National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-15)

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National Research Council Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. N-15

An Act respecting the National Research Council of Canada

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the National Research Council Act.

  • R.S., c. N-14, s. 1.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

Chairperson

premier conseiller

Chairperson means the Chairperson of the Council appointed under subsection 3(1); (premier conseiller)

company

company[Repealed, 1999, c. 31, s. 168]

Council

Conseil

Council means the Council established by subsection 3(1); (Conseil)

Minister

ministre

Minister means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as may be designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act; (ministre)

President

président

President means the President of the Council appointed under subsection 3(1). (président)

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-15, s. 2;
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 168;
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 271.

Establishment of Council

Marginal note:Council established
  •  (1) There is established a Council, to be called the National Research Council of Canada, consisting of a President, a Chairperson and not more than 10 other members, to be appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Council incorporated

    (2) The Council is a body corporate that has power to acquire and hold real, personal, movable and immovable property for the purposes of and subject to this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-15, s. 3;
  • 2001, c. 4, s. 108;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1757;
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 272.

Duties and Powers

Marginal note:Duties of Council

 The Council has charge of such matters affecting scientific and industrial research in Canada as may be assigned to it by the Governor in Council.

  • R.S., c. N-14, s. 7;
  • 1976-77, c. 24, s. 55.
Marginal note:Powers of Council
  •  (1) Without limiting the general powers conferred on or vested in the Council by this Act, the Council may

    • (a) subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, make by-laws for the conduct of its business;

    • (b) control and direct the work of the Council through the President;

    • (c) undertake, assist or promote scientific and industrial research, including, without restricting the generality of the foregoing,

      • (i) the utilization of the natural resources of Canada,

      • (ii) researches with the object of improving the technical processes and methods used in the industries of Canada, and of discovering processes and methods that may promote the expansion of existing or the development of new industries,

      • (iii) researches with the view of utilizing the waste products of those industries,

      • (iv) the investigation and determination of standards and methods of measurements, including length, volume, weight, mass, capacity, time, heat, light, electricity, magnetism and other forms of energy, and the investigation and determination of physical constants and the fundamental properties of matter,

      • (v) the standardization and certification of the scientific and technical apparatus and instruments for the Government service and for use in the industries of Canada, and the determination of the standards of quality of the materials used in construction of public works and of the supplies used in the various branches of the Government service,

      • (vi) the investigation and standardization, at the request of any of the industries of Canada, of the materials used or usable in, or the products of, the industries making the request, and

      • (vii) researches, the object of which is to improve conditions in agriculture;

    • (d) have charge of and direction or supervision over the researches that may be undertaken, under conditions to be determined in each case, by or for single industrial firms or by such organizations or persons as may desire to avail themselves of the facilities offered for this purpose;

    • (e) expend, for the purposes of this Act, any money appropriated by Parliament for the work of the Council or received by the Council through the conduct of its operations;

    • (f) acquire any money, securities or other property by gift, bequest or otherwise, and expend, administer or dispose of any of the 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 Council;

    • (g) appoint such scientific, technical and other officers as are nominated by the President, fix the tenure of their appointments, prescribe their several duties and, subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, fix their remuneration;

    • (h) authorize the President or any other officer of the Council to appoint persons to perform duties of a temporary nature for a period not exceeding six months;

    • (i) establish, operate and maintain a national science library;

    • (j) subject to the approval of the Minister, publish and sell or otherwise distribute such scientific and technical information as the Council deems necessary;

    • (k) carry on work and manufacturing of an experimental and developmental nature with respect to the matters referred to in paragraphs (c) and (d) so as to render the processes, methods or products relating to those matters more available and effective in useful arts and manufacturing and for scientific purposes and otherwise;

    • (l) license, sell or otherwise grant or make available to others, and receive royalties, fees and payment for, Canadian or other patent rights or any other rights, vested in or owned or controlled by the Council, to or in respect of any discovery, invention or improvement in any art, process, apparatus, machine, manufacture or composition of matter; and

    • (m) operate and administer any astronomical observatories established or maintained by the Government of Canada.

  • Marginal note:Delegation to President

    (2) The Minister may authorize the President to approve on the Minister’s behalf the publication, sale or other distribution by the Council of scientific and technical information.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-15, s. 5;
  • 2001, c. 4, s. 109(F);
  • 2004, c. 25, s. 165(F).

Organization

Marginal note:Tenure of office

 Each member of the Council, other than the President, shall be appointed to hold office for a term of not more than three years.

  • R.S., c. N-14, s. 5;
  • 1976-77, c. 24, s. 52.
Marginal note:Appointment of President

 The President shall be appointed to hold office for such term, not exceeding five years, as the Governor in Council may determine.

  • R.S., c. N-14, s. 6;
  • 1976-77, c. 24, s. 53.
Marginal note:Executive capacity of President

 The President is the chief executive officer of the Council and has supervision over and direction of the work of the Council and of the officers, technical and otherwise, appointed for the purpose of carrying on the work of the Council.

  • R.S., c. N-14, s. 6;
  • 1976-77, c. 24, s. 53.
Marginal note:Acting President
  •  (1) If the President is absent or unable to act or if the office of President is vacant, the Minister may appoint another person to act as President, but that person may act as President for a period of more than 90 days only with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Acting Chairperson

    (2) If the Chairperson is absent or unable to act or if the office of Chairperson is vacant, the Minister may appoint another person to act as Chairperson, but that person may act as Chairperson for a period of more than 90 days only with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • R.S., 1985, c. N-15, s. 9;
  • 2013, c. 40, s. 273.
Marginal note:Re-appointment

 Any retiring President or other retiring member of the Council is eligible for re-appointment.

  • R.S., c. N-14, ss. 5, 6;
  • 1976-77, c. 24, s. 53.
 
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