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Canada Ratifies Administrative Assistance Multilateral Tax Convention 

Global Tax Adviser


November 26, 2013


Julia Clarkson
Ottawa, East


Alexandre Mercier
Montreal, Transfer Pricing


Canada ratified the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters on November 21, 2013. This multilateral tax convention, open to all countries, is intended to improve international tax co-operation between the taxation authorities of participating countries to combat international tax avoidance and evasion. In Canada, the convention will enter into force on March 1, 2014, and will have effect as stipulated under Article 28 of the convention.

Canada signed the original Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters on April 28, 2004 and the Protocol on November 3, 2011. This multilateral tax treaty, which was developed jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Council of Europe, provides for administrative co-operation between states including the U.S. in the assessment and collection of taxes. The convention applies to Canadian taxes that fall under the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, and the Excise Act, 2001.


Under the convention, Canada will exchange tax information with other participating countries according to the OECD standard. Canada will not be obligated to collect taxes on behalf of another country, or provide assistance in the service of related documents. Canada will instead continue to negotiate a provision on assistance in the collection of taxes on a bilateral basis, and has agreed to include such a provision in certain of its bilateral tax treaties.


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