News Release

Canadian securities regulators provide guidance to issuers on reporting impact of COVID-19

Oct 29, 2020

Toronto – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published its biennial report on its continuous disclosure review program. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the report also includes guidance for issuers on reporting the impact of COVID-19.

“The report is intended to help public companies understand and comply with their continuous disclosure obligations under securities law,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “Market participants and investors expect reporting issuers to provide clear disclosure on how COVID-19 is impacting their business. The report will assist these issuers when preparing their financial statements and MD&A, including information about operating performance, financial position, liquidity and future prospects.”

The report outlines common deficiencies and provides examples of how to improve disclosure on select topics including: forward looking information; non-GAAP financial measures; overly promotional disclosure; insider reporting; and mineral project disclosure.

In fiscal 2020, 55 per cent (2019 - 67 per cent) of review outcomes required issuers to take action to improve and/or amend their disclosure, with some issuers being referred to enforcement, cease-traded or placed on the default list.

The CSA’s continuous disclosure review program assesses the compliance of issuers’ continuous disclosure documents with securities law and aims to help improve the completeness, quality and timeliness of continuous disclosure by reporting issuers.

Further regulatory guidance to assist issuers with their COVID-19 disclosure can be found on the CSA COVID-19 Information Hub.

CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 51-361 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019is available 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 Investor inquiries, please refer to your respective securities regulator. You can contact them here.

For media inquiries, please refer to the list of provincial and territorial representatives below or contact us at media@acvm-csa.ca.

For more information:

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2336

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
306-798-4160

Marissa Sollows
Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick
506-643-7853

Renée Dyer
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-4909

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6591

Hilary McMeekin
Communications Manager
403-592-8186

Jason Booth
The Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1660

Steven Dowling
Government of Prince Edward Island
Superintendent of Securities
902-368-4550

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities
867-667-5466

Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent of Securities,
Northwest Territories
867-767-9305