03 Apr 2019

Once again, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton ranks first among the most admired management and accounting firms in Quebec.

The results were revealed in the annual Léger opinion poll on corporate reputations published in Les Affaires, edition of March 23, 2019.

The poll covered 319 Quebec and foreign companies and the firm ranked 88th overall and leads all accounting firms. Additionally, we’ve improved our showing considerably, moving up from 109th last year. In terms of employer brand, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton ranks 92nd and, once again, leads accounting firms.

Thank you from the bottom of our heart!

Thank you to everyone who has been placing their trust in Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton for over 70 years! Our firm’s rich history as well as its expertise and credibility are at the heart of its outstanding reputation. The ranking reflects the commitment and passion that drive all of the firm’s professionals and partners to serve clients well and guide them in unlocking their full growth potential.

About the opinion poll

Léger has been conducting the annual corporate reputation opinion poll since 1994. The survey covers over 300 businesses in Quebec and Canada, with 15,000 respondents in Quebec and 30,000 in Canada, in 31 activity sectors, making it the most important public opinion poll on reputation in the country.

To view the survey results, read the Les Affaires article (full article and rankings reserved for Les Affaires subscribers).

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02 Apr 2019

With the growth and success of businesses at heart, once again, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton stated its position in budget proposals to the federal and Quebec governments.

The purpose of these memoranda is to foster wealth creation and give our businesses the means to achieve their ambitions. As a reminder, the recommendations covered four strategic themes to enhance business performance: a fair, incentive-based tax system, entrepreneurial succession, innovation and immigration.

These budget recommendations were sent to various federal and Quebec ministers and elected members as well as numerous key economic and business influencers.

Dedicated to advocating for the business community, the firm issued its comments as soon as the budgets were tabled (federal and Quebec), and informed taxpayers about the announced measures (federal and Quebec tax bulletins). A concerted exercise that, yet again, illustrated Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s leading role in the marketplace and its constant focus on providing taxpayers with clear information about the issues that shape their world.

There can be no denying the firm’s place among influencers—its post-budget comments were included with those of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, the Conseil du patronat du Québec, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec, among others.

Several experts were involved in producing and broadcasting these strategic documents and some of them also provided their expertise in a number of regional and national media outlets to inform the public about the new economic and tax measures. The budget proposals were highlighted in some thirty interviews with various media across Quebec.

Federal budget, March 19, 2019

Tax Partner, Sylvain Gilbert, who attended the media lockup, participated in a web interview with TVA, and a newscast with Pierre Bruneau. He also presented budget highlights to listeners of 95.7 FM (Saguenay), 95.5 FM (Témiscouata), 101.5 FM (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce) and 107.7 FM (Sherbrooke) and viewers of L’Essentiel, hosted by Esther Bégin, on CPAC’s Parliament webcast, broadcast across Canada.

Tax Partner, Luc Lacombe, who attended the tax specialist lockup, also participated in numerous interviews: he presented the firm’s expectations and budget proposals on the eve of the budget to Esther Bégin, host of L’Essentiel, on the CPAC’s cross-Canada parliament webcast. He also presented the main tax measures to listeners of Radio-Canada (Québec City), 103.3 FM and 94.7 FM (Mauricie), 99.1 FM (Mauricie) and 103.5 FM (Saint-Georges-de-Beauce).

Olivier Levesque, Senior Tax Consultant, discussed the budget with radio announcers on 99.5 FM (Roberval), 104.5 FM (Alma) and 93.5 FM (Chibougamau) while Sarah Phaneuf, Tax Partner, presented a budget analysis to Radio-Canada (Estrie) listeners.

The firm’s reaction to the budget was quoted in Finance et Investissement and Informe Affaires among others.

Furthermore, the firm’s tax bulletin was published on world-renowned Thompson Reuters Taxnet Pro site.

