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Doing business in Canada

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Canada.

Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in Canada
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Exporting to Canada
Regularly updated guide produced by UK Trade and Investment for companies looking to do business in this country. Sections include:

  • challenges
  • growth potential
  • opportunities
  • start-up considerations
  • legal considerations
  • tax and customs considerations
  • entry requirements.

Global Trader Guide to Commonwealth Markets
Export guide published by the British Chambers of Commerce featuring country profiles, overviews of key industry sectors and regional trends.

Doing Business in Canada
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in July 2011.

Doing Business in Canada
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country.

Doing Business in Canada
Guide from Osler covering the regulatory, legislative and taxation environment in Canada. This guide also includes a section on doing business in Quebec. Updated in 2011.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: Canada
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company on a Canadian Stock Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce
Support network for promoting business and trade between the UK and Canada.

Canada-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
Support network for promoting business and trade between the UK and Canada.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Canada

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Canada
Analysis of the business environment in Canada, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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