F-3.2.0.4 - Act respecting security funds

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chapter C-69.1
Act respecting security fund corporations
SECURITY FUND CORPORATIONSNovember 27 1979November 27 1979
DIVISION I
INTERPRETATION
1. In this Act, unless otherwise required by the context,
corporation or security fund corporation means a corporation incorporated under this Act;
federation means a federation or a confederation to which the Savings and Credit Unions Act (chapter C-4.1) applies;
founder federation means the federation upon whose application the security fund corporation has been incorporated;
union means a savings and credit union to which the Savings and Credit Unions Act applies;
register means the register instituted under the Act respecting the legal publicity of sole proprietorships, partnerships and legal persons (chapter P-45).
1979, c. 53, s. 1; 1988, c. 64, s. 587; 1993, c. 48, s. 391.
2. Every union which is a member of the founder federation or of a federation which is a member of the founder federation is a union affiliated with the security fund corporation incorporated upon the application of the founder federation.
1979, c. 53, s. 2.
DIVISION II
INCORPORATION
3. The Government may, upon the recommendation of the Minister acting upon the application of a federation, incorporate a security fund corporation for the following objects:
(1)  to establish and administer a security, liquidity or mutual aid fund for the benefit of the unions affiliated with the corporation;
(1.1)  to assist, in accordance with subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph of section 26 and section 39.1, federations whose unions are affiliated with the corporation;
(2)  to assist in the payment of losses sustained by the members of a union affiliated with the corporation, in case of a winding-up.
Before recommending the incorporation of a security fund corporation, the Minister shall obtain the opinion of the Inspector General of Financial Institutions.
1979, c. 53, s. 3; 1981, c. 9, s. 24; 1982, c. 52, s. 180; 1994, c. 38, s. 25.
4. No federation of unions which is a member of a federation of federations may apply for the incorporation of a security fund corporation.
1979, c. 53, s. 4.
5. A federation wishing to obtain the incorporation of a security fund corporation shall send to the Inspector General an application accompanied with a certified copy of the resolution authorizing the application and indicating the name and the location of the head office of the proposed corporation.
1979, c. 53, s. 5; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
5.1. The name of a security fund corporation shall be in conformity with section 9.1 of the Companies Act (chapter C-38).
1993, c. 48, s. 392.
6. The name of a security fund corporation shall include the expression “security fund corporation”; it shall, in addition, include the name of the founder federation or an indication identifying that federation.
1979, c. 53, s. 6.
7. The name or corporate name of a corporation shall not include the expression “security fund corporation” unless the corporation has been incorporated under this act.
1979, c. 53, s. 7.
8. The head office of the corporation must be situated in Québec.
1979, c. 53, s. 8.
8.1. The Government shall refuse to incorporate a security fund corporation where its application contains a name not in conformity with sections 6 and 7 of this Act or with any of paragraphs 1 to 6 of section 9.1 of the Companies Act (chapter C-38).
1993, c. 48, s. 393.
9. The Government shall send a notice of the incorporation to the Inspector General, who shall deposit the notice in the register.
1979, c. 53, s. 9; 1982, c. 52, s. 187; 1993, c. 48, s. 394.
10. The corporation is a corporation within the meaning of the Civil Code of Lower Canada, and has all the powers of such a corporation in addition to those conferred on it by this Act.
1979, c. 53, s. 10.
DIVISION III
ADMINISTRATION
11. The affairs of the corporation are administered by a board of directors composed of
(1)  the persons holding the offices of president, managing director and director of the inspection service of the founder federation,
(2)  three persons appointed by the founder federation, and
(3)  the persons appointed in accordance with section 12.
1979, c. 53, s. 11.
12. When the founder federation is formed of federations, each of these federations may, within 15 days following the publication of the notice provided for in section 9 or within 15 days following the end of the fiscal period of the corporation, appoint a member to the board of directors.
1979, c. 53, s. 12.
