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Bank Act (S.C. 1991, c. 46)

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Act current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2019-06-17. Previous Versions

PART XII.1Authorized Foreign Banks (continued)

Supervision (continued)

Returns (continued)

Marginal note:No waiver

  •  (1) For greater certainty, the disclosure by an authorized foreign bank — or by a person who controls an authorized foreign bank or by an entity that is affiliated with an authorized foreign bank — to the Superintendent of any information that is subject to a privilege under the law of evidence, solicitor-client privilege or the professional secrecy of advocates and notaries or to litigation privilege does not constitute a waiver of any of those privileges or that secrecy.

  • Marginal note:No disclosure

    (2) The Superintendent shall not disclose any information referred to in subsection (1) to any person whose powers, duties or functions include

    • (a) the investigation or prosecution of an offence under any Act of Parliament or of the legislature of a province; or

    • (b) the investigation of, or conduct of proceedings in respect of, a violation under an Act referred to in paragraph (a).

  • 2018, c. 27, s. 169

Marginal note:Disclosure by Superintendent

  •  (1) The Superintendent shall disclose, at the times and in the manner that the Minister may determine, any information obtained by the Superintendent under this Act that the Minister considers ought to be disclosed for the purposes of the analysis of the business in Canada of an authorized foreign bank and that

    • (a) is contained in returns filed pursuant to the Superintendent’s financial regulatory reporting requirements in respect of authorized foreign banks; or

    • (b) has been obtained as a result of an industry-wide or sectoral survey conducted by the Superintendent in relation to an issue or circumstances that could have an impact on the business in Canada of authorized foreign banks.

  • Marginal note:Prior consultation required

    (2) The Minister shall consult with the Superintendent before making any determination under subsection (1).

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35

Marginal note:Disclosure by an authorized foreign bank

  •  (1) An authorized foreign bank shall make available to the public any information concerning

    • (a) the compensation of its executives, as that expression is defined by the regulations, and

    • (b) its business and affairs for the purposes of the analysis of its business in Canada,

    in the form and manner and at the times that may be required by or under regulations that the Governor in Council may make for the purpose.

  • Marginal note:Exemption by regulation

    (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply to an authorized foreign bank that is within any class or classes of authorized foreign banks that may be prescribed.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35

Marginal note:Exceptions to disclosure

 Subject to any regulations made under section 576, information obtained by an authorized foreign bank regarding any of its customers shall not be disclosed or made available under subsection 609(1) or section 610.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35

Marginal note:Report respecting disclosure

 The Superintendent shall prepare a report respecting the disclosure of information by authorized foreign banks and describing the state of progress made in enhancing the disclosure of information in the financial services industry. The report is to be included in the report referred to in section 40 of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Act.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 165

Inspection of Authorized Foreign Banks

Marginal note:Examination of authorized foreign banks

  •  (1) The Superintendent, from time to time, but, in the case of an authorized foreign bank that is not subject to the restrictions and requirements referred to in subsection 524(2), at least once in each calendar year, shall make or cause to be made any examination and inquiry into the business and affairs of each authorized foreign bank that the Superintendent considers to be necessary or expedient to determine whether the authorized foreign bank is complying with the provisions of this Act and, after the conclusion of each examination and inquiry, shall report on it to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Access to records of authorized foreign bank

    (2) The Superintendent or a person acting under the Superintendent’s direction

    • (a) has a right of access to any records, cash, assets and security held by or on behalf of an authorized foreign bank; and

    • (b) may require the directors, officers and the auditor of an authorized foreign bank to provide information and explanations, to the extent that they are reasonably able to do so, in respect of the condition and affairs of the authorized foreign bank or any entity in which it has a substantial investment under Part XII.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 166
  • 2012, c. 5, s. 74

Marginal note:Power of Superintendent on inquiry

 The Superintendent has all the powers of a person appointed as a commissioner under Part II of the Inquiries Act for the purpose of obtaining evidence under oath, and may delegate those powers to any person acting under the Superintendent’s direction.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35

Remedial Powers

Prudential Agreements

Marginal note:Prudential agreement

 The Superintendent may enter into an agreement, called a “prudential agreement”, with an authorized foreign bank for the purposes of implementing any measure designed to protect the interests of its depositors and creditors in respect of its business in Canada.

  • 2001, c. 9, s. 167

Directions of Compliance

Marginal note:Superintendent’s directions to authorized foreign bank

  •  (1) Where, in the opinion of the Superintendent, an authorized foreign bank, or a person with respect to an authorized foreign bank, is committing, or is about to commit, an act that is an unsafe or unsound practice in relation to the business in Canada of the authorized foreign bank, or is pursuing or is about to pursue any course of conduct that is an unsafe or unsound practice in relation to that business, the Superintendent may direct the authorized foreign bank or person to

    • (a) cease or refrain from committing the act or pursuing the course of conduct; and

    • (b) perform any acts that in the opinion of the Superintendent are necessary to remedy the situation.

  • Marginal note:Opportunity for representations

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), no direction shall be issued to an authorized foreign bank or person unless the authorized foreign bank or person is provided with a reasonable opportunity to make representations in respect of the matter.

  • Marginal note:Temporary direction

    (3) Where, in the opinion of the Superintendent, the length of time required for representations to be made might be prejudicial to the public interest, the Superintendent may make a temporary direction with respect to the matters referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) having effect for a period of not more than fifteen days.

  • Marginal note:Continuing effect

    (4) A temporary direction continues to have effect after the expiration of the fifteen day period referred to in subsection (3) if no representations are made to the Superintendent within that period or, if representations have been made, the Superintendent notifies the authorized foreign bank or person that the Superintendent is not satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for revoking the direction.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35

Marginal note:Court enforcement

  •  (1) Where an authorized foreign bank or a person

    • (a) is contravening or has failed to comply with a prudential agreement entered into under section 614.1 or a direction of the Superintendent made under subsection 615(1) or (3),

    • (b) is contravening this Act, or

    • (c) has omitted to do any thing under this Act that is required to be done by or on the part of the authorized foreign bank or person,

    the Superintendent may, in addition to any other action that may be taken under this Act, apply to a court for an order requiring the authorized foreign bank or person to comply with the prudential agreement or the direction, cease the contravention or do any thing that is required to be done, and on the application the court may so order and make any other order it thinks fit.

  • Marginal note:Appeal

    (2) An appeal from a decision of a court under subsection (1) lies in the same manner, and to the same court, as an appeal from any other order of the court.

  • 1999, c. 28, s. 35
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 168
 
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