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September 9, 2020 - Legislative Newsflash

Update on Temporary Legislative Amendments Related to Annual Meeting Timelines

Temporary legislative amendments that were made to the Business Corporations Act (OBCA), Corporations Act (CA), Co-operative Corporations Act (CCA) and Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act) by the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 related to the deferral of annual meetings in some circumstances will soon expire.  As a reminder, the changes providing an extension for annual meeting timelines in some circumstances were made such that, generally:

The declared emergency was terminated on Friday July 24th, 2020 when the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 came into force (see s. 17: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/20r17#BK21).
 
Annual meetings are an essential component of the democratic functions and self-governance of corporations. They also represent an important opportunity for owners, members or shareholders to raise issues and to monitor the fiscal health, performance and governance of their corporations. As such, there will be no further extensions of annual meeting timelines.
 
As you may know, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 also made temporary legislative amendments that permit corporations governed under the OBCA, CA, CCA and Condo Act to call and hold meetings virtually, as applicable, notwithstanding current requirements. These provisions continue to be in effect until the 120th day after the day the emergency is terminated, subject to further extension by regulation.

In order to ensure that corporations continue to be able to conduct meetings while protecting the health of Ontarians, the ministry is exploring changes that would extend the in-effect period of the temporary amendments related to virtual meetings and will communicate further updates as appropriate.
 
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Condominium Act, 1998

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