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Jan 25, 2008
Today, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a notice to implement the next phase of the passport system – a regulatory framework designed to provide market participants with streamlined access to Canada’s capital markets. The notice introduces a new rule and review policies that outline how the system will work in participating passport jurisdictions and how market participants will interface with Ontario.
“The passport rule together with the national policies will simplify the regulatory approval process and benefit businesses and investors in all provinces and territories,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). “This phase of passport will give issuers access to Canada’s capital markets by allowing them to deal with only one regulator and one set of harmonized requirements.”
The new rule, Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System, is scheduled to take effect in the passport jurisdictions on March 17, 2008. The rule will allow someone to clear a prospectus or obtain a discretionary exemption from their home regulator, and have that clearance or exemption apply automatically in all other passport provinces and territories. It represents a major step toward meeting the commitments set out in the September 30, 2004 memorandum of understanding regarding securities regulation among the governments of all provinces and territories, except Ontario.
The new policies, National Policy 11-202 Process for Prospectus Review in Multiple Jurisdictions and National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Application Reviews in Multiple Jurisdictions, set out the processes for the filing and review of prospectuses and exemptive relief applications. These policies will replace and streamline the current mutual reliance review systems for prospectuses and exemptive relief applications. The policies also outline how market participants in passport jurisdictions will gain access to the Ontario market. They are scheduled to take effect in all provinces and territories on March 17, 2008.
The foundation for the passport system is a set of harmonized regulatory requirements consistently interpreted and applied throughout Canada. For that reason, the passport for prospectuses is coming into force at the same time as the CSA’s National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements. The CSA now plans to proceed with passport for registration as it finalizes the proposed new national rule for registration requirements (National Instrument 31-103).
The instrument, policies and other related documents are available on various 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.
Passport System for Prospectuses and Exemption Applications
An issuer filing a prospectus in multiple jurisdictions will
Issuers outside Ontario will also need to have their prospectuses reviewed and receipted by the OSC
A market participant that needs a discretionary exemption in multiple jurisdictions will
Market participants outside Ontario will also need to file an application with, and have it reviewed and approved by, the OSC
An issuer that is a reporting issuer in multiple jurisdictions will
Passport for registration is expected to proceed once the national rule on registration requirements (NI 31-103) is finalized
To arrange interviews with CSA Chair Jean St-Gelais, please contact directly:
Autorité des marchés financiers
For more information:
Department of Attorney General
Prince Edward Island
Nunavut Securities Registry