13. The members of the board of directors shall, within 3 months following the expiry of the delay provided in section 12, elect a chairman and a vice-chairman of the corporation and every other officer whose election is provided for by by-law of the corporation.
The chairman and the vice-chairman are elected from among the members of the board of directors.
1979, c. 53, s. 13.
14. The board of directors may establish an executive committee from among its members; this committee shall include the chairman of the corporation and, where the board of directors includes members appointed by federations which are members of the founder federation, at least one person contemplated in paragraph 1 or 2 of section 11 and at least one person contemplated in section 12.
The executive committee exercises the powers delegated to it by the board of directors.
1979, c. 53, s. 14.
15. A member of the board of directors appointed under paragraph 2 of section 11 or under section 12 remains in office for two years unless he is replaced before the expiry of that period by the federation which appointed him.
1979, c. 53, s. 15.
16. A member of the board of directors appointed under section 12 ceases to hold office when the federation which appointed him ceases to be a member of the founder federation.
1979, c. 53, s. 16.
17. Notwithstanding the expiry of his term, a member of the board of directors appointed under paragraph 2 of section 11 or under section 12 remains in office until he is reappointed or replaced by the federation which appointed him.
1979, c. 53, s. 17.
18. Any vacancy occurring during the course of the term of a member of the board of directors appointed under paragraph 2 of section 11 or under section 12 is filled by the federation which appointed that member, for the remainder of the term of that member.
1979, c. 53, s. 18.
19. The board of directors may determine the remuneration and allowances of its members.
1979, c. 53, s. 19.
20. A majority of the members of the board of directors are a quorum at meetings; every decision requires the consent of the majority of the members present.
1979, c. 53, s. 20.
21. The board of directors may, by by-law, change the name of the corporation and the location of its head office.
Every by-law for one of these objects must be approved by the Inspector General; if he approves it, he shall deposit a notice to that effect in the register and the by-law comes into force from the date of such deposit.
1979, c. 53, s. 21; 1982, c. 52, s. 187; 1993, c. 48, s. 395.
21.1. The remedy provided for in section 123.27.1 of the Companies Act (chapter C-38), adapted as required, may be exercised in respect of the name of a security fund corporation.
1993, c. 48, s. 396.
22. The chairman of the corporation shall see to the carrying out of the decisions of the board of directors.
If the chairman is absent or temporarily unable to act, he shall be replaced by the vice-chairman for as long as he is absent or unable to act.
1979, c. 53, s. 22.
23. The president of the founder federation shall call the first meeting of the board of directors.
1979, c. 53, s. 23.
24. Any member of the board of directors having any direct or indirect interest in an undertaking or a union with which the corporation has or intends to have business relations, must, under pain of forfeiture of office, disclose his interest and refrain from voting on any matter concerning that undertaking or union.
1979, c. 53, s. 24.
25. The minutes of the meetings approved by the corporation are authentic; the same rule applies to copies or extracts emanating from the corporation or contained in its records if they are certified by the chairman, the vice-chairman or by any other authorized person.
1979, c. 53, s. 25.
DIVISION IV
POWERS
26. The corporation may, in the pursuit of its objects,
(1)  make loans and grants to the unions affiliated with it;
(2)  guarantee the repayment of an advance or of a loan made to a union affiliated with it;
(3)  make an agreement with a union affiliated with it under which the affairs of the union will be managed by the corporation for a fixed period;
(4)  acquire, in whole or in part, the assets of a union affiliated with it;
(5)  act as the liquidator or trustee of a union affiliated with it;
(6)  act as the provisional administrator of a union affiliated with it for the purposes of the Savings and Credit Unions Act (chapter C-4.1);
(7)  provide in the place and stead of a federation guarantees for the purposes of section 12 of the Savings and Credit Unions Act;
(8)  for the purposes referred to in section 39.1, borrow from a federation whose unions are affiliated with the corporation, in an amount equal to the sums deposited into the fund referred to in the second paragraph of section 408.1 of the Savings and Credit Unions Act, by way of the issue of subordinated debt securities.
