Canada Cooperatives Act (S.C. 1998, c. 1)

Act current to 2016-06-21 and last amended on 2012-12-19. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Duty

 An authenticating trustee, transfer agent or other agent or mandatary of an issuer has, in respect of the issue, registration of transfer and cancellation of a security of the issuer,

  • (a) a duty to the issuer to exercise good faith and reasonable diligence; and

  • (b) the same obligations to the holder or owner of a security and the same rights, privileges and immunities as the issuer.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 245;
  • 2011, c. 21, s. 98(F).
Marginal note:Notice to agent or mandatary

 Notice to an authenticating trustee, transfer agent or other agent or mandatary of an issuer is notice to the issuer in respect of the functions performed by the agent or mandatary.

PART 13Financial Disclosure

Marginal note:Annual financial statements to members
  •  (1) Subject to section 248, the directors must place before the members at every annual meeting of members

    • (a) comparative financial statements as may be prescribed relating separately to

      • (i) the period that began on the date the cooperative came into existence and ended not more than six months before the annual meeting or, if the cooperative has completed a financial year, the period that began immediately after the end of the last completed financial year and ended not more than six months before the annual meeting, and

      • (ii) the immediately preceding financial year;

    • (b) the report of the auditor, if any; and

    • (c) any further information respecting the financial position of the cooperative and the results of its operations required by the articles, the by-laws or a unanimous agreement.

  • Marginal note:Annual financial statements to shareholders

    (2) If shareholders have a right to have an annual meeting under subsection 133(1), the directors must place the documents described in subsection (1) before the shareholders at every annual meeting of shareholders.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) Despite paragraph (1)(a) and subsection (2), the financial statements referred to in subparagraph (1)(a)(ii) may be omitted if the reason for the omission is set out in the financial statements, or in a note to those statements, to be placed before the members at an annual meeting of members and, in a case to which subsection (2) applies, the shareholders at an annual meeting of shareholders.

Marginal note:Exemption

 The Director may, on application of a cooperative, authorize the cooperative to omit from its financial statements any prescribed item, and the Director may, if the Director reasonably believes that disclosure of any information to be contained in the statements would be detrimental to the cooperative, permit the omission on any reasonable conditions that the Director thinks fit.

Marginal note:Consolidated statements
  •  (1) A cooperative must keep at its registered office a copy of the financial statements of each of its subsidiaries and of each entity the accounts of which are consolidated in its financial statements.

  • Marginal note:Examination

    (2) The members and shareholders of a cooperative and their personal representatives may on request examine the statements referred to in subsection (1) during the usual business hours of the cooperative and may take extracts from them free of charge.

  • Marginal note:Barring examination

    (3) A cooperative may, not later than fifteen days after a request to examine under subsection (2), apply to a court for an order barring the right of any person to so examine, and the court may, if it is satisfied that the examination would be detrimental to the cooperative or a subsidiary, bar the right and make any further order it thinks fit.

  • Marginal note:Notice

    (4) A cooperative must give the person requesting to examine under subsection (2) notice of an application under subsection (3), and the person may appear and be heard in person or by counsel.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 249;
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 200.
Marginal note:Approval of financial statements
  •  (1) The directors must approve the financial statements referred to in section 247 and the approval is evidenced by the manual signature of one or more directors, or a facsimile of the signatures reproduced on the statements.

  • Marginal note:Condition precedent

    (2) A cooperative may not issue, publish or circulate copies of the financial statements referred to in section 247 unless they are

    • (a) approved and signed in accordance with subsection (1); and

    • (b) accompanied by the report of the auditor of the cooperative, if any.

Marginal note:Copies to shareholders

 A cooperative shall send a copy of the documents referred to in section 247 to each member and shareholder, except to a member or shareholder who has informed the cooperative in writing that they do not want a copy of the documents,

  • (a) not less than twenty-one days before each annual meeting of members;

  • (b) not less than twenty-one days before each annual meeting of shareholders, if subsection 247(2) applies; or

  • (c) not later than a resolution in lieu of an annual meeting is signed under section 66.

Marginal note:Copies to Director
  •  (1) A distributing cooperative, any of the issued securities of which remain outstanding and are held by more than one person, must send a copy of the documents referred to in section 247 to the Director

    • (a) not less than twenty-one days before each annual meeting of members or, without delay after a resolution referred to in paragraph 251(c) is signed; and

    • (b) in any event within fifteen months after the last preceding annual meeting of shareholders was held or the resolution referred to in paragraph 251(c) was signed, but no later than six months after the end of the cooperative’s preceding financial year.

  • Marginal note:Subsidiary cooperative

    (2) A subsidiary cooperative is not required to comply with this section if its financial statements are consolidated or combined with those of its holding cooperative entity and the statements of its holding cooperative entity are sent to the Director in compliance with this section.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 252;
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 201.
Marginal note:Qualifications of auditor
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (5), a person is disqualified from being an auditor of a cooperative if the person is not independent of the cooperative, of any of its affiliates or of the directors or officers of the cooperative or its affiliates.

  • Marginal note:Independence

    (2) For the purposes of this section,

    • (a) independence is a question of fact; and

    • (b) a person is deemed not to be independent if the person, or another person with whom the person is in business,

      • (i) is a director, officer or employee of the cooperative or any of its affiliates, is in business with the cooperative or any of its affiliates, or is in business with a director, officer or employee of the cooperative or any of its affiliates,

      • (ii) beneficially owns or controls, directly or indirectly, a material interest in the securities of the cooperative or any of its affiliates, or

      • (iii) has been a receiver, receiver-manager, sequestrator, liquidator or trustee in bankruptcy of the cooperative or any of its affiliates within two years of the proposed appointment of the person as auditor of the cooperative.

  • Marginal note:Duty to resign

    (3) An auditor who becomes disqualified under this section must, subject to subsection (5), resign without delay after becoming aware of the disqualification.

  • Marginal note:Disqualification order

    (4) Any interested person may apply to a court for an order declaring an auditor to be disqualified under this section and the office of auditor to be vacant.

  • Marginal note:Exemption order

    (5) Any interested person may apply to a court for an order exempting an auditor from disqualification under this section and the court may, if it is satisfied that an exemption would not unfairly prejudice the members or shareholders, make an exemption order on any terms that it thinks fit. The order may have retrospective effect.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 253;
  • 2011, c. 21, s. 99(E).
Marginal note:Appointment of auditor
  •  (1) Subject to section 255, the members must, by ordinary resolution, at the first annual meeting of members and at each subsequent annual meeting, appoint an auditor to hold office until the close of the next annual meeting.

  • Marginal note:Eligibility

    (2) An auditor appointed under section 82 is eligible for appointment under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Incumbent auditor

    (3) Despite subsection (1), if an auditor is not appointed at a meeting of members, the incumbent auditor continues in office until a successor is appointed.

  • Marginal note:Remuneration

    (4) The remuneration of an auditor may be fixed by ordinary resolution of the members or, if not so fixed, may be fixed by the directors.

 
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