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Registered vs. non-registered shareholders  Top

Registered shareholders hold share certificates indicating the number of shares held. Registered shareholders can enroll in BCE’s Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (the Plan) and manage their accounts through BCE’s transfer agent, CST Trust Company

Most investors who own BCE shares are non-registered or beneficial shareholders. If you purchased shares through your broker and your account remained with them, your shares are non-registered. They are held in the name of the brokerage firm (Street Name). In this case, you do not hold a share certificate and you should deal directly with your broker on any matters concerning those shares.

How to become a registered shareholder or a non-registered shareholder  

To become a registered shareholder, contact your broker and request a certificate for your shares. There is customarily a fee for this service and the process usually takes two or more weeks to complete.

To become a non-registered shareholder, simply take your share certificate(s) to the broker of your choice.



Purchasing or selling shares Top

Shares can only be purchased or sold  through brokerage firms (broker).

Under normal circumstances, shares can only be purchased and sold through brokerage firms (brokers).  Hence, registered shareholders, holders of share certificates, will present their certificates to a broker if they wish to sell their shares.  And, to purchase additional shares, any shareholders or individuals will present their sale requests to the broker of their choice.However, registered shareholders enrolled in BCE’s Shareholder Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (Plan), can purchase shares through the Plan without commissions.  Participants can also sell the shares within the Plan at preferred rates of commission.
For more information on how to enrol, or to sell or purchase shares through the Plan, contact the transfer agentBCE's transfer agent  

Under normal circumstances, shares can only be purchased and sold through brokerage firms (brokers).  Hence, registered shareholders, holders of share certificates, will present their certificates to a broker if they wish to sell their shares.  And, to purchase additional shares, any shareholders or individuals will present their sale requests to the broker of their choice.

 

However, registered shareholders enrolled in BCE’s Shareholder Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (Plan), can purchase shares through the Plan without commissions.  Participants can also sell the shares within the Plan at preferred rates of commission.

For more information on how to enrol, or to sell or purchase shares through the Plan, contact the Agent or review the Plan section.

 

Join BCE’s Shareholder Dividend Reinvestment and Share Purchase Plan (the Plan) Top

BCE’s Plan makes it possible to reinvest your dividends and make optional cash purchases of additional shares -- up to a maximum of $20,000 per year -- without commissions. The Plan also makes it possible to reinvest dividends on preferred shares of BCE up to a separate limit of $20,000 per year.

For inquiries on your account or for additionnal details or to request an enrollment package contact our transfer agent CST Trust Company or download the enrolment forms on their website.

More on BCE Dividend Reinvestment Plan.

 

BCE/Nortel Plan of Arrangement (Nortel shares distribution)  Top

Effective May 1, 2000, BCE distributed approximately 35% of its ownership interest in Nortel Networks Corporation (Nortel) to BCE common shareholders. If you held BCE shares on that date and subsequently sold them, the Nortel distribution may have an important impact on your income taxes.

The Tax Information section describes the transaction tax consequences  for Canadian as well as U.S. residents. Canadian residents can access the Adjusted Cost Base Estimator to calculate the ACB of their BCE and Nortel shares.

 

BCE/Bell Aliant Plan of Arrangement (Bell Aliant units distribution and consolidation of BCE shares) Top

Effective July 10, 2006, the new Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund (Fund) combining Aliant’s wireline operations with some of BCE’s was created. Under the arrangement, BCE shareholders received Bell Aliant units. In addition, since BCE would be reduced by the amount of the capital distributed to shareholders, a share consolidation was completed at the same time to approximately hold the value of each BCE common share constant.

The Tax Information section describes the transaction tax consequences for Canadian as well as U.S. residents.  Canadian residents can access the Adjusted Cost Base Estimator to calculate the ACB of their BCE shares.

 

BCE/Teleglobe Plan of Arrangement (Teleglobe acquisition) Top

Effective November 1, 2000, BCE acquired all outstanding common shares of Teleglobe not already held by the corporation or its affiliates. These rights expired on November 1, 2003, at 12:00 am. See section 4.5 of the circular (PDF 3 MB - Apr 13, 2010).

The Tax Information section describes the transaction tax consequences for Canadian as well as U.S. residents.

 

Our transfer agent 

CST Trust Company (CST) can help  registered shareholders with the:

  • Transfer of shares
  • Replacement of lost or stolen certificates
  • Tracing a lost cheques or reissuing stale dividend cheques
  • Direct deposit of dividends (common and preferred)
  • Change of name or address in your account
  • Enrollment  of corporate documents to electronic delivery (E-delivery) 
  • Enrollment in the BCE Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan

Related forms can be found on their website

 

 Contact our transfer agent Top

CST Trust Company
320 Bay St., 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 4A6
Tel.: 1 800 561-0934 (Toll free in Canada and the U.S.)
(416) 360-7725
Fax: 1 888 249-6189 (Toll free in Canada and the U.S.)
(416) 643-5501

Email: bce@canstockta.com 


Mailing address for DRP inquiries only:

P.O. Box 700, Postal Station B
Montreal, Quebec
H3B 3K3


Protect the environment – receive your corporate documents electronically  Top

BCE shareholders can choose to be notified by e-mail every time key shareholder documents become available.

To do so, registered shareholders (holders of share certificates) must contact the transfer agent, CST Trust Company or access their shareholder account on-line.

Beneficial shareholders who holds their accounts with a financial intermediary (i.e. a bank, trust company, broker, nominee, etc.) must contact their representative directly.

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