27 Mar 2017
Alain Lacasse
Partner | CPA, CA | Assurance

Alain Lacasse and Alexandre Laturaze, film and television sector experts at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, joined the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) trade mission in Los Angeles organized in collaboration with the Mayor of Montreal’s Cabinet.

Over the three-day period from March 6th to 9th, the Quebec mission, comprised of the QFTC and 12 companies, met with several key decision-makers from the production and finance sectors in Hollywood to present Quebec’s overall offer in terms of audiovisual production services, highlight the visual effects, special effects, and virtual and augmented reality sectors and promote Quebec’s competitive tax incentives.

Our Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton experts took the opportunity to present their global service offering and give sound advice on television and movie project tax incentives, financing and certification on Quebec.

Read the QFTC news release for more information on the trade mission.

Bottom row, from left to right:

Alain Lacasse (Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton), Andrew Lapierre (MTL Grandé), Pierre Moreau (BCTQ), Manon Gauthier (Ville de Montréal), Brigitte LeBlanc (National Bank), Robert Young (Miralupa / CieAR ), Ricardo Poupada (5th Wall), Sonia Marques (Digital District), Michel Trudel (MELS), Steve McLellan (MELS) and Jacques Brouillette (Globalex).

Top row, from left to right:

Jean-Claude Beineix (Globalex), Alexandre Laturaze (Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton), Robert Schajer (BUF), Iohann Martin (MTL Grandé), Mario Desautels (National Bank), Alexandre Daigle (MTL Grandé), Marie Côté (Rodeo FX), Yanick Wilisky (Hybride), Marjolaine Tremblay (Rodeo FX), Chanelle Routhier (BCTQ), Monique Simard (SODEC), Sylvain Lafrance (BCTQ), Robert Takefman (5th Wall), Graham Peddie (Mr. X), Jennifer Price (BCTQ) and Cyrille Loreau (MELS)


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23 Mar 2017

Clients See Them as Their Partner, So We Made Them Ours

For close to 70 years, our clients’ confidence has been based on our experts’ competency, discipline, integrity and pursuit of excellence. We are very proud to introduce 15 new passionate, experienced partners focussed on the success of dynamic local enterprises. On site, nearby, they understand their clients’ situation and needs and know how to successfully support their growth.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will introduce its new partners to the business community in an announcement in Les Affaires (March 25) and The Gazette (March 23). Congratulations!

  • Philippe Asselin, Taxation, Brossard
  • Éric Blanchette, Assurance, Drummondville
  • Pierre Bourgeois, Taxation, Montréal
  • Mario Brisebois, Assurance, Gatineau
  • Joseph Carpinone, Advisory, Ottawa
  • Guylaine Dionne, Assurance, Brossard
  • Annie Dubuc, Assurance, Montréal
  • Jonathan Ghali, Assurance, Montréal
  • Jean-François Guimond, Assurance, Chicoutimi
  • Chantale Harvey, Assurance, Alma
  • Stéphane Lauzon, Taxation, Montréal
  • Chantal Ouellet, Assurance, Gatineau
  • Pascal Perreault, Taxation, Montréal
  • Benoit Turcotte, Taxation, Montréal
  • Yasser Waly, Business Development and Strategy, Montréal

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23 Mar 2017
Alain Tremblay
Partner | CPA, CA, CA•TI | Assurance

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton was a partner of the Les Affaires Business Transfer event that was held March 14, 2017, in Montréal. Alain Tremblay, Partner and Business Transfer Integrator, participated in the morning workshop on business valuation. In the afternoon, he spoke with Stéphane Lozeau Simard of Lozeau and Karine Pomerleau of Transherbe/Four O’Clock on a panel hosted by journalist René Vézina on the following topic: Guaranteeing a transfer that respects the visions of both the transferor and transferee.  

The article “Transfert d’entreprise: jamais sans mes conseillers”, which was published March 16, 2017, on the Les Affaires website, summarizes the discussions held during the conferences and panels on that day.


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22 Mar 2017

OTTAWA, March 22, 2017 –Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton publishes its summary of the main tax measures announced and highlights certain measures. Prepared by a team of tax specialists in the lock-up, this tax document may be consulted here.

Measures for the middle class …

This second budget tabled by Canada’s Finance Minister, the Honourable Bill Morneau, includes measures to build a stronger middle class. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton salutes the injection of an additional $1.8B over six years, starting in 2017-2018, so Canadian workers can acquire the necessary skills and tools to succeed in a changing economy. “The $400M investment over three years in late-stage venture capital for more established businesses is also noteworthy,” stated Tax Partner, Luc Lacombe.

“These are interesting measures for the Canadian economy. Nevertheless, it would have been advisable to provide our business leaders with additional tax and financial incentives to support their sustainability, in the national, continental, and international markets. The trade dynamics with the United States, Canada’s main trading partner, could be transformed following the adoption of protectionist measures by the U.S. This situation further supports the need to implement a reduced tax rate or tax credits to foster entrepreneurship and innovation, among others,” stated President and CEO, Emilio B. Imbriglio.

Additionally, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton salutes additional initiatives to close loopholes and crack down on tax evasion and tax avoidance, issues the firm has often publicly raised.

… pending stronger measures for businesses!

Zero tax on a portion of SMEs’ taxable income

In connection with the recent pre-budget consultation process, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton had recommended a number of measures it believes are relevant for stimulating growth across the country (see the pre-budget comments at www.rcgt.com/budget-recommendations).

Among these, Luc Lacombe, reiterated, “Low taxes attract investments and create jobs. With the tax rate holding at 10.5%, Canadian SMEs will not have sufficient tax manoeuvrability for sustained investments in their businesses.”

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton continues to lobby for the elimination of tax on a portion of SMEs’ income (the first $500,000 of taxable income) provided they invest the savings into productivity, job creation and innovation initiatives, while avoiding abuses.

The firm continues to hope that these measures will be adopted in the near future.

 Business transfer tax equity

Another matter that should be resolved quickly is the issue of taxes and entrepreneurship where there is still a lack of equity on business transfers to members of the same family or not at arm’s length.

The Quebec government recently extended tax equity on business transfers to all businesses in all activity sectors. “The federal government is taking a first step in this direction today by announcing its intention to publish a document in this issue in the coming months. This measure should be harmonized across Canada to ensure tax equity for business owners wishing to transfer their business to family members. A public consultation initiative on business transfers that goes beyond the tax issue should be undertaken and would serve to mobilize stakeholders throughout Canada,” added Éric Dufour, Regional Vice-President and Entrepreneurial Succession National Leader.


Lastly, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton always supports major infrastructure investments to stimulate growth and invites the federal government to publish its long-term investment plan in the near future. “In order to maintain healthy public finances and balance the budget, announcing this program would be a productive move, for both strategic and efficient investments with maximum results and avoiding overinvestments and recurring deficits,” added Imbriglio.

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