COVID-19: Holding sessions in these exceptional times

April 2020

COVID-19: Holding sessions in these exceptional times

Mélanie Nguyen
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Did you know that it is now possible for an organization to hold a session remotely despite its usual rules?

Thus, to insure that organizations can continue their operations during the COVID-19 crisis and avoid procedural flaws, Québec's Minister of Justice has adopted a new temporary measure to allow any assembly, meeting or session to be held remotely by technological means.

The announced measure will ensure that decisions taken during remotely held meetings will be considered valid despite these organizations' by-laws and won't be subject to future contestations.

For example, corporations, co-ownership syndicates and non-profit organization will now be able to hold their general assembly and boards of directors meetings remotely, although it was not possible for them under normal circumstances.

Moreover, the organization will also be able to hold secret election by any means that will allow votes to be collected for later verification in order to preserve the secrecy.

This measure will be in effect for the duration of the state of health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions, we invite you to contact us.

This bulletin provides general comments on recent developments in the law. It does not constitute and should not be viewed as legal advice. No legal action should be taken on the basis of the information contained herein.

 

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