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Investment Canada Act

Version of section 37 from 2013-06-26 to 2022-06-01:


Marginal note:Ministerial opinions

  •  (1) If any question arises under this Act as to whether an individual or entity that proposes to establish, or to acquire control of, a Canadian business that carries on a specific type of business activity referred to in paragraph 15(a) is a Canadian, the Minister shall, on application by or on behalf of the individual or entity consider the application and any information and evidence submitted in connection with the application and, unless the Minister concludes that the submitted information and evidence is not sufficient to enable the Minister to reach an opinion on the question, shall provide the applicant with a written opinion for the guidance of the applicant.

  • Marginal note:Time for providing opinion

    (1.1) The Minister shall provide his or her opinion no later than 45 days after the Minister concludes that the information and evidence he or she has received is sufficient to enable him or her to reach an opinion on the question.

  • Marginal note:Other opinions

    (2) Anyone may apply to the Minister, with supporting information, for an opinion on the applicability to them of any provision of this Act or the regulations to which subsection (1) does not apply, and the Minister may provide the applicant with a written opinion for the applicant’s guidance. For greater certainty, the application may be in relation to any question that arises under this Act as to whether the applicant is a Canadian.

  • Marginal note:Time for providing opinion

    (2.1) If the Minister decides to provide an opinion under subsection (2), he or she shall provide it no later than 45 days after the Minister concludes that the information he or she has received is sufficient to enable him or her to reach an opinion on the question.

  • Marginal note:Opinion binding

    (3) If the material facts submitted by or on behalf of an applicant for an opinion are accurate, a written opinion provided under this section is binding on the Minister and the Director for so long as the material facts on which the opinion was based remain substantially unchanged.

  • Marginal note:Authorized opinions

    (4) The Minister may authorize the Director or any person the Minister deems qualified to provide written opinions under this section, and any opinion so provided has the same effect as if it had been provided under this section by the Minister.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 28 (1st Supp.), s. 37
  • 1988, c. 65, s. 137
  • 1994, c. 47, s. 135
  • 1995, c. 1, s. 50
  • 2009, c. 2, s. 458
  • 2013, c. 33, s. 145
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