For Immediate Release
February 20, 2007

Canadian Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Changes to Registration Regime

Toronto – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced today they are seeking comments on proposed National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements. The proposed Rule will strengthen the registration regime by harmonizing, streamlining and modernizing the current registration requirements in all 13 CSA jurisdictions.

The proposed Rule harmonizes registration requirements that exist in various acts, rules, regulations, notices and practices across the CSA jurisdictions into a single national instrument. It also significantly reduces the number of registration categories for firms and individuals.

“The proposed Rule creates a single registration regime across Canada which will reduce some of the costs of regulation to many market participants and improve regulatory efficiencies,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). “Securities regulators are committed to the ongoing harmonization of registration requirements across the CSA and with self-regulatory organizations.”

Proposed National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, the proposed Companion Policy and the CSA Notice and Request for Comments are available on various CSA members’ websites. The comment period is open until June 20, 2007.

The CSA plans to host a series of stakeholder meetings across the country during the comment period to ensure stakeholders have an adequate understanding of the proposed Rule and have another opportunity to provide feedback. In addition to this, regional consultations may also be held with key stakeholders to collect additional feedback and to ensure proper understanding of the proposed rule.

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

For more information:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2316

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

Frédéric Alberro
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176
Jane Gillies
New Brunswick Securities Commission
506 643-7745
Andrew Poon
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6880
Nicholas A. Pittas
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-6859
Tamera Van Brunt
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-2664
Barbara Shourounis
Saskatchewan Financial Service Commission
306-787-5842
Marc Gallant
Prince Edward Island Office of the Attorney
General
902-368-4552