Canadian Securities Regulators propose changes to custody and other requirements for dealers, advisers and investment fund managers

Securities CSA

Toronto - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published proposed amendments to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information. The amendments include proposals to enhance custody requirements for certain registrants, clarify activities that may be conducted by exempt market dealers and incorporate relief from certain Client Relationship Model Phase 2 (CRM2) requirements into NI 31-103.

The proposed custody amendments are intended to address potential intermediary risks, enhance the protection of client assets and codify existing custodial best practices.

"Safety of client assets is a fundamental element of the CSA's investor protection mandate. The proposed amendments aim to promote stronger investor protection, clarify certain regulatory requirements and enhance market efficiencies," said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers.

The proposals also contain amendments to NI 31-103 and its companion policy to:

  • clarify the activities that may be conducted under the exempt market dealer category of registration in respect of trades in prospectus-qualified securities;
  • expand an existing exemption from the dealer registration requirement so that registered advisers may trade in the securities of investment funds if the adviser or an affiliate manages the investment fund and certain conditions are met;
  • make permanent temporary CRM2 relief granted in May 2015; and
  • update guidance regarding the delivery of information required under CRM2 to address matters that have arisen in the course of its implementation.

The CSA welcomes feedback on the proposed amendments This link will open in a new window, which can be found on CSA members' websites. The comment period closes October 5, 2016.

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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Membres des ACVM

Personne ressource

Numéro de téléphone

Autorité des marchés financiers

Sylvain Théberge

514 940-2176

Alberta Securities Commission

Mark Dickey

403 297-4008

British Columbia Securities Commission

Alison Walker

604 899-6713

Bureau des valeurs mobilières, Nunavut

Jeff Mason

867 975-6591

Bureau du surintendant des valeurs mobilières, Territoire du Nord-Ouest

Tom Hall

867 767-9305

Bureau du surintendant des valeurs mobilières du Yukon

Rhonda Horte

867 667-5466

Commission des services financiers et des services aux consommateurs, Nouveau-Brunswick

Andrew Nicholson

506 658-3021

Commission des valeurs mobilières de l’Ontario

Kristen Rose

416 593-2336

Commission des valeurs mobilières du Manitoba

Jason (Jay) Booth

204 945-1660

Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

Shannon McMillan

306 798-4160

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Tanya Wiltshire

902 424-8586

Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Janice Callbeck

902 368-6288

Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

John O'Brien

709 729-4909