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Go Public in Canada

Being a Publicly Traded Company gives you access to the Canadian Capital Markets and the many pools of Public Venture Capital that are available to emerging companies. It raises your corporate profile and “puts you on the radar” as a suitable investment opportunity for investors.


In Canada, the main choices of going public are the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture, and now Canadian National Stock Exchange ("CNSX").


Companies that go public on a stock market in Canada become a reporting issuer with one or more of the Provincial Securities Commissions.


The definition of a Reporting Issuer is: “A company that has issued shares to the public and is subject to continuous disclosure requirements by one or more of the provincial securities commissions."


Companies can become a reporting issuer by qualifying a Prospectus with or without a Distribution, completing a merger or amalgamation with a reporting issuer or by filing a securities exchange take-over bid.


Each company on CNSX is a reporting issuer in Ontario and in some cases also a reporting issuer in another province.


If you are not a reporting issuer there are many methods to become one including a merger or an amalgamation with a reporting issuer, qualifying a Non-Offering or Offering Prospectus or completing a Reverse Takeover ["RTO"]:

  • Prospectus – Companies can become reporting issuers through a prospectus, of which there are two types: an offering prospectus or a non-offering prospectus. Prospectuses must contain full, true and plain disclosure to investors and the public about the company.Offering Prospectus or Prospectus with Distribution – This type of prospectus is issued when a company offers to sell its shares to the public in an IPO or Initial Public Offering.
  • Non-Offering Prospectus or Prospectus without Distribution - This type of prospectus encompasses the same disclosure requirements as an Offering Prospectus but without the company offering to sell its shares to the public. The purpose of a Non-Offering Prospectus is primarily to become a reporting issuer.
  • Reverse Takeover [RTO] – This method pertains to a company purchasing a controlling interest, or the controlling shares, of a reporting issuer. The reporting issuer may be public or non-public. Many of these companies have stopped operating and have no assets but still maintain their reporting issuer status. These companies are commonly called ‘shells’.


PBM's Reverse Takeover Planning can well assist in your company through the entire process of going public in Canada from Reverse Takeover [“RTO”] to introducing qualified and experienced securities attorneys, market makers, accountants and transfer agents to giving professional services on how to structure your company prior to your company's RTO to minimize dilution and maximize financing prospects.

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