10 Things You Need to Know as an Incorporated Business Owner in BC

1. Shareholder Agreements 

Minimizes and prevents problems between shareholders that may arise due to unforeseen events. Can help address what happens if a shareholder wants to sell their shares and leave the business, or how the shares are dealt with on death or disability.

2. Salary vs. Dividends 

Salary is deductible to the corporation, and fully taxable to the recipient. When paying salary, you must make CPP contributions twice – for the corporation, and the recipient. You gain RRSP room equal to 18% of the previous year’s salary. Dividends aren’t deductible to the corporation, do not require CPP contributions, do not generate RRSP room, and are taxed lower than salary.

3. Passive Income Taxation 

Investments in a corporation generate passive investment income, which is taxed differently from the business’s  income from operations. Passive corporate income is also taxed differently than investments held personally. If a portfolio is not designed properly, it can lead to more tax being paid than would otherwise be necessary.

4. Notional Accounts 

CDA, ERDTOH, NERDTOH, GRIP – these accounts track various amounts inside the corporation that impact corporate and personal taxes. They are not accounts held at a bank or financial institution, they are tracked on paper and calculated when preparing your corporate tax return.

5. Small Business Deduction 

Active business income under $500k is taxed at 11% in BC. Income over this threshold is taxed at the general rate of 27% in BC. This is called the small business limit. Canadian corporations with net passive income over $50,000 or taxable capital over $10,000,000 have their small business limit reduced or eliminated.

6. Corporate-owned Life Insurance 

Since active business income is usually taxed lower than personal income, corporations can pay insurance premiums  death benefit provides a credit to the capital dividend 6account, which can then be paid to the estate tax free. with cheaper after-tax dollars than a shareholder can. The

7. Tax on Split-Income (TOSI) 

Rules that reduce or eliminate the ability to split income with non-arm’s length shareholders, like spouses or children. Income paid to these parties is taxed at the highest personal marginal tax rate. Can be avoided in specific situations.

8. Estate Freezes 

Can be used to introduce new shareholders including children, spouses, or family trusts. Can allow for future growth of the company to attribute to the next generation without relinquishing control of the company.

9. Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption 

Allows a reduction in tax payable on the shares of qualified small business shares. For 2022, the amount is $913,630, meaning capital gains up to this amount are exempt from tax. To be eligible, a company must meet certain tests and criteria. With planning, the exemption can be multiplied across family members using a family trust.

10. Secondary Wills 

Probate in BC is usually required when a third-party like a bank or financial institution holds assets of the deceased. If probate is required, then all the deceased’s assets must be listed on the probate application. However in BC, multiple wills can be used to separate assets not held by a third-party like art, jewelry, or shares of a small business. This means probate fees – currently 1.4% in BC – can be avoided on those assets.

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Amy Sweeney



Amy was born and raised in Squamish, is David’s oldest daughter and now the newest member of the Sweeney Bride team. Many may recognize her as she has worked periodically for the team for over 20 years. For the past five years, she has gained administrative experience and more running her own business as a Kinesiologist after completing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia in 2016. Now, Amy is officially ready to join the finance industry. Currently residing in North Vancouver, Amy spends all her “free” time raising Dave’s two wonderful grandchildren.
Liam Hill


Associate Investment Advisor

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Liam moved to the Sea to Sky region in 2013, leaving the beaches behind to embrace the mountains. He hasn’t looked back since and enjoys exploring the wilderness by both land and sea.

Liam’s unique strength lies in his capacity to adapt and fine-tune strategies to match the ever-changing financial world. He’s a passionate advocate for adaptability and flexibility, believing these traits are crucial for securing financial well-being.

Liam holds the Canadian Securities Course qualification and is currently pursuing the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation.

He shares his industry knowledge and business skills to empower individuals, families, and businesses on their path to financial success.

Liam is committed to educating our clients about the financial services industry and helping them make the most of available resources to achieve prosperity.


