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Physical Activity and Sport Act (S.C. 2003, c. 2)

Act current to 2024-05-01 and last amended on 2017-12-31. Previous Versions

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (continued)

Executive Director (continued)

Marginal note:Delegation

 The executive director may delegate to any person any power, duty or function conferred on the executive director under this Act.


Marginal note:Personnel

 The Centre may engage any employees and any technical and professional advisers that it considers necessary for the proper conduct of its activities.

Marginal note:Status

 Directors, officers and employees of the Centre are deemed not to be employees of the federal public administration and, for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act, are deemed not to be employed in the public service.

  • 2003, c. 2, s. 26, c. 22, s. 279(E)


Marginal note:Audit committee

  •  (1) The board of directors shall establish an audit committee consisting of at least three directors.

  • Marginal note:Duties of audit committee

    (2) The audit committee shall

    • (a) require the Centre to implement and maintain appropriate internal control procedures;

    • (b) review, evaluate and approve those internal control procedures;

    • (c) review the Centre’s annual financial statements and report to the Centre before those statements are approved by the board of directors;

    • (d) meet with the Centre’s auditor to discuss the Centre’s annual financial statements and the auditor’s report; and

    • (e) meet with the Centre’s auditor and the Centre’s management to discuss the effectiveness of the internal control procedures.

  • Marginal note:Special report

    (3) If the audit committee is of the opinion that there is any information that should be brought to the attention of the Minister, it shall make a report of that information to the Minister and furnish the board with a copy of the report.

  • Marginal note:Meeting of directors

    (4) The audit committee may call a meeting of the board of directors to consider any matter of concern to the committee.

  • Marginal note:Technical assistance

    (5) The audit committee may engage, on a temporary basis, the services of persons having technical or specialized knowledge to assist the committee in carrying out its duties under this Act.

Marginal note:Independent audit

 The accounts and financial transactions of the Centre shall be audited annually by an independent auditor designated by the board of directors, and a written report of the audit shall be made to that board.

Arbitrators and Mediators

Marginal note:Responsibilities of the Centre

 The Centre shall ensure that arbitrators and mediators who provide dispute resolution services under the auspices of the Centre

  • (a) meet the qualifications established by its by-laws;

  • (b) are independent of the Centre; and

  • (c) are, as a group, able to provide services in one or the other of the official languages of Canada or in both, according to the needs of the parties.

General Provisions

Marginal note:Duty of care

  •  (1) Every director and officer of the Centre, in exercising their powers and performing their duties and functions, must

    • (a) act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Centre;

    • (b) exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances; and

    • (c) comply with this Act and the by-laws of the Centre.

  • Marginal note:No exculpation

    (2) No provision in a contract or resolution relieves a director or officer from the duty to act in accordance with this Act, the regulations or the by-laws or relieves a director or officer from liability for a breach of any of them.

  • Marginal note:Reliance on statements

    (3) A director or officer is not liable for a breach of duty under subsection (1) if the director or officer relies in good faith on

    • (a) financial statements of the Centre represented to the director or officer by an officer of the Centre or in a written report of the auditor of the Centre as fairly reflecting the financial condition of the Centre; or

    • (b) a report of a lawyer, notary, accountant, engineer, appraiser or other person whose position or profession lends credibility to a statement made by that person.

Marginal note:Provisions of Canada Business Corporations Act apply

  •  (1) The following provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act apply, with any modifications that the circumstances require, to the Centre and its directors, officers and employees as if the Centre were a corporation incorporated under that Act and the provisions of this Act were its articles of incorporation:

    • (a) section 16 (by-law not required to confer powers on Centre, restriction on powers of Centre and validity of acts of Centre);

    • (b) subsections 20(1), (2) and (4) (records, minutes and place of records);

    • (c) subsection 22(1) (form of corporate records);

    • (d) section 23 (corporate seal not needed to validate instrument);

    • (e) subsection 108(2) (resignation of director);

    • (f) subsections 114(1), (2), (5) to (7) and (9) (meeting of directors);

    • (g) section 116 (validity of acts of directors and officers);

    • (h) section 117 (validity of directors’ resolutions in lieu of meetings);

    • (i) section 120 (conflict of interest of directors and officers);

    • (j) section 123 (directors’ dissents);

    • (k) subsections 124(1) to (6) (indemnification of directors and officers and insurance for directors’ and officers’ liability);

    • (l) section 158 (approval of financial statements by directors);

    • (m) section 161 (qualifications of auditor);

    • (n) section 170 (right of auditor to information);

    • (o) subsections 171(4) to (7) and paragraph 171(8)(a) (duties and administration of audit committee);

    • (p) section 172 (qualified privilege in defamation for auditor’s statements);

    • (q) subsections 253(1) and (3) (notice to directors);

    • (r) section 255 (waiver of notice); and

    • (s) subsections 257(1) and (2) (certificates of Centre as evidence).

