31. Every person who is or has been the administrator of a retirement plan or, as the case may be, the employer or trustee shall at the Commission’s request furnish it with the prescribed information and documents.
The Commission in exercising its powers may itself or through one of its members or a person it designates make an inquiry into any matter within its competence. Every member of the Commission and every person so designated may in the performance of his duties enter, at any reasonable time, the office of the administrator of a retirement plan or, as the case may be, of the employer or trustee, examine his books, registers, accounts or other documents and make notes or copies of them.
A person having the custody, possession or control of such books, registers, accounts or documents must produce them for the inspector who asks to see them and facilitate his examination of them.
The Commission and every inspector or investigator designated by it are for the purposes of such inquiries or inspections vested with all the powers and immunities of commissioners appointed under the Act respecting public inquiry commissions (chapter C-37).
In the case where such inquiries are held by a person other than a member of the Commission, such person is required to take the oath provided by that act.
It is prohibited to hinder the work of an inspector or investigator of the Commission in the performance of his duties, to mislead him by concealement or by false or mendacious declarations or to refuse to obey any order which he may give by virtue of this act.
Such inspector or investigator shall, if so required, produce a certificate attesting his authority, signed by the chairman of the Commission or by a person authorized by him for such purpose.