Liberals Introduce Legislation to Create a Corporate Ownership Registry

The federal Liberals are moving ahead with plans to create an ownership registry after promising to increase transparency about who owns and controls corporations.
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne has tabled legislation that would create a corporate beneficial ownership registry.
The prospective registry is expected to have the goal of making it easier to identify owners of corporations who launder money, commit financial crimes or evade taxes.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Champagne after the last federal election included instructions to create such a registry.
The Liberals‘ 2021 budget dedicated $2.1 million over two years “to support the implementation of a publicly accessible corporate beneficial ownership registry by 2025.”… Source

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