Toronto - The Canadian Securities Administrators announced today the adoption of NI 25-101 Designated Rating Organizations, which will impose requirements on credit rating organizations wishing to have their credit ratings eligible for use in securities legislation.

The rule establishes a regulatory framework for the oversight of credit rating organizations by requiring them to apply to become a "designated rating organization" and adhere to rules concerning conflicts of interest, governance, conduct, a compliance function and required filings. The rule is also designed with the intent to be consistent with international regimes and European Commission endorsement and certification provisions, so that European market participants can rely on ratings of Canadian credit rating organizations associated with those registered in Europe.

"The CSA recognize the significant role credit rating organizations play in today's global credit markets," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA, and Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission. "By considering international developments while creating the Canadian regulatory regime for credit rating agencies, the CSA has set appropriate standards for credit rating agencies that are also consistent with international regimes."

In March 2011, the CSA published for comment amendments to the rule, which included feedback received from the European Security Markets Authority on whether the proposed Canadian regulatory framework was equivalent to the EU Regulation. Following comments received by investors and marketplace participants on the 2011 Proposal, minor amendments have been made to enhance the rule.

In some jurisdictions, proclamation of legislation or proclamation of legislation and ministerial approvals are required. Subject to obtaining all necessary approvals, the rule will come into effect on April 20, 2012.

The final regulatory regime for credit rating organizations and related amendments are available on the websites of CSA members.

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:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2361

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713

Ainsley Cunningham
Commission des valeurs mobilières du Manitoba
204-945-4733

Wendy Connors-Beckett
Commission des valeurs mobilières du Nouveau-Brunswick
506-643-7745

Natalie MacLellan
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Jennifer Anderson
Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
306-798-4160

Janice Callbeck
Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General
Île-du-Prince-Édouard
902-368-6288

Doug Connolly
Financial Services Regulation Div
Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador
709-729-2594

Helena Hrubesova
Registraire des valeurs mobilières
Yukon
867-667-5466

Louis Arki
Bureau des valeurs mobilières
Nunavut
867-975-6587

Donn MacDougall
Bureau des valeurs mobilières
Territoires du Nord-Ouest
867-920-8984