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Published: March 9, 2020

Last Updated: April 17, 2020

The Canadian income tax treatment of options issued to an independent contractor differs from those issued to an employee. The contractor will have an income inclusion at the time of grant of the option equal to the value of the option and will have an income inclusion (or capital gain) at the time of exercise of the option equal to the difference between strike price and fair market value of the shares at time of exercise of the option.


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