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Canada PLC

€3400 EUR

Incorporation time: 1-5 days

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Incorporation time: 5 days

Shelf companies: Yes

Accounting: Yes

Secretary: Yes

Nominee Shareholder: Yes

Nominee director: Yes

History of Canada

Canada, bordering the north of the USA, is the world’s second largest country. As a former French, and later British colony, Canada is influenced by these two cultures and retains the Queen of England as the head of state. Canada comprises ten provinces and three territories, it is highly developed and industrialized, generating wealth from its many natural resources.

Canada as an Offshore Destination

Canada is a strong offshore destination since it allows business to be done quickly and above all very simply. It benefits from its excellent reputation (the best along with Hong Kong), powerful banks and flexible legislation. The country also offers its companies the ability to sell products into the United States through several treaties established with its neighbour. Only two Canadian provinces offer the offshore tax rate of 5%.

Canadian offshore companies offer limited liability and may hold shares in foreign companies. There are several types of Canadian companies: resident, non-resident, transient, nominee and agent. The establishment of an offshore company requires no minimum capital and, in some regions, does not require any local presence. Canadian offshore companies are not taxable if they have no activity in Canada.

Canada Summary

Canada is a new player in the world of offshore companies with some provinces, including Quebec, offering low tax companies. Canada is the most preferable destination for compliant tax planning since it has no negative offshore reputation and no association with tax avoidance or evasion. It is by far one of the best neutral jurisdictions, providing offshore benefits without any of the traditional offshore drawbacks.

Types of Canadian Company

The formation of a Canadian company can be accomplished by a notary or a lawyer, and takes around five days.

Legal EntityShare CapitalNumber of Shareholders, Members or Partners
Sole TraderNot ApplicableA sole trader is personally liable for all business debts. Liability extends to private wealth, no limited liability.

General PartnershipNot ApplicableMinimum of two partners. Unlimited liability for debts and obligations, liability is joint and several.

Capital Company (Corporation)No minimum capitalOne-person limited liability company with capital of various shareholders.

Private company with a Canadian shareholderNo minimum capital

Limited liability.

Private Limited CompanyNo minimum capital

One shareholder required, liability limited to the capital which may be nominal.
Public companyNo minimum capital

Investment partners, limited liability.
CooperativeNo minimum capital

Two members required, limited liability.

Trade and Market Information

Following the 2008 crisis, Canada implemented economic recovery and foreign trade recovery plans. Thanks to consumers’ renewed confidence in the market, growth resumed in the country and was estimated at 3.3% in 2014. The Canadian Government wants to restructure its health and retirement systems.

The country has a primarily tertiary economy (more than 60%), benefiting from the dynamism of services, particularly in telecommunications, internet, tourism and aerospace. Industry is also strong in several sectors: renewable energy, forestry, hydrogen and fuel cells, metals and minerals (nickel, zinc, uranium), fishing and, finally, oil and gas.

The manufacturing sector accounts for one-third of the GDP. Canadian agriculture employs less than 2% of the active population but makes Canada one of the largest agricultural exporters in the world; it produces 10% of the world’s GMOs.

60% of Canada’s GDP depends on trade, making it a very outward-looking region. 80% of its exports are destined for the United States, its nearest neighbour, with which Canada mainly trades in energy (oil, gas, uranium and electricity). The European Union, China, and Mexico are its other main partners.

Canada’s Economic Strengths

  • Canada has a qualified workforce.
  • Ease of access to raw materials.
  • The country has one of the world’s most dynamic economies.
  • Very modern transport.
  • Quality infrastructure.

Canada Economic Weaknesses

  • The country is dependent on imports from the United States.
  • The financial system is still shaky.

Canada has a low tax rate and social contributions are very low compared with those of other developed countries. Canadian companies enjoy greater tax incentives than in the United States.

Trade and Market Information

Canada is a member of the World Trade Organization and the OECD, signatory of the Kyoto Protocol, the Washington Convention, the Basel Convention and the Montreal Protocol. The country is part of NAFTA, the NACC, OAS, the Commonwealth and APEC.

The country’s imports are regulated by the Canada Customs Act which means that the vast majority of goods do not require any approval under Canada’s highly liberalised trading system. Some terms, referred to as tariff quotas, still apply to wheat, barley, cheese and beef. Quotas may be obtained by applying for a General Import Licence from the Directorate of Import Control of the Ministry of International Trade. The customs tariff is 4.8%.

Due to Canada’s size many companies have established multiple warehouse and relay zones throughout the country. American brands like Costco, Wal-mart or Home Depot have radically changed Canadian distribution. Sobey and Loblaw are present in the food sector.

In Canada, road transport is very influential and accounts for 50% of all freight. The country’s largest port is located in Vancouver; one of the five largest ports in North America. Altogether, around 70 million tonnes of goods pass through Canadian ports each year.

The production of goods and services in the country is very varied and depends on the provinces :

Provinces/TerritoriesMain production
AlbertaPetrochemistry, oil sands

British ColumbiaNatural gas

ManitobaCanola and wheat

SaskatchewanMining and cereals

Newfoundland and LabradorNickel, oil

New BrunswickPulp and paper

Prince Edward IslandAgriculture

Nova ScotiaServices

QuébecHydro-electric energy, aerospace, processing of metals and pharmaceutical products


NunavutDiamond mining

Northwest TerritoriesMining and oil exploration

YukonMineral mining

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