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Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

London Interbank Offered Rate to Be Replaced By End of 2021

August 31, 2017

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently announced that the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is to be phased out by the end of 2021 and replaced with a more reliable alternative. LIBOR is a daily benchmark interest rate set at approximately 11:45 a.m. (London time) every morning by a panel of leading banks in the U.K. It is the…

Back to the Future: Finance Canada Releases Second Consultation on Financial Sector Legislation

August 23, 2017

On August 11, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) launched the second stage of its consultation process to review the legislative and regulatory framework of the federal financial sector, by releasing its second consultation paper, titled “Potential Policy Measures to Support a Strong and Growing Economy: Positioning Canada’s Financial Sector for the Future” (Consultation Paper). Finance Canada is consulting…

Department of Finance Proposes New Oversight Framework for Retail Payments

July 21, 2017

On July 7, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released a long-awaited consultation paper on the proposed regulation of retail payments in Canada. The consultation paper, titled: “A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework” (Consultation Paper) articulates the main components of a proposed federal oversight framework for retail payments (Proposed Framework). This is a significant development in the Canadian payments landscape as…

OSFI Looks to Further Tighten Mortgage Underwriting Standards, Issues Revised Guideline B-20 for Comment

July 11, 2017

On July 6, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issued a revised version of Guideline B-20 – Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures (Draft Guideline) for comment. This Draft Guideline comes after OSFI issued a letter to the industry, on July 7, 2016, highlighting its concerns with residential mortgage underwriting practices and the adequacy of risk…

OSFI Cracks Down on the Use of the Words “Bank”, “Banker” and “Banking”

July 6, 2017

On June 30, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) issued an advisory (Advisory) regarding the Bank Act (Canada) restrictions on the use of the words “bank”, “banker” and “banking” and equivalent words, as interpreted by OSFI. The Advisory signals, in particular, OSFI’s increased attention to the use of these words — as well as similar…

Canadian Bail-In Regulations: What You Need to Know

June 27, 2017

On June 16, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) published for comments a package of draft regulations and guidelines setting out the final details of Canada’s bail-in framework and related total loss absorbency capacity (TLAC) capital standard for Canada’s six domestic systemically important banks (DSIBs). The bail-in regulations are expected to…

AML Update: Not So Fast – Implementation of New Identity Verification Requirements Extended

June 14, 2017

As many professionals who follow Canadian anti-money laundering legislation are aware, on June 17 and June 30, 2017 respectively, new provisions of the Regulations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act are to come into force that deal with, among other things, domestic politically exposed persons (PEP) requirements and new requirements for the verification of identity….

Banking Cannabis Clients Under Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Regime

May 25, 2017

Unlike the United States, where the sale of cannabis remains illegal federally, the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legalized in Canada. Following a recent announcement by the Canadian government, legislation has now been proposed that would expand access to cannabis by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis by registered dealers in Canada. Under the proposed legislation, the…

Take Two: Quebec Introduces Bill 134 to Modernize the Consumer Protection Act

May 11, 2017

On May 2, 2017, the Quebec government introduced new legislation intended to modernize the Quebec Consumer Protection Act (CPA), as well as provide for new consumer protection measures. The CPA provisions on credit, in particular, are long overdue for change as they have not been significantly amended since 1978. The liberal government, under Jean Charest, previously attempted to pass similar…

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