What rights do I have as a shareholder in a public company?

In general, shareholder rights are set out in the corporate law under which a company is incorporated, If there is a dispute, shareholders can take legal action through the courts. The OSC generally does not review the business decisions of company management.

For a company incorporated in Ontario, the applicable law is the Business Corporations Act (Ontario). For a federally incorporated company, the applicable statute is the Canada Business Corporations Act.

You may want to consult a lawyer to advise you of your rights as a shareholder and remedies available to you.