Canada: A Rare Commodity, Ripe for Global Investment

Prudent regulatory environment and conservative business culture

September 2014

Canada has a lot to offer global investors, including a favourable business environment and strong incentives in support of research, development and international investment. Canada has been rated as the best sovereign nation in the world in which to do business (Bloomberg), and studies found Canada had a 7.2 per cent business cost advantage over the U.S. as well as 46.4 per cent lower total tax costs (KPMG).

While Canada’s prudent regulatory environment and conservative business culture have proven very effective in helping it sustain stability and growth, some of the practices have proven unexpectedly foreign to international participants. Local insights and expertise can be very valuable in bridging the gap, and at CIBC Mellon, we have a long track record of helping clients navigate the Canadian market and regulatory environment. Global investors into Canada know they can rely on CIBC Mellon to provide strong service, critical market information and diligent execution to support their efforts in this marketplace.

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About CIBC Mellon

CIBC Mellon is a Canadian company exclusively focused on the investment servicing needs of Canadian institutional investors and international institutional investors into Canada. Founded in 1996, CIBC Mellon is 50-50 jointly owned by The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). CIBC Mellon's investment servicing solutions for institutions and corporations are provided in close collaboration with our parent companies, and include custody, multicurrency accounting, fund administration, recordkeeping, pension services, exchange-traded fund services, securities lending services, foreign exchange processing and settlement, and treasury services.

As at September 30, 2020, CIBC Mellon had more than C$2 trillion of assets under administration on behalf of banks, pension funds, investment funds, corporations, governments, insurance companies, foreign insurance trusts, foundations and global financial institutions whose clients invest in Canada. CIBC Mellon is part of the BNY Mellon network, which as at September 30, 2020 had US$38.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration. CIBC Mellon is a licensed user of the CIBC trade-mark and certain BNY Mellon trade-marks, is the corporate brand of CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company and CIBC Mellon Trust Company, and may be used as a generic term to refer to either or both companies.

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