Cooperatives Regulation

Link to law: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?page=2002_055.cfm&leg_type=Regs&isbncln=9780779775057&display=html
Published: 2013

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AR 55/2002 COOPERATIVES REGULATION (Consolidated up to 134/2013)
ALBERTA REGULATION 55/2002
Cooperatives Act
COOPERATIVES REGULATION
Table of Contents
Part 1 General
Names
                1      Definitions
                2      Similar names
                3      Minor differences
                4      Identical names
                5      Distinctive meaning through use
                6      Family names
                7      Name of amalgamated cooperative
                8      Additional form of name
                9      Limited number of characters
              10      Permitted characters
              11      Year in name
              12      Objectionable names
              13      Proposed names
              14      Other prohibited affiliations
              15      Director’s powers
              16      Name search reports
Meetings
              17      Location of meetings
              18      Organizational and first meeting of members
              19      Annual and special meetings of members and shareholders
              20      Notice of meetings
              21      When notice not required
              22      Failure to receive notice
              23      Record dates
              24      Special business
              25      Waiver of notice
              26      Requisition for a meeting
              27      Member or shareholder calling meeting
              28      Meetings not called as required
              29      Meeting called by the Court
              30      Notice of proposals
              31      Liability for circulation of proposals
              32      Refusal to include proposal
              33      Voting rights of members and shareholders
              34      Quorum - investment shareholders
              35      Quorum - members
              36      Members who are not individuals
              37      Joint voting by members and shareholders
              38      Voting by show of hands
              39      Electronic voting
              40      Resolution in place of meeting
              41      One-person meeting
Miscellaneous Provisions
              42      Additional information for articles of incorporation
           42.1      Continuance
           42.2      Revival and continuance of Alberta incorporated associations under former Act
           42.3      Continuance of extra‑provincial associations as extra‑provincial cooperatives
           42.4      Revival of associations dissolved under former Act
              43      New generation cooperative articles
              44      Prescribed laws
              45      Contents of by-laws
              46      Disclosure of financial assistance
              47      Securities records
              48      Prescribed financial statements
              49      Fees
              50      Forms
Part 2 Special Rules Respecting Extra‑provincial Matters
Division 1 Interpretation and Designations
              51      Definitions
              52      Designations
Division 2 Alberta Cooperatives
              53      Registration in jurisdiction of designated extra provincial director
              54      Maintaining registration
              55      Requests, information and documents
              56      Provision of other information to designated extra provincial director
Division 3 Designated Extra provincial Cooperatives
              57      Registrations and filings of designated extra provincial cooperatives
              58      Registration
              59      Head office
              60      Attorney for service
              61      Changes in name
              62      Cancellation of assumed name
              63      Changes in head office
              64      Changes in attorney for service
              65      Instrument of amalgamation
           65.1      Change of home jurisdiction by designated extra‑provincial cooperative
           65.2      Change of home jurisdiction by registered extra‑provincial cooperative
              66      Application to cancel registration
              67      Cancellation of registration without notice
              68      Cancellation of registration with notice
              70      Liability for obligations
              71      Collection of information
              72      Complete information required
              73      Form of information
              74      Certificates
              75      Certificate as evidence               76      Fee exemption
              77      Application of provisions of Act
Part 3 Expiry
              78      Expiry
Schedules
Part 1 General
Names
Definitions
1   In sections 2, 3 and 4,
                               (a)    “Canada corporation” means a Canada corporation within the meaning of the Business Corporations Act;
                              (b)    “corporation” means a corporate entity, however incorporated, that is incorporated in Alberta, a registered extra-provincial corporation and a Canada corporation;
                              (b)    “dissolved corporation” means a dissolved corporation that was incorporated in Alberta.
Similar names
2(1)  A cooperative and an extra-provincial cooperative registered in Alberta may not have a name that is similar to the name of a corporation unless that corporation consents in writing to the use of the name in whole or in part.
(2)  A cooperative and an extra-provincial cooperative registered in Alberta may not have a name that is similar to the name of a dissolved corporation unless the dissolved corporation has been dissolved for more than 3 years.
(3)  For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2), a name is similar if it is
                               (a)    a name that would reasonably lead to the inference that the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative bearing the name is or would be associated or affiliated with the corporation or dissolved corporation if the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative and the corporation or dissolved corporation are not or will not be associated or affiliated, or
                              (b)    a name whose similarity to the name of the corporation or dissolved corporation would lead someone who has an interest in dealing with the corporation or dissolved corporation to deal with the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative bearing the name in the mistaken belief that he or she is dealing with the corporation or dissolved corporation.
