British Columbia Company Law Practice Manual

Practice Point

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. BC 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 2016 update

  • comprehensive new chapter on British Columbia societies under Societies Act in force November 28, 2016
  • updated information on securities legislation and exemption requirements
  • November 2016 regulatory amendments rename prohibitions
  • updated information on dividend tax rates
  • coming into force of Canadian Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act
  • Canadian corporate social responsibility strategy re: extractive industries
  • areas of increasing D&O liability insurance claims activity
  • new CRA folio on interest deductibility on shareholders’ loans; continued ambiguity despite recent FCA confirmation of the test
  • new case law on prohibition on redemption in insolvency
  • November 2016 additions to list of records that must be e-filed with registrar
  • November 2016 statutory amendment re: missing corporate records
  • sample restoration orders for full and limited restorations
  • coming into force of First Protocol Amendment to NWPTA
  • new case law: oppression claims, indemnification of directors in successful derivative actions, shareholders’ agreements, and amalgamation of BC companies with cooperative associations

Editorial Board

Megan A. Filmer — Davis LLP, Vancouver
John P. Ferber — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Professor Bruce W. MacDougall — Faculty of Law at Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver


Stephen Antle — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Geoffrey Bird — Aydin Bird, Vancouver
Cheri R. Bocking — Vancouver
Linda M. Chow — Axium Law Corporation, Vancouver
John T.C. Christian — Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Vancouver
Karen R. Dickson — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Peter D. Fairey — Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Vancouver
Thomas P. Fellhauer — Pushor Mitchell LLP, Kelowna
Megan A. Filmer — Davis LLP, Vancouver
Debra Finlay — McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Vancouver
Andrea Girardin — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Sherrilyn Johnson — Executive Coordinator, BC Registry Services, Victoria
Graeme D. Martindale — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Stephen P. Robertson — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
Frank S. Schober — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Aaron B. Singer — Clark Wilson, Vancouver
Debbie Turner — Manager, Registries Program, Vancouver
Dierk Ullrich – Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Brian E. Vick — Miller Titerle + Company LLP, Vancouver
Darrell J. Wickstrom — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin 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
11A. Arrangements
11B. Compulsory Acquisitions and Disposal of Undertaking
11C. Continuations
12. Dissolution and Restoration
13. Extraprovincial Companies
14. Shareholder Rights, Remedies, and Proceedings
15. Shareholders’ Agreements
16. Transition
17. Corporate Registry Information
18. Societies

Volume 2


Forms and Precedents
Applicability of the Securities Act
Corporate Names
Incorporation and Organization
Corporate Governance
Corporate Finance
Ordinary Corporate Procedures
Special Corporate Procedures
Capital Alterations
Amalgamations, Reorganizations, and Continuations
Dissolution and Restoration
Shareholder Rights, Remedies, and Proceedings
Post-restoration Transition

Table of Concordance

Business Corporations Act Forms
Case Table
Statute 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 BC 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