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R.s.c., 1985, c. I-19

An Act to establish the International Development Research Centre


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Short Title

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the International Development Research Centre Act.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 1.


Interpretation

Definitions

2. In this Act,

“Board”

« Conseil »

“Board” means the Board of Governors of the Centre;

“Centre”

« Centre »

“Centre” means the International Development Research Centre established by section 3;

“Chairman”

Version anglaise seulement“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board;

“governor”

« gouverneur »

“governor” means a member of the Board;

“Minister”

« ministre »

“Minister” means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act;

“President”

« président »

“President” means the President of the Centre;

“research”

« recherches »

“research” includes any scientific or technical inquiry or experimentation that is instituted or carried out to discover new knowledge or new means of applying existing knowledge to the solution of economic and social problems;

“science”

« sciences »

“science” includes the natural and social sciences.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 2.


Centre Established

Centre established

3. A corporation is hereby established, to be called the International Development Research Centre, consisting of a Board of Governors that is composed of a Chairman, President and not more than nineteen other governors.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 3.


Objects And Powers Of Centre

Corporate objects

4. (1) The objects of the Centre are to initiate, encourage, support and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions and, in carrying out those objects,

(a) to enlist the talents of natural and social scientists and technologists in Canada and other countries;

(b) to assist the developing regions to build up the research capabilities, the innovative skills and the institutions required to solve their problems;

(c) to encourage generally the coordination of international development research; and

(d) to foster cooperation in research on development problems between the developed and developing regions for their mutual benefit.

Powers

(2) The Centre, in furtherance of its objects, may exercise any or all of the following powers in Canada or elsewhere, namely, the power to

(a) establish, maintain and operate information and data centres and facilities for research and other activities;

(b) initiate and carry out research and technical development, including the establishment and operation of any pilot plant or project, to the point where the appropriate results of the research and development can be applied;

(c) support or assist research by governments, by international, public or private organizations and agencies, or by individuals;

(d) enter into contracts or agreements with governments, with international, public or private organizations and agencies, or with individuals;

(e) give recognition, by such means as the Centre deems appropriate, for outstanding contributions to international development by international, public or private organizations and agencies, or by individuals, and publish and otherwise disseminate scientific, technical or other information;

(f) sponsor or support conferences, seminars and other meetings;

(g) acquire, hold and alienate real property or any interest therein at pleasure;

(h) acquire by gift, bequest or otherwise, and hold, expend, invest, administer or dispose of, any money, securities or other property subject to the terms, if any, on which the money, securities or other property is given, bequeathed or otherwise made available to the Centre;

(i) expend, for the purposes of this Act, any money appropriated by Parliament for the work of the Centre or received by the Centre through the conduct of its operations; and

(j) do such other things as are conducive to the carrying out of its objects and the exercise of its powers.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 4.


Organization

Appointment of Chairman

5. (1) The Chairman of the Board shall be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding five years.

Appointment of President

(2) The first President of the Centre shall be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding five years and any subsequent President shall be appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Board to hold office during pleasure for a term not exceeding five years.

Other governors

(3) Each of the governors, other than the Chairman and the President, shall be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure for such term not exceeding four years as will ensure as far as possible the expiration in any one year of the terms of appointment of fewer than half of the governors.

Eligibility for re-appointment

(4) Any retiring governor is eligible for re-appointment to the Board in the same or another capacity.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 5.

Vice-Chairman

6. (1) The Board shall elect one of the governors to be Vice-Chairman of the Board.

Absence, etc., of Chairman

(2) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairman, or if the office of Chairman is vacant, the Vice-Chairman of the Board has all the duties and may perform all the functions of the Chairman.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 6.

President

7. (1) The President is the chief executive officer of the Centre and has supervision over and direction of the work and staff of the Centre.

Acting President

(2) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the President, or if the office of President is vacant, the Board may authorize an officer of the Centre to act as President, but no person so authorized shall act as President for a period exceeding sixty days without the approval of the Governor in Council.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 7.

Temporary substitute governor

8. (1) The Governor in Council may, on such terms and conditions as the Governor in Council may prescribe, appoint a temporary substitute governor if a governor, other than the Chairman or President, is unable to perform the duties of his office.

Vacancy

(2) Where the office of a governor becomes vacant during the term of the governor appointed thereto, the Governor in Council may appoint a person to that office for the remainder of that term.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 8.

Salary and expenses

9. The governors shall be paid such remuneration and expenses as are fixed by the Governor in Council.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 9.

Qualification

10. (1) The Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and nine other governors must be Canadian citizens.

Idem

(2) At least eleven of the governors must have experience in the field of international development or experience or training in the natural or social sciences or technology.

Parliamentary governors

(3) Two of the governors who are Canadian citizens, other than the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, may be appointed from among the members of the Senate or the House of Commons.

Salary and expenses

(4) A member appointed pursuant to subsection (3) shall not be paid remuneration but is eligible for expenses and, if he is a member of the House of Commons, is not, by reason of his being the holder of the office or place in respect of which such expenses are payable, rendered incapable of being elected, or of sitting or voting, as a member of that House.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 10.

