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This version is current as of December 17, 2014.
It has been in effect since November 14, 1990, when this Act came into force.
 

RSM 1990, c. 197

The Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada Act

WHEREAS The Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada was incorporated by an Act passed by the Parliament of Canada, being chapter 64 of the Statutes of Canada, 1939;

AND WHEREAS the Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada as defined under section 1 of this Act prayed that an Act may be passed respecting its property, rights and powers;

AND WHEREAS their prayer was granted, and resulted in the enactment of An Act respecting The Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, assented to March 17, 1943;

AND WHEREAS the Attorney General has caused the Act to be prepared in English and French for re-enactment in accordance with a judgment dated June 13, 1985 and an order dated November 4, 1985 of the Supreme Court of Canada;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Definition of The Presbyterian Church in Canada

1           The words "The Presbyterian Church in Canada" occurring in this Act subsequent to this section mean and include only the congregations, members and adherents of The Presbyterian Church in Canada who did not on June 10, 1925, become part of the United Church of Canada, and those persons who have since that date joined or may hereafter join with them as members or adherents, and notwithstanding anything contained in The United Church of Canada Act, the said congregations, members, adherents and persons may use the name "The Presbyterian Church in Canada", but this shall not in any way prejudice or affect the rights or powers of The United Church of Canada or of any constituent part thereof or of any corporation, board, committee or other body created by or under the government or control of or in connection with The United Church of Canada or of any congregation thereof.

Power to acquire property

2           The Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, hereinafter referred to as "the board", incorporated by the Parliament of Canada, shall at all times be entitled to purchase, lease, acquire, have, take, hold, receive and enjoy all or any property, real and persona, whatsoever in Manitoba.

Property vested in board

3           Save as otherwise provided in this Act, all gifts, devises, deeds, conveyances, transfers or leases of any real property or of any interest therein and all gifts, bequests, assignments or transfers of any personal property or of any interest therein which have been or shall hereafter be made to or intended for, The Presbyterian Church in Canada or any of the trusts in connection with the said church, or any of the institutions, organizations, schemes, or funds of the said church shall vest in the board as fully and effectually as if any such gift, devise, deed, conveyance, transfer, lease, bequest or assignment had been made to the board and shall be held and administered by the board for the general benefit of the said church, unless intended for the specific benefit of any trust, institution, organization, scheme, or fund of the said church when the same shall be held and administered by the board for such specific benefit; but nothing in this Act contained shall vest in the board any real or personal property or any interest therein which the board shall decide not to accept.

Property vested in board subject to trusts

4           All property real and personal, which shall be vested in or held by the board for any general or special purposes or trusts of or in any way connected with The Presbyterian Church in Canada shall be held for the purposes and trusts, and with, under and subject to the same powers and provisions, as are in force or declared under any deed, instrument or statute affecting such property respectively.

Property held by trustees to be transferred to board

5           Save as otherwise provided in this Act, every person in whom any property, real or personal, or any interest therein, shall have become vested heretofore, or shall become vested from time to time hereafter, by statute, or by order of a commission, or by gift, devise, deed, conveyance, transfer, lease, bequest, or assignment, or in any other manner, upon trust for The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or any of the trusts in connection with the said church, or any of the institutions, organizations, schemes or funds of the said church shall upon the request of the board and at the board's expense forthwith assign, convey or otherwise transfer such property or interest therein to the board, and shall sign and execute all such deeds and instruments, and do all such acts, as may be necessary for that purpose.

Release of former trustees

6           When any property, real or personal, or any interest therein, shall have been assigned, conveyed or otherwise transferred to the board as aforesaid all rights, powers, and liabilities of the person or persons in whom the same was theretofore vested shall cease and determine and he or they shall thenceforth be wholly released and discharged from the performance of the trusts and the exercise of the rights, powers or duties, previously imposed upon or exercisable by him or them;  Provided that nothing herein shall be deemed to prevent any such person from being called on to account for any moneys received or expended, or for the doing or non-performance of any act, matter, or thing in relation to the trust prior to the assignment, conveyance or transfer of such property as aforesaid.

Board to have power to enforce existing contracts

7           All contracts of every kind in existence at the date of the incorporation of the board, and which could be enforced by or against the trustees of any property affected by the operation of this Act, or any committee or other persons or body in whom any such property may have been vested at the date aforesaid, and all rights, remedies, and powers in existence or which may afterwards exist or arise upon or in respect of any such contract or in relation thereto, shall be exercised and enforced only by or against the board.

Income from funds held by board

8           The board shall at all times on the request of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or on the request of the Board of Administration of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or other board or committee which may from time to time be charged with the management of the trusts, institutions, organizations, schemes and funds, respectively, of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, pay the rents, income or produce of any real property or interests therein, and of any personal property, or interests therein, to the treasurer of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for the benefit of the said trusts, institutions, organizations, schemes, and funds respectively, and shall also at the like request sell and convert into money the real property, or interests therein, and the personal property, or interests therein, subject to the trusts on which the same may be held, and shall pay the proceeds of the said sales to the said treasurer for the benefit of the said trusts, institutions, organizations, schemes, and funds respectively: Provided, and it is hereby expressly declared, that no purchaser from the board shall be bound to see that the said request shall have been made, or to inquire as to the application of the said purchase money, or the regularity of the appointment or proceedings of the board; and the execution of any grant, deed, conveyance, transfer, lease, assignment, release, discharge, or other instrument, shall be deemed sufficient and conclusive when executed as hereinafter set forth.

