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Country Forecast Canada September 2017

Country Forecast Canada September 2017

  • September 2017
  • ID: 3284902
  • Format: PDF

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Policy towards private enterprise and competition


2017-18: The government revises the Canada Business Corporations Act to introduce provisions on board gender diversity, annual election of directors, single election of directors and shareholder empowerment.


2019-21: Canada will remain one of the most favourable environments for private enterprise but progress on increasing competition in certain sectors, such as telecommunications, will be uneven.


Policy towards foreign investment


2017-18: The government sends mixed signals, calling for foreign investment but sometimes rejecting foreign takeovers.


2019-21: The threshold for foreign investment (in monetary value terms) is likely to rise as resource nationalism eases.


Foreign trade and exchange controls


2017-18: Canada, Mexico and the US complete the renegotiation of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) without major changes to the nature of their trading relationships.


2019-21: Canada intensifies its efforts to conclude trade deal negotiations with countries in Asia, such as Singapore, Japan and India, and with customs unions in Latin America, such as the Andean and Caribbean communities.


Taxes


2017-18: The government closes tax loopholes on income-splitting in order to increase revenue available for promised spending on infrastructure and social programmes.


2019-21: The government introduces country-by-country reporting for multinational enterprises of income, taxes paid and certain economic activities, similar to requirements proposed by the OECD, to reduce tax avoidance.


Financing


2017-18: The Bank of Canada (the central bank) develops a system-wide framework to measure stress in banking, insurance and investment funds, financial markets and financial infrastructure.


2019-21: The government completes its update of financial legislation, including the Bank Act, the Co-operative Credit Associations Act, the Insurance Companies Act, and the Trust and Loan Companies Act.


The labour market


2017-18: A global skills strategy is implemented. It aims to expedite the hiring of foreign talent for high-growth Canadian companies.


2019-21: The government further encourages the entry of skilled workers and professionals by raising its immigration target.


Infrastructure


2017-18: The Canada Infrastructure Bank begins operations. Construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline extension is delayed by legal challenges.


2019-21: After years of uncertainty, pipelines to carry crude oil from Alberta's tar sands come on stream, removing the supply bottleneck to local oil production.



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