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

Act current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2020-01-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Commencing derivative action

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a complainant may apply to a court for leave to bring an action in the name and on behalf of a corporation or any of its subsidiaries, or intervene in an action to which any such body corporate is a party, for the purpose of prosecuting, defending or discontinuing the action on behalf of the body corporate.

  • Marginal note:Conditions precedent

    (2) No action may be brought and no intervention in an action may be made under subsection (1) unless the court is satisfied that

    • (a) the complainant has given notice to the directors of the corporation or its subsidiary of the complainant’s intention to apply to the court under subsection (1) not less than fourteen days before bringing the application, or as otherwise ordered by the court, if the directors of the corporation or its subsidiary do not bring, diligently prosecute or defend or discontinue the action;

    • (b) the complainant is acting in good faith; and

    • (c) it appears to be in the interests of the corporation or its subsidiary that the action be brought, prosecuted, defended or discontinued.

  • R.S., 1985, c. C-44, s. 239
  • 2001, c. 14, s. 116
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