Vol. 147, No. 42 — October 19, 2013

PARLIAMENT

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Second Session, Forty-First Parliament

PRIVATE BILLS

Standing Order 130 of the House of Commons respecting notices of intended applications for private bills:

130. (1) All applications to Parliament for private bills, of any nature whatsoever, shall be advertised by a notice published in the Canada Gazette; such notice shall clearly and distinctly state the nature and objects of the application, and shall be signed by or on behalf of the applicants, with the address of the party signing the same; and when the application is for an Act of incorporation, the name of the proposed company shall be stated in the notice. If the works of any company (incorporated, or to be incorporated) are to be declared to be for the general advantage of Canada, such intention shall be specifically mentioned in the notice; and the applicants shall cause a copy of such notice to be sent by registered letter to the clerk of each county or municipality which may be specially affected by the construction or operation of such works, and also to the secretary of the province in which such works are, or may be located. Every such notice sent by registered letter shall be mailed in time to reach its destination not later than two weeks before the consideration of the proposed bill by the committee to which it may be referred; and proof of compliance with this requirement by the applicants shall be established by statutory declaration.

(2) In addition to the notice in the Canada Gazette aforesaid, a similar notice shall also be published in some leading newspaper as follows:

  • (a) when the application is for an Act to incorporate:
    • (i) a railway or canal company: in the principal city, town or village in each county or district, through which the proposed railway or canal is to be constructed;
    • (ii) a telegraph or telephone company: in the principal city or town in each province or territory in which the company proposes to operate;
    • (iii) a company for the construction of any works which in their construction or operation might specially affect the particular locality; or obtaining any exclusive rights or privileges; or for doing any matter or thing which in its operation would affect the rights or property of others: in the particular locality or localities in which the business, rights or property of other persons or corporations may be affected by the proposed Act; and
    • (iv) a banking company; an insurance company; a trust company; a loan company; or an industrial company without any exclusive powers: in the Canada Gazette only.
  • (b) when the application is for the purpose of amending an existing Act:
    • (i) for an extension of any line of railway, or of any canal; or for the construction of branches thereto: in the place where the head office of the company is situated, and in the principal city, town or village in each county or district through which such extension or branch is to be constructed;
    • (ii) for an extension of time for the construction or completion of any line of railway or of any branch or extension thereof, or of any canal, or of any telegraph or telephone line, or of any other works already authorized: at the place where the head office of the company is situated and in the principal city or town of the districts affected; and
    • (iii) for the continuation of a charter or for an extension of the powers of the company (when not involving the granting of any exclusive rights) or for the increase or reduction of the capital stock of any company; or for increasing or altering its bonding or other borrowing powers; or for any amendment which would in any way affect the rights or interests of the shareholders or bondholders or creditors of the company: in the place where the head office of the company is situated or authorized to be.
  • (c) when the application is for the purpose of obtaining for any person or existing corporation any exclusive rights or privileges or the power to do any matter or thing which in its operation would affect the rights or property of others: in the particular locality or localities in which the business, rights or property of others may be specially affected by the proposed Act.

(3) All such notices, whether inserted in the Canada Gazette or in a newspaper, shall be published at least once a week for a period of four consecutive weeks; and when originating in the Province of Quebec or in the Province of Manitoba shall be published in English in an English newspaper and in French in a French newspaper, and in both languages in the Canada Gazette, and if there is no newspaper in a locality where a notice is required to be given, such notice shall be given in the next nearest locality wherein a newspaper is published; and proof of the due publication of notice shall be established in each case by statutory declaration; and all such declarations shall be sent to the Clerk of the House endorsed “Private Bill Notice.”

For further information, contact the Private Members’ Business Office, House of Commons, Centre Block, Room 134-C, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6, 613-992-6443.

AUDREY O’BRIEN
Clerk of the House of Commons