06 Mar 2020

Boosted by its leadership position and the acquisition of Morin Cadieux SENC in the fall of 2018, our firm announces the expansion of its offices on Bellefeuille Street in Trois-Rivières.

Expanding from 9,000 sq. ft. to 14,500 sq. ft., the premises now allow us to offer our clients and Saint-Joseph Street staff access to a more innovative environment and to consolidate the work teams located in two offices since the acquisition.

Some twenty employees now join the thirty or so partners and employees whose ambition, know-how and professionalism contribute to our clients’ success and our teams’ mobilization.

The completion of this project is a source of collective pride for the employees of our Trois-Rivières office.

Magalie Lebel-Lemire, Partner and Assurance Leader in the region said, “They place their trust in us, inspire us to excel and, through their entrepreneurial spirit, leave their mark on the history and growth of our dynamic region. We share a constant desire to strive for quality, innovation and excellence.”

François Dupuis, Trois-Rivières office Managing Partner added, “The diversity of the services we offer, our organizational structure adapted to local markets and the extent of our presence in the Nicolet and Mauricie community attest to our deep desire to support the region’s entrepreneurs and encourage the attraction and retention of talent. Our new two-storey work environment and access to a wide range of expertise are part of our pursuit of this important objective, as well as our desire to offer some fifty employees a motivating and unifying work environment.”

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05 Mar 2020

We are pleased to announce that the prestigious title of Fellow (FCPA) of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec has been awarded to Rémi Fortin, Managing Partner of our Beauce offices.

This recognition is a testament to his effective leadership and remarkable professionalism. From his early days with our firm in 1994, as a manager in the Saint-Georges office, he was responsible for managing the Saint-Éphrem-de-Beauce office, where he demonstrated his business development skills and ability to build relationships of trust with the local community.

Named Partner in 2005, in 2015 Rémi Fortin was entrusted with the role of Managing Partner of the Beauce offices. Since then, he has proudly represented the six Beauce offices on the region’s management committee.

He continues to assert his brand as a positive leader of our organization in the Beauce region. To this end, he pursues numerous community commitments. His understanding of local issues makes Rémi a seasoned business advisor, tuned in to the local situation and focused on achieving the objectives of our clients and our organization.

Rémi Fortin was also recognized for his contribution to the community and the accounting profession was recognized in 2017, when he was awarded the title CPA Émérite Chaudière-Appalaches et Québec.

In 2019, he received the Ordre du mérite georgien, the highest honour bestowed by the City of Saint-Georges.

Congratulations to Rémi Fortin for his exemplary contribution to the development and advancement of our profession!

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14 Feb 2020

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is proud to rank first on the list of Quebec’s top 25 accounting firms in Quebec according to the Les Affaires classification.

This result confirms yet again the firm’s position as a leader in the Quebec business world.

In those articles, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, and Louis Roy, President of Catallaxy, subsidiary specializing in blockchain technology, discussed a series of issues that are shaping the accounting industry in general and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in particular.

Visibility worthy of a large firm, close to people and at the service of local organizations

Consult the articles in this report where our firm is quoted:

With more than 2,800 professionals in over 100 offices and access to a large international network present in more than 140 countries, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton helps its clients and business partners reach new heights and is a partner of choice in their growth!

Thank you for making Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton the top accounting firm in Quebec!

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12 Feb 2020

2020-2021 Budgets: Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Calls upon Governments to Go Further for Business Growth

The objective of the measures proposed to the governments today is to enable our businesses to reach their full potential for growth. They’re the driving force of our economy and the source of our collective prosperity. It’s therefore essential that we continue to provide them with a business environment that is competitive and more conducive to innovation. Québec and Canada must take their rightful place among the world’s most successful nations.

– Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO

MONTRÉAL, February 12, 2020 – Supporting competitiveness within the business world is one of the best ways to increase wealth. For this reason, in connection with the tabling of the next budget, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is continuing to submit measures that it deems relevant to the Ministers of Finance of Quebec and Canada.

