2003 Legislative Session: 4th Session, 37th Parliament
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Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk
HONOURABLE RICK THORPE
MINISTER OF COMPETITION,
SCIENCE AND ENTERPRISE
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 In this Act:
"business entity" means a person or organization, whether or not incorporated, that provides information to a public body in respect of a business or non-profit undertaking carried on or to be carried on by the person or organization;
"business information" means the following information about a business entity:
(a) the name of the entity and any operating or business names used by it;
(b) the legal structure of the entity;
(c) the mailing and delivery address of the entity;
(d) if the entity is a corporation,
(i) the date of its incorporation,
(ii) the jurisdiction under whose laws it is incorporated and its incorporation number in that jurisdiction,
(iii) its registration number in British Columbia if it is incorporated in a jurisdiction other than British Columbia, and
(iv) the names of its directors;
(e) if the entity is an unincorporated organization other than a partnership, the name of at least one individual who alone or together with others is responsible for the management of the business or affairs of the organization;
(f) any other prescribed information;
"designated enactment" means an enactment or a portion of an enactment designated by regulation;
"public body" means a body that has entered into an agreement or arrangement with the minister under section 4.
2 If a provision of this Act is inconsistent or in conflict with a provision of a designated enactment, the provision of this Act prevails unless the regulations or the designated enactment expressly provide that the designated enactment, or a provision of it, applies despite this Act.
3 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by regulation, establish or adopt a system of business numbers for identifying business entities.
(2) The minister may enter into an agreement with the government of Canada or an agent of the government of Canada for the purpose of
(a) establishing or adopting a system of business numbers under subsection (1), and
(b) integrating or coordinating the system established or adopted with any system of business numbers established by the government of Canada or an agent of the government of Canada.
4 The minister may enter into an agreement or arrangement with one or more of the following bodies respecting the use by the body of the system of business numbers established or adopted under section 3:
(a) a ministry of the government of British Columbia or an agent of the government,
(b) a government corporation, as defined in the Financial Administration Act,
(c) a municipality or a regional district, as defined in the Local Government Act,
(d) the City of Vancouver, or
(e) a board, commission, association or other body designated by regulation.
5 If a business entity provides a public body with information under a designated enactment, the public body may require the business entity to provide business information to the public body in the form and manner required by that public body.
6 (1) If a public body receives business information from a business entity, the public body, for the purposes of this Act,
(a) must disclose the information to the minister, and
(b) may disclose the information to the government of Canada or an agent of the government of Canada.
(2) If a public body has possession of business information about a business entity that was created by the public body or was received from the business entity under a designated enactment before the enactment was designated,
(a) the public body may use the information in its possession for the purposes of this Act, and
(b) subsection (1) applies to the public body in respect of that information.
7 A public body may require a business entity to provide its business number when the entity is providing information to the public body under a designated enactment.
8 (1) The minister may establish and manage an information system for the purpose of
(a) receiving and storing business information disclosed to the minister under section 6,
(b) integrating and updating business information in respect of business entities, and
(c) disclosing business information in the system in accordance with this Act.
(2) The minister may disclose business information that is stored in the information system to
(a) a public body, in accordance with the agreement or arrangement under section 4, for the purpose of
(i) correcting or updating the information in the information system or in the possession of the public body, or
(ii) administering or enforcing a designated enactment, or
(b) the government of Canada or an agent of the government of Canada, in accordance with an agreement under section 3.
9 The minister may require a public body to pay the minister a prescribed fee.
10 The minister may delegate to any person any of the minister's powers, duties or functions under this Act except the power to enter into an agreement or an arrangement under section 3 (2) or 4.
11 (1) Section 5 of the Offence Act does not apply to this Act or the regulations.
(2) A person who supplies false or misleading business information to a public body commits an offence and is liable
(a) in the case of a corporation, to a fine of not more than $5 000, and
(b) in the case of an individual, to a fine of not more than $2 000.
(3) A person does not commit an offence under subsection (2) if, at the time the information was supplied, the person did not know that it was false or misleading and, with the exercise of reasonable diligence, could not have known that it was false or misleading.
12 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations as follows:
(a) prescribing information for the purposes of the definition of "business information";
(b) designating enactments or portions of enactments for the purposes of this Act;
(c) prescribing designated enactments, or provisions of them, that apply despite this Act;
(d) designating boards, commissions, associations or other bodies as public bodies;
(e) prescribing fees payable to the minister.
(3) In making regulations under this Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may
(a) establish different classes of public bodies, business entities or designated enactments, and
(b) make different regulations for different public bodies, business entities or designated enactments or for different classes of public bodies, business entities or designated enactments.
Business Corporations Act
13 The Schedule to the Business Corporations Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 57, is amended in Column 2 by striking out "$300*" wherever it appears and substituting "$350*".
14 The Third Schedule to the Company Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 62, is amended by striking out "$300" wherever it appears and substituting "$350".
15 Section 93 (a) of the Partnership Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 348, is amended by striking out "$30" and substituting "$40".
Amendment to this Act
16 Section 4 (c) and (d) of this Act is repealed and the following substituted:
(c) a municipality or regional district, or .
17 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
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