Executive committee

11. (1) There shall be an executive committee of the Board consisting of the Chairman, President and at least five other governors annually elected from the Board by the governors in such manner that a majority of the members of the committee are Canadian citizens.

Duties of executive committee

(2) The executive committee shall exercise such of the powers, and perform such of the functions, of the Centre as the Board may by by-law assign to it and shall submit at each meeting of the Board minutes of its proceedings since the last preceding meeting of the Board.

Chairman

(3) The Board shall appoint one of the members of the executive committee to be the chairman of the executive committee.

Meetings

(4) The executive committee shall meet at least four times in each year.

Quorum

(5) Five or more members of the executive committee, a majority of whom are Canadian citizens, constitute a quorum.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 11.

Fellows of the Centre

12. (1) The Board may appoint any person who, in the opinion of the governors, has made an outstanding contribution in the field of international development as a Fellow of the International Development Research Centre.

Stipend for Fellows

(2) The Centre may prescribe the period of time during which any person shall be named a Fellow pursuant to subsection (1) and the stipend, if any, to be paid to any such person.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 12.

Advisory and other committees

13. The Board may appoint advisory or other committees under such terms and conditions as the Board may by by-law prescribe.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 13.

Officers and employees

14. Subject to the by-laws, the Board may appoint such officers, agents and employees as are necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the Centre.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 14.

Head office

15. (1) The head office of the Centre shall be at such place in Canada as may be designated by the Governor in Council.

Change of head office

(2) The Board may, by by-law approved by the Governor in Council, change the head office of the Centre to another place in Canada.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 15.

Meetings of Board

16. (1) The Board shall meet at least twice in each year, with at least one such meeting at the head office of the Centre, and at such other times and places as the Chairman deems necessary.

Chairman to preside

(2) The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board.

Quorum

(3) Seven governors, including at least five governors who are Canadian citizens, or more than seven governors, including a majority who are Canadian citizens, constitute a quorum of the Board.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 16.


By-laws

By-laws

17. The Board may, with the approval of the Governor in Council, make by-laws respecting

(a) the constitution of advisory or other committees appointed pursuant to section 13, and the salaries and expenses, if any, to be paid to the members of those committees;

(b) the duties and conduct of officers, agents and employees of the Centre;

(c) the conditions of employment and the remuneration of officers, agents and employees of the Centre;

(d) the procedure in all business at meetings;

(e) the assignment of any powers and functions of the Centre to the executive committee of the Board and the manner in which the powers and functions so assigned shall be exercised or performed; and

(f) generally the conduct and management of the affairs of the Centre.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 17.

Not agent of Her Majesty

18. (1) The Centre is not an agent of Her Majesty, and, except as provided in subsection (2), the governors and the officers, agents and employees of the Centre are not part of the public service.

Employees deemed employed in public service

(2) The officers and employees of the Centre shall be deemed to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act and the Centre shall be deemed to be a public service corporation for the purposes of section 37 of that Act.

Application of Public Service Superannuation Act

(3) The Public Service Superannuation Act does not apply to the governors unless in the case of any such governor the Governor in Council otherwise directs.

R.S., 1985, c. I-19, s. 18; 2003, c. 22, s. 225(E).

Previous VersionApplication of Income Tax Act

19. The Centre shall, for the purposes of the Income Tax Act, be deemed to be a registered charity as defined in that Act.

R.S., 1985, c. I-19, s. 19; 1999, c. 31, s. 246(F).


Financial

International Development Research Centre Account

20. (1) The Centre shall establish, under its management in a bank or in an authorized foreign bank within the meaning of section 2 of the Bank Act that is not subject to the restrictions and requirements referred to in subsection 524(2) of that Act in respect of its business in Canada, an account to be known as the International Development Research Centre Account, in this section called the "Account".

Credits to Account

(2) There shall be credited to the Account all amounts realized by the Centre under this Act in carrying out research or technical development or from providing any other services in Canada or elsewhere under any contract or agreement.

Charges to Account

(3) There shall be charged to the Account all expenditures incurred by or for the Centre under this Act in carrying out the research and development activities or providing the services referred to in subsection (2).

Grant

(4) The Minister of Finance shall, out of the special account for international development assistance in the accounts of Canada, pay to the Centre a grant of one million dollars to establish the Account.

R.S., 1985, c. I-19, s. 20; 1999, c. 28, s. 167.


Audit

Audit

21. The accounts and financial transactions of the Centre shall be audited annually by the Auditor General of Canada and a report of the audit shall be made to the Centre and to the Minister.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 21.


Report To Parliament

Annual report

22. (1) The Chairman shall, within four months after the termination of each fiscal year, submit to the Minister a report relating to the activities of the Centre for that fiscal year, including the financial statements of the Centre and the report thereon of the Auditor General of Canada.

Tabling report

(2) The Minister shall cause the report submitted under subsection (1) to be laid before Parliament within fifteen days after the receipt thereof by the Minister or, if Parliament is not then sitting, on any of the first fifteen days next thereafter that either House of Parliament is sitting.

R.S., c. 21(1st Supp.), s. 22.


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