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Stay connected to the issues that impact you as a private company owner. Read our survey reports, publications and tax updates.

Business Insights®: The Survey of Canadian Private Companies
For the tenth year, we’ve gathered the opinions of Canadian private company leaders from across the country to determine their outlook for the year ahead and collect their perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing their organization.
Business Insights The Survey of Canadian Private Companies 2013 PDF

Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE)
For the first time since its inception, there will be significant changes to accounting standards for private enterprises (ASPE). Are you affected?
Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE)

Guide to going public in Canada
Turning a privately owned enterprise into a publicly traded company through an initial public offering (IPO) is a rigorous process. To learn more and to help you get started, we invite you to read this publication which explains the IPO process, provides insights into the hurdles you may face, and tips on how to tackle them.
Guide to going public in Canada PDF

Balancing the personal with the professional: How to bridge the gap in a family business
Most family business leaders say their key advantage over non-family-owned firms is their long-term approach and their focus on building trust and personal relationships. So why is it that only 12% of family businesses make it to the third generation and only 1% make it beyond the fifth generation?
Balancing the personal with the professional PDF

Helping families through the maze: Tax planning for cross-border families
Thanks to our long and friendly relationship with our neighbour to the south, it’s tough to find a family without some kind of US connection. Our team is here to help you understand and plan your affairs so that you have a tax efficient plan here in Canada and in the US.
Helping families through the maze PDF

Creating a lasting legacy
The Canadian supplement to the 2012/13 PwC Global Family Business Survey explores the key strengths and challenges faced by Canada’s family-owned businesses.

Year End Tax Planner
The Year-End Tax Planner is a publication designed primarily for individuals who have either accumulated some wealth or who own their own businesses (large or small).

Building a presence in today's growth markets
Private companies are setting their sights on emerging and fast-growing markets (EFGMs), where economic conditions are rebounding more quickly than in mature markets. Read about the top business opportunities and risks in these markets as identified by 158 private-company executives.

Wealth and tax matters
A flagship publication produced by our High Net Worth practice written to keep individuals, business owners and tax practitioners up-to-date on ways to preserve wealth, enjoy the fruits of their hard work and avoid unnecessary tax liabilities.
Wealth and tax matters

Top 10 things to consider for your will and estate plan
Planning today for your future tomorrow can reduce taxes during your lifetime and help ensure that your estate planning objectives will be met. We have put together a checklist of 10 steps to help you achieve your goals.

Putting cash back in your pocket: PwC’s Direct Tax Recovery Review for Private Companies
Managing a private company is complicated enough without having to worry about filing taxes properly. And yet, inaccurate tax returns often result in overpayment — substantial sums in some cases.

Company Size Matters: Perspectives on IT Governance
This publication explores small versus large Canadian organizations and IT Governance.

Exit Focus Series
The five-part series has been developed to help guide business owners through the initial stages of making the decision to transition out of the business, to preparing for life after the deal.

Let's Talk series
Our Let’s Talk articles provide our perspective on the issues most impacting Canada’s private companies, from managing risk to talking to your banker, and more.

As I See It series
Find out what is on the minds of the owners and leaders of Canada’s most successful private companies, and what keeps them up at night. As a part of our As I See It series, we interviewed the CEOs Canadian private companies, who shared their candid thoughts.

Tax Facts and Figures: Canada
A comprehensive look at the federal and provincial tax rates to help you to make sense of the rates and changes that affect you and your company.
Tax Facts and Figures: Canada 2010

Charitable Giving Guide for Donors
Determine the most cost-effective way to structure your donations.
Charitable Giving Guide

Estate Tax Updates
A series of publications designed to help you understand U.S. tax exposure for Canadians.
Estate Tax Updates