Subordinated debt securities issued under subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph may not be redeemed before maturity without the authorization of the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 26; 1988, c. 64, s. 557; 1994, c. 38, s. 26; 1995, c. 31, s. 6.
27. The corporation may, in the case of a loan or grant to a union affiliated with it, determine the measures to be taken by that union in order to remedy certain financial and administrative practices.
1979, c. 53, s. 27.
28. The corporation shall not, without the authorization of the Government, enter into an agreement contemplated in section 99 of the Cooperative Credit Associations Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter C-41).
1979, c. 53, s. 28.
29. The corporation shall conduct the periodic inspection of the affairs of the credit unions affiliated with it as provided for in the Savings and Credit Unions Act (chapter C-4.1), where the founder federation fails to do so in accordance with the said Act.
1979, c. 53, s. 29; 1988, c. 64, s. 558.
DIVISION V
SUBSCRIPTION
30. The corporation may, for each of its fiscal periods, fix and collect a subscription from the unions affiliated with it, and they must pay this subscription.
1979, c. 53, s. 30.
31. The amount of the subscription is established for each union from returns that it must submit to the corporation in such form and tenor and at such time as the corporation may determine by by-law.
The corporation may also specify by by-law the terms and conditions of payment of the subscription.
1979, c. 53, s. 31.
32. The corporation and the founder federation or, where such is the case, the federations which are members of it may enter into an agreement under which the founder federation or the federations which are members of it are authorized to collect the subscription for the corporation.
1979, c. 53, s. 32.
DIVISION VI
ADVERTISEMENT
33. No person may make any advertisement in connection with a security fund corporation except in such cases and in such manner and form as the Government may prescribe by regulation.
1979, c. 53, s. 33.
DIVISION VII
INVESTMENTS
34. The corporation shall not make any investment other than those contemplated in sections 35 to 42.
1979, c. 53, s. 34.
35. The corporation may make deposits with a bank, a trust company, a federation or the Caisse centrale Desjardins du Québec.
1979, c. 53, s. 35.
36. The corporation may acquire and hold bonds or other securities
(1)  issued or guaranteed by Québec or Canada;
(2)  issued by a corporation, a board or an association, of which at least 90 % of the shares, capital or property form part of the public domain of Québec;
(3)  issued by a municipality or a school board in Québec or by the Conseil scolaire de l’île de Montréal;
(4)  secured by the transfer to a trustee of an undertaking of Québec to pay each year sufficient subsidies to meet the interest and principal upon their respective maturities;
(5)  issued by a public authority having as its object the operation of a public service and entitled to impose a tariff for that service.
1979, c. 53, s. 36; 1988, c. 84, s. 574; 1996, c. 2, s. 603.
37. The corporation may acquire and hold bonds or other securities issued by a corporation incorporated in Canada and carrying on business in Québec,
(1)  if they are secured by first hypothec on real estate and equipment, or by hypothec on securities allowable for investment under this division;
(2)  if they are secured by first hypothec on equipment and if the corporation has paid in full the interest on its other debts during the 10 years preceding the acquisition; or
(3)  if the corporation which issued them has, during each of the five years preceding the acquisition, earned and paid on its common shares a dividend of at least 4 % of their book value.
1979, c. 53, s. 37; 1992, c. 57, s. 528.
37.1. The corporation shall, for the purposes of section 469.3 of the Savings and Credit Unions Act (chapter C-4.1), acquire and hold subordinated debt securities issued by a legal person referred to in the first paragraph of section 469.1 of that Act.
1994, c. 38, s. 27.
38. The corporation may acquire and hold bonds or other securities issued by any savings company holding a licence under the Act respecting trust companies and savings companies (chapter S-29.01) and any loan and savings society registered in accordance with the Loan and Investment Societies Act (chapter S-30), which has been specially approved by the Government for the application of this section and the ordinary operations of which in Québec are to make loans to municipalities, school boards, the Conseil scolaire de l’île de Montréal and fabriques, or loans secured by first hypothec on real estate situated in Québec.
