TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds (NI 81-102), proposed changes to Companion Policy 81-102CP, and related consequential amendments, as part of the CSA's Modernization of Investment Fund Product Regulation Project.
The proposed changes and amendments aim to enhance investor protection and market efficiency by providing a consistent regulatory framework in key areas, regardless of whether an investment fund is structured as a mutual fund or a non-redeemable investment fund. Key investor protections include introducing rules for non-redeemable investment funds relating to conflicts of interest, and securityholder and regulatory approval of fundamental changes to the fund or its management.
Representing an important step in this modernization initiative, today's publication:
- introduces core operational requirements for publicly offered non-redeemable investment funds, other than scholarship plans;
- proposes enhancements to the disclosure requirements relating to securities lending, repurchases and reverse repurchases by investment funds; and,
- seeks feedback on a more comprehensive alternative fund framework that could provide flexibility for investment funds to use alternative investment strategies, while requiring more effective differentiation among the various types of publicly offered investment fund products.
"Creating a more consistent regulatory framework for comparable investment products and giving investors access to alternative investment strategies are key elements in modernizing investment fund rules," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission.
The Notice is available on various CSA member websites. The comment period is open until June 25, 2013.
The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.
SOURCE: Canadian Securities Administrators
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Alberta Securities Commission
Ontario Securities Commission
Autorité des marchés financiers
British Columbia Securities Commission
Manitoba Securities Commission
New Brunswick Securities Commission
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan
The Office of the Superintendent of
Financial Services Regulation Division of
Newfoundland and Labrador
Office of the Yukon Superintendent
Nunavut Securities Office
Northwest Territories Securities Office