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Canada Cooperatives Regulations (SOR/99-256)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-28 and last amended on 2022-08-31. Previous Versions

PART 5Constrained Share Cooperatives (continued)

Disclosure Required

 Each of the following documents issued or published by a constrained share cooperative shall indicate conspicuously the general nature of its constrained investment share provisions:

  • (a) a certificate evidencing a voting investment share;

  • (b) a management proxy circular; and

  • (c) a prospectus, statement of material facts, registration statement or similar document.

Powers and Duties of Directors

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  • SOR/2010-128, s. 43(F)
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  •  (1) The directors of a constrained share cooperative that has provisions in its articles imposing a constraint referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of the definition constraint in section 39 shall refuse to register a transfer of a voting investment share of the cooperative in accordance with the articles if

    • (a) the total number of voting investment shares held by or on behalf of persons in the constrained class exceeds the maximum aggregate holdings and the transfer is to a person in the constrained class;

    • (b) the total number of voting investment shares held by or on behalf of persons in the constrained class does not exceed the maximum aggregate holdings and the transfer would cause the number of the investment shares held by persons in the constrained class to exceed the maximum aggregate holdings;

    • (c) the total number of voting investment shares held by or on behalf of a person in the constrained class exceeds the maximum individual holdings and the transfer is to that person; or

    • (d) the total number of voting investment shares held by or on behalf of a person in the constrained class does not exceed the maximum individual holdings and the transfer would cause the number of the investment shares held by that person to exceed the maximum individual holdings.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), the directors of a constrained share cooperative that is described in that subsection shall register a transfer of a voting investment share of the cooperative to a person in the constrained class if the person establishes that the person was the beneficial owner of that investment share on the day on which the cooperative became a constrained share cooperative.

  • (3) The directors of a constrained share cooperative that is referred to in subsection (1) shall refuse to issue a voting investment share of the cooperative to a person in the constrained class in circumstances in which the directors are required to refuse to register a transfer of the investment share by that subsection.

  • (4) For the purpose of subsection (3), the directors may count as issued investment shares the voting investment shares that it is currently offering to its shareholders or prospective shareholders.

 The directors of a constrained share cooperative that has provisions in its articles imposing a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 shall refuse

  • (a) to issue an investment share of the cooperative to a person

    • (i) whose ownership of the share would be contrary to the constraint,

    • (ii) who, in respect of the issue of the share, has been requested by the cooperative to furnish it with information referred to in subsection 46(7) and has not furnished the information, or

    • (iii) whose ownership of the share the directors have determined, on the basis of information furnished to the cooperative by that person under a request referred to in subparagraph (ii), may be contrary to the constraint; and

  • (b) to register a transfer of a share of the cooperative if the transfer is to a person

    • (i) whose ownership of the share is contrary to the constraint,

    • (ii) who, in respect of the registration of the share, has been requested by the cooperative to furnish it with information referred to in subsection 46(7) and has not furnished the information, or

    • (iii) whose ownership of the share the directors have determined, on the basis of information furnished to the cooperative by that person under a request referred to in subparagraph (ii), may be contrary to the constraint.

Limitation on Voting Rights

 Sections 44 and 45 apply to a constrained share cooperative that has provisions in its articles imposing a constraint referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) of the definition constraint in section 39.

  •  (1) If, on the day on which a cooperative becomes a constrained share cooperative, the total number of voting investment shares of the cooperative held by or on behalf of a person in the constrained class exceeds the maximum individual holdings, the person or the person’s nominee may, in person or by proxy, only exercise the voting rights attached to the maximum individual holdings held on that day or on any subsequent day.

  • (2) After the total number of investment shares held by or on behalf of the person referred to in subsection (1) is reduced below the maximum individual holdings, the person or the person’s nominee may, in person or by proxy, exercise the voting rights attached to investment shares held.

  •  (1) Except as provided in subsection 44(1), if the total number of voting investment shares of a constrained share cooperative held by or on behalf of a person in the constrained class exceeds the maximum individual holdings, no person may, in person or by proxy, exercise the voting rights attached to those investment shares.

  • (2) If it appears from the investment share register of a constrained share cooperative that the total number of voting investment shares held by a shareholder is less than the maximum individual holdings, a proxyholder for the shareholder may vote those investment shares unless the proxyholder has knowledge that the investment shares beneficially owned by the shareholder exceed the maximum individual holdings.

