While the new record-keeping requirements are relatively straightforward for corporations with just a few “ownership interests” in real property, corporations with significant interests, such as those involved in property development, face a much more onerous task. It is therefore recommended that Ontario corporations begin preparing the register as soon as possible to gather the required information and to establish a common practice.
The new requirements may be particularly onerous for corporations like home–builders or condominium developers, or any other corporation which may have hundreds or thousands of ownership interests in land.
On July 10, 2014, the Ontario Court of Appeal released an important decision regarding corporate governance and shareholders rights. In the case between Unique Broadband Systems Inc. and its former CEO and director, Gerald McGoey, the Court of Appeal clarified the fiduciary obligations on the part of officers and directors of both private and public companies as well as the limitation on the business judgment rule that limits a Court from “second guessing” decisions of management.