Minor differences
3(1)  A cooperative and an extra-provincial cooperative registered in Alberta may not have a name where the only difference from the name of a corporation or of a dissolved corporation is
                               (a)    the addition or deletion of punctuation marks or spaces,
                              (b)    the insertion or removal of a year in the name,
                               (c)    a difference in the legal element of the name referred to in section 16(1) of the Act,
                              (d)    the substitution of a word for its abbreviation or an abbreviation for the word,
                               (e)    the substitution of a word for its homonym,
                               (f)    the addition or deletion of an article, or
                               (g)    any other change that does not produce a phonetic difference between the name and the name of the corporation or dissolved corporation.
(2)  Subsection (1)(b) to (g) as they apply to a corporation do not apply
                               (a)    where the corporation consents in writing and undertakes to
                                        (i)    change its name, or
                                      (ii)    dissolve
                                       within 6 months, or
                              (b)    in the case of a corporation that is a registered extra-provincial corporation, where the registered extra-provincial corporation undertakes to
                                        (i)    cease to be registered in Alberta, or
                                      (ii)    change its name in its home jurisdiction
                                       within 6 months.
(3)  Subsection (1)(b) to (g) as they apply to a dissolved corporation do not apply where the dissolved corporation has been dissolved for at least 3 years prior to the time the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative has the name.
Identical names
4(1)  A cooperative or an extra-provincial cooperative may have a name that is identical to the name of a corporation incorporated in Alberta if
                               (a)    the corporation has ceased to use its name,
                              (b)    the name is not a number name,
                               (c)    the corporation and the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative wishing to have the name were affiliated at the time the corporation ceased to use the name,
                              (d)    the corporation provided its consent to the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative having the name, and
                               (e)    the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative wishing to have the name undertakes to amend all titles and public registrations in the name of the corporation to reflect the change within 6 months.
(2)  A cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative may have a name that is identical to the name of a dissolved corporation if
                               (a)    the name is not a number name,
                              (b)    the dissolved corporation and the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative wishing to have the name were affiliated at the time the dissolved corporation was dissolved,
                               (c)    the dissolved corporation consented in writing before it was dissolved to the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative having the name, and
                              (d)    the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative wishing to have the name undertakes to amend all titles and public registrations in the name of the dissolved corporation to reflect the change within 6 months.
(3)  If an undertaking under subsection (1)(e) or (2)(d) is not carried out, the Director may, by notice in writing, giving reasons, direct the cooperative or extra-provincial cooperative to change its name to one that the Director approves within 90 days of the date of notice.
Distinctive meaning through use
5   No cooperative may have a name that
                               (a)    is too general,
                              (b)    is only descriptive, in any language, of the quality, function or other characteristics of the goods or services in which the cooperative deals or intends to deal, or
                               (c)    is primarily or only the name or surname of an individual who is living or has died within 30 years preceding the date the name is used
unless the name has through use acquired a meaning that renders the name distinctive.
Family names
6   No cooperative may have a name that contains a word or expression, an element of which is the family name of an individual, whether or not the word or expression is preceded by the individual’s given name or initials, unless the individual or the individual’s heir, executor, administrator, assign or guardian consents in writing to the use of the name.
Name of amalgamated cooperative
7   When 2 or more cooperatives amalgamate, the name of the amalgamated cooperative may be identical to the name of one of the amalgamating cooperatives if the name is not a number name.
Additional form of name
8(1)  An additional form of name pursuant to section 16(2) of the Act must be a direct translation of the cooperative name.
(2)  Notwithstanding subsection (1), changes may be made to the additional form of name to ensure that it is idiomatically correct.
Limited number of characters
9   No cooperative may have a name that exceeds 200 characters in length, including punctuation marks and spaces.
Permitted characters
10(1)  The name of a cooperative or an extra-provincial cooperative registered in Alberta may contain only the following:
                               (a)    letters of the alphabet of the English language;
                              (b)    Arabic numerals;
                               (c)    the following punctuation or other marks:
                                        (i)    !
                                      (ii)    “
                                     (iii)    #
                                     (iv)    $
                                       (v)    %
                                     (vi)    &
                                    (vii)    ‘
                                   (viii)    ()
                                     (ix)    *
                                       (x)    +
                                     (xi)    ,
                                    (xii)    .
                                   (xiii)    -
                                   (xiv)    /
                                    (xv)    :
                                   (xvi)    ;
                                  (xvii)    >
                                 (xviii)