Income Trusts in Canada

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Income Trusts are atypical Canadian corporations who chose to become income trusts for specific tax advantages. Income trusts pay very little income tax at the expense of having to disburse the vast majority of their earnings in the form of dividends to the share holders. They are exchange traded and are often the highest yielding stocks on the TSX. Income trusts are normally utility companies, but are also many other types of companies. Typically, they are companies that are not concerned with aggressive growth, but have a solid footing in their industry and do not command lots of capital reinvestment.

Update: So income trusts have pretty much been phased out, right? Not exactly. REITs still have the distinction and the REIT industry is still thriving.

Income Trusts were originally developed for Utility companies to make distributions to investors. Recently, Business Trusts are the main component of the TSX Income trust index. Many corporations completely unrelated to utilities decided to become income trusts. Unfortunately for Canadian income trust holders, Income trusts have been legislated to return to being Canadian Corporations by January 2011. The exception to this tax increase is REITs.


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Income Trust Name Ticker Market Cap in Millions
A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund AW  
AltaGas Income Trust ALA  
Altus Group Income Fund AIF  
Arctic Glacier Income Fund AG  
Armtec Infrastructure Income Fund ARF  
Avenir Diversified Income Trust AVF  
Badger Income Fund BAD  
Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund BA  
Big Rock Brewery Income Trust BR  
Bird Construction Income Fund BDT  
Bonnett's Energy Services Trust BT  
Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund BPF  
Boyd Group Income Fund BYD  
Canadian Energy Services & Technology Corp CEU  
Canadian Helicopters Income Fund CHL  
Canexus Income Fund CUS  
Canfor Pulp Income Fund CFX  
Carfinco Income Fund CFN  
Cargojet Income Fund CJT  
Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund CHE  
Chesswood Income Fund CHW  
Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund CGX  
Cinram International Income Fund CRW  
Clearwater Seafoods Income Fund CLR  
CML Healthcare Income Fund CLC  
Coast Wholesale Appliances Income Fund CWA  
Consumers' Waterheater Income Fund  CWI  
Davis + Henderson Income Fund DHF  
DirectCash Income Fund DCI  
Dominion Citrus Income Fund DOM  
Drive Products Income Fund DPI  
Fibrek Inc FBK  
First National AlarmCap Income Fund FNA  
First National Financial Income Fund FN  
Foremost Income Fund FMO  
FP Newspapers Income Fund FP  
Futuremed Healthcare Income Fund FMD  
Gamehost Income Fund GH  
General Donlee Income Fund GDI  
GENIVAR Income Fund GNV  
Groupe Aeroplan Inc. AER  
Hardwoods Distribution Income Fund HWD  
IBI Income Fund IBG  
Jazz Air Income Fund JAZ  
Just Energy Income Fund JE  
K-Bro Linen Income Fund KBL  
Keg Royalties Income Fund  KEG  
Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Income Fund LIF  
Liquor Stores Income Fund LIQ  
Medical Facilities Corporation DR  
Menu Foods Income Fund MEW  
Morneau Sobeco Income Fund MSI  
New Flyer Industries Inc. NFI  
Newport Partners Income Fund NPF  
Noranda Income Fund NIF  
North West Company Fund NWF  
Otelco Inc. OTT  
Pantera Drilling Income Trust RIG  
Parkland Income Fund PKI  
Peak Energy Services Trust PES  
Petrowest Energy Services Trust PRW  
Phoenix Technology Income Fund PHX  
Pizza Pizza Royalty Income Fund PZA  
Priszm Income Fund QSR  
PRT Forest Regeneration Income Fund PRT  
Public Storage Canadian Properties PUB  
Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. RNK  
Richards Packaging Income Fund RPI  
Rogers Sugar Income Fund RSI  
Royal LePage Franchise Services Fund BRE  
Second Cup Income Fund SCU  
SIR Royalty Income Fund SRV  
Sterling Shoes Income Fund SSI  
Stoneham Drilling Trust SDG  
Strongco Income Fund SQP  
Student Transportation Inc. STB  
Sun Gro Horticulture Income Fund GRO  
Supremex Income Fund SXP  
Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Income Fund SWS  
Taiga Building Products Ltd. TBL  
TerraVest Income Fund TI  
The Brick Group Income Fund BRK  
The Data Group Income Fund DGI  
TimberWest Forest Corp. TWF  
Tree Island Wire Income Fund TIL  
Trimac Income Fund TMA  
Vicwest Income Fund VIC  
Wajax Income Fund WJX  
WesternOne Equity Income Fund WEQ  
Westshore Terminals Income Fund WTE  
Yellow Pages Income Fund YLO  
ARC Energy Trust AET  
Baytex Energy Trust BTE  
Bonavista Energy Trust BNP  
Canadian Oil Sands Trust COS  
Enerplus Resources Fund ERF  
Freehold Royalty Trust FRU  
NAL Oil & Gas Trust NAE  
Paramount Energy Trust PMT  
Pengrowth Energy Trust PGF  
Penn West Energy Trust PWT  
Peyto Energy Trust PEY  
Provident Energy Trust PVE  
Vermilion Energy Trust VET  
Zargon Energy Trust ZAR  
Atlantic Power Corporation ATP  
Boralex Power Income Fund BPT  
Brookfield Renewable Power Fund BRC  
Capital Power Income L.P. CPA  
Enbridge Income Fund ENF  
Fort Chicago Energy Partners L.P. FCE  
Fort Chicago Power Ltd. FCL  
Gaz Metro Limited Partnership GZM  
Inter Pipeline Fund IPL  
Keyera Facilities Income Fund KEY  
Macquarie Power & Infrastructure Income Fund MPT  
Northland Power Income Fund NPI  
Pembina Pipeline Income Fund PIF  
Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust AP  
Artis Real Estate Investment Trust AX  
Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust BEI  
Brookfield Office Properties Canada BOX  
Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust CWT  
Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust CAR  
Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust REF  
Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust CSH  
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust CUF  
Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust CRR  
Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust D  
Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust EXE  
H&R Real Estate Investment Trust HR  
Holloway Lodging Real Estate Investment Trust HLR  
Homburg Canada Real Estate Investment Trust HCR  
Huntingdon Real Estate Investment Trust HNT  
InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust INN  
InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust IIP  
Lanesborough Real Estate Investment Trust LRT  
Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust MRT  
Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust NPR  
Northwest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust NWH  
Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust PMZ  
Retrocom Mid-Market Real Estate Investment Trust RMM  
Riocan Real Estate Investment Trust REI  
Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust RYL  
Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust SRQ  
TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust TGA  
Whiterock Real Estate Investment Trust WRK  

List up todate as of late 2010.