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Three Other Impacts of a Minimum Wage Hike

The Week Ahead

October 16, 2017

We’re not going to add to the now growing literature on whether there will be significant job losses arising from Ontario’s upcoming minimum wage hike. Studies from other jurisdictions are inconclusive, some show no net job losses, and their results might not be scalable linearly to this larger move.

But there is some other less trodden ground in terms of what to expect when minimum wages jump from $11.40 as of September, to $14/hour in January, and $15 come 2019. First, given that the central bank wants to see inflation heat up, how much of that will come from the price responses to higher wages? Sectors like grocery stores, which don’t compete with imports and face inelastic demand (you’ve gotta eat something), would be expected to pass on much or all of the higher costs, after perhaps making some marginal adjustments in their labour use. Restaurants and personal services are even more labour intensive, and would see some inflation impacts as well.

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Funding the Education of Your Grandchildren

How You Can Help

October 12, 2017

One of the great things about being a grandparent is being a part of shaping a happy and successful life for your grandkids. Love is shared with the little ones in many ways from small gifts to a flow of affectionate hugs and kisses. The other temptation is to shower your grandchildren with presents – toys, clothes and other material items – that all too often are relegated to the basement, where they may go to waste.

The long-ballooning price of education

Consider the long-ballooning price of education. The estimated cost of a four-year undergraduate degree starting in 2015 is expected to be $68,933 for students living away from home, according to Heritage Education Funds Inc., using figures from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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About Us

Helping You Achieve Financial Success


About Us

Helping You Achieve Financial Success


The Wooding Group - CIBC Wood Gundy Edmonton

Debra Wooding

First Vice-President

All relationships start with a connection. That is how we forge a bond between client and advisor. Read More…

Tom Wooding

First Vice-President

We nurture client partnerships built upon understanding, trust, and a collaborative approach. Read More…

Lindsay MacPhie

Investment Advisor

Being there when it matters most is fundamental to our approach as wealth advisors. Read More…

Peter MacPhie

Investment Advisor

Pete’s goal is to facilitate the engagement of new client relationships to our practice. Read More…


Languages spoken at The Wooding Group: English, French and Mandarin


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Debra Wooding, First Vice-President

“I love getting to know people.”

Debra believes that all relationships start with a connection, and continue to grow by forging a powerful bond that endures. Read More…

Tom Wooding, First Vice-President

“I’m always learning in this industry.”

Tom applies his skills in a process driven manner to optimize gains and minimize risks, achieving our client’s goals. Read More…

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Lindsay MacPhie, Investment Advisor

“It’s about a relationship.”

Lindsay’s role as Business Leader and Associate Investment Advisor is integral to the sustained satisfaction of our clients. Read More…

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Peter MacPhie, Investment Advisor

“I always act in the best interest of our clients.”

Pete’s goal is to facilitate the engagement of new client relationships to our practice. Read More…

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Our Services

Comprehensive. Integrated. Flexible. Goal-driven.


Wealth Management Process – We help our clients clearly identify and articulate their goals, dreams and obligations. Focusing on each client’s core life objectives, we develop a long-term financial and investment plan that reflects and accommodates your changing circumstances. At The Wooding Group there is no such thing as a typical client.


  • Private Wealth Management
  • Asset Allocation/Diversified Strategies
  • Portfolio Rebalancing
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate & Trust Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Insurance Strategies
  • Charitable Giving Strategies
  • Intergenerational Wealth Transfer
  • Personalized Wealth and Financial Education

Discretionary Investment Management

Depending on your investment preferences and investable assets, we offer Discretionary Investment Management. Used by an increasing number of our clients, this premium service lets us respond rapidly to investment opportunities as market conditions change.

Discretionary Investment Management is a unique account where you delegate responsibility for day-to-day investment decisions to your Portfolio Manager. We are happy to discuss this option with you.


Investing for US Citizens

How It Has Become Increasingly Complex

inline-investingThe needs of US Citizens living in Canada have becoming increasingly complex following the passing of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation and implementation in July of 2014. Financial Institutions in Canada now report relevant information on accounts of US Persons to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with the CRA passing the information to the IRS. While reporting for US Persons is not new, the fallout of FACTA has seen increased tax reporting requirements and therefore additional workload on accountants.

As a result, a record numbers of US Citizens have renounced their US citizenship (1,426 during July-September, 2015 – a new quarterly record). We believe with prudent planning, co-ordination with professional accountants and thoughtful investment choices, we can prepare US citizens living in Canada with all they require to minimize the burden of tax filing and allow them the privilege of maintaining their US Citizenship.

To save tax liabilities and costs, we match the investment choices available to US Persons with our existing ‘Purpose-Driven’ investment philosophy. The result is achieving your financial goals while keeping US Citizenship in mind as we consider prudent investment choices!


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Transitioning Your Business

Sale & Succession Planning


Transitioning Your BusinessMost business owners say that starting their company was the most important financial decision they ever made. The second most important financial decision? Exiting it.

A company – particularly one that is family-owned – typically represents more than half of the value of its owner’s estate at the time the owner decides to dispose of it. As a business owner, the advantage of using the divestible assets held within your company to ensure a carefree retirement can be huge.

A single statistic supports this observation. Few business owners – as low as 10% – have a written business sale or succession plan. If you are one of the 90% without one, we have a suggestion to make.


Start a Conversation With the Wooding Group


Even if you have a sale or succession plan in place it makes sense to talk with us. The discussion is without charge or obligation, and the results might surprise you. We have rarely reviewed a business sale or succession plan that can’t be materially strengthened and improved.

We can help you maximize your corporate assets, organize your company for sale to a third party, transfer it to family members, or structure a management buy-out. An hour is all it takes to find out how to preserve, protect and maximize the value of what you’ve taken so much time and trouble to build.


Frequently Asked Questions

Things That You May Want to Know

To offer sound, unbiased, and independent advice. To build client relationships based on trust, integrity and partnership. To deliver thoughtful and pro-active client service. To deliver exceptional risk adjusted portfolio performance.

We have been private wealth advisors for almost 30 years. We manage the financial affairs of individuals, successful families, entrepreneurs, companies, and First Nation’s communities.

We seek relationships that are the right fit for the client and ourselves. We generally specialize in solutions for high net worth clients and their families.

Adherence to a prudent investment policy. Sustained, tax-efficient asset accumulation. Diligent preservation of purchasing power. And above all rigorous management of risk. All four skills are embedded in our DNA.

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