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The Canadian Expat is excited to announce that the Supreme Court of Canada has granted the Canadian Expat leave to intervene in the case before the court regarding the inability of Canadians living abroad for extended time to vote in federal elections.  This is a gigantic step as nearly half of applications to leave were rejected.  What this means is that the Canadian Expat will now formally be permitted to present information in support of the right to vote.

Read more: Supreme Court Has Granted The Canadian Expat Leave To Intervene in Case Regarding Voting Rights

Starting on October 24th , Trowbridge Professional Corporation will begin a fall road trip to Singapore, Australia, Cayman Islands and Bermuda to hold free seminars covering (among other topics):

  • Canadian residency for tax purposes

  • Canadian filing and reporting requirements

  • Tax planning for Canadian expats, either departing Canada or arriving in Canada

  • Ownership of property in Canada and the tax implications for Canadian non-resident

  • Tax implications for ownership of investments in Canada and abroad for Canadian non-residents

  • AND Questions about other expatriate tax issues will be answered

If you have any questions at all about your tax situation in regards to how it might relate back to Canada, take advantage of these opportunities to meeting with one of the most experienced firms in Canada.

Read more: Trowbridge Professional Corporation Tax Seminars- Fall 2016 Tour

As a Canadian expat living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the ongoing discussion regarding Zunira Ishaq’s desire to wear a niqab during her Canadian citizenship ceremony is very interesting from myriad perspectives. Equally intriguing are the opinions put forth by Manitoban Hutterite, Mary-Ann Kirby on the Oct. 9th, 2015 CBC News regarding her mother who chose to wear a distinctive, traditional headscarf, along with those expressed by Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons in her article published Oct. 4, 2015, ‘Don’t Like the Niqab? Don’t Wear One.’

Read more: What Lies Beneath- A Canadian Expat's perspective


electionsCanadaThere are millions of Canadians who, for personal or professional reasons, have chosen to live outside of Canada. Some are away only for a few months, while others may remain abroad for years. No matter where they find themselves, Canadians living abroad often have the same question: How can I vote in Canada’s federal election?


To be eligible to vote by mail, Canadians living abroad must meet four criteria:

Read more: Canadians living abroad can vote in the federal election

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As an Expat, connecting with home can be difficult. Ensuring that you have access to Skype, FaceTime or some other video chat service can help you remain connected to your family and friends back home. Regardless of where you are, an internet connection is all you need to “drop in” for family dinner or catch up with Grandma.

Read more: 9 Pieces of Tech for Expats

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