Emilio B. Imbriglio, the firm’s President and CEO, said: “We have been advising key decision makers in Quebec and Canada for more than 70 years. With over 2,800 professionals in more than 100 offices, our unique perspective from both an industry and regional standpoint allows us to understand the realities of businesses, determine their needs and provide expert advice to meet their expectations. We know them well and we know that a fair, sustainable, incentive-based tax system that is better suited to their reality is necessary, as are measures to motivate entrepreneurial succession, further encourage innovation and digital transformation, and maintain the workforce.”

Here are a few of our recommendations:

1. A fair, sustainable, incentive-based tax system suited to today’s situation

Among others, on the tax front, the firm is reiterating the importance for:

  • Governments to abolish corporate income tax on the first $500,000 of an SME’s taxable income, provided that the savings be invested in productivity, employment and innovation in a manner that avoids any possible abuse.
  • Governments to announce their intention to reflect upon and revise family taxation and, more broadly, for the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces, to establish a review process for the tax system, that would be led by independent experts and would lead to a major taxation overhaul for the country;
  • Governments to reduce the Canadian business payroll tax;
  • The federal government to undertake to amend the Income Tax Act to make business transfers to a family member and also for all businesses equitable, regardless of their size and industry and for the Quebec government to undertake to reduce or even remove the restrictions that apply to shareholders when transferring a business to a family member.

2. Entrepreneurial succession

In terms of entrepreneurial succession, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is suggesting that, for example:

  • Governments set up a fund to support businesses so that they can call upon professionals to help them implement a formal and complete succession plan;
  • The federal government allow RRSPs to be used for funding entrepreneurs’ certified succession plans and for business investments;
  • The Quebec government implement various measures to promote the listing of Quebec companies on the stock exchange specifically by introducing a new simplified share savings type of plan for public SMEs and encouraging tax-advantaged funds to support them.

3. Innovation

It is proposed, for innovation and the 4.0 transformation, that:

  • Governments create an innovation tax credit to help SMEs increase their technology investments and continue to grow;
  • The Quebec government establish a program to support employee training for Quebec companies that are undergoing a digital transformation process; adapt vocational training programs to prepare the workers of tomorrow for a digitally transformed economy; and centralize the management of programs supporting the digital transformation of Quebec companies within a single department or Crown corporation;
  • Governments recognize, in the upcoming budget, blockchain technology and distributed registries as a strategic and undeniable economic issue.

4. Labour and immigration

The following measures are suggested in this respect, among others:

  • That governments make certain adjustments to address labour shortages by exempting from tax overtime for students and workers over the age of 65, as well as in certain industries;
  • That the Quebec Government streamline the administrative aspect by simplifying the conditions and procedures faced by SMEs in recruiting labour through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
  • That the Quebec Government ensure that the July 1, 2020 deadline for announcing the new Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) be respected and that it be implemented no later than the end of 2020. The reform of the QIIP must make it possible to protect jobs in Québec’s financial sector and free up significant amounts of money to support Quebec’s strategic economic guidelines (productivity, innovation, labour shortages, business acquisitions, etc.);
  • That the federal government make adjustments to speed up processes in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to allow newcomers (high and low wage earners) to work for Canadian businesses and to respond to the urgent needs of Canadian businesses within approximately three months rather than six to ten months; and
  • That the federal government consider reintroducing an innovative business immigration program providing for a more focussed use of funds than the previous program.

Read the prebudget proposals (available in French) forwarded to the federal and Quebec government and a summary of the recommendations.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders since 1948. The firm’s advisors are committed to helping clients thrive by obtaining a deep understanding of what is important to them, their business and their industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of motivated and talented professionals, helps accelerate growth. A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton relies on a team of more than 2,800 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton global organization, our global footprint spans across more than 140 countries with over 56,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.


Francis Letendre
Head, Public Affairs
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton