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After 40 years I have been out of the business for a couple of years, but come on here occasionally to see what is happening.  

I ran into no end of grief trying to set up a company for myself - WCB in BC being the biggest problem - and ended up being a sole proprietorship.  This was not accepted by many operators as I believe they had issues with the tax man as to what constituted a contractor and ended up having to pay the "contractor's" tax share if he/she didn't pay taxes owed after revenue canada deemed "the contractor" was actually simply an employee.  But I digress.

My actual question is, "as a contractor, (meaning in effect a company) can you be held liable to the hiring company for damage caused by you ...... blade strike, cooking an engine due to negligence or neglect, or even something so simple as pickling or damaging a water bucket?

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Just use snap incorporations out of Kelowna . It'll cost you around 600$ and it's all done on line . I just use an accounting program and store my receipt in a big pile in the console of my truck . 

Depending on your province you need an HST Number and Registered Business License.  HST number from Service Canada and license number from your provincial business service bureau.  You can register as

you will learn eventually but remember to keep 30% in the bank for the taxman

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6 hours ago, Maury said:

After 40 years I have been out of the business for a couple of years, but come on here occasionally to see what is happening.  

I ran into no end of grief trying to set up a company for myself - WCB in BC being the biggest problem - and ended up being a sole proprietorship.  This was not accepted by many operators as I believe they had issues with the tax man as to what constituted a contractor and ended up having to pay the "contractor's" tax share if he/she didn't pay taxes owed after revenue canada deemed "the contractor" was actually simply an employee.  But I digress.

My actual question is, "as a contractor, (meaning in effect a company) can you be held liable to the hiring company for damage caused by you ...... blade strike, cooking an engine due to negligence or neglect, or even something so simple as pickling or damaging a water bucket?

On the maintenance side, the maintenance release is carried out under the company ACA #, so the company insurance covers issues. I would imagine if you've had your PPC with the company, it would be the same.

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