Marginal note:Duty of replacement auditor
640. (1) Where an auditor of a foreign company has resigned or the appointment of an auditor has been revoked, no person or firm shall accept an appointment or consent to be appointed as auditor of the foreign company until the person or firm has requested and received from the other auditor a written statement of the circumstances and reasons why the other auditor resigned or why, in the other auditor’s opinion, the other auditor’s appointment was revoked.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a person or firm may accept an appointment or consent to be appointed as auditor of a foreign company if, within fifteen days after a request under that subsection is made, no reply from the other auditor is received.
Marginal note:Effect of non-compliance
(3) Unless subsection (2) applies, an appointment as auditor of a foreign company is void if subsection (1) has not been complied with.
Examinations and Reports
Marginal note:Auditor’s examination
641. (1) The auditor of a foreign company shall make such examination as the auditor considers necessary to enable the auditor to report on the annual return required by subsection 665(2) and on other financial statements required by this Act to be filed with the Superintendent.
Marginal note:Auditing standards
(2) The auditor’s examination referred to in subsection (1) shall, except as otherwise specified by the Superintendent, be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, the primary source of which is the Handbook of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Marginal note:Reliance on actuary
(3) An auditor of a foreign company may, in conducting the examination referred to in subsection (1), use the valuation by the actuary of the foreign company of
(a) the actuarial and other policy liabilities of the foreign company as at the end of a financial year; and
(b) the increase in the actuarial liabilities of the foreign company for a financial year.
Marginal note:Right to information
642. (1) On the request of the auditor of a foreign company, the present or former chief agents, directors, officers, employees or representatives of the foreign company shall, to the extent that they are reasonably able to do so,
(a) permit access to such records, assets and security held by the foreign company, or any entity in which the foreign company has a substantial investment, in respect of the insurance business in Canada of the foreign company, and
(b) provide such information and explanations
as are, in the opinion of the auditor, necessary to enable the auditor to perform the duties of auditor of the foreign company.
Marginal note:No civil liability
(2) A person who in good faith makes an oral or written communication under subsection (1) shall not be liable in any civil action arising from having made the communication.
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