervention sectors and, in this regard, our mission is to anticipate our clients’ changing needs, by constantly adapting our services to the markets’ emerging realities. We support companies in technology development partnerships and we give them our backing so that they can fully contribute to the economic growth of Quebec and Canada.

The Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton response, tabled on February 7, 2014, recommends certain points with the aim of improving business investments in R&D and innovation. More specifically, the opinion answers one of the questions raised by the consultation: “Building on the advice provided by the Expert Panel on Federal Support for Research and Development, what more can be done to improve business investment in R&D and innovation? “