Canada Business Corporations Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-44)

Act current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2011-11-29. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Filling vacancy
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), the directors shall forthwith fill a vacancy in the office of auditor.

  • Marginal note:Calling meeting

    (2) If there is not a quorum of directors, the directors then in office shall, within twenty-one days after a vacancy in the office of auditor occurs, call a special meeting of shareholders to fill the vacancy and, if they fail to call a meeting or if there are no directors, the meeting may be called by any shareholder.

  • Marginal note:Shareholders filling vacancy

    (3) The articles of a corporation may provide that a vacancy in the office of auditor shall only be filled by vote of the shareholders.

  • Marginal note:Unexpired term

    (4) An auditor appointed to fill a vacancy holds office for the unexpired term of the auditor’s predecessor.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-44, s. 166;
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 135(E).
Marginal note:Court appointed auditor
  •  (1) If a corporation does not have an auditor, the court may, on the application of a shareholder or the Director, appoint and fix the remuneration of an auditor who holds office until an auditor is appointed by the shareholders.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the shareholders have resolved under section 163 not to appoint an auditor.

  • 1974-75-76, c. 33, s. 161;
  • 1978-79, c. 9, s. 1(F).
Marginal note:Right to attend meeting
  •  (1) The auditor of a corporation is entitled to receive notice of every meeting of shareholders and, at the expense of the corporation, to attend and be heard on matters relating to the auditor’s duties.

  • Marginal note:Duty to attend

    (2) If a director or shareholder of a corporation, whether or not the shareholder is entitled to vote at the meeting, gives written notice not less than ten days before a meeting of shareholders to the auditor or a former auditor of the corporation, the auditor or former auditor shall attend the meeting at the expense of the corporation and answer questions relating to their duties as auditor.

  • Marginal note:Notice to corporation

    (3) A director or shareholder who sends a notice referred to in subsection (2) shall send concurrently a copy of the notice to the corporation.

  • Marginal note:Offence

    (4) An auditor or former auditor of a corporation who fails without reasonable cause to comply with subsection (2) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.

  • Marginal note:Statement of auditor

    (5) An auditor is entitled to submit to the corporation a written statement giving reasons for resigning or for opposing any proposed action or resolution when the auditor

    • (a) resigns;

    • (b) receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of shareholders called for the purpose of removing the auditor from office;

    • (c) receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of directors or shareholders at which another person is to be appointed to fill the office of auditor, whether because of the resignation or removal of the incumbent auditor or because the auditor’s term of office has expired or is about to expire; or

    • (d) receives a notice or otherwise learns of a meeting of shareholders at which a resolution referred to in section 163 is to be proposed.

  • Marginal note:Other statements

    (5.1) In the case of a proposed replacement of an auditor, whether through removal or at the end of the auditor’s term, the following rules apply with respect to other statements:

    • (a) the corporation shall make a statement on the reasons for the proposed replacement; and

    • (b) the proposed replacement auditor may make a statement in which he or she comments on the reasons referred to in paragraph (a).

  • Marginal note:Circulating statement

    (6) The corporation shall send a copy of the statements referred to in subsections (5) and (5.1) without delay to every shareholder entitled to receive notice of a meeting referred to in subsection (1) and to the Director, unless the statement is included in or attached to a management proxy circular required by section 150.

  • Marginal note:Replacing auditor

    (7) No person shall accept appointment or consent to be appointed as auditor of a corporation to replace an auditor who has resigned, been removed or whose term of office has expired or is about to expire until the person has requested and received from that auditor a written statement of the circumstances and the reasons, in that auditor’s opinion, for their replacement.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (8) Notwithstanding subsection (7), a person otherwise qualified may accept appointment or consent to be appointed as auditor of a corporation if, within fifteen days after making the request referred to in that subsection, the person does not receive a reply.

  • Marginal note:Effect of non-compliance

    (9) Unless subsection (8) applies, an appointment as auditor of a corporation of a person who has not complied with subsection (7) is void.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-44, s. 168;
  • 2001, c. 14, ss. 80, 135(E).