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

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2012-12-19. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Loans from patronage returns

 A cooperative may, by by-law, require its members to lend to it the whole, or any part that the directors may determine, of the patronage returns to which they may become entitled in each financial year, on the terms and at the rate of interest that the directors determine, so long as the rate of interest does not exceed the rate that is provided in the by-laws.

Marginal note:Insolvent cooperative

 If a cooperative is unable to pay its liabilities as they become due, no member need, under section 157, lend a patronage return to the cooperative, and no member need purchase shares under section 156.


Marginal note:Marketing plans
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), this section applies to a cooperative and its members if the members are required by a marketing plan established under an Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province to sell or deliver things or render services to or through a producer board or a marketing commission or agency.

  • Marginal note:Patronage returns

    (2) For the purposes of allocating, crediting and paying patronage returns among or to members and of making payments to members as part of the price or proceeds of their things or services, the members referred to in subsection (1) are deemed to have sold and delivered the things or to have rendered the services, or, if the by-laws so specify, any portion or category of the things or services, to the cooperative.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (3) The by-laws of a cooperative may provide that this section does not apply to a member until any conditions with respect to the delivery of things or rendering of services set out in the by-laws are fulfilled.

 [Repealed, 2001, c. 14, s. 184]

Marginal note:Enforcement of contract to buy shares
  •  (1) A cooperative must fulfil its obligations under a contract to buy shares of the cooperative, except if the cooperative can prove that enforcement of the contract would put it in breach of subsection 147(2) or section 149.

  • Marginal note:Right of claimant

    (2) Until the cooperative has fulfilled all its obligations under a contract referred to in subsection (1), the other party retains the status of claimant entitled to be paid as soon as the cooperative is lawfully able to do so or, in a liquidation, to be ranked subordinate to the rights of creditors and to the rights of any class of shareholders whose rights were in priority to the rights given to the class of investment shares being purchased, but in priority to the rights of members and other shareholders.

Marginal note:Debt obligations
  •  (1) Debt obligations issued by a cooperative are not redeemed by reason only that the indebtedness evidenced by the debt obligation is repaid.

  • Marginal note:Cancellation, etc.

    (2) Debt obligations issued by a cooperative and purchased, redeemed or otherwise acquired may be cancelled or may secure any obligation of the cooperative then existing or later incurred.