For Immediate Release
April 23, 2010

EIGHT CANADIAN SECURITIES COMMISSIONS SIGN SUPERVISORY COOPERATION ARRANGEMENT WITH CHINA’S BANKING REGULATOR

Montréal – Eight members of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have recently signed a Supervisory Cooperation Arrangement with the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) in relation to the Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor (QDII) Program for Chinese commercial banks. 

The QDII program allows approved institutional investors in China, including banks and fund management, to invest funds pooled from their mainland clients in approved overseas financial markets. 

The securities commissions of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan entered into the arrangement to strengthen the level of regulatory cooperation with Chinese regulators in order to develop the wealth management business of Chinese commercial banks in Canada. 

“The CSA attaches considerable importance to Canada’s eligibility as a destination for the Qualified Domestic Institutional Investor Program,” said Jean St-Gelais, Chair of the CSA and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec). “This supervisory cooperation arrangement paves the way for Chinese commercial banks to conduct investments on behalf of their clients with Canadian-based financial institutions regulated by CSA participating jurisdictions. This could attract new capital to the Canadian market and open new markets to Canadian financial institutions. 

“Through this program, CBRC recognizes the quality of Canadian securities market regulation,” St-Gelais added. “The CSA would like to thank the Canadian government for its assistance in concluding this arrangement.” 

The arrangement is currently in effect in seven of eight CSA participating jurisdictions. Subject to obtaining the requisite ministerial approval, the arrangement is scheduled to take effect in Ontario on June 22, 2010.  

Established in 2003, the CBRC is responsible for the regulation and supervision of banking institutions and their business operations. 

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: 

Robert Merrick
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2315

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Brenda Lea Brown
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6554

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

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

Natalie MacLellan
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Barbara Shourounis
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 Division
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-2594

Fred Pretorius
Yukon Securities Registry
867-667-5225

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6587

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office
867-920-8984