In this article, we will cover why Canada has proven to be a hotspot for foreign investors. A strong economy, access to North American markets, investment opportunities, and residence options are all leading reasons you should be thinking about making your next investment in this economic melting pot. When you are ready to begin investing offshore, or are looking for your next investment destination, reach out to Alpen Partners to find out how you can begin today! 

Why should you invest in Canada?

Are you wondering what benefits come with a Canadian investment? In terms of economic benefits, Canada is an excellent country for business and has access to the entire North American market. It is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, one of the world’s top 10 trading nations, and has a rapidly growing economy. This can be an excellent option for investors who want to break out of EU or Asian markets who aren’t interested in the United States or are looking for a way to grow your portfolio to qualify for US programs. No matter the reason, there is an investment in Canada waiting for you. 

As an added bonus, many investors look for jurisdictions that can offer benefits beyond a healthy return. Countries such as Portugal, Spain, and Malta offer residence visas when making qualified investments. Still, some investors want to branch out from these typical European economies and dream of living in North America. While many choose the United States for their history of global immigration and investment, others prefer more political and economic stability and choose their neighbors to the north. There are several ways for investors to move to Canada, including programs specific to the nation’s provinces. Read more about residence by investment in Canada. (Earn Citizenship Through Investment in Canada)

How to invest in Canada

Now that you can see some of the benefits of investing in Canada let’s take a short glimpse at some of the options available to foreign investors. For more information or investment options, our international investment experts can match you with the right investment. 

Stock Exchange

The stock market in Canada is made up of one large exchange along with many smaller exchanges. The large, main exchange is the Toronto Stock Exchange, known as TSX, and is the ninth-largest exchange in the world. Investors can also find smaller, up-and-coming companies on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V), which offers stocks at a lower price. There are over 1,500 companies listed on the TSX, with an additional 2,000 on the TSX-V. The Canadian stock market is backed by a strong economy, making it very safe to begin investing. Many US investors will use the TSX to protect their portfolio against any volatility. Non-residents can invest in the stock exchange by purchasing stocks through licensed brokers and via exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Contact Alpen Partners to find out the best route to Canadian stocks for you. 

Commodities

Investing in commodities involves placing money into raw materials that are either consumed directly, such as food or livestock, or used to create other products, like water, oil, natural gas, and precious metals. Energy sources and natural resources are also considered commodities. Interested investors can invest in commodities in many different ways, like raw physical form or future contracts of ETPs that track a commodity index. A lot of investors use offshore commodities as a tool to hedge a portfolio. 

Canada is a great place to purchase commodities. The country has a strong history of producing natural resources like oil and natural gas. It’s also one of the largest exporters of minerals in the world. Potash is another commodity that Canada is known for, a material used in fertilizer and is highly utilized by the agriculture sector. The stock exchange is one of the best ways to invest in commodities as a non-resident.

Real Estate 

Investing in foreign real estate is one of the most popular ways to diversify a portfolio. Canada is home to a relatively large ex-pat community, so the country is pretty relaxed with the availability of foreigners to purchase real estate. To purchase real estate, non-residents are expected to deposit at least 35% of the property’s value, a reference letter from their bank, proof of income, and a Canadian credit check. The most significant factor to consider is taxation. Some regions have additional taxes to pay for non-resident investors. Also, while there are few restrictions on buying a home, if an investor is interested in buying agricultural or recreational land, some provinces have restrictions. It’s important to work with international experts who can clear up any confusion. Further, if you are looking to purchase a property and stay offshore, utilizing the property as income by renting it out, you could be subject to additional tax. Working with Alpen Partners will ensure you buy your piece of real estate with the least amount of regulations and tax responsibility. 

Investing in Canada with Alpen Partners

Investment opportunities in Canada are not limited to the listed items above. Contact Alpen Partners to find the Canadian investment that is right for you. There are so many reasons to consider branching out and investing in foreign jurisdictions. Economic and personal benefits in Canada, like friendly people, free healthcare, and investment opportunities, are attracting wealthy investors worldwide. Our skilled advisors will assist you every step of the way of your investment journey. We work with our clients hand-in-hand to find the investment options right for them. After the investments are made, we can also help manage your portfolio to increase success. Maybe you are well-versed in global investing, but you are ready to expand your portfolio and hit North American markets without the volatility of the United States? Our experts help investors at every level of experience. For more information on seeking investment options abroad, contact Alpen Partners today!