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Canada: Types of Company

Branches and Representative Offices

This page was last updated on 5 June 2019.

A foreign corporation can establish a branch in Canada. The branch must be registered or obtain a licence in the province where it intends to carry on business. The definition of “carrying on a business” varies from province to province, so careful consideration must be made to establish exactly what type of business can be carried on in any one province.

It is possible for branches to benefit from certain tax advantages, depending on the province in which it is established. For example, in some instances, losses incurred by the branch can be offset against taxable profits earned by the foreign corporation in other jurisdictions – although this does, of course, depend on whether the other jurisdiction allows such.



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