Frequently Asked Questions

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About Terra

Preserving wealth by reducing taxes.

A Terra LP invests in a diversified portfolio of Super Flow-Through shares of publicly traded mining firms. The fund provides favourable government endorsed tax deductions and tax credits (including the new 30% critical mineral exploration tax credit) for reducing income taxes and also seeks to provide additional investment returns.

This downloadable PDF explains in detail how a Terra flow-through limited partnership works.

A Terra LP is a proven tax planning tool, which provides government endorsed tax deductions & tax credits (including the new 30% critical mineral tax credit) for reducing income taxes. For more information, see Tax Savings.

Specific attributes of a Terra LP include low cost,  a diversified portfolio of critical mineral (cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, uranium, zinc) and precious mineral (gold, silver) investments, expert portfolio management and early rollover/maturity. Terra LPs have also performed well. See Past Performance

Advantages of a Terra LP

Yes a Terra LP invests in a portfolio of primarily Super Flow-Through shares of public mining firms, which provide: (1) Canadian exploration expenses (CEE); (2) either the 15% mineral exploration tax credit (METC) or the new 30% critical mineral exploration tax credit (CMETC); and (3) additional provincial tax credits (BC, SK, MB, ON) or provincial tax deductions (QC).

Yes, a Terra LP invests in Super flow-through shares  eligible for the new 30% critical mineral exploration tax credit (CMETC). Critical mineral investments include cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, uranium, zinc etc., which are important for the transition to battery technology used in zero emission vehicles and other clean energy solutions. 

Yes, the targeted rollover / maturity date is June of the next calendar year.  

Yes, Terra LP's invest in 100% public Super Flow-Through & Flow-Through shares as compared to competing funds whose  portfolios must only invest 80% of investable funds in public resource companies.

Yes, many of the flow-through investments acquired by a Terra LP also provide warrants, which gives the LP the right to purchase additional shares at an attractive pre-determined price.

Warrants are typically exercisable for 2 to 3 years and quickly increase in value as the share price of the company rises. This increase can have a significant positive effect on the performance of the fund.

Yes Terra LPs offer F Class, which is ideal for “managed”, “wrap” or “fee only” accounts

Track Record & Performance

Since inception in 2005 Terra has offered 23 flow-through lp's; made over 600 investments in mining and other resource companies; and has provided on average, liquidity in less than 10 months.

Terra flow-through LP’s have outperformed. Since 2015 the average after-tax return on capital at risk is approximately 50% for an Ontario resident taxed at the highest marginal rate. See Past Performance.

Who Can Purchase?

Canadian residents who are individuals and are of the age of majority in their province or territory can invest in a Terra LP, so long as they qualify as an accredited investor (all provinces) or eligible investor (AB, SK, MB, NS) or reside in BC. Additionally, an investor who is not an individual and subscribes for not less than $150,000 may also purchase.

Yes, corporations (including CCPCs), partnerships, trusts and certain other organizations may invest in a Terra LP if they qualify as an accredited investor or eligible investor or invest $150,000 or more.

We recommend investors purchase through their registered dealer / advisor to ensure suitability requirements are met. For registered advisors, please see our new automated online subscription agreement, Quick Fill Subscription.

Tax Deductions, Tax Credits, Capital Losses & Other Benefits

Tax deductions and tax credits are provided primarily through investment in “Super” flow-through shares, which provide: (1) Canadian exploration expenses (CEE), which are 100% deductible against 2022 taxable income; (2) either the federal 15% mineral exploration tax credit (METC) or new 30% critical mineral exploration tax credit (CMETC), which are 100% deductible from 2022 taxes owing; and (3) additional provincial credits (BC, SK, MB, ON) or provincial deductions (QC). 

For more information about the tax deductions and tax credits available, see Tax Savings.

Yes. A taxable capital gain occurs when a Terra LP investment is sold, transferred or donated and this gain can be reduced if an investor has unclaimed capital losses available.  

Capital losses are deductible generally only against capital gains. Any excess of allowable capital losses over taxable capital gains from the flow-through investment can be carried back three years and forward indefinitely.

To see the benefit of untilizing available capital losses use our Tax Savings Calculator.

Yes our Tax Savings Calculator makes it simple for you to see the tax savings for a given level of income (by province) and how to maximize those savings. 

Resource investments have long been of interest to investors due to two important benefits: diversification and inflation protection. With resource sector valuations at cyclical lows there is also the potential for significant investment gains through commodity price appreciation. 

Also, with the introduction of the new critical mineral exploration tax credit (CMETC), the federal government is encouraging the exploration, development and supply of minerals required for the transition to clean energy. 

