Category: Financial Services Regulatory

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Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Looks to Modernize Deposit Insurance Information By-law

September 30, 2016

On September 12, 2016, the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) published for comment a consultation paper (Consultation Paper) proposing amendments to modernize CDIC’s Deposit Insurance Information By-law (By-law), which governs how the CDIC member financial institutions are required to inform Canadians about deposit protection. This consultation is in addition to the consultation paper titled Deposit Insurance Review that was published…

Deposit Insurance Review: Improving the Current Framework

September 23, 2016

On September 16, 2016, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) published for comment the Deposit Insurance Review (Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper ensues from the Budget 2014 announcement of the launch of a comprehensive review of Canada’s deposit insurance framework to ensure that the framework provides adequate protection for the savings of Canadians. The consultation period runs until November 30,…

Doing Business in Canada

September 9, 2016

Canada’s Financial Sector: Legislation for the Future

August 29, 2016

On August 26, 2016, Canada’s Department of Finance (Finance Canada) launched a consultation process to review the legislative and regulatory framework of the federal financial sector. This follows the extension of the sunset provisions under the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act and the Trust and Loan Companies Act from 2017 to 2019.   As the first of a two-stage…

Assumption Reinsurance Refresher

August 22, 2016

On August 9, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) posted revised transaction instructions on its website for reinsurance on an assumption basis (Assumption Reinsurance). OSFI stated that the information requirements and administrative guidance contained in the revised transaction instructions have been updated in line with OSFI’s current expectations and views regarding Assumption Reinsurance. Notably, in the…

Thinking at the Margin: Canadian Provincial Regulators Issue Margin Proposals for Non-Cleared Derivatives

August 15, 2016

Regulators of many financial institutions, federally in Canada and internationally, have established rules requiring margin to be exchanged in connection with derivatives that are not cleared through a central counterparty. A parallel set of margin requirements is being proposed by the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Derivatives Committee (Consultation Paper 95-401 – Margin and Collateral Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives (CSA Proposal))….

FCAC Issues New and Amended Code of Conduct Guidance

August 4, 2016

On July 29, 2016, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) published the following guidance documents on its website: Amended Commissioner’s Guidance 10 (CG-10) – Increased Disclosure in Sales and Business Practices and Cancellation of Contracts without Penalty Commissioner’s Guidance 15 (CG-15) – Information Summary Box examples for the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in…

Amendments to Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Legislation: The First Step

June 27, 2016

On June 17, 2016, the federal government quietly released the final version of the long-awaited amended general regulations (Regulations) under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA). For the most part, the final Regulations are similar to the July 2015 draft regulations. They will be published in the June 29, 2016 Canada Gazette, Part II. Currently,…

Regulatory and Compliance Primer for Insurance Companies

June 1, 2016

Canadian insurance companies are subject to a complex regulatory framework. The Blakes Financial Services Regulatory group discuss the key regulators and legislation, along with practical tips for handling common regulatory and compliance issues. Please note that this seminar is designed for new legal/compliance hires and business personnel seeking to understand more about the Canadian regulatory regime. Topics: Introduction to insurance regulation…

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