1979, c. 53, s. 38; 1987, c. 95, s. 402; 1988, c. 84, s. 575; 1992, c. 57, s. 529; 1996, c. 2, s. 604.
39. The corporation may acquire and hold fully paid preferred shares issued by a corporation incorporated in Canada and carrying on business in Québec,
(1)  if the corporation which issued them has, during each of the five years preceding the acquisition, earned and paid on its preferred shares issued and not redeemed a dividend at least equal to the rate specified for such shares; and
(2)  if the corporation has, during each of the five years preceding the acquisition, earned and paid on its common shares a dividend of at least 4% of their book value.
1979, c. 53, s. 39.
39.1. The corporation may acquire and hold preferred shares issued by a federation whose unions are affiliated with the corporation.
Any such acquisition shall be made out of the sums borrowed under subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph of section 26.
1994, c. 38, s. 28; 1995, c. 31, s. 7.
40. The corporation may acquire and hold fully paid common shares issued by a corporation incorporated in Canada and carrying on business in Québec, if the corporation which has issued them has, during each of the five years preceding the acquisition, earned and paid on its common shares a dividend of at least 4% of their book value.
1979, c. 53, s. 40.
41. The corporation may acquire and hold debts secured by hypothec on real estate situated in Québec,
(1)  if payment of these debts in principal and interest is guaranteed or assured by Québec or Canada;
(2)  in the case of a hypothec ranking first, if the amount of the debt is not more than 75% of the value of the real estate securing payment of it; or
(3)  in the case of a hypothec ranking first, if the amount by which the value of the real estate securing payment of the hypothec exceeds 75% of that value is guaranteed or assured by Québec, Canada, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Société d’habitation du Québec or by a hypothec or mortgage insurance policy issued by an insurance company licensed under the Act respecting insurance (chapter A-32).
1979, c. 53, s. 41; S.C. 1978-79, c. 16, s. 12.
42. The corporation may, to assure total or partial payment of any amount owed to it, acquire the real estate which secures its payment. Nevertheless, it must dispose of the real estate so acquired within a delay of seven years unless that delay is extended by the Minister.
1979, c. 53, s. 42.
43. The corporation shall at all times maintain at least l0 % of its assets in deposits payable on demand in a bank or with a trust company.
Furthermore, it shall not, in the exercise of the powers conferred on it by this division,
(1)  invest more than 10 % of its assets in deposits with federations and with the Caisse centrale Desjardins du Québec;
(2)  invest more than 25 % of its assets in investments contemplated in sections 37 to 42;
(3)  acquire more than 5 % of the shares of the same corporation.
Investments made under sections 37.1 and 39.1 shall not be taken into account for the purposes of subparagraph 2 of the second paragraph.
In addition, the corporation shall not acquire shares, bonds or other securities of a corporation which fails to pay the prescribed dividends on its shares or the interest on its bonds or other securities, nor make a loan to such a corporation.
1979, c. 53, s. 43; 1994, c. 38, s. 29.
DIVISION VIII
BOOKS, AUDIT AND ANNUAL REPORT
44. The corporation shall keep and preserve at its head office a register of the names, addresses and occupations of the members of the board of directors, and the books in which are entered the by-laws of the corporation and the minutes of the sittings of the board of directors and of the executive committee, where such is the case.
1979, c. 53, s. 44.
45. The corporation shall keep books to properly show its affairs in accordance with generally recognized accounting practices.
Furthermore, the corporation shall keep a separate register and separate accounting for transactions under subparagraph 8 of the first paragraph of section 26 and section 39.1.
1979, c. 53, s. 45; 1994, c. 38, s. 30.
46. The fiscal period of the corporation is the same as that of the founder federation.
1979, c. 53, s. 46.
