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Canadian securities regulators seek comments relating to designated rating organizations

Jul 06 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published for comment proposed rule amendments and policy changes related to designated rating organizations (DROs) and credit ratings of DROs.

CSA staff are proposing to amend National Instrument 25-101 Designated Rating Organizations (NI 25-101) to reflect new European Union (EU) requirements for credit rating organizations, to ensure the EU continues to recognize the Canadian regime as “equivalent” for regulatory purposes after these new requirements go into effect on June 1, 2018. The proposed amendments would allow credit ratings of a Canadian office of a DRO to continue to be used for regulatory purposes in the EU.

To ensure that NI 25-101 continues to reflect the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies (the Code), the proposed amendments also reflect new provisions in the March 2015 version of the Code.

“The IOSCO Code offers a robust framework to protect the integrity of the credit rating process, ensure investors and issuers are treated fairly, and safeguard confidential information that rated issuers provide to credit rating organizations,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “We believe it is important that Canadian rules reflect the high standards of the IOSCO Code.”

CSA staff are also proposing to amend National Instrument 44-101 Short Form Prospectus Distributions and National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions to recognize the credit ratings of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. (Kroll), but only for the purposes of the alternative eligibility criteria for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus, respectively. The proposed amendments also address other matters.

Kroll would only be designated as a DRO if the proposed rule amendments are enacted as final rule amendments and come into effect following any necessary Ministerial approvals. At this time, CSA staff do not anticipate proposing that Kroll be designated as a DRO for purposes of other credit rating provisions in securities rules and policies.

Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments in writing by October 4, 2017.

The notice and request for comment can be found on CSA members’ websites.

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

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For more information:​

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2336
Alison Walker
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713
Jason Booth
The Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1660
David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586
Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6591
Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
306-798-4160
Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission
403-592-8186
Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176
Andrew Nicholson
Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick
506-658-3021
Janice Callbeck
The Office of the Superintendent of Securities, P.E.I.
902-368-6288
Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities
867-667-5466
Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent of Securities,
Northwest Territories
867-920-8986