  • (3) If, after the day on which a cooperative becomes a constrained share cooperative, a cooperative or trust that was not a person in the constrained class becomes a person in the constrained class, the cooperative or trust shall not exercise the voting rights attached to any investment shares it holds in the constrained share cooperative while it is a person in the constrained class.

Sale of Constrained Investment Shares

  •  (1) For the purpose of subsection 131(1) of the Act, before a constrained share cooperative concludes that investment shares of the cooperative are owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 or the directors of the cooperative determine that investment shares of the cooperative may be owned contrary to the constraint, the cooperative shall send by registered mail a written notice in accordance with subsection (5) to the person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of the investment shares.

  • (2) For the purpose of subsection 131(1) of the Act, investment shares of a constrained share cooperative that are owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 may only be sold after the directors of the cooperative have

    • (a) ascertained whether or not the cooperative has received a reply to a request for information referred to in subsection (7) respecting the shares and considered the reply, if any; and

    • (b) examined and considered any other records of the cooperative that contain information that would indicate whether the shares are owned contrary to the constraint.

  • (3) For the purpose of subsection 131(1) of the Act, if a constrained share cooperative has sent a notice referred to in subsection (1) to a person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of investment shares, the cooperative shall, not less than 90 days but not more than 150 days after sending the notice, send to the person by registered mail a further written notice in accordance with subsection (6) respecting the investment shares that the cooperative intends to sell if

    • (a) the cooperative has concluded that investment shares in respect of which the notice was sent are owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39; or

    • (b) the directors of the cooperative have determined that investment shares in respect of which the notice was sent may be owned contrary to the constraint and the cooperative intends to sell all or some of the investment shares under subsection 131(1) of the Act.

  • (4) Where a cooperative sends a notice under subsection (1) or (3), the cooperative shall, at the time the notice is sent, enter or cause to be entered in the securities register of the cooperative the particulars of the notice including the date on which it was sent.

  • (5) The notice referred to in subsection (1) shall contain

    • (a) the name and address of the holder of the investment shares as shown in the securities register of the cooperative;

    • (b) a statement that identifies the certificate representing the investment shares by certificate number or otherwise;

    • (c) a statement indicating that all or some of the investment shares may be sold by the cooperative under subsection 131(1) of the Act if the shares are owned, or the directors of the cooperative determine that the shares may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39;

    • (d) a statement indicating that the cooperative may conclude that all or some of the investment shares are owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39;

    • (e) a statement indicating that the directors of the cooperative may determine that all or some of the investment shares may be owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 and that, for the purpose of making the determination, the directors of the cooperative will

      • (i) consider the reply, if any, to a request for information referred to in subsection (7) respecting the shares, and

      • (ii) examine and consider any other records of the cooperative that contain information that would indicate whether the shares are owned contrary to the constraint;

    • (f) a statement indicating that no investment share in respect of which the notice is sent may be sold under subsection 131(1) of the Act if a transfer of the share is registered in the securities register of the cooperative after the notice was sent, unless the cooperative again complies with the requirements set out in this Part respecting the sale of the share;

    • (g) a statement indicating that no investment share in respect of which the notice is sent may be sold under subsection 131(1) of the Act unless not less than 60 days but not more than 150 days have elapsed from the day on which a notice referred to in subsection (3) is sent to the holder of the share;

    • (h) a statement indicating the earliest date and the latest date on which the cooperative may sell the investment shares, having regard to the requirements set out in section 48;

    • (i) a statement indicating that the investment shares may only be sold on an exchange on which investment shares of the cooperative are listed and posted for trading or, if investment shares of the cooperative are not listed and posted for trading on an exchange, in such a way as to obtain the best sale price available in the circumstances at the time of sale;

    • (j) a statement indicating that, if not all the investment shares of the holder evidenced by a certificate are sold under subsection 131(1) of the Act, a certificate evidencing the investment shares that are not sold will be issued on surrender for cancellation of the certificate evidencing the investment shares sold; and

    • (k) a statement indicating that, immediately on the sale of the investment shares under subsection 131(1) of the Act, the cooperative will

      • (i) register the transfer or a notice of the sale of the investment shares or cause the transfer or a notice of the sale of the shares to be registered in the securities register of the cooperative, and

      • (ii) send a notice of the sale to the person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of the shares at the time of sale.

