A call for a public register of beneficial owners.

Campaign Timeline

Government announcements on Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Canada


JUNE 2019

Federal Government along with select provinces announce stakeholder consultations examining the benefits of a public beneficial ownership registry.

April 2019

British Columbia introduces The Land Owner Transparency Act which requires all property owners to publicly disclose beneficial ownership information

March 2019

Quebec government pledges to strengthen corporate transparency in its federal budget.

March 2019

Federal Government proposes further amendments in Budget 2019 to make the beneficial ownership information maintained by federally incorporated corporations more readily available to tax authorities and law enforcement.

Dec 2017

Federal Government, Provinces, and Territories create Agreement To Strengthen Beneficial Ownership Transparency

About the Coalition

Three organizations that have joined forces to advocate for Canada to create a publicly accessible pan-Canadian company registry of beneficial owners


Publish What You Pay-Canada

Publish What You Pay Canada is part of the global Publish What You Pay movement of civil society organizations working to make oil, gas and mineral governance open, accountable, sustainable, equitable and responsive to all people. As a movement, we envision a world where all people benefit from their natural resources, today and tomorrow. Launched in 2008, PWYP-Canada today numbers 15 members and realizes its work through advocacy, research and public outreach to promote and achieve enhanced disclosure of information about extractive industry operations, with an emphasis on revenues and contracts.

Transparency International Canada

Transparency International Canada (TI Canada) is the Canadian chapter of Transparency International. Since its foundation in 1996, TI Canada has been at the forefront of the national anti-corruption agenda. In addition to advocating legal and policy reform on issues such as whistleblower protection, public procurement, and corporate disclosure, we design practical tools for Canadian businesses and institutions looking to manage corruption risks, and serve as an anti-corruption resource for organizations across Canada.


Canadians for Tax Fairness

Canadians for Tax Fairness is a non-profit organization whose aim is to raise public awareness of crucial issues of tax justice and to change the way Canadians talk about tax. We advocate for fair and progressive government policies aimed at building a strong and sustainable economy, reducing inequalities and funding quality public services. Canadians for Tax Fairness believes in the development and implementation of a tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the comprehensive, high-quality network of public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs in the 21st century.

Thank You

PWYP-Canada, Transparency International Canada, and Canadians for Tax Fairness are grateful to Open Society Foundations for supporting this campaign for increased beneficial ownership transparency in Canada.