Canadian regulators seek comment on further expansion of passport system

MONTRÉAL, April 16, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - 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.

For more information:

Sylvain Théberge                                                       

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington

Autorité des marchés financiers                                  

Ontario Securities Commission

514-940-2176                                                             

416-593-2361



Richard Gilhooley

Mark Dickey

British Columbia Securities Commission

Alberta Securities Commission

604-899-6713

403-297-4481



Kevan Hannah

Andrew Nicholson

Manitoba Securities Commission

Financial and Consumer Services

204-945-1513

Commission, New Brunswick


506-658-3021



Tanya Wiltshire

Janice Callbeck

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Office of the Superintendent of Securities

902-424-8586

P.E.I.


902-368-6288



Don Boyles

Rhonda Horte

Office of the Superintendent of Securities

Office of the Yukon Superintendent of

Newfoundland and Labrador

 Securities

709-729-4501

 867-667-5466



Louis Arki

Gary MacDougall

Nunavut Securities Office

Northwest Territories

867-975-6587

Securities Office


867-873-3318



Shannon McMillan


Financial and Consumer Affairs


Authority of Saskatchewan


306-798-4160




 

SOURCE Autorité des marchés financiers

For further information: Sylvain Théberge, Autorité des marchés financiers, 514-940-2176; Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington, Ontario Securities Commission, 416-593-2361; Richard Gilhooley, British Columbia Securities Commission, 604-899-6713; Mark Dickey, Alberta Securities Commission, 403-297-4481; Kevan Hannah, Manitoba Securities Commission, 204-945-1513, Andrew Nicholson, Financial and Consumer Services, Commission, New Brunswick, 506-658-3021; Tanya Wiltshire, Nova Scotia Securities Commission, 902-424-8586; Janice Callbeck, Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I., 902-368-6288; Don Boyles, Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Newfoundland and Labrador, 709-729-4501; Rhonda Horte, Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities, 867-667-5466; Louis Arki, Nunavut Securities Office, 867-975-6587; Gary MacDougall, Northwest Territories Securities Office, 867-873-3318; Shannon McMillan, Financial and Consumer Affairs, Authority of Saskatchewan, 306-798-4160


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