Quebec Budget on March 21, 2019

Sylvain Gilbert was at the media lockup for the Quebec budget as well and provided analyses to certain media, including Le Journal de Montréal/Le Journal de Québec and TVA nouvelles. He then participated in a number of interviews for listeners of 95.7 FM (Saguenay), 97.5 (Chicoutimi), 95.5 FM (Témiscouata), 99.1 FM (Mauricie), 101.5 FM (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce) and 107.7 FM (Sherbrooke).

For his part, Luc Lacombe, discussed with reporters from a number of media, including Radio-Canada (Québec City) and FM 103.5 (Saint-Georges-de-Beauce).

Olivier Levesque was invited by 99.5 FM (Roberval), 104.5 FM (Alma) and 93.5 FM (Chibougamau) to share the firm’s opinion on the Quebec budget.

Sarah Phaneuf was the guest analyst on Radio-Canada (Estrie) radio and television.

The firm’s release on the provincial budget was published by specialized media, including Finance et investissement and Conseiller.ca, as well as Thomson Reuters’ Taxnet Pro tax platform.

Lastly, a webinar presented on March 26th by Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, in association with the Association des professionnels en développement économique du Québec, hosted by Jean-Pierre Poulin, Tax Partner, and Jean-Philippe Brosseau, Economist and Senior Manager, Consulting Services, highlighted a number of measures related to the regional economic development in Quebec.

Representations that Bear Fruit

In recent years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s advocacy with the governments has helped bring about legislative or policy changes, for example, lower corporate taxes or more flexible tax rules for a more equitable intergenerational business transfer in Quebec.

It’s interesting to note that in this year’s federal budget, the firm’s appeal to improve the federal scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax credit program and for a fairer tax system for agriculture and fishing businesses in Canada was well received.

There is no doubt about the value of these public affairs and media activities for a firm that supports the growth of local companies!

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02 Apr 2019

The finalists for the 2019 Person of the Year Awards have been announced. Discover the journey of these remarkable entrepreneurs.

We received a large number of quality nominations for this very first edition of the Person of the Year Awards.

A selection committee, composed of members from academia and the business community, under the governance of Anne-Marie Croteau, PhD, Dean of the John Molson School of Business, carefully studied each nomination. It chose 18 visionaries who bring local and international exposure to our businesses.

To find out about the nominations and learn more about these exceptional finalists, consult their online profile.

The Person of the Year Awards highlight business people who contribute to the success of their business and of Quebec, through their leadership and sense of innovation. Prizes will be awarded in four categories:

  • Instinct: awarded to a team responsible for an innovative, complex transaction that ensures the development and growth of an innovative company;
  • Glocal: given to a leader who has achieved local success through international activities;
  • Eclipse: conferred on an entrepreneur who moves the market or creates a brand new one;
  • Person of the Year: attributed to a figure who embodies the future vision of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the John Molson School of Business.

The winners for each category will be announced at the evening gala on May 9, 2019.

Keep an eye on our website and social networks to find out who the big winners will be.

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25 Mar 2019

Tax expert Sarah Phaneuf collaborates with Finance et Investissement to take stock of life annuities and TFSAs.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Tax Partner Sarah Phaneuf collaborated with Finance et Investissement to take stock of life annuities and the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA). According to the law, it is currently prohibited to hold a life annuity in a TFSA. The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) finds this situation regrettable and recommended, in its pre-budget submission to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance, that the rules governing savings products be relaxed.

Are life annuities really prohibited in TFSAs? Sarah specifies that eligible investments in a TFSA include “a contract for an annuity issued by an authorized annuity provider if, in particular, the following condition is met: the contract holder has the right to require the redemption of the contract at any time for an amount that, if reasonable selling or administrative fees were not taken into account, would be approximately equal to the value of the funds that could otherwise be used to fund future periodic payments under the contract”.

To know more about this issue, read the article dans Finance et investissement (in French).

Consult your tax specialist or financial advisor to make the best possible investments.