5. After presentation of the petition, the Government may, if satisfied of the correctness of the allegations thereof, grant the same, by transmitting a notice to that effect to the enterprise registrar. The notice shall state the name and address of the congregation. The enterprise registrar shall deposit the notice in the register. From the date of deposit, the congregation shall possess all the powers, rights and privileges and be subject to all the obligations of a legal person, and, under the name mentioned in the petition, may, among other things, enter into contracts, and may acquire, by onerous or gratuitous title, movable and immovable property for the actual use and benefit of the church, its missions, minister’s residence and appurtenances, and the benevolent and charitable objects connected therewith, and may hold and possess the same, provided that the immovable property does not exceed in value the sum of $300,000; may sell, alienate or exchange any such property for the benefit of the church, its missions and appurtenances or the benevolent and charitable objects connected therewith, and hypothecate such immovable property, provided no purchase, acquisition, sale, alienation or hypothec of immovable property shall take place unless the same be recommended by a majority of the trustees and authorized by a three-fourths vote of the members of the church present at a meeting duly convened in the manner provided by the by-laws of the church for such meeting, to hear and determine such recommendation of the trustees; institute and defend all actions at law in connection with its rights and obligations; and generally possess all the privileges and powers of ecclesiastical corporations under the laws of Québec.
R. S. 1964, c. 305, s. 5; 1973, c. 72, s. 1; 1993, c. 48, s. 355; 1999, c. 40, s. 86; 2002, c. 45, s. 293.