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Sep 01, 2016
Toronto – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published CSA Staff Notice 31-346 – Guidance as to the Scope of the International Dealer Exemption in relation to Foreign-Currency Fixed Income Offerings by Canadian Issuers.
The notice addresses concerns raised by Canadian institutional investors over reduced access to international dealers that trade foreign-currency-denominated fixed income securities issued by Canadian issuers.
Additionally, the notice provides guidance to clarify the scope of the international dealer exemption in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations and confirms the willingness of CSA Staff to recommend exemptive relief, if required, to facilitate greater access to global fixed income markets by Canadian issuers and Canadian institutional investors.
“CSA Staff recognize that these are areas of concern for market participants, and have issued this notice to highlight our ongoing consideration of these issues,” said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers.
Staff continue to work to consider market participants’ concerns regarding the new harmonized report of exempt distribution (Form 45-106F1), which came into force on June 30, 2016.
CSA Staff Notice 31-346 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.
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For more information:
Kristen Rose Ontario Securities Commission 416-593-2336
Alison Walker British Columbia Securities Commission 604-899-6713
Jason Booth The Manitoba Securities Commission 204-945-1660
Tanya Wiltshire Nova Scotia Securities Commission 902-424-8586
Jeff Mason Nunavut Securities Office 867-975-6591
Shannon McMillan Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan 306-798-4160
Nicole Tuncay Alberta Securities Commission 403-297-4008
Sylvain Théberge Autorité des marchés financiers 514-940-2176
Andrew Nicholson Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick 506-658-3021
Janice Callbeck The Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I. 902-368-6288
Rhonda Horte Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities 867-667-5466
Tom Hall Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Northwest Territories 867-767-9305