Property conveyed to board for congregations to be formed

9           All purchases, gifts, devises, deeds, conveyances, transfers or leases of lands which may be made for or to The Presbyterian Church in Canada as a site for a church, manse, school, or cemetery, for the use of a congregation not then organized, shall vest in the board in trust to convey the same to the trustees of such congregation when it shall have been organized under the sanction of the presbytery within the bounds of which it is situate, or in default of such organization in trust to sell the same and pay the proceeds of such sale to the treasurer of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, for such trusts, institutions, organizations, schemes or funds thereof as may be determined from time to time by the General Assembly of the said church.

Property of congregations ceasing to exist

10          All lands and premises and personal property and assets which have been, or shall hereafter at any time, be held by any trustee or trustees for any congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Canada which shall have ceased to exist shall vest in the board upon trust to sell, get in and realize the same and to pay the proceeds to the treasurer of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for such trusts, institutions, organizations, schemes or funds thereof as may be determined from time to time by the General Assembly of the said church.

Act not to apply to certain trusts

11          Except as provided by sections 9 and 10 nothing in this Act contained shall affect or apply to the trustees of, or the trust property under, or the administration of, any trusts upon which any property, real or persona, or any interest therein, is now held for the benefit of, or in connection with, any congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Canada under any statute, instrument, will, trust deed or otherwise, or held by such trustees upon any congregational trusts whatsoever, and nothing in this Act contained shall affect or apply to any gift, devise, deed, conveyance, transfer or lease of any real property or any interest therein or any gift, bequest, assignment or transfer of personal property or any interest therein which shall hereafter be made to or intended for the benefit of any congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Incidental powers of board

12          In addition to and without in any way limiting the powers exercisable by the board under this Act or under any other law or statute applicable to it, it is hereby declared that the board shall possess and may exercise from time to time the following incidental and ancillary powers:

(a) power to invest and reinvest or lend moneys in or upon any securities real or personal in which a life insurance company carrying on business in Canada may from time to time invest or lend moneys, and the board shall have all such rights and remedies for the collection and enforcement or repayment of an investment or loan as any individual would have;

(b) power to borrow money for its purposes upon its credit and to mortgage, hypothecate or pledge any property, real or personal, vested in or held by it as security for any loan;

(c) power to make, accept, draw, endorse, and execute bills of exchange, promissory notes, orders for the payment of money, and other negotiable instruments;

(d) power to receive and hold for the benefit of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or any of the trusts in connection with the said church, or any of the institutions, or organizations, schemes, or funds, of the said church, sums of money in consideration of the payment during the life of the donor or during any other period, of interest thereon at such rate as may from time to time be agreed upon, or in consideration of the payment of an annuity or annuities to any person or persons in respect thereof; but this power shall not authorize the board to engage in the business of insurance.

No personal liability on members of board

13          No personal liability shall attach to any of the members of the board for the failure of any investment or security which may be made or taken by the board as authorized by this Act.

Execution of documents under sep.

14          All grants, conveyances, deeds, transfers, leases, assignments, releases, discharges and other instruments, shall be made and executed by the board under its corporate seal attested by the signatures of any two members of the board, and when so made and executed shall be sufficient and conclusive.

Vacancies on board

15(1)       If any member of the board shall die, or resign his office, or refuse or neglect to act, or shall cease to reside in Canada for more than twelve months in succession, or shall become mentally incompetent, he shall be deemed to have vacated his office as a member of the board.

Filling vacancies on board

15(2)       In the case of a vacancy or vacancies occurring in the membership of the board at any time the Board of Administration of The Presbyterian Church in Canada or the Executive Committee thereof may fill any or all of such vacancies and the person or persons so appointed shall hold office until the next meeting of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and until their successors are appointed.  At its next meeting the General Assembly of the said church shall appoint members to fill such vacancies and the members temporarily appointed by the Board of Administration or the Executive Committee thereof shall be eligible for appointment by the said General Assembly.

Power of General Assembly to remove members of board

16          The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada may also at any time, by resolution passed by such Assembly, remove any member of the board from office, without having or alleging any cause for such removal, and may appoint some person as a member of the board in his place and stead.

Reports to General Assembly

17          The board shall present to the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada at each meeting thereof a report in which shall be set forth fully the various money, securities, and property, real and personal, which shall have come into its hands since its last preceding report, and the money, securities, and property still held by it, and in which shall also be set forth fully the disposition made by the board since its last preceding report of any money, securities, and property, and the income thereof.

Power of General Assembly, etc., to make regulations, etc.

18          The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada may from time to time make, amend and repeal by-laws, resolutions, rules and regulations for the government and control of the board, and may from time to time delegate to the Board of Administration of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, or to the Executive Committee thereof, or to any specially appointed committee thereof, all or any part of its powers as to, and jurisdiction over, the board.  Until the said General Assembly makes by-laws, resolutions, rules or regulations for the government and control of the board, the board shall be subject to the government and control of the said Board of Administration.

Copies of documents to be evidence

19          All copies of any by-laws, resolutions, rules or regulations, or any amendments or alterations thereto purporting to be made under the provisions of this Act, purporting to be under the seal of the board, and to be signed by any two members of the board, shall be prima faci evidence in all courts of the contents thereof without proof of the authenticity of such seal or signatures.

Statutes of Mortmain not to apply

20          The powers conferred on the board by this Act to purchase, lease, acquire, have, take, hold, receive and enjoy all or any property, real and personal, whatsoever in Manitoba shall not be limited or affected by the provisions of any statute respecting Mortmain in force in Manitoba.

Commencement of Act

21          This Act shall come into force on assent.

NOTE:  This Act replaces S.M. 1943, c. 73.

 

 


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