Administrative Assistant

Sharon worked for Sweeney Bride from 2014 to 2016 and recently rejoined the team as an Administrative Assistant in 2021. She has years of administrative experience in a variety of industries including working in legal and accounting firms. She enjoys being detailed, organized and efficient. When not hard at work, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her dogs, playing co-operative strategy board games and relaxing while sipping a nice Craft beer.

Carrie Freitag


Administrative Assistant

Carrie is the newest member of our team and is our Administrative Assistant. She has previous industry and administrative experience and her fascination with the finance industry is rapidly growing. Carrie moved to BC in 1994 from Ontario and never looked back. While not working she loves hanging out with her two kids, awesome cat Leo, and enjoys a competitive game of 21, and her gardens.

Katie Norton



Katie is a Business Administration graduate who joined the Sweeney Bride team in 2016. She takes care of on-boarding as well as managing account administration for our existing clients. She works hard to ensure the clients feel supported throughout the on-boarding process and is always available to answer questions.

A BC resident since 1997, Katie and her husband moved to Squamish to raise their two girls. They enjoy all of the outdoor activities and natural beauty that Squamish has to offer.

Liz Woodsworth


Office Manager

Liz joined the Sweeney Bride team in 2015 as office manager. She is the gatekeeper in the office and is the face that greets you as you come through the door. If she can’t help you, she will ensure you speak with someone who can. Liz is a long-time Squamish local; when not in the office she spends her days soaking up all that this town has to offer while chasing her two active boys. Liz brings her valuable organizational skills and enthusiastic attitude to the team. 

Janet Bride


CFP®, CIM® | Senior Wealth Advisor

Janet Bride is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth and co-founder of the Sweeney Bride Strategic Wealth Advisory team.

With over 15 years’ experience in the Industry Janet holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, and Elder Planning Counselor (EPC) designations and is also Insurance licensed.

Janet grew up in Ontario and moved out to beautiful British Columbia in 1995 with her husband, Paul, who is an adventure travel photographer. Her passion is to travel the world. Always interested in exploring different cultures and landscapes, she is grateful to have traveled to over 50 countries across 6 continents. She also enjoys continuous learning, spontaneous adventures with family and friends, and an active lifestyle in the Sea to Sky. Janet is proud to be a Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni member since 2004.

She is highly motivated by helping people reach their financial dreams by creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals & families. While using a holistic approach to wealth management, she specializes in tax strategies and her goal is to encourage savings and help build our client’s wealth for a healthy and prosperous future.



CFP®, CIM® | Senior Wealth Advisor

Dave Sweeney is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth and co-founder of the Sweeney Bride Strategic Wealth Advisory team.

With over 31 years’ experience in the Industry Dave holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®, and Elder Planning Counselor (EPC) designations and is also Insurance licensed.

Dave has lived in Squamish for most of his life. Married to his wife Donna, since 1987, they proudly have 3 lovely daughters, Amy, Danielle and Jamie. With his time in Squamish, it has allowed him an opportunity to become involved in many valuable groups.

Dave is a retired Captain of Squamish Fire Rescue after 35 years of service. Another passion was sports and he has been a coach for Squamish Youth Soccer Association where he dedicated 10 years to coaching girls Rep teams. Additionally, he is a former member and Treasurer of the Sea to Sky Community Services Board. Dave is a frequent contributor to Mountain FM’s Mountain Monitor, providing general advice and financial commentary.

Dave continues his volunteer work as Treasurer for both the Squamish Hospital Foundation and the Squamish Downtown Business Improvement Association. He is also a sitting Board member of the Squamish Community Foundation.

Professionally, Dave started his Financial Planning practice in 1994. After living through both his parents’ demise and witnessing what a lack of understanding they had, he realized what sound planning techniques could do to ensure that an untimely death did not destroy one’s lifetime work. For over 20 years, he has made it his passion to assist others in not facing the same plight.