  • Marginal note:Description with cross-references

    (2) The descriptive words in parentheses that follow the reference to a provision of the Canada Business Corporations Act in subsection (1) form no part of that subsection but are inserted for convenience of reference only.

  • Marginal note:Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act not applicable

    (3) The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act does not apply to the Centre.

  • 2003, c. 2, s. 31
  • 2009, c. 23, ss. 334, 357

Corporate Plan and Annual Report

Marginal note:Corporate plan

  •  (1) The Centre shall prepare a corporate plan for each fiscal year, and deliver a copy of that plan to the Minister at least 30 days before the start of that fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Scope and content of corporate plan

    (2) The corporate plan shall encompass all the business and activities of the Centre and shall include a statement of

    • (a) the Centre’s objectives;

    • (b) the strategies that the Centre intends to use to achieve its objectives, including its operational and financial strategies and its human resource strategies; and

    • (c) the Centre’s operating and capital budgets for the next fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Corporate plan to be made public

    (3) After the corporate plan is delivered to the Minister, the Centre shall make the plan public.

  • Marginal note:Corporate plan to be tabled

    (4) The Minister shall cause a copy of the corporate plan to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives the plan.

Marginal note:Annual report

  •  (1) The chairperson of the board of directors shall, within four months after the end of each fiscal year, deliver a report on the operations of the Centre in that fiscal year to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Contents

    (2) The report shall include

    • (a) the financial statements of the Centre and the report of the auditor respecting those statements;

    • (b) a summary of the Centre’s corporate plan; and

    • (c) information about the Centre’s performance with respect to the objectives established in the corporate plan.

  • Marginal note:Remuneration

    (3) The total remuneration that each officer receives in a fiscal year from the Centre, including any reimbursements or monetary benefits, and the amount of any reimbursements or monetary benefits that each director receives in a fiscal year from the Centre, shall be set out in the annual financial statements for that year.

  • Marginal note:Distribution of report

    (4) After its annual report is delivered to the Minister, the Centre shall make the report public.

  • Marginal note:Annual report to be tabled

    (5) The Minister shall cause a copy of the annual report to be tabled in each House of Parliament on any of the first fifteen days on which that House is sitting after the Minister receives the report.

  • 2003, c. 2, s. 33
  • 2015, c. 3, s. 141(F)

Marginal note:Public meeting

  •  (1) Within 60 days after the delivery of its annual report to the Minister, the Centre shall convene a public meeting at a city in Canada selected by the Centre to consider the report and other matters relating to the Centre’s activities during the current fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Notice of meeting

    (2) At least 30 days before the date of a meeting convened under subsection (1), the Centre shall give notice of the time and place of the meeting in accordance with its by-laws.


Marginal note:Minister may order dissolution

  •  (1) The Minister may, by order, dissolve the Centre

    • (a) if the Centre has failed to make by-laws in accordance with paragraphs 17(1)(e), (g) and (i) to (k) within one year after section 9 comes into force;

    • (b) if the Minister is satisfied that the Centre has failed, for a period of one year, to carry on its affairs and business;

    • (c) if the Minister, on the expiry of any period of five years after the coming into force of section 9, after having made an evaluation of the Centre, is satisfied that the Centre is not fulfilling its mission or is no longer necessary; or

    • (d) on petition by the Centre supported by a resolution passed by at least two thirds of the directors.

  • Marginal note:Debts and liabilities

    (2) In the event of the dissolution of the Centre, any property of the Centre that remains after the payment of its debts and liabilities, or after the making of adequate provision for the payment of its debts and liabilities, may be transferred to any person or institution having a mission similar to that of the Centre that the Minister specifies in the order.

  • Marginal note:Dissolution

    (3) If the Minister dissolves the Centre, the affairs of the Centre shall be wound up in accordance with this section and any regulations made under paragraph 36(b).


Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) defining, for the purposes of this Act, the expressions physical activity, sport and sport organization;

  • (b) respecting the winding up of the Centre; and

  • (c) generally for carrying into effect the purposes and provisions of sections 3 to 8.

Consequential Amendment

Department of Canadian Heritage Act


Coordinating Amendment




Coming into Force

Marginal note:Coming into force

Footnote * The provisions of this Act, other than section 38, come into force on a day or days to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council.

  • Return to footnote *[Note: Section 38 in force on assent March 19, 2003; sections 1 to 37 and 39 in force June 15, 2003, see SI/2003-129.]


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