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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 VCapital Structure (continued)

Security Certificates and Transfers (continued)

Marginal note:Lost or stolen security

  •  (1) Where a security has been lost, apparently destroyed or wrongfully taken, and the owner fails to notify the issuer of that fact by giving the issuer written notice of the owner’s adverse claim within a reasonable time after the owner knows of the loss, destruction or taking, then, if the issuer has registered a transfer of the security before receiving the notice, the owner is precluded from asserting against the issuer any claim to a new security.

  • Marginal note:Duty to issue new security

    (2) Where the owner of a security claims that the security has been lost, destroyed or wrongfully taken, the issuer shall issue a new security in place of the original security if the owner

    • (a) so requests before the issuer has notice that the security has been acquired by a bona fide purchaser;

    • (b) provides the issuer with a sufficient indemnity bond; and

    • (c) satisfies any other reasonable requirements imposed by the issuer.

  • Marginal note:Duty to register transfer

    (3) If, after the issue of a new security under subsection (2), a bona fide purchaser of the original security presents the original security for registration of transfer, the issuer shall register the transfer unless registration would result in over-issue in respect of which section 97 applies.

  • Marginal note:Right of issuer to recover

    (4) In addition to the rights that an issuer has by reason of an indemnity bond, the issuer may recover the new security issued under subsection (2) from the person to whom it was issued or any person taking under that person other than a bona fide purchaser.

Marginal note:Authenticating agent’s duty

 An authenticating trustee, registrar, transfer agent or other agent of an issuer has, in respect of the issue, registration of transfer and cancellation of a security of the issuer,

  • (a) a duty to the issuer to exercise good faith and reasonable diligence; and

  • (b) the same obligations to the holder or owner of a security and the same rights, privileges and immunities as the issuer.

Marginal note:Notice to agent

 Notice to an authenticating trustee, registrar, transfer agent or other agent of an issuer is notice to the issuer in respect of the functions performed by the agent.

PART VICorporate Governance

Shareholders and Members

Marginal note:Place of meetings

  •  (1) Meetings of shareholders or members of a bank are to be held at the place within Canada provided for in the by-laws of the bank or, in the absence of any such provision, at the place within Canada that the directors determine.

  • Marginal note:Participation by electronic means

    (2) Unless the by-laws provide otherwise, any person who is entitled to attend a meeting of shareholders or members may participate in the meeting by means of a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that permits all participants to communicate adequately with each other during the meeting if the bank makes one available. A person who is participating in a meeting by one of those means is deemed for the purposes of this Act to be present at the meeting.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting the manner of and conditions for participating in a meeting by means of a telephonic, electronic or other communication facility that permits all participants to communicate adequately with each other during the meeting.

  • 1991, c. 46, s. 136
  • 2005, c. 54, s. 16
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1948

Marginal note:Calling meetings

  •  (1) The directors of a bank

    • (a) must, after the meeting called under subsection 46(1) or section 47.02, call the first annual meeting of shareholders or members, as the case may be, of the bank, which meeting must be held not later than six months after the end of the first financial year of the bank, and subsequently call an annual meeting of shareholders or members, as the case may be, which meeting must be held not later than six months after the end of each financial year; and

    • (b) may at any time call a special meeting of shareholders or members.

  • Marginal note:Order to delay calling annual meeting

    (2) Despite subsection (1), the bank may apply to the court for an order extending the time for calling an annual meeting.

  • Marginal note:Obligation to notify Superintendent

    (3) The bank shall give notice of the application to the Superintendent before any hearing concerning the application and shall provide the Superintendent with a copy of any order that is issued.

  • Marginal note:Superintendent’s right to appear

    (4) The Superintendent is entitled to appear and be heard in person or by counsel at any hearing concerning the application.

  • Marginal note:Authority to fix record date

    (5) The directors may in advance fix a record date, that is within the prescribed period, for the determination of shareholders or members for any purpose, including for a determination of which shareholders or members are entitled to

    • (a) receive payment of a dividend or a patronage allocation;

    • (b) participate in a liquidation distribution;

    • (c) receive notice of a meeting of shareholders or members; or

    • (d) vote at a meeting of shareholders or members.

  • Marginal note:Determination of record date

    (6) If no record date is fixed,

    • (a) the record date for the determination of shareholders or members who are entitled to receive notice of a meeting is

      • (i) at the close of business on the day immediately preceding the day on which the notice is given, or

      • (ii) if no notice is given, the day on which the meeting is held; and

    • (b) the record date for the determination of shareholders or members for any other purpose, other than to establish a right to vote, is at the close of business on the day on which the directors pass a resolution in respect of that purpose.

  • Marginal note:Notice of record date

    (7) If a record date is fixed and unless notice of the record date is waived in writing by every holder of a share of the class or series affected whose name is set out in the securities register at the close of business on the day on which the directors fix the record date, notice of the record date shall be given within the prescribed period by

    • (a) advertisement in a newspaper in general circulation in the place where the bank’s head office is situated and in each place in Canada where the bank has a transfer agent or where a transfer of its shares may be recorded; and

    • (b) written notice to each stock exchange in Canada on which the bank’s shares are listed for trading.

  • 1991, c. 46, s. 137
  • 2005, c. 54, s. 17
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1949

Marginal note:Notice of meeting

  •  (1) Notice of the time and place of a meeting of shareholders or members of a bank must be sent within the prescribed period to

    • (a) each shareholder or member entitled to vote at the meeting;

    • (b) each director;

    • (c) the auditor or auditors of the bank; and

    • (d) the Superintendent.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (1.01) In the case of a bank that is not a federal credit union and that is not a distributing bank, notice may be sent within any shorter period specified in its by-laws.

  • Marginal note:Number of eligible votes

    (1.1) A bank with equity of twelve billion dollars or more that is not a federal credit union must set out in the notice of a meeting the number of eligible votes, as defined under subsection 156.09(1), that may be cast at the meeting as of the record date for determining shareholders entitled to receive the notice of meeting or, if there are to be separate votes of shareholders at the meeting, the number of eligible votes, as defined in that subsection, in respect of each separate vote to be held at the meeting.

  • Marginal note:Publication in newspaper

    (2) In addition to the notice required under subsection (1), where any class of shares of a bank is publicly traded on a recognized stock exchange in Canada, notice of the time and place of a meeting of shareholders shall be published once a week for at least four consecutive weeks before the date of the meeting in a newspaper in general circulation in the place where the head office of the bank is situated and in each place in Canada where the bank has a transfer agent or where a transfer of the bank’s shares may be recorded.

  • 1991, c. 46, s. 138
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 63
  • 2005, c. 54, s. 18
  • 2007, c. 6, s. 132
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1950
  • 2012, c. 5, ss. 5, 223
 
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