Canadian securities regulators caution industry about false and misleading registration applications and outline changes to trading supervision reports

TORONTO, July 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published CSA Staff Notice 33-320 The Requirement for True and Complete Applications for Registration to caution firms and individuals about the potential consequences of submitting false or misleading applications for registration.

Each year, CSA staff receive many applications for registration that omit relevant information or contain information that is vague or untrue.

"The CSA will continue to hold individuals and firms accountable for false or misleading applications," said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. "Applications for registration must be completed with truth and candour, and we expect firms to have robust policies and procedures in place to ensure this is the case for any applications they sponsor."

Applications for registration are made through a prescribed form that requires the applicant to disclose information that CSA staff use to assess fitness for registration. This information includes, but is not limited to, information about current and previous employment, as well as financial and criminal disclosure.

After an individual becomes registered, if any of the information provided in their initial application changes, they must update their information using the prescribed form and within the time periods provided for in National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information.

If an individual discloses false or misleading information to CSA staff, the matter may result in a denial of registration or in regulatory action being taken against a registrant. False or misleading statements made during the application process may also constitute a provincial or criminal offence. CSA staff may also take regulatory action against anyone complicit in an applicant's delivery of a false or misleading application, including the sponsoring firm.

The CSA also published today CSA Staff Notice 31-349 Change to Standard Form Reports for Close Supervision and Strict Supervision Terms and Conditions, which relates to dealing representatives that require enhanced supervision on their trading activities. The notice describes close and strict supervision and outlines changes to standard form reports.

The notices can be found on 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.

 

For more information:

Kristen Rose

Hilary McMeekin

Ontario Securities Commission

Alberta Securities Commission

416-593-2336

403-592-8186



Alison Walker

Sylvain Théberge

British Columbia Securities Commission

Autorité des marchés financiers

604-899-6713

514-940-2176 



Jason (Jay) Booth

Andrew Nicholson

Manitoba Securities Commission

Financial and Consumer Services

204-945-1660

Commission, New Brunswick


506-658-3021



David Harrison

Janice Callbeck          

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Office of the Superintendent of Securities    

902-424-8586

P.E.I.


902-368-6288 



John O'Brien

Rhonda Horte

Office of the Superintendent of Securities

Office of the Yukon Superintendent of

Newfoundland and Labrador

Securities        

709-729-4909

867-667-5466



Jeff Mason

Tom Hall

Nunavut Securities Office

Office of the Superintendent of Securities

867-975-6591

Northwest Territories


867-767-9305



Shannon McMillan


Financial and Consumer Affairs


Authority of Saskatchewan


306-798-4160

 

SOURCE Canadian Securities Administrators

For further information: Kristen Rose, Ontario Securities Commission, 416-593-2336; Hilary McMeekin, Alberta Securities Commission, 403-592-8186; Alison Walker, British Columbia Securities Commission, 604-899-6713; Sylvain Théberge; Autorité des marchés financiers, 514-940-2176; Jason (Jay) Booth, Manitoba Securities Commission, 204-945-1660, 506-658-3021; Andrew Nicholson, Financial and Consumer Services, Commission, New Brunswick; David Harrison, Nova Scotia Securities Commission, 902-424-8586; Janice Callbeck, Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I., 902-368-6288; John O'Brien, Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Newfoundland and Labrador, 709-729-4909; Rhonda Horte, Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities, 867-667-5466; Jeff Mason, Nunavut Securities Office, 867-975-6591; Tom Hall, Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Northwest Territories, 867-767-9305; Shannon McMillan, Financial and Consumer Affairs, Authority of Saskatchewan, 306-798-4160


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