Investment & Rollover Details

The minimum investment is $2,500 and larger purchases are in increments of $100 over the minimum amount.

There are no investment limits for accredited investors in any province. Eligible investors in the provinces of AB, SK and NS can invest up to $30,000 if they meet certain requirements, or up to $100,000 if they receive suitability advice. There are no investment limits for BC investors.

Investors receive a T5013 federal tax receipt (or RL 15 tax receipt for Québec residents) on or about March 31 of the following year. This tax receipt shows the tax deductions, tax credits and other expenses that may be claimed by the investor on their tax return for reducing taxes.

Tax deductions are used to lower your taxable income, while tax credits are subtracted from the amount you owe.  

Tax deductions are expenses, which are subtracted from gross income to calculate taxable income. The actual amount investors save with deductions depends on their personal tax rates. For example, if you pay tax at the highest marginal rate of 53.5%, one dollar of tax deduction has 53.5 cents of “cash value” to you.

Tax credits are amounts subtracted from taxes owed. Tax credits reduce taxes payable to the same extent for all taxpayers, regardless of their income level and marginal tax rate. A dollar of tax credit has a dollar of “cash value” to you.

Investors recoup the majority of their investment through tax savings, which reduces their cost, similar to a repayment of capital. The “break-even value” is the amount required on redemption such that, after paying capital gains tax, the investor recoups the balance of their investment making neither a profit nor a loss.

For more information, see our summary: Tax Savings & Break-even for Individual Investors.

The Net Asset Value (NAV) of the LP or Fund is the value of all investments and cash of the Fund, less the costs and the management fee, but before deduction of any performance fee. The NAV per share is calculated by dividing the NAV of the LP/Fund by the number of outstanding units/shares.

The NAV is calculated independently by our administrator, SGGG Fund Services Inc., which provides this service to hundreds of investment funds. In addition, the financials are audited annually by Ernst & Young LLP.

Once the LP has finished raising funds monthly market pricing is available on our website at Terra NAV or third party reporting websites, including globefund.com.

The targeted rollover / maturity date is June of the next calendar year.   

Rollover / maturity automatically occurs without requiring any action on the part of the investor. Investors receive corporate class mutual fund shares, which may be sold or reinvested, transferred to an RRSP or donated for additional tax savings. The shares can also be contributed to a regular investment account or TFSA, but no additional tax savings will result.

Yes any sale, transfer, donation or redemption will trigger a capital gain. The resulting capital gain is equal to the difference between the proceeds received and the adjusted cost base (ACB) and this difference is taxed at the investors’ capital gains tax rate. The ACB is posted on this website or can be obtained here: https://terrafunds.ca/nav-acb/.

RRSP Transfers & Donations

Yes, on maturity your investment in a Terra LP may be transferred to your RRSP or donated to charity for additional tax savings. 

Yes, if you have capital losses to utilize.  Any capital losses available can be applied to reduce or eliminate capital gains tax owing, which increases the tax savings and rate of return. For more information, see our Tax Savings Calculator.

Fees & Costs

The management fee is 2%.

The performance bonus is 20% of any gain over the starting $100 per Unit value on the rollover valuation date. 

No, Terra LPs do not pay trailer or service fees.

Class A units pay a sales commission of up to 5.75% and compensates advisors for providing tax and investment advice related to a Terra LP investment. Class F units charge a 2.25% fee to compensate dealers for administration and compliance costs incurred. The commission/fee is paid by the partnership and is tax deductible.

Class F units are available through registered dealers / advisors offering “managed”, “wrap” or “fee only” accounts.

Risk Management

Risk is managed in several ways including:

  1. the portfolio is diversified and invested in approximately 30 public companies. To learn more about the investment portfolio, see How We Build Portfolios;
  2. the investments are managed by an expert investment team who actively manage the portfolio. For more information, see Investment Team; and
  3. investor’s receive attractive tax savings which typically lowers their break-even to approximately 45% of the initial investment, which provides a “cushion” against losses. In other words, the investment can decline approximately 55% before a loss is incurred. For more information about the break-even value see our summary: Tax Savings & Break-even for Individual Investors.

Safety and security are very important to our business and we use several procedural controls to protect your account including:

  1. Bank-level encryption protects your data. Our 128-bit SSL certificate encrypts all information transmitted between your computer and our web servers, protecting your password and account details.
  2. We use a third-party custodian to hold your assets. Terra can not access your funds other than to provide trade instructions or charge our management fee. The custodian for Terra LPs is Canadian Western Trust Company.