Category: Financial Services

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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…

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…

FCAC Publishes First Decision Regarding Non-Compliance with Code of Conduct

May 18, 2017

On May 15, 2017, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) published Commissioner’s Decision #126 (Decision) regarding non-compliance with the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada (Code of Conduct) by a payment card network operator (PCNO). The Decision is significant in that it is the first Commissioner’s Decision published regarding non-compliance with the Code…

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…

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Publishes New Supervision Framework

May 3, 2017

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) recently published its new Supervision Framework, following extensive consultation with stakeholders. The Supervision Framework will come into effect November 1, 2017. It updates and replaces FCAC’s current Compliance Framework. Among other things, the Supervision Framework implements FCAC’s vision for robust and effective oversight of the entities that it regulates, including federally regulated financial…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2016

January 18, 2017

The regulation of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued intensifying in 2016 with a new wave of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting mortgage lending, the bank resolution regime, the life insurance capital framework, anti-money laundering legislation, deposit insurance, and corporate and operational-risk governance, among many other areas. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2016 are outlined in this, our…

OSFI Releases Draft Guidance on Model Risk Management

January 4, 2017

On December 21, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), released for comment a new draft Guideline E-23 on enterprise-wide model risk management (Guideline). The draft Guideline aims to address the increasing reliance by financial institutions on internal models in management decision making and sets out OSFI’s minimum standards for managing and controlling model risk. The comment…

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