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

Act current to 2018-09-26 and last amended on 2018-05-01. Previous Versions

PART 8Capital Structure (continued)

Certificates

Marginal note:Issue of certificates

  •  (1) The by-laws of a cooperative may provide that no membership share certificates or certificates in respect of member loans need be issued. If the by-laws provide that no such certificates need be issued, the cooperative must, on the request of a member, issue a statement of the number of membership shares held by, or the amount of any member loan of, the member.

  • Marginal note:Certificates

    (2) The face of each certificate that the cooperative issues in respect of membership shares or member loans after the coming into force of this section must contain

    • (a) the name of the cooperative;

    • (b) a statement that the cooperative is subject to this Act;

    • (c) the name of the person to whom it is issued;

    • (d) a statement that the certificate represents membership shares in, or member loans to, the cooperative, and the number of the membership shares or the amount of the member loan;

    • (e) a statement that the certificate is not transferable without the approval of the directors; and

    • (f) a statement that there is a charge, lien or hypothec on the membership shares or member loans represented by the certificate in favour of the cooperative for any indebtedness of the member to the cooperative.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of membership

    (3) Each member is entitled to a certificate of membership.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 119;
  • 2011, c. 21, s. 78.

Marginal note:Authorized capital

  •  (1) The membership shares of a cooperative may be issued with or without a par value.

  • Marginal note:Par-value membership shares

    (2) If the membership shares of a cooperative are with a par value, the articles must specify that fact and specify their par value and any limit on their number.

  • Marginal note:No-par-value membership shares

    (3) If the membership shares of a cooperative are without a par value, the articles must specify that fact and specify any limit on their number.

Marginal note:Fixed or determined value

 If any no-par-value membership shares of a cooperative are to be issued and are to be redeemed at a fixed or determined value, the articles must set out those facts and state the fixed price or formula to be used to determine the value.

Marginal note:Distribution on dissolution

 Subject to Parts 20 and 21, the articles of a cooperative may provide that, on dissolution of the cooperative and after the payment of all debts and liabilities — including any declared and unpaid dividends, the amount to be paid to the holders of any investment shares and the amount to be paid on the redemption of membership shares — the value of the remaining property of the cooperative is to be distributed or disposed of to any person, including distribution

  • (a) among the members at the time of dissolution, in any manner, including equally among the members irrespective of the number of membership shares or amount of member loans, if any, held or made by a member;

  • (b) among the members at the time of dissolution on the basis of patronage returns accrued to those members during a stated period before the dissolution; or

  • (c) to charitable organizations or cooperative entities.

Marginal note:Charge, lien or hypothec on membership shares for amounts

  •  (1) A cooperative has a charge, lien or hypothec on a membership share or any amount standing to the credit of a member or the personal representative of a member for a debt of that member to the cooperative.

  • Marginal note:Enforcement of charge

    (2) A cooperative may

    • (a) enforce a charge, lien or hypothec referred to in subsection (1) in the manner set out in its by-laws; or

    • (b) apply any moneys standing to the credit of a member toward payment of a debt due by the member to the cooperative.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 123;
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 175;
  • 2011, c. 21, s. 79.

Investment Shares

Marginal note:Investment shares

  •  (1) The articles of a cooperative may provide that the cooperative may issue investment shares, and if they do, the articles must set out the following:

    • (a) whether the investment shares may be issued to non-members;

    • (b) whether the number of investment shares is to be unlimited and, if not, the maximum number of investment shares that may be issued;

    • (c) the number of classes of investment shares; and

    • (d) the preferences, rights, conditions, restrictions, limitations and prohibitions attaching to the investment shares and, if there is to be more than one class, the designation of each class and the special preferences, rights, conditions, restrictions, limitations and prohibitions attaching to each class.

  • Marginal note:No voting rights

    (2) Subject to the articles and to this Act, no right to vote at a meeting of the cooperative attaches to an investment share.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) The articles may provide that

    • (a) an investment share confers on its holder the right to vote at an election of directors by reason of an event that has occurred and is continuing or by reason of a condition that has been fulfilled; or

    • (b) the shareholders, any class of shareholders or the holders of a series of investment shares, may elect a fixed number or a percentage of the directors.

  • Marginal note:Limit on shareholders’ directors

    (4) Despite subsections (2) and (3), neither the articles nor a unanimous agreement may provide that the shareholders have the right to elect more than twenty per cent of the directors.

  • Marginal note:One share, one vote

    (5) If shareholders are entitled to vote in accordance with subsection (3) or otherwise in accordance with this Act, each investment share entitles the holder to one vote.

  • Marginal note:Members may exercise shareholder rights if shareholders

    (6) Despite section 37, a member who holds an investment share may exercise any voting right that holders of investment shares have.

Marginal note:No-par-value shares

  •  (1) Investment shares of a cooperative must be in registered form and without a par value.

  • Marginal note:When cooperative continued

    (2) Investment shares of a cooperative that is continued under this Act are deemed to be investment shares without a par value.

Marginal note:Shares in series

  •  (1) The articles may authorize, subject to any limitations set out in them and subject to subsection (2), the issue of any class of investment shares in one or more series and may do either or both of the following:

    • (a) fix the number of investment shares in, and determine the designation, rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the investment shares of, each series; or

    • (b) authorize the directors to fix the number of investment shares in, and to determine the designation, rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to the investment shares of, each series.

  • Marginal note:Member authorization

    (2) No investment share may be issued until the members have authorized the principle of the issuance of investment shares.

  • Marginal note:Series participation

    (3) If any cumulative dividends or amounts payable on return of capital in respect of a series of investment shares are not paid in full, the investment shares of all series of the same class must participate rateably in respect of accumulated dividends and return of capital.

  • Marginal note:Restrictions on series

    (4) No rights, privileges, restrictions or conditions attached to a series of investment shares authorized under this section confer a priority in respect of dividends or return of capital on a series over any other series of investment shares of the same class that are then outstanding.

  • Marginal note:Amendment of articles

    (5) If the directors exercise their authority under paragraph (1)(b), they must, before the issue of shares of the series, send to the Director articles of amendment in the form that the Director fixes to designate a series of investment shares.

  • Marginal note:Certificate of amendment

    (6) On receipt of articles of amendment designating a series of shares under subsection (5), the Director must issue a certificate of amendment.

  • Marginal note:Effect of certificate

    (7) The articles of the cooperative are amended accordingly on the date shown in the certificate of amendment.

  • 1998, c. 1, s. 126;
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 176.
 
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