  • (6) The notice referred to in subsection (3) shall contain

    • (a) the name and address of the holder of the investment shares as shown in the securities register of the cooperative;

    • (b) a statement that identifies the certificate evidencing the investment shares by certificate number or otherwise;

    • (c) a statement indicating that all or some of the investment shares may be sold by the cooperative under subsection 131(1) of the Act if the shares are owned, or the directors of the cooperative determine that the shares may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39;

    • (d) a statement indicating that the cooperative has concluded that the investment shares are owned, or that the directors of the cooperative have determined that the investment shares may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 and indicating the reason for the conclusion or determination, as the case may be;

    • (e) a statement indicating that the cooperative intends to sell all or a specified number of the investment shares under subsection 131(1) of the Act;

    • (f) a statement indicating that if, before the sale, the cooperative changes its conclusion that the investment shares are owned, or the directors of the cooperative change their determination that the investment shares may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 or there is a change in the reason for the conclusion or determination, the cooperative will send a notice in accordance with subsection 47(1) to the person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of the investment shares;

    • (g) a statement advising that, unless the person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of the investment shares receives a notice referred to in paragraph (f), that person and all other interested persons should not assume

      • (i) that the cooperative has changed its conclusion that the investment shares are owned, or the directors of the cooperative have changed their determination that the investment shares may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39,

      • (ii) that there has been a change in the reason for the conclusion or determination, or

      • (iii) that the cooperative no longer intends to sell the investment shares under subsection 131(1) of the Act;

    • (h) a statement indicating that no investment share in respect of which the notice is sent may be sold under subsection 131(1) of the Act if a transfer of the share is registered in the securities register of the cooperative after the notice referred to in subsection (1) was sent unless the cooperative again complies with the requirements set out in this Part respecting the sale of the share;

    • (i) a statement indicating that no investment share in respect of which the notice is sent may be sold under subsection 131(1) of the Act unless not less than 60 days but not more than 150 days have elapsed from the day on which the notice was sent to the holder of the share; and

    • (j) a statement indicating each of the matters referred to in paragraphs (5)(h) to (k).

  • (7) The notice referred to in subsection (1) shall be accompanied by a request for information as to whether or not the investment shares are owned contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39.

  • (8) The notice referred to in subsection (3) shall be accompanied by a request for information referred to in subsection (7), unless the cooperative has received the requested information before the notice is sent.

  • (9) A request for information referred to in subsection (7) shall be accompanied by instructions for the furnishing of the information.

  • SOR/2010-128, s. 44
  •  (1) If a constrained share cooperative has sent a further written notice referred to in subsection 46(3) and has not sold, under subsection 131(1) of the Act, any share in respect of which the notice was sent, and if the cooperative changes its conclusion referred to in paragraph 46(3)(a) or its directors change their determination referred to in paragraph 46(3)(b) or if there is a change in the reason for the conclusion or determination, the cooperative shall immediately send by registered mail to the recipient of that notice, a notice of the change to the conclusion, to the determination or to the reason for the conclusion or determination, including the reason for the change.

  • (2) When a cooperative sends a notice under subsection (1), the cooperative shall, at the time the notice is sent, enter or cause to be entered in the securities register of the cooperative the particulars of the notice, including the date on which it was sent.

  • SOR/2001-513, s. 17
  •  (1) No investment share shall be sold by a constrained share cooperative under subsection 131(1) of the Act unless

    • (a) the cooperative has sent the notices referred to in subsections 46(1) and (3) to the person shown in the securities register of the cooperative as the holder of the investment share;

    • (b) not less than 150 days but not more than 300 days have elapsed from the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 46(1) was sent to the holder of the investment share;

    • (c) not less than 60 days but not more than 150 days have elapsed from the day on which the notice referred to in subsection 46(3) was sent to the holder of the investment share;

    • (d) the cooperative has concluded that the investment share is owned, or the directors of the cooperative have determined that the investment share may be owned, contrary to a constraint referred to in paragraph (c) of the definition constraint in section 39 and, at the time of sale, the cooperative has no reasonable grounds on which to change its conclusion or the directors of the cooperative have no reasonable grounds on which to change their determination, as the case may be;

    • (e) the sale takes place

      • (i) on a stock exchange on which investment shares of the cooperative are listed and posted for trading, or

      • (ii) if investment shares of the cooperative are not listed and posted for trading on any stock exchange, in such a way as to obtain the best sale price available in the circumstances at the time of sale; and

    • (f) the cooperative sells the investment share with a view to obtaining the best sale price available in the circumstances at the time of sale.

  • (2) No investment share in respect of which a notice is sent in accordance with subsection 46(1) shall be sold by a constrained share cooperative under subsection 131(1) of the Act if a transfer of the share is registered in the securities register of the cooperative after the notice was sent, unless the cooperative again complies with the requirements set out in this Part respecting the sale of the share.

 

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