47. The corporation shall have its books and accounts audited each year.
1979, c. 53, s. 47.
48. If the corporation fails to have its books and accounts audited in accordance with section 47, the Inspector General may appoint an auditor to make such audit and fix the remuneration that the corporation must pay to that auditor.
1979, c. 53, s. 48; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
49. The auditor has, to carry out his duties, access to all the books, registers, accounts and other records of the corporation, and every person having the custody of them must facilitate his examination of them.
He may also require from the members of the board of directors and officers of the corporation the information and explanations necessary for the carrying out of his duties.
1979, c. 53, s. 49.
50. The accounts of the corporation are closed at the end of the fiscal period and, during the ensuing three months, the board of directors shall prepare an annual report which must set forth, in particular,
(1)  the names and addresses of the members of the board of directors;
(2)  the number of unions affiliated with the corporation;
(3)  the balance sheet, the operations statement, the statement of developments in the financial situation and the surplus statement;
(4)  the report of the auditor.
1979, c. 53, s. 50.
51. The balance sheet and the operations statement must be approved by the board of directors, which shall appoint two of its members to sign the balance sheet.
1979, c. 53, s. 51.
52. The corporation must, as soon as possible, send a copy of the annual report to the founder federation and to the federations forming it, where such is the case.
1979, c. 53, s. 52.
DIVISION IX
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS, INSPECTION AND PROVISIONAL ADMINISTRATION
53. The corporation shall, within three months following the end of the fiscal period, prepare and send to the Inspector General, who shall send a copy of it to the Régie de l’assurance-dépôts du Québec, a statement of operations for the fiscal period just ended, prepared in the form prescribed by the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 53; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
54. The statement must show the financial condition of the corporation and set out the information and documents required by section 50 and the information required by the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 54; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
55. The statement must be certified, under oath, by at least two members of the board of directors and be accompanied with the auditor’s report to the Inspector General attesting the scope of his audit and his opinion on the financial condition of the corporation.
1979, c. 53, s. 55; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
56. The affairs of the corporation must be inspected once each year or whenever the Inspector General considers it necessary to inspect them; they are inspected by an inspector appointed by the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 56; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
57. The inspector has access at any reasonable time to the books, registers, accounts and other records of the corporation, and every person having the custody of them must facilitate his examination of them. He may also require from the members of the board of directors and officers of the corporation the information and explanations necessary for the carrying out of his duties.
The inspector shall, on request, identify himself and produce a certificate of his capacity signed by the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 57; 1986, c. 95, s. 116.
58. The Inspector General shall send, to the Régie de l’assurance-dépôts du Québec, a copy of the report sent to him by the inspector.
1979, c. 53, s. 58; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
59. If, following an inspection made under section 56 or the production of the statement contemplated in section 53, the Inspector General is of opinion that a serious fault has been committed, particularly malfeasance or breach of trust by one or more members of the board of directors, or that the board of directors resorts to administrative or financial practices he deems reprehensible, he may appoint an administrator to assume the powers of the board of directors, provisionally, for a period of seven working days.
1979, c. 53, s. 59; 1982, c. 52, s. 187.
60. When the provisional administrator assumes the administration of the corporation in accordance with this division, the powers of the board of directors are suspended.
1979, c. 53, s. 60.
61. The Minister may extend the period provided for in section 59.
1979, c. 53, s. 61.
62. The provisional administrator must present to the Minister and to the Inspector General, with the least possible delay, a detailed report of his findings, together with his recommendations.
1979, c. 53, s. 62; 1982, c. 52, s. 181.
63. If the report of the provisional administrator confirms the existence of any situation contemplated in section 59, the Minister shall forward it to the Government after having obtained the opinion of the Inspector General.
1979, c. 53, s. 63; 1982, c. 52, s. 182.
64. Before submitting the report to the Government, the Minister shall give the corporation the opportunity to be heard.
1979, c. 53, s. 64.
