Investment income, also known as passive income, is being targeted in a big way. Passive income generally is defined as anything non-active, such as interest, dividends, rental and royalty income and capital gains and it appears the government is taking a two-step approach to managing it.
On April 10, 2018, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered her first budget as Finance Minister. The Finance Minister pointed to the province’s continued shift away from a reliance on natural resource revenue as a positive sign for the economy: Natural resource revenue is projected to make up 10% — or $1.48 billion — of what the province brings in.
The 2018 Ontario budget contains several tax measures affecting individuals and corporations, including the elimination of the high-income surtax from the calculation of total Ontario personal income tax.
Alberta faces 5 more years of deficit and billions of dollars in mounting debt before it sees a balance sheet back in the black. It tells a story of an economy still recovering from a lingering oil price shock and struggling with the market access problems with its crude.
In Canada, using Bitcoin for purchases is considered a barter transaction. Transactions using a cryptocurrency are subject to GST/HST and any gain or loss arising on the disposition of the cryptocurrency can be considered business income or a capital gain or loss and depends on the circumstances of the transaction.