27 Apr 2018

All Quebec food processing SMEs will benefit from a new program to increase investments in their sector in order to accelerate their automatization and increase competitiveness.

Do you own a Quebec SME in the food processing or manufacturing industry? Do you want to unlock its full potential? You could benefit from considerable financial aid not only for the strategic planning of your transformation project, but also for successfully carrying it out! Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton can provide efficient support to maximize the returns on these new investments.

When the program was announced on April 4, 2018, Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), and Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, guaranteed a total program budget of $75M to be deployed over five years until 2023, and intended for all food processing businesses.

This two-part program includes:

1) Planning a project to improve labour productivity and competitiveness of businesses with $75,000 in financial aid per applicant.

2) Carrying out projects that encourage businesses to benefit from technologies to make up for the labour shortage and improve employees’ working conditions or even to help businesses that want to integrate certain markets with the installation of various systems with financial aid of $150,000 per applicant. You can read the official release to obtain further information.

Call upon our experts to make your business more competitive on the local and international markets. Under their guidance, you can turn your projects into great successes:

More details about this new government program will come on their website.

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26 Apr 2018
Éric Lebel
Partner | CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT | Recovery and reorganization

Éric Lebel, Licensed Insolvency Trustee at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, discusses the younger generation’s debt issues the day after a new law is adopted in Quebec to protect students from solicitation.

In a Radio-Canada article published on April 19, 2018, Éric confirmed that the percentage of bankruptcy cases with 18 to 29-year olds is higher than it was five years ago. In fact, in 2012, these cases represented 11.9% of all cases. In 2017, it was 13.2%. “These are not the clients we see most often, but it’s increasing from year to year,” says Éric.

In his opinion, this is a multi-faceted problem: “Access to credit is too easy; young people don’t receive the required education to properly handle their finances and it doesn’t help that we live in a “temptation” society. People don’t resist the temptation to buy things because credit is available beyond our means,” confirms this expert who handles cases of over-indebtedness every week.

You can read the article online (in French).

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26 Apr 2018

As a sponsor of the 2nd edition of the Prix Créateurs d’emplois du Québec, an important event that awards businesses that increased their number of employees during the past year, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton encourages all eligible companies to participate.

To apply: fill out this short online form.

Deadline: May 31, 2018.

Criteria: number of jobs created or maintained in the past year and a description of how this was achieved.

The official gala will take place on October 24, 2018 at the Centre des congrès de Québec. The Premier of Quebec and numerous business leaders will attend.

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25 Apr 2018

The continuing retirement of baby-boomers is creating a serious need for successors in Quebec SMEs. Éric Dufour, Business Transfer Leader at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton answered several questions as part of the Les Affaires February 2018 supplement on Business Transfers.

Eric noted: “Employees must be told about the major steps of the succession plan. It’s important to explain the new structure and philosophy and the strategic plan.”

Win-win transactions for transferors

The transfer could even be undertaken in several steps. Eric adds: “You can start by transferring responsibilities, then consider the next steps, such as a progressive shareholder change. This allows transferors to stay on and phase out their involvement, while going through the essential business grief period.”

View the complete business transfer supplement in Les Affaires (available only to subscribers).