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Canadian Securities Regulators propose using SEDAR for certain exempt market filings

Jun 30, 2015

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), except Ontario and British Columbia, today published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 13-101 System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) and Multilateral Instrument 13-102 System Fees for SEDAR and NRD (the proposed amendments). The 60-day comment period ends on August 31, 2015.

The proposed amendment would require certain exempt market filings, which are currently filed in paper format, to be filed in electronic format on SEDAR.  These filings include the report of exempt distribution and the offering memorandum.  The proposed amendments would also require issuers to pay a system fee of $25 per filing of a report of exempt distribution.

Electronic filing on SEDAR will benefit issuers by:

  • enabling issuers to make filings in multiple jurisdictions through one electronic submission;
  • allowing both reporting issuers and non-reporting issuers to have their filings with the participating jurisdictions in one electronic location under a SEDAR profile; and
  • allowing issuers to verify the accuracy and completeness of their filing record without having to make an information request to the applicable jurisdiction.

“The goal of these amendments is to improve the efficiency of the current system. Enabling electronic filings will benefit issuers who submit thousands of exempt market filings in paper format each year. It will also increase regulators’ ability to analyze those documents while reducing the administrative burden,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers.

Ontario and British Columbia are not participating in the proposed amendments as they have local systems in place to receive these filings electronically.

The proposed amendments to National Instrument 13-101 System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) and Multilateral Instrument 13-102 System Fees for SEDAR and NRD can be found on the participating CSA members’ websites.

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

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For more information:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission

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

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

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