27 Nov 2020

The results for the 2020 CFE for chartered professional accountants were released on Tuesday, November 27, 2020.

Congratulations to our future CPAs on having passed this rigorous professional evaluation:

Bélanger, Myriam
Benzid, Fetta
Bernier, William
Bérubé, Pierre-Luc
Bibeau, Mathieu
Boisvert, David
Boutin, Any-Claude
Breton, Rosalie
Chalifour, Heidi
Côté-Dumais, Jeanne
Couture, Charles-Olivier
Custeau, Patricia
Danis, Meghan
Dejulliot Virginie
Desjardins, Carl
D’Onofrio, Alessandra
Dorval, Jérôme
Dufresne, Simon
Dugas, Sébastien
Duval, Florence
Fahmoune, Kenza
Farhood, Myriam
Fiset, Émilie
Fronteddu, Laurent
Gagnon Bouchard, Antoine
Gaudreau, Jean-Christophe
Génier, Claudia
Gravel, Kim
Guévin, Frédéric
Hébert, François
Joly, Mélanie
Juneau, Anthony
Kaur, Saran
Lachance, Élise

Lacharité, Audrey
Landry, Samuel
Latrach, Hanaa
Lefebvre, Thomas
Lemire, Vincent
Lépine, Nathalie
Lessard, Félicia
Limoges, Yanik
Louis Seize, Chloé
Mailhot, Pierre-Alexandre
Mailloux, Louis-Philippe
Mailloux, Marjorie
Mailloux, Sandrine
Morissette, Mélanie
Nadeau, Sophie
Nkaye, Antoine
O’Shaughnessy, Rose
Perron, Cynthia
Plamondon, Audrey
Poirier, Benoit
Poirier, Samuel
Poulin, Dannick
Prémont, Antoine
Richer, Danick
Rousseau, Jonathan
Roy-Lemay, Jonathan
Russo, Kayla
Sanche-Mayer, Rose
Sardella, Danny
St-Laurent, Karol-Anne
Thibault, Charles
Thiboutot, Caroline
Trudel, Martin
Vlassopoulos, Vlassis

Congratulations to all and enjoy a prosperous career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton! We are very proud of having you on board with us.

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20 Nov 2020

Updated December 3, 2020

Bill C-9, assented to on November 19, 2020, introduces the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS).

This subsidy is intended to replace the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) with a program similar to the one offered under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), by providing direct assistance to qualifying entities, whether they are renters or owners of commercial property.

This subsidy provides relief for expenses incurred by eligible businesses and organizations for the rental or ownership of real property used in the course of their activities. This subsidy takes effect retroactively as of September 27, 2020 and will be offered until June 2021.

The base portion covers up to 65% of eligible expenses. Additional assistance of 25% is offered to lessees who had to temporarily cease their activities in a given location, due to public health restrictions.

Our experts are trained to assist you in the analysis of the eligibility criteria for the CEWS and for the preparation of your application. They will be able to help you make informed choices, particularly as to the methods for calculating the revenue reduction test. With their advice, you can maximize the amounts claimed while limiting your risk of dispute in this regard. Don’t hesitate to contact your advisor to discuss it.

To learn more regarding this subsidy, please read our tax news, which is regularly updated.

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11 Nov 2020

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton – always a proud partner of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec’s (FCCQ) prestigious Mercuriades contest.

With its focus on the growth of local businesses, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton continues its involvement by presenting the Mercure Entrepreneuriat Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton This award is presented to two organizations, one SME and one large company, for implementing a winning growth strategy, developing a succession plan or achieving a successful intergenerational transfer.

The FCCQ has been celebrating the success of exceptional organizations and leaders for 41 years, and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is very pleased to confirm its commitment to recognizing Quebec’s entrepreneurial talent.

SMEs and large corporations that want to submit their candidacy in one of the 16 categories, including the Mercure Entrepreneuriat, can do so until December 18, 2020 (free registration). Submit your application on the FCCQ’s Mercuriades 2021 web site.

Good luck to all businesses!

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11 Nov 2020

Hard hit by the pandemic, organizations in the tourism, leisure and culture industries have had to revise their business plans and seek financial assistance.

A number of financial aid programs are available to help Quebec organizations get through the crisis and plan their reopening—and more relief measures are on the way from the government and regional agencies.

Where to start?

There are more than 20 programs available to help cultural, sports and tourism organizations stay afloat and plan for the future. Additional opportunities could surface in the coming months. But since each program has specific requirements and eligibility criteria, it can be hard to navigate them all.

How can you be sure you’re taking full advantage of available relief programs?

The key is to prepare a strong application so that government analysts can process your file quickly. You should:

  • Provide a financial snapshot that lays out actual and future losses;
  • Include a revised business plan that is both concise and convincing;
  • Demonstrate that your business is viable.

How to prepare a good case?

Funding agencies are currently receiving 10 times more applications than available subsidies. This means businesses and organizations need a strong application if they want to be selected.

Before you start filling out forms, take the time to review the eligibility criteria. You want to have the right information on hand and provide the best possible answers to their questions. A carefully crafted application will increase your chances of receiving a fast response and getting approved.

Preparing applications for financial relief programs can be complicated and time-consuming for managers who are already busy dealing with the impact of COVID-19.

Our tourism, leisure and culture team is familiar with all currently available relief programs, as well as their specific eligibility criteria, and the key issues in various sectors and regions. Contact our experts. We’re here to help.

Here are some of the programs available to help you weather the pandemic and prepare your post-COVID plan.

Federal programs

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides assistance to Quebec businesses and organizations that need immediate assistance with their cashflow. The initiative is intended for all economic industries and has an envelope of more than $280 million for Quebec. Find out more about the RRRF on the Canada Economic Development website.

Support for Quebec’s women entrepreneurs

More than $10 million in capital is available to help women entrepreneurs in Quebec get the support they need to affirm their presence, grow their businesses and prepare for the future. Find out more about support for women on the Canada Economic Development website.

Provincial programs

Ministère du Tourisme

Financial aid for festivals and tourism events

Every year, more than $20 million is available in subsidies for the tourism industry. Read more about the subsidies.

Entente de partenariat régional en tourisme (EPRT)

This agreement helps small and medium-sized businesses in the tourism sector meet new health and safety criteria. It also provides support to joint initiatives aimed at adapting or revitalizing the tourist attractions in the wake of the pandemic. Read more about this program.

Entente de développement numérique des entreprises touristiques (EDNET)

This agreement enables regional tourism associations to help local businesses develop digital sales and address related obstacles. Read more about the EDNET agreement.

Programme d’accessibilité des établissements touristiques (PAET)

This program was created to help the operators of tourist accommodations, tourist attractions, tourist information centres and other service providers to make their facilities accessible for people with disabilities. Read more about this program.

Investissement Québec programs

Concerted temporary action program for businesses

Known by the French acronym PACTE, this new relief program provides ad hoc financial support to businesses experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some $446 million has been earmarked for accommodations and tourist attractions.

The program has also introduced special assistance for businesses located in red zones through a provision called Aide aux entreprises en régions en alerte maximale (AERAM). This aid is specifically for businesses that have been forced to close due to lockdown restrictions.

Read more about the eligibility criteria on the Investissement Québec page.

PADAT: Program supporting the development of tourist attractions – Part 2

This program provides funds to ageing hotels so that they can update their facilities before the tourism industry reopens. Qualifying works can either be renovations or standard-compliance upgrades. Read more information about the PADAT program.

Joint Initiative with Tourisme Québec

Fonds de développement des entreprises touristiques (FDET)

This fund provides financing to projects that promise to enhance the tourism offer. Eligible projects must attract new customer segments and prolong business’ operating times or seasons. Loans of $50,000 to $500,000 are available to startups as well as existing small and medium-sized businesses. Read more about the fund.

Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)

Aide temporaire aux lieux de diffusion

This program provides ad hoc support for the maintenance of concert or variety show venues across Quebec. With a maximum budget of $6 million, the program was created as part of the Quebec government’s measures to revive live show activities.

Leisure program

Several financing programs are available for the recreation and leisure sector.

For more information, see the list of financing programs on the Association québécoise du loisir municipal website.

We also encourage you to read our support measures for businesses page. It summarizes the various COVID-19 relief programs available. This page is updated regularly.