Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Amendments for Investment Funds Transitioning to IFRS

Toronto – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have completed the final step in the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for investment funds and published today final amendments to National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure, its Companion Policy and related amendments. Investment funds must apply the changes for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

Initially proposed in 2009, the IFRS-related amendments to NI 81-106 were deferred and not finalized at the time securities legislation was first changed to accommodate the transition to IFRS by registrants and reporting issuers, other than investment funds, for financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2011. In 2010, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) recognized a potentially significant accounting issue for investment funds and made revisions in 2012 to largely resolve this issue.

To accommodate the timing of the IASB revisions, the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) issued a deferral of the mandatory IFRS changeover date for investment funds for three years until January 1, 2014. The CSA were also of the view that it was preferable to wait for the IASB’s revisions before IFRS was adopted by investment funds in Canada and issued CSA Staff Notice 81-320 Update on IFRS for Investment Funds.

The final amendments published today reflect comments received on the 2009 proposal, additional stakeholder consultations and further IASB developments related to investment funds. The changes impact investment fund requirements relating to the presentation of financial statements and terminology to reflect the transition to IFRS.

A copy of NI 81-106 is available on CSA members’ websites.

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

For more information: 

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission

Kevan Hannah
Manitoba Securities Commission

Wendy Connors-Beckett
Financial and Consumer Services
New Brunswick

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General

Doug Connolly
Financial Services Regulation Div.
Newfoundland and Labrador

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office

Daniela Machuca
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan