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Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2017

EXPLANATORY NOTE

The Bill amends the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 to permit a personal real estate corporation to be registered as a broker or salesperson. A personal real estate corporation must be incorporated as a professional corporation under the Business Corporations Act and be authorized only to trade in real estate.

In addition, the Bill amends the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 to permit a brokerage to pay commission or other remuneration to a personal real estate corporation of an individual broker or salesperson that it employs.

Bill 104                                                                                                                                     2017

An Act to amend the Business Corporations Act and the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 with respect to personal real estate corporations

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

Business Corporations Act

1 Clause 3.1 (2) (b) of the Business Corporations Act is amended by adding the following paragraph:

  3.1  Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002.

2 Subsection 3.2 (2.1) of the Act is amended by adding “or “société personnelle immobilière”” after “société professionnelle”.

Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002

3 (1)  The definition of “broker” in subsection 1 (1) of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 is repealed and the following substituted:

“broker” means,

  (a)  an individual who has the prescribed qualifications to be registered as a broker under this Act and who is employed by a brokerage to trade in real estate, or

  (b)  a personal real estate corporation where,

           (i)  the owner of the equity shares in the corporation has the prescribed qualifications to be registered as a broker under this Act, and

          (ii)  the corporation is employed by a brokerage to trade in real estate; (“courtier”)

(2)  Subsection 1 (1) of the Act is amended by adding the following definition:

“personal real estate corporation” means a professional corporation as defined in subsection 3.1 (1) of the Business Corporations Act that satisfies the conditions set out in subsection (3) of this section; (“société personnelle immobilière”)

(3)  The definition of “salesperson” in subsection 1 (1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

“salesperson” means,

  (a)  an individual who has the prescribed qualifications to be registered as a salesperson under this Act and who is employed by a brokerage to trade in real estate, or

  (b)  a personal real estate corporation where,

           (i)  the owner of the equity shares in the corporation has the prescribed qualifications to be registered as a salesperson under this Act, and

          (ii)  the corporation is employed by a brokerage to trade in real estate; (“agent immobilier”)

(4)  Section 1 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsections:

Personal real estate corporation

(3)  A personal real estate corporation shall satisfy the following conditions:

    1.  An individual owns all of the equity shares in the corporation.

    2.  All of the non-equity shares, if any, in the corporation are owned by the individual who owns the equity shares in the corporation, the members of the immediate family of that individual or a corporation of which all of the equity shares are owned by that individual or the members of the immediate family of that individual.

    3.  The name of the corporation includes the words “Personal Real Estate Corporation” or “société personnelle immobilière” and complies with the rules respecting the names of personal real estate corporations set out in the regulations.

    4.  The corporation is not authorized to carry on a business other than the profession of trading in real estate.

Non-application of Business Corporations Act

(4)  Paragraphs 1 and 3 of subsection 3.2 (2) of the Business Corporations Act do not apply to a personal real estate corporation.

Name change

(5)  A corporation that ceases to be a personal real estate corporation shall change its name to remove from it the words “Personal Real Estate Corporation” or “société personnelle immobilière”.

4 The English version of the following provisions of the Act is amended by striking out “he or she” wherever that expression appears and substituting in each case “the person”:

    1.  Clause 4 (1) (b).

    2.  Clause 4 (1) (c).

5 Clause 30 (c) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

   (c)  pay any commission or other remuneration to,

           (i)  a person referred to in clause (a) or (b), or

          (ii)  a personal real estate corporation, all of whose equity shares are owned by an individual broker or salesperson employed by the brokerage.

Commencement and Short Title

Commencement

6 This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.

Short title

7 The short title of this Act is the Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2017.

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