Montréal - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published today for comment CSA Consultation Paper 91-406 Derivatives: OTC Central Counterparty Clearing, which sets out the CSA Derivatives Committee's recommendations for central counterparty clearing of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions through regulated central counterparties (CCPs).

The paper details recommendations on issues such as: the process for determining which OTC derivatives should be subject to mandatory CCP clearing; the regulation and governance of CCPs; clearing member access; and risk management.

"The importance of bringing central clearing to OTC markets has been recognized by the G-20 as one of the reform elements in the ongoing effort to reduce systemic risk in the financial markets," said Bill Rice, Chairman of the CSA and Chairman and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. "This paper is part of the CSA's commitment to creating a Canadian solution to the question of central clearing,"

The paper is part of a series of papers by the CSA outlining policies designed to reduce systemic risk and improve the regulatory framework for OTC derivatives in Canada, Market participants are invited to submit their comments until September 21, 2012. All responses received will be published on the Autorité des marchés financiers (www.lautorite.qc.ca) and the Ontario Securities Commission (www.osc.gov.on.ca This link will open in a new window) websites.

Copies of the Consultation Paper are available on the following websites: Alberta Securities Commission This link will open in a new window, Autorité des marchés financiers, British Columbia Securities Commission This link will open in a new window, Manitoba Securities Commission This link will open in a new window, New Brunswick Securities Commission This link will open in a new window, Nova Scotia Securities Commission This link will open in a new window, Ontario Securities Commission This link will open in a new windowand Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission This link will open in a new window.

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

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

Wendy Connors-Beckett
New Brunswick Securities Commission
506-643-7745

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Dean Murrison
Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
306-787-5842

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General
902-368-6288

Doug Connolly
Financial Services Regulation Div.
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-2594

Helena Hrubesova
Yukon Securities Office
867-667-5466

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6587

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories Securities Office
 867-920-8984