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Private capital investment is a critical component of the global innovation ecosystem. Canada offers private investors a strong regulatory banking framework, welcoming immigration policy, ease of starting a business, political stability, protection of minority investors, and low business costs for R&D-intensive sectors.
Vancouver – with its thriving tech sector and startup ecosystem – is a key gateway into investing in Canada’s innovation economy. Furthermore, its proximity to Silicon Valley and major tech hubs along the rest of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, and to prominent financial centres in the Asia Pacific, connects Vancouver startups and investors alike to global markets.
American investors collectively account for the greatest share of private capital in Vancouver’s innovation economy. This guide seeks to streamline the investment process by collating the legal and tax considerations necessary for cross-border investment. While this resource focuses on Canadian and American examples, all other international investors are equally likely to benefit from this guide.
In the wake of COVID-19, the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia took historic measures to support the economy, including multiple stimulus programs.
Additionally, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has announced numerous measures to support Canadian business through the Business Credit Availability Program.
Notably for investors, the BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program may match – with a convertible note – financing for eligible Canadian startups. A qualified investor must have a fund size of CA$10 million and invested in three Canadian companies. They must also have third-party limited partners and at least one institutional investor.
Are you a US investor interested in organizing an event on cross-border investment for your angel group or other investor networks? The Vancouver Economic Commission has hosted dedicated events with Deloitte and Fasken featuring panel discussions and moderated Q&A sessions with the writers of the guide.
This guide was developed through in-house research and expertise leveraging data from Pitchbook and related sources, with taxation and legal expertise from Deloitte and Fasken.