40. With respect to the functions and powers conferred on the Minister and referred to in section 8, a deed, document or writing binds the Minister or the Agency, or may be attributed to them, only if it is signed by the Minister, the president and chief executive officer, a vice-president or another employee of the Agency, but in the latter case, only to the extent determined by a regulation of the Minister.
The regulation of the Minister may allow that a facsimile of the signature of a person mentioned in the first paragraph be affixed on the documents specified in the regulation. Such a facsimile has the same force as the signature itself.
The regulation of the Minister comes into force on the date it is made or on any later date specified in the regulation. The regulation is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec.
If it so provides, the regulation of the Minister may also apply to a period prior to its publication.