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You trust your external auditor to deliver not only a high-quality, independent audit of your financial statements but to provide a range of support, including assessing material risks, evaluating internal controls and raising awareness around new and amended accounting standards.
Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises
Get the clear financial picture you need with the accounting standards team at Grant Thornton LLP. Our experts have extensive experience with private enterprises of all sizes in all industries, an in-depth knowledge of today’s accounting standards, and are directly involved in the standard-setting process.
International Financial Reporting Standards
Whether you are already using IFRS or considering a transition to this global framework, Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team is here to help.
Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations
From small, community organizations to large, national charities, you can count on Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team for in-depth knowledge and trusted advice.
Public Sector Accounting Standards
Working for a public-sector organization comes with a unique set of requirements for accounting and financial reporting. Grant Thornton LLP’s accounting standards team has the practical, public-sector experience and in-depth knowledge you need.
Tax planning and compliance
Whether you are a private or public organization, your goal is to manage the critical aspects of tax compliance, and achieve the most effective results. At Grant Thornton, we focus on delivering relevant advice, and providing an integrated planning approach to help you fulfill compliance obligations.
Research & development, government incentives
Are you developing innovative processes or products, undertaking experimentation or solving technological problems? If so, you may qualify to claim SR&ED tax credits. This Canadian federal government initiative is designed to encourage and support innovation in Canada. Our R&D professionals are a highly-trained, diverse team of practitioners that are engineers, scientists and specialized accountants.
Keeping track of changes and developments in GST/HST, Quebec sales tax and other provincial sales taxes across Canada, can be a full-time job. The consequences for failing to adequately manage your organization’s sales tax obligations can be significant - from assessments, to forgone recoveries and cash flow implications, to customer or reputational risk.
Global mobility services
In today’s competitive and global marketplace, your employee mobility strategy is a critical factor for success. International opportunities are key to attracting top talent and instilling a global mindset across your organization. Your people truly are your most valuable asset, and as your expatriate workforce continues to grow, a seamless global mobility program is essential to achieving your overall business goals.
US corporate tax
The United States has a very complex and regulated tax environment, that may undergo significant changes. Cross-border tax issues could become even more challenging for Canadian businesses looking for growth and prosperity in the biggest economy in the world.
US personal tax
Whether your business is only beginning to sell to US customers, or US customers represent the core of your business, anticipating and dealing knowledgeably with the US tax environment is critical to your bottom line. Our full-service US corporate tax group can help in all tax aspects of doing business in the US. Given high US corporate tax rates, don't be surprised by a US tax liability only to find out that there were planning opportunities available to reduce it.
While there is great opportunity for businesses looking to expand globally, organizations are under increasing tax scrutiny. Regardless of your company’s size and level of international involvement—whether you’re working abroad, investing, buying and selling, borrowing or manufacturing—doing business beyond Canada’s borders comes with its fair share of tax risks.
Transfer pricing is a complex area of corporate taxation that is concerned with the intra-group pricing of goods, services, intangibles, and financial instruments. Transfer pricing has become a critical governance issue for companies, tax authorities and policy makers, and represents a principal risk area for multinationals.
Succession & estate planning
Like many private business owners today, you’ve spent your career building and running your business successfully. Now you’re faced with deciding on a successor—a successor who may or may not want your direct involvement and share your vision.
Tax Reporting & Advisory
The financial and tax reporting obligations of public markets and global tax authorities take significant resources and investment to manage. This requires calculating global tax provision estimates under US GAAP, IFRS, and other frameworks, and reconciling this reporting with tax compliance obligations.
Our transactions group takes a client-centric, integrated approach, focused on helping you make and implement the best financial strategies. We offer meaningful, actionable and holistic advice to allow you to create value, manage risks and seize opportunities. It’s what we do best: help great organizations like yours grow and thrive.
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Viruses. Phishing. Malware infections. Malpractice by employees. Espionage. Data ransom and theft. Fraud. Cybercrime is now a leading risk to all businesses.
Running a business is challenging and you need advice you can rely on at anytime you need it. Our team dives deep into your issues, looking holistically at your organization to understand your people, processes, and systems needs at the root of your pain points. The intersection of these three things is critical to develop the solutions you need today.
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Every real estate project starts with a vision. We help builders and developers solidify that vision, transform it into reality, and create value.
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In today’s economic climate, it’s more important than ever to have a strong advisory partner on your side.
Real Estate Service Providers
Your company plays a key role in the success of landlords, investors and owners, but who is doing the same for you?