65. The Minister shall attach to the report of the provisional administrator a summary of the representations the corporation has made to him and his own recommendations.
1979, c. 53, s. 65.
66. The Government may, as soon as the documents contemplated in section 65 have been submitted to it,
(1)  order the corporation to remedy any situation contemplated in section 59 within the delay it determines;
(2)  order the provisional administrator to prolong his administration of the corporation for a determined period, or to terminate it unless the corporation fails to comply with the order contemplated in paragraph 1.
1979, c. 53, s. 66.
67. The provisional administrator cannot be prosecuted for acts done in good faith in the performance of his duties.
1979, c. 53, s. 67.
68. The provisional administrator must inform the Minister and the Inspector General as soon as he ascertains that the situation contemplated in section 59 has been or cannot be corrected. The Minister must after having obtained the opinion of the Inspector General report to the Government as soon as possible.
1979, c. 53, s. 68; 1982, c. 52, s. 183.
69. After receiving the report provided for in section 68, the Government may
(1)  cancel the suspension of the members of the board of directors of the corporation, or
(2)  order,on the conditions it determines, the winding-up of the corporation and appoint a liquidator.
1979, c. 53, s. 69.
70. The provisional administrator must, as soon as his mandate has expired, make a complete report of his administration to the Minister and to the Inspector General.
The expenses, fees and expenditures of the provisional administration are at the expense of the corporation unless the Minister decides otherwise.
1979, c. 53, s. 70; 1982, c. 52, s. 184.
71. The decision of the Government ordering the winding-up of the corporation has the same effect as an order made by a judge of the Superior Court under section 25 of the Winding-up Act (chapter L-4); in other respects, the provisions of Division IV of the said act apply mutatismutandis to the winding-up so ordered to the extent that they are not inconsistent with this act.
1979, c. 53, s. 71.
72. The liquidator first pays the debts of the corporation and the costs of winding it up, and the balance from the winding-up devolves to the founder federation.
1979, c. 53, s. 72.
DIVISION X
PENAL PROVISIONS
1992, c. 61, s. 236.
73. Every person is guilty of an offence who
(1)  knowingly gives the Minister or the Inspector General incorrect information;
(2)  contravenes any provision of this act.
1979, c. 53, s. 73; 1982, c. 52, s. 185.
74. Every person who commits an offence against this act is liable to a fine of not under $300 nor over $1 000 for each offence and to a fine of not under $1 000 nor over $5 000 for every subsequent conviction.
1979, c. 53, s. 74; 1990, c. 4, s. 347.
75. (Repealed).
1979, c. 53, s. 75; 1990, c. 4, s. 348; 1992, c. 61, s. 237.
DIVISION XI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
76. Within a delay of one year from the incorporation of the corporation, the founder federation and, where such is the case, the federations which are members of it may transfer to the corporation capital elements corresponding to the whole or a part of the amounts accumulated for purposes similar to those pursued by a security fund corporation.
The Minister may authorize the corporation to acquire and hold, for such period and on such conditions as he determines, the capital elements so transferred, where the acquisition and holding of those elements would otherwise constitute an offence against this act.
1979, c. 53, s. 76.
77. The Inspector General of Financial Institutions is responsible for carrying out the administration of this Act.
1979, c. 53, s. 77; 1981, c. 9, s. 24; 1982, c. 52, s. 186.
77.1. The Minister of Finance is responsible for the administration of this Act.
1982, c. 52, s. 186.
78. (Omitted).
1979, c. 53, s. 78.
79. (This section ceased to have effect on 17 April 1987).
1982, c. 21, s. 1; U. K., 1982, c. 11, Sch. B, Part I, s. 33.
REPEAL SCHEDULE

In accordance with section 17 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), chapter 53 of the statutes of 1979, in force on 1 November 1980, is repealed, except section 78, effective from the coming into force of chapter C-69.1 of the Revised Statutes.