Canadian Government Proposes Comprehensive Amendments to Anti-Money Laundering Legislation

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On December 21, 2011, the Canadian federal government released a consultation paper (the Consultation Paper) containing certain proposals to strengthen Canada’s anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-terrorist financing (ATF) legislative framework, which is administered through the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLA) and related regulations (collectively, AML Legislation). The full text of the Consultation Paper is available here. The deadline for submitting comments on the proposed amendments is March 1, 2012.

On November 7, 2011, the Canadian federal government had released a consultation paper proposing certain amendments to the AML Legislation. Whereas the amendments proposed in November 2011 were limited to customer identification and due diligence and were meant to mainly address Canada’s rating of non-compliance with a recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the Consultation Paper released in December 2011 proposes a broader set of amendments...

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