On February 13, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a national consultation strategy which seeks to examine methods to strengthen corporate transparency across the country. Announced through the release of the "Strengthening Corporate Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Canada" report, the consultation focuses on how to bolster law enforcement efforts to counter and reduce the misuse of corporate vehicles involved in money laundering, terrorist financing and tax evasion.
On February 15, 2020, draft amending regulations (the “Draft Regulations”) were issued, proposing a number of amendments to be made to the prior amendments to the regulations (the “Regulations”) under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (the “PCMLTFA”). The Draft Regulations are open for comment until March 15, 2020 and will come into force on the day they are registered.
Following consultations with businesses and reporting entities, FINTRAC has updated its guidance on Methods to verify the identity of an individual and confirm the existence of a corporation or an entity other than a corporation (the “Guidance”) effective October 2019. The updated guidance reflects amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Regulations that came into force on June 25, 2019.