Corporations Returns Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-43)

Act current to 2019-07-29

Corporations Returns Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. C-43

An Act to provide for the reporting of financial and other statistics relating to the affairs of corporations carrying on activities in Canada

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Corporations Returns Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-43, s. 1
  • 1998, c. 26, s. 63

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) In this Act,

    common-law partner

    common-law partner, in relation to an individual, means a person who is cohabiting with the individual in a conjugal relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year; (conjoint de fait)

    common-law partnership

    common-law partnership means the relationship between two persons who are common-law partners of each other; (union de fait)

    Minister

    Minister means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act; (ministre)

    prescribed

    prescribed means prescribed by regulation; (Version anglaise seulement)

    related group

    related group means a group of individuals each member of which is connected to at least one other member of the group by blood relationship, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption; (groupe lié)

    reporting period

    reporting period, in relation to a corporation, means a fiscal period of the corporation within the meaning of the Income Tax Act. (période de rapport)

    union

    union or labour union[Repealed, 1998, c. 26, s. 64]

  • Marginal note:Residence

    (2) A reference in this Act to a person resident in Canada includes a person who was at the relevant time ordinarily resident in Canada and, in determining the residence of a person for the purposes of this Act, the provisions of the Income Tax Act applicable to any determination of the residence of a person for the purposes of that Act are applicable with such modifications as the circumstances require.

  • Marginal note:Persons related by blood, marriage or adoption

    (3) For the purposes of this Act,

    • (a) individuals are connected by blood relationship if one is the child or other descendant of the other or one is the brother or sister of the other;

    • (b) individuals are connected by marriage if one is married to the other or to a person who is connected by blood relationship or adoption to the other;

    • (b.1) individuals are connected by common-law partnership if one is in a common-law partnership with the other or with a person who is connected by blood relationship or adoption to the other; and

    • (c) individuals are connected by adoption if one has been adopted, either legally or in fact, as the child of the other or as the child of an individual who is connected by blood relationship, otherwise than as brother or sister, to the other.

  • Marginal note:Holding, subsidiary and controlled corporations

    (4) For the purposes of this Act,

    • (a) a corporation is the holding corporation of another corporation if that other corporation is its subsidiary;

    • (b) a corporation is a subsidiary of another corporation if it is controlled by that other corporation; and

    • (c) a corporation is controlled by a person if voting securities of the corporation to which are attached more than fifty per cent of the votes that may be cast to elect directors are held, directly or indirectly, other than by way of security only, by or for the benefit of that person.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-43, s. 2
  • R.S., 1985, c. 2 (4th Supp.), s. 1
  • 1998, c. 26, s. 64
  • 2000, c. 12, s. 87

PART ICorporations

Application

Marginal note:Application of this Part

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), this Part applies to every corporation that carries on business in Canada or that is incorporated under a law of Canada or a province

    • (a) for any reporting period of the corporation in respect of which

      • (i) the gross revenue of the corporation for that reporting period from business carried on by it in Canada, determined in the prescribed manner, exceeded fifteen million dollars or such greater amount as may be prescribed, or

      • (ii) the assets of the corporation as of the last day of that reporting period, determined in the prescribed manner, exceeded ten million dollars or such greater amount as may be prescribed; or

    • (b) for the purposes of section 4, for any reporting period of the corporation in respect of which the value of

      • (i) equity in the corporation held directly or indirectly by persons not resident in Canada,

      • (ii) debt obligations with an original term to maturity of one year or more owing directly or indirectly to persons not resident in Canada, or

      • (iii) debt obligations owing directly or indirectly to affiliates, shareholders or directors of the corporation not resident in Canada

      exceeds a book value of two hundred thousand dollars or such greater amount as may be prescribed.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) This Part does not apply to

    • (a) a corporation to which Part II applies;

    • (b) a corporation that is exempted by regulation, to the extent that it is so exempted;

    • (c) a municipality in Canada or a municipal or other public body performing a function of government in Canada;

    • (d) a corporation having as its primary object the furtherance of any religious or other charitable purpose, no part of the income of which is payable to or otherwise available for the personal gain or benefit of any proprietor, member or shareholder thereof; or

    • (e) a corporation, without share capital, having as its primary object the furtherance of any national, patriotic, philanthropic, medical, educational, scientific, artistic, social, fraternal, sporting or athletic purpose, no part of the income of which is payable to or otherwise available for the personal gain or benefit of any proprietor or member thereof.

  • Marginal note:Calculation of gross revenue and assets

    (3) For the purposes of subsection (1), the gross revenue and assets of a corporation include the gross revenue and assets of all its affiliates that carry on business in Canada.

