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  • Special Resolutions for Cooperative Associations
  • Effective today, November 30, 2023, special resolutions for cooperative associations can now be filed online in the BC Business Registry. Please note that special resolution forms are no longer required to be submitted to BC Registries.
  • CBCA Businesses Must Soon Start to File Information on Individuals with Significant Control Information
  • This following information has been received from Government of Canada sources, and is provided as a service to our clients.

    Starting on January 22, 2024, federal businesses incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) will be required to file information on individuals with significant control (ISC) with Corporations Canada in order to meet the reporting requirements coming into effect. 
    What to file
    Some of this information could be made available to the public on Corporations Canada’s website, including:
    • - full legal name; 
    • - date the individual became an ISC; 
    • - date they ceased to be an ISC, as applicable; 
    • - description of the ISC’s significant control (for example, owns 25% of shares);
    • - address for service, if one is provided; 
    • - residential address, if no address for service is provided.
    The following information will not be made available to the public:
    • - date of birth; 
    • - country (or countries) of citizenship; 
    • - country (or countries) where the ISC is considered a resident for tax purposes.
    When to file 
    Businesses will need to file ISC information with Corporations Canada:
    • - with their annual return;
    • - within 15 days of any change made in their ISC register; 
    • - during incorporation; 
    • - after amalgamation; and 
    • - after continuance (import) to a federal jurisdiction.
    Responsibility of the corporation
    It’s important to note that corporations are responsible for identifying their ISCs and collecting their information, letting ISCs know that their information could be made available to the public, and filing that information with us when the time comes.
    Bill C-42
    Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts, is currently before Parliament. If the legislative proposals set out in the bill are adopted in their current form, this would mean that some of the filed ISC information will be made available to the public on our website.
    Related information
    More information will be shared as we get closer to the ISC information filing start date. 
    Client Partner and Relations
    Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services – Corporations Canada
    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada
  • Chilliwack Court - Certificates of Pending Litigation
  • August 8, 2023 - Chilliwack Court are not accepting any CPLs that are more than a single page. Court certificate and land information should appear on the same page.
  • New Westminster Supreme Court - Civil & Family Lengthy Chambers Bookings
  • June 26, 2023 - The following has been received from the Supreme Court Scheduling Manager, New Westminster Law Courts.

    Commencing August 2023, bookings for lengthy chambers hearings (any chambers matter estimated to take over 2 hours) will open in accordance with the dates listed below.

    These will be booked by Telephone at 604-660-8551 commencing at 9:00am. Bookings will be limited to 1 booking per call.

    • Civil: Booking day will be 2nd Tuesday of each month
    • Family: Booking day will be the 2nd Monday of each month (if a stat, it falls to the 2nd Tuesday)

    Please note the dates listed below reflect the earliest date our calendar is open for booking into a particular month and that earlier dates maybe available if you contact Scheduling. Counsel should direct their inquiries to 604-660-8551.
  • Vancouver Supreme Court Registry - Large Affidavits and Exhibits Over 10 Pages
  • June 16, 2023 - The following has been received from Court Services, Vancouver Law Courts.

    "For Civil files, we have noticed an increase of very large affidavits being submitted to the registry.  We now putting forth efforts to strongly encourage counsel and parties to take advantage of SCCR 22-2(9) which allows for only the body of affidavits to be filed when that affidavit contains exhibits which exceed 10 pages. 

    "The Affidavits in their entirety should still continue to be served on other parties or respondents.  The Affidavits in their entirety should also still be provided to the court in any Application or Hearing Record that may be filed."
  • Short Leave Applications
  • March 21, 2023 - West Coast Title Search Ltd is no longer able to act “as agent” for a lawyer for a Short Leave Application. These must be filed by a lawyer personally at the courthouse and the lawyer must be physically present at the courthouse to speak to the matter. The courts are no longer dealing with these matters by telephone or online.
  • Authentication Update
  • Immediate changes pertaining to: authentication of BC Vital Stats documents and, effective July 1, 2022: translations by a certified translator only and new online application form required. 
  • Obtaining Family Orders
  • NOTICE - Family Court Orders issued in Vancouver and New Westminster required an originally signed letter of authorization that enables WCTS to pick up the order on your behalf.
  • Oversized Affidavits
  • VICTORIA - The Court has advised that documents in 3-ring binders or rubber-banded will no longer be accepted when filing Affidavits. The documents must be stapled, use a bull-dog clip or be cerloxed. 
  • Priority Service
  • March 2, 2020 - Corporate registry priority requests are completed within 24-48 hours (business days). The registry is unable to provide same day priority services. As a result, requests for services that require a specific date must be submitted at least 2 business days in advance of the requested date. For non-specific dated requests, any priority request submitted ‘today’ will be processed with either ‘tomorrow’s’ date or the following day’s date.