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Canadian Securities Administrators provide guidance on use of social media by reporting companies

The rule of timely disclosure in Canada is, in essence, that a reporting (public) company must make significant information about itself available to the investing public on a timely and equal basis. The primary resultant...more

CSA Reviews Use of Social Media by Reporting Issuers

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (notice). The notice provides the results of the CSA’s review of social...more

New Medium, Same Expectations: CSA Cautions Canadian Public Issuers on Use of Social Media

On March 9, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (Staff Notice), which reported on the social media disclosure (Facebook,...more

Canadian Regulators Finalize Customer Protection Rules for Cleared OTC Derivatives

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published National Instrument 94-102 – Derivatives: Customer Clearing and Protection of Customer Collateral and Positions and the related Companion Policy (collectively,...more

Highlights From the Annual Canadian Securities Administrators' Enforcement Report

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released its 2016 Enforcement Report this week. The ninth annual report highlights efforts taken across the country to deter and sanction wrongdoing in capital markets....more

Cybersecurity: Regulatory Risks for Canadian Issuers

In the United States, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken an active role in regulating cybersecurity issues. Canadian issuers should be aware that the risk of regulatory enforcement may be coming to Canada....more

Proxy Season 2017: Improving the Accuracy, Reliability and Accountability of Proxy Vote Reconciliation

On January 26, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (the Protocols) concerning the improvement of the procedures used for counting proxy...more

SEC Issues No Action Letter Regarding Canadian Companies’ Registration of Rights Offerings on MJDS Form F-7

In December 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced an amended regime for a prospectus-exempt rights offering in Canada. This amended regime allows certain public companies in Canada to conduct a...more

CSA Publishes Final Proxy Voting and Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published the final form of CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (Final Protocols) for enhancing the procedures involved in the tabulation of...more

Canadian Regulators Finalize Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Rules

On January 19, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published National Instrument 94-101 – Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives and Companion Policy 94-101 (collectively, the Clearing...more

CSA Reports on Cybersecurity Disclosure Review

On January 19, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-347 Disclosure of cyber security risks and incidents (Staff Notice), which reports on their broad-ranging review of the filings of...more

CSA Start Allowing International Dealers to Trade Canadian Issuers’ Bonds in Secondary Market

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have started granting their first exemption orders to permit international dealers to engage with Canadian clients in secondary market trading of bonds of Canadian issuers, under...more

CSA Identifies Only a Small Step for Women; No Giant Leap for Humankind

On September 28, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-308 – Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of...more

Canadian Securities Laws, Issuer Websites and Social Media: Do The Evolution

A lot has changed since the ’90s and change has, for the most part, been a good thing, although I still have a nostalgic yearning to wear plaid flannel and Doc Martens again. Despite the astonishing technological developments...more

Thinking at the Margin: Canadian Provincial Regulators Issue Margin Proposals for Non-Cleared Derivatives

A parallel set of margin requirements is being proposed by the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) Derivatives Committee (Consultation Paper 95-401 – Margin and Collateral Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared...more

Canadian Securities Regulators implement new requirements to complete phase 2 of the client relationship model

On July 15, 2016, new requirements under the amendments to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (“NI 31-103”) and Companion Policy 31-103CP (“31-103CP”) came into...more

CSA Releases Results of Annual Continuous Disclosure Review Program

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have released CSA Staff Notice 51-346 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 (Notice), summarizing the results of its members’...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Derivatives Committee Issue Consultation Paper on Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared...

On July 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators Derivatives Committee (the “Committee”) published CSA Consultation Paper 95-401 entitled “Margin and Collateral Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives” (the...more

Helpful Amendments to the New Trade Reporting Rules Finalized

On June 30, 2016, the securities regulators of Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon (the "Announcing Jurisdictions")...more

Ontario Encourages Gender Diversity Targets for Boards

The Ontario Government has announced a target that women comprise at least 40 percent of appointments to provincial boards and agencies by 2019 and is encouraging businesses to set gender diversity targets for their boards of...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

TSX Proposes New Website and Equity Compensation Plan Disclosure

On May 26, 2016, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) published for comment proposed amendments to Part IV and Part VI of the TSX Company Manual (Manual). If adopted, the proposed amendments would introduce website disclosure...more

Tips for CRM2 Compliance

The final phase of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Client Relationship Model Project (CRM2) comes into force on July 15, 2016 when amendments to NI 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant...more

CSA’s New Consultation Paper Looks to Enhance Registrants’ Obligations

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers and Representatives Toward their Clients (Consultation Paper), which considers...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

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