Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.))

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Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.)

An Act to establish the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

[1988, c. 58, assented to 13th September, 1988]

SHORT TITLE

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Act.

CENTRE ESTABLISHED

Marginal note:Centre established

 There is hereby established a corporation to be known as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, in this Act referred to as the “Centre”.

PURPOSE OF THE CENTRE

Marginal note:Purpose of the Centre

 The purpose of the Centre is to promote increased awareness on the part of Canadians of matters relating to alcohol and drug abuse and their increased participation in the reduction of harm associated with such abuse, and to promote the use and effectiveness of programs of excellence that are relevant to alcohol and drug abuse by

  • (a) promoting and supporting consultation and co-operation among governments, the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations in matters relating to alcohol and drug abuse;

  • (b) contributing to the effective exchange of information on alcohol and drug abuse;

  • (c) facilitating and contributing to the development and application of knowledge and expertise in the alcohol and drug abuse field;

  • (d) promoting and assisting in the development of realistic and effective policies and programs aimed at reducing the harm associated with alcohol and drug abuse; and

  • (e) promoting increased awareness among Canadians of the nature and extent of international efforts to reduce alcohol and drug abuse and supporting Canada’s participation in those efforts.

CAPACITY AND POWERS

Marginal note:Capacity and powers

 The Centre has the capacity of a natural person and may do anything conducive to the fulfilment of its purpose and to the exercise of its powers and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, the Centre may

  • (a) review and provide informed comment on policies and programs related to alcohol and drug abuse in consultation with governments, the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations;

  • (b) facilitate and assist cooperative efforts among governments, the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations, in respect of policy and program initiatives in the alcohol and drug abuse field;

  • (c) institute and support programs and activities in collaboration with governments, the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations;

  • (d) initiate, sponsor and support conferences, seminars and meetings, and support and assist those of governments, the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations;

  • (e) establish, maintain and operate information systems and facilities to encourage and support the exchange of information of all kinds relating to alcohol and drug abuse policies, programs and research and cooperate with operators of existing systems and facilities including governments, educational institutions and libraries;

  • (f) initiate, support and publish studies, reports and other documentation promoting the development and exchange of knowledge and expertise;

  • (g) institute, support and assist the award of scholarships and fellowships and otherwise support and promote basic and advanced training in matters relating to addictions and such other activities as will contribute to the continued improvement of services in Canada relating to addictions;

  • (h) initiate, promote, assist and evaluate research and publish and otherwise disseminate associated findings; and

  • (i) acquire any property, money or securities by gift, bequest or otherwise, and hold, expend, invest, administer or dispose of any such property, money or securities subject to the terms, if any, on which such property, money or securities are given, bequeathed or otherwise made available to the Centre.

Marginal note:Capacity throughout Canada

 The Centre may carry on its activities throughout Canada.

ORGANIZATION

Marginal note:Board of Directors

 The affairs of the Centre shall be managed by a Board of Directors, in this Act referred to as the “Board”, consisting of a Chairperson and not more than 12 other directors whose backgrounds or experience would assist the Centre in the fulfilment of its purpose.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 6;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1687.
Marginal note:First Board

 The first Board shall consist of the Chairperson and five other directors to be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 7;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1691(E).
Marginal note:Appointment to the Board

 Except for the first directors appointed pursuant to section 7, vacant positions on the Board shall be filled as follows:

  • (a) the Chairperson and up to four other directors may be appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, after that Minister has consulted with the Board, to hold office during pleasure; and

  • (b) up to eight directors may be appointed by the Board, to hold office during pleasure, after consultations with the governments of the provinces and with any individuals and organizations representative of the business community and labour, professional and voluntary organizations having a particular interest in alcohol and drug abuse that the Board considers appropriate.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 8;
  • 1996, c. 8, s. 32;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1688.
Marginal note:Term of office
  •  (1) The term of office of the Chairperson and of every other director appointed as provided in sections 7 and 8 shall be such term, not exceeding three years, as is specified in the instrument of appointment.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) The terms of office of directors referred to in subsection (1) shall be such as to ensure, in so far as is possible, the expiration in any year of not more than one-half of the terms of office of the directors.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 9;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1691(E).
Marginal note:Re-appointment

 Every director, including the Chairperson, whose term of office has expired is eligible for re-appointment to the Board in the same or another capacity, but no person may be appointed to the Board more than three times.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 10;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1691(E).

GENERAL

Marginal note:Role of Chairperson

 The Chairperson shall preside at meetings of the Board and may perform any other duties that are assigned by the Board.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 11;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1689(E).
Marginal note:Vice-Chairperson

 The Board may elect from among its members a Vice-Chairperson who, in the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, has and may exercise and perform all the duties and functions of the Chairperson.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 12;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1689(E).
Marginal note:Principal office

 The principal office of the Centre shall be in the National Capital Region described in the schedule to the National Capital Act, or in such other place in Canada as may be designated by the Governor in Council.

Marginal note:Meetings

 The Board shall meet at such times and places as the Chairperson deems necessary, but it shall meet at least twice in each year, with at least one meeting at the principal office of the Centre.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 14;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1691(E).
Marginal note:Attendance at meetings

 The Deputy Minister of Health and the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, or a delegate of each of those Deputy Ministers, are entitled to receive notice of all meetings of the Board and any of its committees and to attend and take part in, but not to vote at, those meetings.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 15;
  • 1996, c. 8, s. 33;
  • 2005, c. 10, s. 11.
Marginal note:Certain provisions applicable

 Subsection 16(3), section 120, subsection 122(1) and section 124 of the Canada Business Corporations Act, respectively relating to the validity of certain acts of corporations, the duty of directors and officers to disclose certain interests, the standard of conduct applying to directors and officers and the authority of corporations to indemnify directors and officers, apply, with such modifications as the circumstances require, to the Centre and its directors and officers.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 16;
  • 1994, c. 24, s. 34(F).

