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MNP 2018 Federal Fall Economic Statement

November 21, 2018

MNP 2018 Federal Fall Economic Statement

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MNP summarizes new economic incentives issued in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Federal Fall Economic Statement – 2018


On Wednesday, November 21, 2018 the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, tabled the 2018 Fall Economic Statement – Investing in Middle Class Jobs.

This was a highly anticipated speech, as many Canadians were looking for a response to promote Canada’s competitiveness. At this point in time, limited new tax measures are introduced; the highlights are detailed below:

Income Tax Rates

No changes were announced to personal or corporate income tax rates or thresholds.

Full Expensing for Manufacturing and Processing Machinery and Equipment and Clean Energy Equipment

The Fall Statement announced that machinery and equipment used in Canada for the manufacturing and processing of goods, as well as specified clean energy equipment, will be eligible for immediate expensing. Qualifying assets acquired on or after November 21, 2018 will be eligible for a full tax write-off in the year it is put in use in the business. The half-year rule will be suspended for property that is eligible for this measure.

These proposals will be gradually phased out starting in 2024 and will no longer be in effect for investments put in use after 2027.

Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) Measures

The government introduced an Accelerated Investment Incentive to allow businesses in Canada to deduct the cost of their investments more quickly, thus increasing the attractiveness of making capital investments. The Accelerated Investment Incentive will provide an enhanced first-year allowance for most capital property that is subject to the CCA rules.

The Accelerated Investment Incentive will generally be calculated by applying the prescribed CCA rate for a class to one-and-a-half times the net addition to the class for the year (or three times the normal first-year allowance when subject to the half-year rule). The larger deduction in the first year will be offset by smaller deductions in respect of the property in future years.

The Accelerated Investment Incentive will be available for eligible property that is acquired after November 20, 2018 and which becomes available for use before 2028, subject to a phase-out for property that becomes available for use after 2023.

Illustrative Impact of Proposed Measures on Selected Assets, Deduction in the First Year*

Immediate Expensing Normal Proposed Measures
Manufacturing and processing machinery and equipment Clean energy equipment 25% 25% 100% 100%
Clean energy equipment Accelerated Investment Incentive 25% 100%
Computer software 50% 100%
Computers 27.50% 82.50%
Trucks and tractors for hauling freight 20% 60%
Motor vehicles 15% 45%
Earth-moving equipment 15% 45%
Data network infrastructure equipment 15% 45%
Aircraft 12.50% 37.50%
Office equipment 10% 30%
Fibre-optic cables Buildings used in manufacturing and 6% 5% 18% 15%
processing Other non-residential buildings 3% 9%
Goodwill1 2.50% 7.50%
Other2 Variable Up to 3x normal rate

1Goodwill is an intangible business asset that is linked business. In practice, goodwill is the difference between business and the value of the net assets (e.g. buildings, sale.

2 The category "other" includes all other capital assets, that are not presented in this table. * reproduced from the Fall Economic Statement, linked to the established between the price paid buildings, equipment) acquired assets, including intangible Statement, Department of established reputation of a paid to acquire a acquired during the intangible capital of assets, that are not presented in this table.


* reproduced from the Fall Economic Statement, Department of Finance

Other Measures

  • A new refundable tax credit for qualifying news organizations was introduced and will be effective January 1, 2019. The credit will support labour costs associated with producing original news content and will generally be available to both non-profit and for-profit news organizations.
  • A new temporary non-refundable tax credit for qualifying subscribers of Canadian eligible digital news media was also introduced. Details on the 15 percent tax credit will be provided in Budget 2019.
  • The Mineral Exploration Tax Credit, scheduled to expire March 31, 2019, has been extended for an additional five years, until March 31, 2024.


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Regional Tax Contacts

Name Region Phone Number
James Kungel Vancouver Island 250.734.4303
Kevin Wong Vancouver 604.685.8408
Ryan Hoag Lower Mainland 604.637.1502
Christopher Tilbury Fraser Valley 604.870.6910
Brian Posthumus Okanagan 250.979.1736
Randy Bella Calgary 403.536.5536
Graham Heron Central Alberta 403.356.1255
Mark Bernard Edmonton 780.453.5388
Kim Drever Peace 780.832.4287
Michael Unick Lethbridge 403.317.2770
Cindy Heinrichs Cypress 306.770.3627
Jeff Henkelman North Saskatchewan 306.664.8301
Wayne Paproski South Saskatchewan 306.790.7941
Derek Innis Winnipeg 204.788.6093
Michael Poole Southern Manitoba 204.571.7641
Steve Blazino Northwest Ontario 807.623.2141
Ryan Devereux Southwest Ontario 519.679.8550
Bryan Walters South Central Ontario 289.293.2314
Jeanne Cheng Toronto North 416.596.1711
Don Carson Toronto 416.263.6930
Rosario Suppa GTA-West 416.641.4948
Gavin Miranda Ottawa 613.691.4224
Sean Sprackett Montreal 514.228.7822
Jerry Inman Atlantic Canada 902.493.5464

Service Line Leaders

Name Region Phone Number
Am Lidder International Tax 778.571.3535
Heather Weber Indirect Tax 250.979.2575
Jay McLean SR&ED Tax 519.772.2986

Senior Vice President, Tax

Name Region Phone Number
Am Lidder SVP, Tax Services 778.571.3535


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