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Province of British Columbia
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2020FIN0022-000733
April 22, 2020
Ministry of Finance
Companies, societies, co-operatives now able to meet electronically

VICTORIA – To support B.C. companies, societies and co-operatives through the COVID-19 pandemic, electronic meetings will be allowed during the Province’s state of emergency.

A temporary change under the Emergency Program Act will allow electronic meetings during the Province’s state of emergency. The order helps corporations hold annual or special general meetings, in accordance with the provincial health officer’s order against gatherings of more than 50 people.

The order will also override requirements under the Business Corporations Act, Societies Act and Cooperative Association Act that prohibit electronic meetings, including a corporation’s own articles, bylaws or rules.  

In addition to electronic meetings, all corporations will be able to hold hybrid meetings, giving people the option to participate in person or electronically.

Each company, society and co-operative should consider which meeting method best suits its needs, such as Zoom, Skype or telephone conference calls, as long as each participant is able to communicate and vote, if needed.

If an online meeting platform is chosen, organizers should consider providing a telephone option for people without access to a computer.

Learn More:

To learn more about the supports and services available for people, businesses and communities through the pandemic, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/financial-benefits

 
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Ministry of Finance
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