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Canada Concludes Tax Treaty Negotiations with China  

Global Tax Adviser 

February 21, 2012

Jill Birks
Calgary, International Corporate Tax

Bill Lau

Vancouver, International Corporate Tax

The Canadian government has announced that an agreement in principle had been reached on an updated Canada-China tax treaty. This announcement coincided with Prime Minister Harper's trip to China in the week of February 6, 2012. The treaty, which was originally signed in 1986, is intended to help promote trade and investment between the two countries.

The updated treaty will conform to current Canadian and international tax treaty policies, which is based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital. The updated treaty will:


  • Further reduce tax barriers in order to encourage trade and investment between Canada and China
  • Reduce the rates of withholding taxes that apply on certain cross-border payments
  • Eliminate double taxation for individuals and companies doing business or earning income in the other country.


The updated treaty will enter into force once it has been ratified by both countries.


For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.

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