British Columbia Company Law Practice Manual

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From incorporation to dissolution: Every step of every transaction under the Business Corporations Act and Societies Act.

This publication is essential for: lawyers looking for guidance on requirements and transactions under the BC Business Corporations Act and Societies Act.

The lengthy and complicated requirements of the BC Business Corporations Act and Societies Act demand a comprehensive resource. British Columbia Company Law Practice Manual is your manual on navigating and keeping your clients compliant under both Acts. Focused on practice and procedure, this resource follows the structure of the Acts and maps out every step of every transaction from incorporation and meetings to amalgamations and dissolution.  For each transaction, you will find commentary, explanations, and leading case law curated by leading BC corporate law practitioners.

With this resource, you will be able to:

  • advise your clients on the propriety of their Business Corporations Act and Societies Act transactions and filings
  • save time researching wording and developing transaction documents with over 125 forms and precedents
  • keep abreast of the latest developments in corporate law and procedures

Buy your copy and be corporate law compliant today!

Features of the publication

  • complete set of forms and precedents
  • checklists
  • regular updates
  • tables of cases, statutes, and references
  • comprehensive index
  • convenient looseleaf format with tab indexing
  • online access to electronic version with hyperlinks to primary law

Highlights of the 2023 Update include:

  • commentary on new (May 2023) process for removing oneself as director of a company
  • new forms and precedents for capital alterations: resolutions specifying a special majority and exceptional resolution altering an exceptional resolution provision
  • commentary on latest amendments to the Societies Act and updated procedure and recent case law for societies, plus new forms and precedents; registers of members and directors and resolution authorizing dissolution of society by request
  • updated guidance from BC Registries and Online Services on electronic filing
  • new guidance on termination of shareholders’ agreements, shotgun clauses (including Blackmore Management Inc. v. Carmanah Management Corp.), and revised discussion and updated case law on family law issues and shareholders’ agreements
  • discussion of rectification and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision Canada (Attorney General) v. Collins Family Trust
  • commentary on Bill 20 and the (not yet in force) amended requirements for transparency registers
  • new discussion on the effects of legislation such as the Land Owner Transparency Act and Underused Housing Tax Act on capital structure
  • new case law and discussion on dispositions of undertaking (including as to dissent rights and to qualitative and quantitative tests), amalgamations and property transfer tax, and arrangements

Editorial Board

John P. Ferber — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Megan A. Filmer — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
Professor Camden Hutchison — Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC, Vancouver


Geoffrey Bird — BBL Broadway Business Lawyers, Vancouver
Cheri R. Bocking — Vancouver
John T.C. Christian — Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver
Michael R. Coburn — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Thomas P. Fellhauer, KC — Pushor Mitchell LLP, Kelowna
John P. Ferber — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Megan A. Filmer — DLA Piper (Canada), Vancouver
Debra Finlay — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Sean Hawkins — Maxis Law Corporation, Vancouver
Leisa Hickey — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Glynnis Morgan — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Kristin M. Ostler — Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver
Dierk Ullrich — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Brian E. Vick — Miller Titerle Law Corporation, Vancouver
Stephen T.C. Warnett — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Barbara G. Wohl — Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP, Vancouver


Volume 1

1. Introduction
2. Applicability of the Securities Act
3. Corporate Names
4. Incorporation and Organization
6. Corporate Governance
7. Corporate Finance
8. Ordinary Corporate Procedures
9. Special Corporate Procedures
10. Capital Alterations
11. Amalgamations
12. Arrangements
13. Compulsory Acquisitions and Disposal of Undertaking
14. Continuations
15. Dissolution and Restoration
16. Extraprovincial Companies

Volume 2

17. Shareholder Rights, Remedies, and Proceedings
18. Shareholders’ Agreements
19. Post-restoration Transition
20. Corporate Registry Information
21. Societies


Forms and Precedents

BCA and Societies Act Forms

Case Table
Statutes and Related Material Table

Thomas Fellhauer“The BC Business Corporations Act (BCA) has significant differences from the corporate legislation in other Canadian jurisdictions. Also, while relatively comprehensive, the BCA includes gaps and provisions that are uncertain or do not coincide perfectly with other statutes such as the Income Tax Act. CLEBC’s British Columbia Company Law Practice Manual helps you to understand the BCA’s unique features and make sense of the legislative gaps, while providing practical solutions for the uncertainty in the BCA.”

~ Thomas Fellhauer, Partner, Pushor Mitchell LLP