Real Estate & Construction
Real estate and construction companies operate in a highly competitive, increasingly complex environment. Skilled labour shortages, fluctuating interest rates, and other market-drivers must continuously be assessed in terms of both short- and long-term needs.
Four Key Disruptors In Canadian Commercial Real Estate
Canada’s commercial real estate market is going strong, but the competitive landscape is changing — and property owners need to be prepared. After a record-setting year in 2017, most major...
Recent changes to AFFO and ACFO
Recent Changes to AFFO and ACFO. This past February, the Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) announced a new financial accounting performance metric, in addition to modifying...
The 2018 BDO global REIT report
BDO Global surveyed 35 REIT leaders from companies around the world about global changes to the REIT climate.
How to speed up payments in the construction industry
Construction projects are expensive, and costs can rise due to slow or delayed payments. It’s estimated that can increase a project’s general costs by an additional 3%. However, there are...
5 Tips to Manage a Crisis
The objective of managing a crisis event should be simple: As an organization, how do we protect our assets, our people, and other stakeholders from unlikely, but high-impact crisis...
Bill 142 – Ontario construction lien act amendment – are your accounting systems ready?
Bill 142 – Construction Lien Act Amendment Act, 2017 aims to modernize the 35-year-old Construction Act in Ontario (previously called the Construction Lien Act), and ensure that workers who...
5 Key Industry Drivers For Real Estate Investment Trusts In Canada
Over the past decade, REITs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) have offered some of the strongest returns, while the TSX REIT Index has approximately doubled the performance of the TSX...
Understanding Construction Holdbacks and the Potential Tax Implications
In the construction industry, holdbacks may be inserted into contracts as a way to protect the buyer, by “holding back” a portion of the invoice until all the work is complete. This allows the...
Reality check: How AR and VR are changing real estate
There has been a lot of talk lately about how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are impacting the construction and real estate industries today. AR and VR can offer...
Tax alert - Reducing complexities of land transfer tax
On July 14th 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Finance released a Consultation Document which discusses a number of proposed measures that aim to reduce the complexity associated with the...
Employees or Subcontractors? The Risk is in the Details
Transportation companies today often use subcontractors in place of employees, usually (though not exclusively) as drivers. In an increasingly competitive economy, the benefits of this decision...
Real Estate Development - BDO’s Outlook for 2018
If change is the mark of a vibrant business climate, the Canadian real estate space can look back and celebrate a banner 2017. From mortgage rate increases to interest rate hikes to...