Canadian securities regulators seek comment on derivatives rule relating to mandatory central counterparty clearing


Montréal - Members of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment Proposed National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives and its companion policy (the proposed instrument), which introduces requirements for central counterparty clearing of certain over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.

Mandatory central counterparty clearing is intended to mitigate counterparty risk in the derivatives market and increase financial stability. In developing the proposed instrument, the CSA has carefully considered public comments received on National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing, published in February 2015, as well as comments on CSA Notice 91-303 Proposed Model Provincial Rule on Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives, and CSA Consultation Paper 91-406 OTC Central Counterparty Clearing from December 2013 and June 2012, respectively.

The proposed instrument establishes:

  • the determination of the derivatives (each a mandatory clearable derivative) that will be subject to the requirement to submit for central counterparty clearing;
  • the requirement (and limited exemptions) to submit a transaction involving a mandatory clearable derivative to a recognized or exempted central counterparty for clearing.

"This proposed instrument further advances the CSA's work to meet international objectives regarding mandatory clearing of OTC derivatives and underscores our commitment to further ensure the soundness of derivatives markets," said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. "The derivatives market reform we are undertaking, of which this proposed instrument forms part, is intended to protect market participants, improve transparency and eliminate opportunities for regulatory arbitrage."

For additional information about central counterparty clearing reform in Canada, the public may review the recently published National Instrument 24-102 Clearing Agency Requirements and Proposed National Instrument 94-102 Derivatives: Customer Clearing and Protection of Customer Collateral and Positions.

Following the current consultation, the CSA will review all comments received and make amendments as appropriate to the proposed instrument.

The proposed instrument can be found on CSA members' websites. The 90-day comment period is open until May 24, 2016.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian financial markets.


For more information:

CSA member name

Point of contact

Phone number

Autorité des marchés financiers

Sylvain Théberge


Alberta Securities Commission

Mark Dickey


British Columbia Securities Commission

Richard Gilhooley


Financial and Consumer Affairs, Saskatchewan

Shannon McMillan


Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick

Andrew Nicholson


Manitoba Securities Commission

Ainsley Cunningham


Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Tanya Wiltshire


Nunavut Securities Office

Jeff Mason


Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Newfoundland and Labrador

John O'Brien


Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Northwest Territories

Tom Hall


Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I.

Janice Callbeck


Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities

Rhonda Horte


Ontario Securities Commission

Kristen Rose