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On April 18, 2019 the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Notice and Request for Comment on Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation and Proposed Changes to Companion Policy 21-101CP Marketplace Operation. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to reduce the regulatory burden associated with reporting requirements for marketplaces and information processors by streamlining or eliminating duplicative reporting as well as reporting that does not materially contribute to effective oversight. Additionally, the proposed amendments seek to enhance the systems requirements for marketplaces and information processors and provide for consistency with recent proposed changes to the systems requirements for clearing agencies in National Instrument 24-102 Clearing Agency Requirements.
The comment period will remain open for 90 days until June 17, 2019.
CSA Notice and Request for Comment Proposed Amendments to National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation and Proposed Changes to the related Companion Policy
On March 8, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (we) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (NI 45-106) and National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and proposed changes to Companion Policy 45-106CP Prospectus Exemptions (45-106CP) relating to syndicated mortgages (the March 2018 Proposal).
The March 2018 Proposal included changes to certain prospectus and registration exemptions available for the distribution of syndicated mortgages, including the following:
In light of the comments received on the March 2018 Proposal, we are publishing for a 60-day comment period revised proposed amendments (the Proposed Amendments) to NI 45-106 and NI 31-103 and revised proposed changes (the Proposed Changes) to 45-106CP and to Companion Policy 31-103CP Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (31-103CP) related to syndicated mortgages. The substantive differences between the Proposed Amendments and the Proposed Changes compared to the March 2018 Proposal include the following:
Comment period ends: May 14, 2019.
CSA Second Notice and Request for Comment Proposed Amendments to NI 45-106 and NI 31-103 relating to Syndicated Mortgages
Staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA Staff or we) have been examining the requirements in National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation (NI 21-101) and in National Instrument 23-101 Trading Rules (NI 23-101) (together, Marketplace Rules) in respect of the reporting of material systems incidents by recognized exchanges (Exchanges) and alternative trading systems (ATSs) (together, Marketplaces) carrying on business in the jurisdictions of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). We have also been reviewing the practices set out around those requirements in various recognition orders, rules and other sources of regulatory guidance. This Notice summarizes the key regulatory requirements with respect to the reporting of a material systems incident by marketplaces and sets out CSA Staff's expectations with respect to incident reporting. The Notice also describes CSA Staff's process for reviewing a marketplace's notification of a material systems incident as well as our role in addressing a material systems incident.
CSA Staff Notice 21-326 Guidance for Reporting Material Systems Incidents
Following the service interruption on April 27, 2018 that affected trading on TSX Inc. (TSX), Alpha Exchange Inc. (Alpha), TSX Venture Exchange Inc. (TSXV) and Bourse de Montréal (MX) (the Incident), CSA Staff undertook a review of the Incident and identified several issues that required further examination and follow up. This notice discusses the issues identified by CSA Staff during the course of, and as a result of, the Incident, through discussions with the affected marketplaces, market participants and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), as well as follow-up actions that CSA Staff have taken or intend to take going forward.
CSA Staff Notice 21-325 Follow-up on Marketplace Systems Incidents
The Canadian Securities Administrators published CSA Notice and Request for comment on Proposed National Instrument 25-102 Designated Benchmarks and Benchmark Administrators and Companion Policy on March 14, 2019. The proposed national instrument will create a regulatory regime for benchmarks and benchmarks administrators, among others, in Canada. Specifically, the proposed national instrument is intended to implement a comprehensive regime for:
The comment period will remain open for 90 days until June 12, 2019. We expect to publish the proposed national instrument for a second comment period in relation to a proposed framework to regulate commodity benchmarks later in 2019.
CSA Notice and Request for Comment - Proposed National Instrument 25-102 Designated Benchmarks and Benchmark Administrators and Companion Policy
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published CSA Consultation Paper 21-402 Proposed Framework for Crypto Asset Trading Platforms (the Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper seeks feedback on a proposed framework for regulating crypto asset trading platforms that are subject to securities legislation. Comments may be submitted until May 15, 2019.
Joint Canadian Securities Administrators/Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Consultation Paper 21-402 Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms
The Canadian Securities Administrators are publishing a CSA Staff Notice (the Notice) on final amendments to certain custody-related provisions of National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103 and the Amendments, respectively). The Amendments are minor but deemed necessary to align the custody-related provisions in NI 31-103 with amendments to National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, which came into force on January 3, 2019. The Amendments are anticipated to come into force on June 12, 2019.
CSA Notice of Amendments to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations Custody-Related Amendments
The purpose of this consultation paper (the Consultation Paper) is to seek feedback in response to concerns regarding the internalization of retail/small orders within the Canadian equity market. The CSA and IIROC (collectively, we) are publishing the Consultation Paper for a 60-day comment period to solicit views. While there are a variety of competing interests, our underlying goal is to ensure the protection of investors, and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets. In addition to the specific questions put forth throughout the Consultation Paper, we invite any general comments you may have in relation to internalization.
Joint CSA/IIROC Consultation Paper 23-406 Internalization within the Canadian Equity Market
Blanket Order 31-505 Registration Exemption for Trades in Connection with Certain Prospectus-Exempt Distributions (BO 31-505), which contains limited relief from the requirement to register for a trade in a security in connection with certain prospectus-exempt distributions known as the Northwestern Exemption, will not be revoked at this time. The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) is considering possible alternatives to the Northwestern Exemption including amendments to the current exemption. The Notice also provides an update on the where information reports are to be filed under BO 31-505.
The CSA is developing a national instrument with the same key features as the start-up crowdfunding exemption orders that certain jurisdictions currently have in place, with a goal of improving the harmonization and effectiveness of crowdfunding as a capital raising tool for start-ups and early stage businesses.
CSA Staff Notice 45-324 Update on the Start-up Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions
The ASC is making amendments (Amendments) to ASC Rule 15-501 Rules of Practice and Procedure for Commission Proceedings. The Amendments will remove some outdated references and create or amend provisions that will further promote the efficient use of scheduled time for hearings.
ASC Notice Amendments to ASC Rule 15-501 Rules of Practice and Procedure for Commission Proceedings
On June 20, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA or we) published a notice regarding the implementation of the market share threshold. This notice updates the list of protected and unprotected marketplaces published on January 25, 2018. The updated list will be in effect from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. We note that there is one change from last year. Specifically, Aequitas NEO Exchange’s lit book, NEO-L, has qualified as a marketplace that displays protected orders.
CSA Staff Notice 23-324 Order Protection Rule: Market Share Threshold for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020
On December 18, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA or we) published for comment CSA Staff Notice and Request for Comment 23-323 Trading Fee Rebate Pilot Study, which seeks input on a proposed pilot study that would apply temporary pricing restrictions on marketplace transaction fees applicable to trading in certain securities (Proposed Pilot).
The comment period is now closed.
CSA Staff Notice 11-340 Extension of Comment Period CSA Staff Notice 23-323 Trading Fee Rebate Pilot Study