  • Marginal note:Affiliated corporations

    (4) For the purposes of this section,

    • (a) one corporation is affiliated with another corporation if one of them is the subsidiary of the other or both are subsidiaries of the same corporation or each of them is controlled by the same person or the same related group; and

    • (b) if two corporations are affiliated with the same corporation they are affiliated with each other.

  • R.S., c. C-31, s. 3
  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 79, s. 2
  • 1984, c. 40, s. 19

Returns

Marginal note:Return to be filed with Chief Statistician of Canada by corporation

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), every corporation to which this Part applies shall, for each reporting period of the corporation, file with the Chief Statistician of Canada, not later than ninety days following the end of the reporting period, a return in the prescribed form containing the prescribed information including the following particulars:

    • (a) the corporate name of the corporation;

    • (b) the address of the head office of the corporation and, in the case of a corporation not resident in Canada, the address of its principal place of business in Canada or place to which communications for purposes of this Part may be directed;

    • (c) the manner in which the corporation was incorporated, and the date and place of its incorporation;

    • (d) the amount of the authorized share capital of the corporation, the number of shares of each class into which it is divided and a description of the voting rights and options attaching to each such class;

    • (e) the number of issued shares of each class into which the authorized share capital of the corporation is divided and, in relation to each such class,

      • (i) in the case of corporations having fifty shareholders or less,

        • (A) the number of shares of that class owned by persons resident in Canada and the number of shares of that class owned by persons not resident in Canada, and

        • (B) the number of persons not resident in Canada who owned more than five per cent each of the total number of issued shares of that class, and the number of shares of that class owned by each such person, and

      • (ii) in the case of corporations having more than fifty shareholders,

        • (A) the number of shares of that class held by persons having addresses as shown in the relevant records that the corporation is required to keep under the law of the place of its incorporation (in this subparagraph referred to as “addresses of record”) in Canada, by persons having addresses of record elsewhere than in Canada and by persons not having addresses of record, respectively, and

        • (B) the number of persons having addresses of record elsewhere than in Canada or not having addresses of record who, according to the records of the corporation referred to in clause (A), held more than five per cent each of the total number of issued shares of that class, and the number of shares of that class held by each such person;

    • (f) in the case of corporations having fifty shareholders or less, particulars as described in paragraphs (a) and (b) in respect of each body corporate owning ten per cent or more of the issued shares of the corporation or of the issued shares thereof of any class, and the number of shares of each class owned by that body corporate;

    • (g) in the case of corporations having more than fifty shareholders, particulars as described in paragraphs (a) and (b) in respect of each body corporate holding ten per cent or more of the issued shares of the corporation or of the issued shares thereof of any class, and the number of shares of each class held by that body corporate;

    • (h) in the case of corporations having fifty shareholders or less, the name and address in respect of each person other than a body corporate and of each individual who is a member of a related group, where the person owns, or the related group together owns, ten per cent or more of the issued shares of the corporation or of the issued shares thereof of any class, and the number of shares of each class owned by the person or related group;

    • (i) in the case of corporations having more than fifty shareholders, the name and address of each person other than a body corporate holding ten per cent or more of the issued shares of the corporation or of the issued shares thereof of any class, and the number of shares of each class held by that person;

    • (j) particulars as described in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) in respect of each body corporate that carries on business in Canada or that is incorporated under a law of Canada or a province, where the corporation owns issued shares of the body corporate to which are attached a total of ten per cent or more of the votes that may be cast to elect directors;

    • (k) the total face value of issued and outstanding debentures of the corporation and the total face value and a description of each issue thereof;

    • (l) except in the case of a corporation incorporated by or under an Act or instrument by the terms of which any invitation to the public to subscribe for its shares and debentures was prohibited, the total number of shares of the corporation of each class and the total face value of debentures of the corporation of each issue that have been offered in Canada for public subscription during a period of five years ending on the last day of the reporting period;

    • (m) the name and address of each director of the corporation, and the nationality or citizenship of each individual who is a director of the corporation;

    • (n) the name, address and nationality or citizenship of each officer of the corporation resident in Canada, and the position in the corporation held by each such officer; and

    • (o) the number of shares of each class owned by each director and officer of the corporation and a description of the voting rights attached to those shares.

  • Marginal note:Return may be filed by holding corporation

    (2) A holding corporation may file the return required under subsection (1) on behalf of and in respect of any of its subsidiaries and, if a return is filed under this subsection for a reporting period, the subsidiary on behalf of which the return is filed is not required to comply with subsection (1) for that period.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-43, s. 4
  • R.S., 1985, c. 2 (4th Supp.), s. 2
 
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