For Immediate Release
December 13, 2005

Canada's Securities Regulators Issue Guidance on Continuous Disclosure for Smaller Issuers

Montreal - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued CSA Staff Notice 51-316 Continuous Disclosure Review of Smaller Issuers today. The Notice provides guidance to help smaller issuers understand their continuous disclosure obligations. 

The Notice summarizes common deficiencies found within the continuous disclosure record of smaller issuers, primarily focussing on financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis (MD&A).  “By summarizing some of the most common continuous disclosure deficiencies, this Notice will serve as a great resource to smaller issuers in their effort to meet their disclosure obligations,” says Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers du Québec.

To ensure guidance reaches smaller issuers, the CSA will email a copy of the Notice to all issuers with assets under $25 million.  The Ontario Securities Commission will also mail copies of the Notice to Ontario issuers with assets under $5 million. 

“Smaller issuers make up a significant segment of Canada's issuer population, and all issuers, both large and small, must comply with securities regulations.  We believe this Notice is an efficient way to address some of the deficiencies we have seen particularly from smaller issuers,” said Jean St-Gelai.

CSA Staff Notice 51-316 Continuous Disclosure Review of Smaller Issuersis available on several CSA members' web sites.

The CSA is the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories whose objectives are to improve, coordinate and harmonize regulation of the Canadian capital markets.

British Columbia Securities Commission
Andrew Poon
1-800-373-6393 (B.C. & Alberta only)

Alberta Securities Commission
Siobhan Vinish

Manitoba Securities Commission
Ainsley Cunningham
1-800-655-5244 (Manitoba only)

>Ontario Securities Commission
Eric Pelletier
1-877-785-1555 (toll free in Canada)

Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)
Philippe Roy
1-800-361-5072 (Québec only)

New Brunswick Securities Commission
Pierre Thibodeau
( New Brunswick only)

Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Scott Peacock

Securities Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador
Susan W. Powell

Northwest Territories Registrar of Securities
Gary MacDougall

Prince Edward Island Office of the Attorney General
Marc Gallant

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
Patti Pacholek
(306) 787-5871

Yukon Registrar of Securities
Richard Roberts
(867) 667-5225