Vancouver - Members of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment proposed Multilateral Instrument 51-105 Issuers Quoted in the U.S. Over-the-Counter Markets. The proposed over-the-counter (OTC) rule builds on BC Instrument 51-509 Issuers Quoted in the U.S. Over-the-Counter Markets and addresses the harm caused to the reputation of capital markets in Canada by market participants with strong connections to Canadian jurisdictions who engage in abusive activities through the over-the-counter markets in the United States.

The proposed OTC Rule:

  • requires disclosure by issuers with a significant connection to a Canadian jurisdiction whose securities are quoted in North America only in the U.S. over-the-counter markets
  • discourages the manufacture and sale in a Canadian jurisdiction of U.S. over-the-counter quoted shell companies that can be used for abusive purposes

"Protecting the integrity of Canada's capital markets is of critical importance to securities regulators across the country," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. "The OTC rule proposed today will strengthen disclosure requirements for OTC issuers with a significant connection to Canadian markets, and will provide Canadian regulators with additional compliance and enforcement tools to monitor these markets."

In addition, the CSA is also proposing consequential changes to National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions and CSA Staff Notice 12-307 Applications for a Decision that an Issuer is not a Reporting Issuer.

The CSA is seeking comment from investors and industry on the proposed OTC rule. To comment, please refer to the CSA Notice and Request for Comment document on the proposed OTC rule, which is available on the websites of the following CSA members:

The members of the CSA that are participating in this publication include all jurisdictions with the exception of Ontario. The comment period is open until September 9, 2011.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

Membres des ACVM

Personne ressource

Numéro de téléphone

Alberta Securities Commission

Mark Dickey

403 297-4481

Autorité des marchés financiers

Sylvain Théberge

514 940-2176

British Columbia Securities Commission

Ken Gracey

604 899-6577

Bureau des valeurs mobilières, Nunavut

Louis Arki

867 975-6587

Bureau des valeurs mobilières, Territoire du Nord-Ouest

Donn MacDougall

867 920-8984

Commission des valeurs mobilières du Nouveau-Brunswick

Wendy Connors-Beckett

506 643-7745

Commission des valeurs mobilières de l’Ontario

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington

416 593-2361

Commission des valeurs mobilières du Manitoba

Ainsley Cunningham

204 945-4733

Financial Services Regulation Div., Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Doug Connolly

709 729-25941

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Natalie MacLellan

902 424-8586

PEI Securities Office, Office of the Attorney General

Janice Callbeck

902 368-6288

Registraire des valeurs mobilières du Yukon

Graham Lang

867 667-5466

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission

Jennifer Anderson

306 798-4160