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Canadian regulators seek comment on further expansion of passport system

Apr 16, 2015

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published proposals today to further expand the passport system to two new areas: applications to cease to be a reporting issuer and cease trade orders resulting from the failure to file continuous disclosure documents.

The proposals streamline processes in these areas and include amendments to Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System for CSA members in passport jurisdictions, as well as the introduction of two new proposed national policies for adoption by all CSA members.

“This expansion of the passport system will further simplify regulatory processes and benefit reporting issuers in all provinces and territories,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “It will also allow Canadian securities regulators to more efficiently carry out their common mission to protect investors and the integrity of Canada’s capital markets.”

Under the passport system, market participants can generally gain access to markets across Canada by dealing only with their principal regulator and complying with harmonized legislative provisions. Since the Ontario government has not adopted the passport rule, streamlined interfaces have been developed to ensure that the passport system is as effective as possible for all market participants.

As with the other areas of passport already in place, the CSA has developed two proposed interface policies, National Policy 11-206 Process for Cease to be a Reporting Issuer Applications (NP 11-206) and National Policy 11-207 Failure-to-File Cease Trade Orders and Revocations under Passport (NP 11-207). These policies streamline the processes for those wanting to end their status as a reporting issuer or wish to revoke a failure-to-file cease trade order in both passport jurisdictions and Ontario. NP 11-207 also allows for a more efficient process for issuing failure-to-file cease trade orders that have effect in passport jurisdictions and Ontario.

The proposed rule amendments, new NP 11-206 and NP 11-207, and related documents are available on various CSA members’ websites. The comment period is open until June 15, 2015.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

Alison Walker
British Columbia Securities Commission

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Don Boyles
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Newfoundland and Labrador

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission

Andrew Nicholson
Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick

Janice Callbeck
The Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I.

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities