Canadian Securities Regulators Provide Update on Consultation on Option of Discontinuing Embedded Commissions

Toronto – On June 29, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 81-327 Next Steps in the CSA’s Examination of Mutual Fund Fees, which indicated an intention to publish a consultation paper in 2016 that would explore the option of discontinuing embedded commissions and the potential impacts of such a change on Canadian investors and market participants.

We have received feedback from stakeholders that it would be beneficial to review the consultation paper following the holiday season, so they have time to adequately review and prepare comments. The CSA is committed to having a productive consultation process and receiving specific input on the issues raised in the consultation paper. We therefore intend to publish the consultation paper on January 10, 2017.

The consultation paper will be published for a 150-day comment period. The longer than normal consultation period is intended to allow for broad consultation.

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:

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission

Nicole Tuncay
Alberta Securities Commission

Alison Walker
British Columbia Securities Commission

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

Jason (Jay) Booth
Manitoba Securities Commission

Andrew Nicholson
Financial and Consumer Services
Commission, New Brunswick

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Janice Callbeck
Office of the Superintendent
of Securities, P.E.I.

John O’Brien
Office of the Superintendent
of Securities,
Newfoundland and Labrador

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent
of Securities

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office

Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent
of Securities, Northwest Territories

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan