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Canadian securities regulators outline next steps on the development of an integrated information system

May 02, 2019

Toronto and Vancouver— The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today set out next steps for a new integrated national information and filing system (the Renewed System) for Canada’s capital markets. The Renewed System will replace the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR), the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI), the National Registration Database (NRD), and various local records filing systems.

“We are creating a single point of access for market participants that is simplified, more user-friendly and cost-effective,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “The new system will have several improved features, including a modern, browser-based interface and better search capabilities.”

To lay the groundwork for the Renewed System, the CSA has published two notices for comment that propose a new system fee structure and filing requirements. The CSA is proposing to revise Multilateral Instrument 13-102 System Fees for SEDAR and NRD to implement a flat-fee model, rather than the current model where system fees are based on the number of jurisdictions where documents are filed. The model has been designed to reflect the costs of using the new system, allow for future enhancements, and reduce the administrative burden for market participants.

The CSA is also proposing a new rule, National Instrument 13-103 [System Replacement Rule], which would require filers to electronically transmit all documents to securities regulators through the new system, subject to certain exceptions. Those exceptions include documents delivered in connection with a hearing, compliance review or investigation, or certain documents that are filed infrequently. In addition, the proposed rule would not apply to certain documents that would be required to be filed or delivered in the Renewed System in future phases of the project, as outlined in the Appendix.

The Renewed System will be rolled out in phases. The first phase, with an expected launch in early 2021, will replace issuer-related systems and filings: SEDAR, the National Cease Trade Order Database, the Disciplined List, and certain filings made in paper format or in local electronic filing systems. Later phases will replace SEDI, NRD, the National Registration Search, and the remaining filings in local systems.

The CSA expects to propose further changes to National Instrument 13-103 System Replacement Rule in future phases of the Renewed System.

The notices can be found on the websites of participating jurisdictions, and comments for both must be submitted by July 31, 2019.

Market participants can visit the CSA’s website here for updates on the project.

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 Investor inquiries, please refer to your respective securities regulator. You can contact them here.

For media inquiries, please refer to the list of provincial and territorial representatives below or contact us at media@acvm-csa.ca.

For more information:

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2336

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
306-798-4160

Steven Dowling
Government of Prince Edward Island
Superintendent of Securities
902-368-4551

Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent of Securities,
Northwest Territories
867-767-9305

Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission
403-592-8186

Brian Kladko
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713

Sara Wilson
Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick
506-643-7045

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Renée Dyer
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-4909

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities
867-667-5466