Patrick W. Marley, Kim Brown, "Foreign Mergers and 'Demergers' Under Recent Canadian Proposals", Tax Management International Journal, 10 February 2012, Vol 41, No. 2, p. 86

A demerger, which under the foreign corporate law, might be viewed as one stream splitting into two, might not qualify under draft s. 90(2) as a pro rata distribution on a class of shares of the foreign affiliate, with the result that s. 15(1) could apply.

Ademerger, which under the foreign corporate law, might be viewed as one stream splitting into two, might not qualify under draft s. 90(2) as a pro rata distribution on a class of shares of the foreign affiliate, with the result that s. 15(1) could apply. However, even if the demerger were considered to be a dividend, the demerged affiliate might be considered to have disposed of shares of the new foreign affiliates at fmv pursuant to s. 52(2), potentially resulting in the creation of hybrid surplus or additional fapi.

A demerger, which under the foreign corporate law, might be viewed as one stream splitting into two, might not qualify under draft s. 90(2) as a pro rata distribution on a class of shares of the foreign affiliate, with the result that s. 15(1) could apply.