Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Amendments for Investment Funds Transitioning to IFRS

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have completed the final step in the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for investment funds and published today final amendments to National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure, its Companion Policy and related amendments. Investment funds must apply the changes for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Initially proposed in 2009, the IFRS-related amendments to NI 81-106 were deferred and not finalized at the time securities legislation was first changed to accommodate the transition to IFRS by registrants and reporting issuers, other than investment funds, for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2011.  In 2010, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recognized a potentially significant accounting issue for investment funds and made revisions in 2012 to largely resolve this issue.

To accommodate the timing of the IASB revisions, the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) issued a deferral of the mandatory IFRS changeover date for investment funds for three years until January 1, 2014.  The CSA were also of the view that it was preferable to wait for the IASB's revisions before IFRS was adopted by investment funds in Canada and issued CSA Staff Notice 81-320 Update on IFRS for Investment Funds.

The final amendments published today reflect comments received on the 2009 proposal, additional stakeholder consultations and further IASB developments related to investment funds. The changes impact investment fund requirements relating to the presentation of financial statements and terminology to reflect the transition to IFRS.

A copy of NI 81-106 is available on CSA members' websites.

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

SOURCE: Canadian Securities Administrators

For further information:

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176  

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713     

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2361 

Kevan Hannah
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1513

Wendy Connors-Beckett
Financial and Consumer Services Commission
New Brunswick
506-643-7745 

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General
902-368-6288  

Doug Connolly  
Financial Services Regulation Div.
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-2594  
    
Rhonda Horte 
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of securities
867-667-5466

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6587     

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories Securities Office
867-920-8984

Daniela Machuca 
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan 
306-798-4160


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