Canadian Securities Administrators

Canadian Securities Administrators

December 18, 2008 11:00 ET

Canadian Securities Administrators: Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Changes to Insider Reporting Regime

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2008) - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published today proposed materials for comment that aim to modernize, harmonize and streamline how insiders report their securities transactions to the public.

The proposed National Instrument 55-104 Insider Reporting Requirements and Exemptions, the companion policy, and related amendments set out the framework and guidelines for a new insider reporting regime. Proposed changes to the insider reporting regime would, among other things:

- reduce the number of insiders required to file insider reports to a core group with the greatest access to material undisclosed information and the greatest influence over the reporting issuer

- move the reporting deadline from 10 days to five days after the trade for most transactions

- simplify and bring consistency to stock-based compensation reporting requirements

- give issuers the option to file reports on stock-based compensation for insiders

- require an issuer to disclose whether any of its insiders failed to file an insider report on time

The new regime would generally consolidate the main insider reporting requirements and exemptions in a single national instrument, except in Ontario where the main insider reporting requirements will remain in the Ontario Securities Act. Despite the difference, the substance of the requirements for insider reporting will be the same across the CSA jurisdictions.

Although the CSA is not proposing any changes to the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) as part of this initiative, several of the proposed changes should help issuers and insiders comply with their filing obligations relating to SEDI.

The CSA expects the proposed instrument will make it easier for issuers and insiders to understand their obligations. It should also help to promote timely and effective compliance.

The proposed materials are available on the websites of various CSA members. The comment period is open for 90 days.

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

Contact Information

  • Ontario Securities Commission
    Laurie Gillett
    (416) 595-8913
    Autorite des marches financiers
    Sylvain Theberge
    (514) 940-2176
    British Columbia Securities Commission
    Ken Gracey
    (604) 899-6577
    Alberta Securities Commission
    Mark Dickey
    (403) 297-4481
    Office of the Attorney General
    Prince Edward Island
    Marc Gallant
    (902) 368-4552
    Yukon Securities Office
    Fred Pretorius
    (867) 667-5225
    Northwest Territories Securities Office
    Donn MacDougall
    (867) 920-8984
    Manitoba Securities Commission
    Ainsley Cunningham
    (204) 945-4733
    New Brunswick Securities Commission
    Wendy Connors-Beckett
    (506) 643-7745
    Nova Scotia Securities Commission
    Natalie MacLellan
    (902) 424-8586
    Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
    Barbara Shourounis
    (306) 787-5842
    Financial Services Regulation Div.
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Doug Connolly
    (709) 729-2594
    Nunavut Securities Office
    Louis Arki
    (867) 975-6587