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18 April 2024

The Government Of Canada Extends The Mineral Exploration Tax Credit For An Additional Year

On March 28, 2024, the Department of Finance Canada announced a one-year extension to the 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit ("METC") available to investors in flow-through shares.
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On March 28, 2024, the Department of Finance Canada announced a one-year extension to the 15% Mineral Exploration Tax Credit ("METC") available to investors in flow-through shares. The extension means that the METC will be effective until March 31, 2025.

This announcement came at a time when uncertainty loomed over the industry and some stakeholders feared that the government would not renew the METC.

Over time, this tax credit has become a key component of flow-through share financings. It is intended to enhance the tax deductions already available to flow-through share holders and ultimately help companies raise capital for mineral exploration.

The METC was last renewed in 2019 for a five-year period, indicating the government's long-term commitment to the sector at that time.

And while this renewal is welcome news for exploration companies, it should be noted that the shorter one-year horizon of the extension does not provide the same assurance regarding the incentive's future.

It is possible that this one-year renewal reflects the government's intention to promote the new 30% Critical Mineral Exploration Tax Credit ("CMETC") instead, on which more information can be found here: Federal Budget 2022: Good News for Mining Exploration Companies!

In closing, it is important to note that the one-year extension to the 15% METC will not affect the period during which the 30% CMETC is available for critical mineral exploration, which will end on March 31, 2027, and is subject to renewal.

If you were planning on financing non-critical mineral exploration, you may want to complete this transaction in the coming year in order to benefit from the 15% METC.

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