OFFICERS AND STAFF

Marginal note:Chief Executive Officer

 The Board shall, subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, appoint a Chief Executive Officer of the Centre, to hold office during pleasure, who shall have supervision over and direction of the activities and staff of the Centre.

Marginal note:Acting Chief Executive Officer

 The Board may authorize any member of the Board or any officer or employee of the Centre to act as Chief Executive Officer of the Centre in the event that the Chief Executive Officer is absent or incapacitated or if the office of Chief Executive Officer is vacant, but no such authorization is valid for more than one hundred and eighty days unless approved by the Governor in Council.

Marginal note:Attendance at meetings

 The Chief Executive Officer is entitled to receive notice of all meetings of the Board and any committees thereof and to attend and take part in, but not vote at, such meetings.

Marginal note:Staff

 The Centre may employ or engage such officers, agents and employees as it considers necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the Centre.

REMUNERATION AND EXPENSES

Marginal note:Chairperson and other directors

 The Chairperson and the other directors shall serve without remuneration, but may be paid any reasonable travel and living expenses in connection with the activities of the Centre that are fixed by by-law of the Board.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 21;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1690(E).
Marginal note:Remuneration of Chief Executive Officer
  •  (1) The Chief Executive Officer shall be paid such remuneration as is fixed by the Board with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Expenses of Chief Executive Officer

    (2) The Chief Executive Officer is entitled to be paid such reasonable travel and living expenses incurred in the performance of duties as Chief Executive Officer as are fixed by by-law of the Board.

Marginal note:Acting Chief Executive Officer

 An acting Chief Executive Officer shall be paid such remuneration and expenses as are fixed by the Board.

COMMITTEES

Marginal note:Committees

 The Board may appoint an Executive Committee from among the directors, and advisory and other committees of directors or wholly or partly of persons who are not directors, under such terms and conditions as are fixed by by-law of the Board.

BY-LAWS

Marginal note:By-laws

 The Board may make by-laws respecting the conduct and management of the affairs of the Centre and without restricting the generality of the foregoing, respecting

  • (a) the procedure in respect of all business at meetings of the Board and of any committees appointed pursuant to section 24;

  • (b) quorums at meetings of the Board and of any committees appointed pursuant to section 24;

  • (c) any expenses to be paid to the members of the Board;

  • (d) the constitution of any committees appointed pursuant to section 24, the role and duties of the committees and the expenses, if any, to be paid to the members of those committees; and

  • (e) the employment or engagement and the remuneration, expenses and duties of officers, agents and employees.

STATUS OF CENTRE

Marginal note:Not agent of Her Majesty

 The Centre is not an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada and the Chairperson, the other directors, the Chief Executive Officer and the other officers and employees of the Centre are not part of the federal public administration.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 26;
  • 2003, c. 22, s. 224(E);
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1691(E).
Marginal note:Registered charity

 The Centre shall, for the purposes of the Income Tax Act, be deemed to be a registered charity within the meaning of that expression for the purposes of that Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 27;
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 246(F).
Marginal note:Profits

 Subject to any by-law of the Board providing for the payment of expenses to the members of the Board or to members of any committees appointed pursuant to section 24, and to any by-law providing for the payment of remuneration and expenses to the officers, agents and employees of the Centre, any profits or accretions to the value of the property of the Centre shall be used to further the activities of the Centre and no part of the property or profits of the Centre may be distributed, directly or indirectly, to any member of the Board.

FINANCIAL YEAR AND AUDIT

Marginal note:Financial year

 The financial year of the Centre is the period beginning on April 1 in one year and ending on March 31 in the following year.

Marginal note:Audit

 The accounts and financial transactions of the Centre shall be audited annually by a qualified independent auditor designated by the Board and a report of the audit shall be made to the Board.

REPORTS

Marginal note:Annual report
  •  (1) The Chief Executive Officer shall, within three months after the end of each financial year of the Centre, submit to the Board a report of the activities of the Centre for that year, including the financial statements of the Centre and the auditor’s report thereon, and the Board shall make the report available to the public at the principal office of the Centre.

  • Marginal note:Tabling and transmission to provinces

    (2) Within one month after a report is submitted to the Board pursuant to subsection (1), the Centre shall provide copies thereof to the Minister of Health who shall

    • (a) cause a copy of each such report to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the day on which the Minister receives the copies; and

    • (b) forthwith after a copy is so laid pursuant to paragraph (a), cause a copy of each such report to be sent to the lieutenant governor in council of each province.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 31;
  • 1996, c. 8, s. 32.
Marginal note:Results of research, etc.

 Publishable results of research and other initiatives assisted or initiated by the Centre shall be made available to the public by the Centre within a reasonable time after those results become available to the Centre.

EVALUATION

Marginal note:Evaluation

 As soon as possible after the fourth anniversary of the coming into force of this Act, the Minister of Health shall, after consultation with the Board, evaluate the Centre’s activities and organization, and the Minister shall cause a report thereon, including a statement of any changes the Minister may recommend, to be laid before each House of Parliament and to be sent to the lieutenant governor in council of each province as if it were a copy of a report received by the Minister pursuant to section 31.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 49 (4th Supp.), s. 33;
  • 1996, c. 8, s. 32.

COMING INTO FORCE

Marginal note:Coming into force

Footnote * This Act shall come into force on a day to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.