Federal and provincial corporate statutes permit a shareholder or other proper complainant to apply to court for an “oppression remedy”. Under the British Columbia Business Corporations Act (“BCBCA”), to grant such relief the court must be satisfied there has been “oppressive” or “unfairly prejudicial” conduct. Under the federal Canada Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”) and the provincial Acts modelled on it, an additional available trigger for such relief is conduct which “unfairly disregards” a complainant’s interests.
This paper explores what that means in practice, and recent developments in this area of the law, with a focus on B.C. The discussion begins with a summary of the B.C. statutory provisions. Included in this is a consideration of the limitation periods for commencing an application for oppression relief.

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