There’s no business quite like mining. It’s volatile, risky and complex – but the potential pay-off is huge. You’re not afraid of a challenge: the key is finding the right balance between risk and reward. Whether you’re a junior prospector, a senior producer, or somewhere in between, we’ll work with you to explore, discover and extract value at every stage of the mining process.
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The oil and gas industry is facing many complex challenges, beyond the price of oil. These include environmental issues, access to markets, growing competition from alternative energy sources and international markets, and a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, to name but a few.
If you’re thinking about enhancing your business’ cybersecurity, you’re not alone—more than half1 of Canadian organizations have implemented additional security measures in the past year.
We address some of the most frequently asked questions—from password protection to insurance—to demystify Cybersecurity and help safeguard your organization.
1. How can a cyberattack be prevented?
Many businesses don’t think about cybersecurity threats until it’s too late. The good news is that cyberattacks are preventable with a proactive plan and effective cybersecurity policies. This can include the following:
- Build a human firewall. Your best defense is your people. cybersecurity awareness training and regular testing can enable your team to identify potential attacks and protect your systems against a range of threats—from social engineering schemes to phishing, vishing and smishing.
- Conduct annual cybersecurity assessments. Cybercriminals are increasingly sophisticated. Invite us to evaluate the effectiveness of your cybersecurity program at least annually.
- Establish cybersecurity best practices. This can include password policies, system patching policies, and acceptable use.
2. What is the difference between IT and cybersecurity teams? Does my business need both?
IT and cybersecurity teams offer optimal protection when working in tandem. IT teams create policies and procedures to ensure that networks are operational while protecting the availability of digital information and physical devices. cybersecurity teams are typically outsourced—they can conduct awareness training, assessments, and vulnerability scans, as well as focusing on the confidentiality and integrity of data and systems from internal and external threats.
3. What should my business consider when developing a cybersecurity strategy?
People, processes, and technology are the three pillars of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. We recommend examining your organization’s governance structure, identifying your most valuable assets, auditing your employees’ cybersecurity skillsets and assessing your organization’s key threats.
4. How can cybersecurity insurance protect my business?
cybersecurity insurance won’t stop a cyberattack from occurring, but it can limit your financial exposure. Policies generally cover costs associated with a forensic investigation, extortion from a ransomware attack, or a lawsuit. Policies don’t typically include future lost profits, decreased value due to reputational damage, or costs associated with preventative upgrades to IT systems.
cybersecurity insurance is only one component of your risk management program. It’s just as important (if not more so) to have other appropriate controls in place to prevent and detect cyberattacks.
5. Is it risky to grant employees full administrative access on their company computers?
Granting employees full administrative access on company computers is a high-risk practice since they can install new software, add accounts and alter systems. If an employee clicks on a phishing email that contains a malicious attachment, the associated malware can do more damage to the user’s computer given the elevated permissions they have.
That said, denying administrative access doesn’t eliminate cybersecurity risks—employees can still unknowingly click on a malicious link and input their credentials.
6. How can I ensure my password is secure?
A computer can guess 100 billion passwords2 every second. A strong password should consist of at least ten characters with a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, special characters and numbers, and should be changed every 90 days. It shouldn’t contain personally identifiable information, such as a name or date of birth. Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of protection and is considered the only “good” password configuration. The same password should not be used for more than one system.
Password managers use strong encryption to protect passwords, which makes them secure and safe to use. You can also use multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security, which will require a second authentication before allowing access to stored passwords. Learn more about strengthening your passwords here.
7. Is my business vulnerable to cybersecurity threats?
We recommend starting with a cybersecurity assessment to assess vulnerabilities, awareness, and preparedness. The assessment is customized to your size and industry and aligns with the most recent Canadian and international cybersecurity standards. You can learn more about our cybersecurity assessments here.
Visit our cybersecurity hub
Developing a cybersecurity program is critically important in our digital era—but you aren’t alone. If you have a cyber-related question or would like to learn more about how we can support you, visit our cybersecurity hub.
The information and comments herein are for the general information of the reader and are not intended as advice or opinion to be relied upon in relation to any particular circumstances. For particular application, the reader should seek professional advice.
 Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). 2020 CIRA Cybersecurity Report. Retrieved from https://www.cira.ca/cybersecurity-report-2020
 Paul Haskell-Dowland, P. (2021, February 1). A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure? The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/a-computer-can-guess-more-than-100-000-000-000-passwords-per-second-still-think-yours-is-secure-144418.
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