- Canada does not have a death tax or a foreign investor tax. Treaty rate withholding is only applied to US and Canadian source dividends and there are no withholdings on capital gains or interest income.
- Canada is recognised as the soundest banking system in the world (World Economic Forum – Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14).
- Canada has one of the worlds most effectively regulated securities exchange markets (World Economic Forum – Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14).
- Canada has a well-developed, internationally connected legal system that emphasizes confidentiality and certainty of property and contractual rights.
- If securities are fully paid for (not purchased on margin) in Canada, they are completely segregated and not available for use by the custodian’s business (IIROC Dealer Member Rule 17.3).
- Canada has a reputation for discretion, ethics, honesty, professionalism and legality
- The Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) provides government agency protection for up to $1 million in the case of insolvency of one of its member investment firms. This protection extends to non-residents and non-citizens of Canada (see www.cipf.ca for more information).
- There is a deep and talented pool of internationally competent lawyers, accountants, bankers and financial planners in Canada.
- Toronto is in the same time zone as many Latin American capitals.
- Efficient and certain processes for international transfer of funds.
- One of the most multicultural countries in the world allowing for personal understanding of clients’ unique cultural identity.
- Established access to global equity, bond, currency, commodity, and derivatives markets.