Principal Issues: A limited partnership has been formed to secure funds to assist in the reopening of a XXXXXXXXXX mine in XXXXXXXXXX . The partnership will enter into a joint venture agreement with the mine operator whereby the partnership will receive a share of the net gross revenue derived from the production of the mine. Under the terms of the joint venture, the partnership will make a contribution to a reclamation trust for which it is a co-beneficiary with the mine operator and the Province of XXXXXXXXXX. A put/call agreement will be entered into between the partnership and the parent company (a public company) of the mine operator, to allow the units of the partnership to be acquired by the parent company for cash or common shares of the parent. The main issues relating to the ruling are:
1) Will the partnership be entitled to deduct, from income, the amount contributed to the reclamation trust?
2) Does the existence of the call right, in and of itself, result in a reduction of the at-risk amount under paragraph 96(2.2)(d) of the Act?
3) Does the existence of the put right, in and of itself, result in a reduction of the at-risk amount under paragraph 96(2.2)(d) of the Act?
Position: 1) yes, provided that the reclamation trust is a qualified environmental trust; 2) and 3) the existence of put and call rights will not, in and of themselves, result in a reduction of the at-risk amount of the limited partners.
Reasons: 1) meets the conditions under paragraph 20(1)(ss); 2) call right is at the discretion of the parent company and the exercise price does not exceed the fair market value of the units of the partnership; and 3) the maximum price of the put right does not exceed the fair market value of the units of the partnership.