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OSFI issues final corporate governance guidelines

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued its final version of the Corporate Governance Guideline (CGG). The CGG sets out OSFI’s expectations for boards of directors of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The CGG applies to all FRFIs other than the Canadian branch operations of foreign banks and insurance companies. The … Continue Reading

CSA confirms position on bail-in implications

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released two notices on the implementation and regulation of the Canadian bail-in regime, namely: CSA Staff Notice 46-309, in connection with the regulation of Bail-in Debt (as defined below); and CSA Staff Notice 81-331, in connection with the implications of the bail-in regime on investment fund issuers, subject to … Continue Reading

OSFI proposes changes to the leverage requirements guideline

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released proposed revisions to the Leverage Requirements (LR) guideline in order to align with upcoming modifications to Chapter 4 (Settlement and Counterparty Risk) and Chapter 7 (Securitization) of the Capital Adequacy Requirements (CAR) guideline. The LR set out the framework for the leverage ratio, which … Continue Reading

Implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada – request for comments

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has released a discussion paper on the proposed implementation of the final Basel III reforms in Canada. The reforms were published in December 2017 and, in summary, seek to: Enhance credibility in the calculation of risk-weighted assets. Improve the comparability and transparency of banks’ capital ratios. … Continue Reading

OSFI confirms higher capital for Domestic Systemically Important Banks

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has provided greater transparency to the market surrounding the Domestic Stability Buffer (the DSB) currently held by Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) in a bid to guard against Pillar 2 risks associated with systemic vulnerabilities.  OSFI revealed last week that D-SIBs must hold an extra cushion, … Continue Reading

Covered bonds in Canada – an increased regulatory stance

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal financial institutions prudential regulator, recently addressed the issue of a cap on issuance of covered bonds which presently stands at 4% of a bank’s total assets. OSFI is now taking a hard look at this limit and is doing so in the context of … Continue Reading

OSFI revises transaction instructions for regulatory approvals

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), the federal financial institutions prudential regulator, has posed seven revised transactions instructions on its website. Transaction instructions set out OSFI’s requirements for information and documents in connection with applications for approval under federal financial institutions statutes, and may include guidance from OSFI related to the application. … Continue Reading

FCAC bulletin on investigations of unauthorized credit and debit transactions

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) has released a new bulletin to remind federally regulated financial institutions (FIs) of its expectations regarding unauthorized credit and debit card transactions. Thorough investigations expected The FCAC expects FIs to thoroughly investigate the circumstances before finding a cardholder liable for an alleged unauthorized transaction.  The key question is whether circumstances … Continue Reading

Government of Canada proposes new oversight of payment service providers

Overview On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance of the Government of Canada (the Department) released a consultation paper (Paper) regarding a proposed new oversight framework for retail payments (New Framework).  The Paper states that retail payment service providers (PSPs) other than regulated financial services providers such as banks and payment card networks are … Continue Reading

Federal budget 2017 financial services highlights

The Government tabled Budget 2017 on March 22.  The financial services proposals are aimed at the following: Greater resiliency for the Canadian financial sector; A modernized deposit insurance framework that continues to protect the deposits of Canadians and promote financial stability; and Strengthened ability for Canada to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. Financial Sector … Continue Reading

The saga of the unnamed bank: FinTRAC issues a statement

In April 2016, Canadian news media reported that the Financial Transactions Reports Analysis Centre (FinTRAC) had levied a penalty of over $1 million against an unnamed Canadian bank for certain violations of its anti-money laundering requirements.  Since then, FinTRAC has continued to face criticism from the public and the media for its decision to withhold … Continue Reading

Financial services regulatory: 7 developments to watch in 2017

Happy 2017! Financial services regulation continued to be busy in Canada in 2016. We have prepared this shortlist of pending changes, developments and consultations to watch as we start 2017. 1.  New draft OSFI guideline: enterprise-wide model risk management OSFI released a new draft Guideline E-23 – Enterprise-Wide Model Risk Management on December 21, 2016. … Continue Reading

Bank Act financial consumer protection amendments delayed

The proposed amendments to the Bank Act (Canada) (the Amendments) which would add a Financial Consumer Protection Framework (the Framework) (described in our recent post) will be withdrawn from Bill C-29. Bill C-29 passed third reading in the House of Commons and is currently before the Senate of Canada. News reports indicate that the Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, agreed to remove … Continue Reading

Bank Act Financial Consumer Protection Framework passes third reading in House of Commons

Bill C-29, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2, (Bill C-29) passed third reading in the House of Commons on December 6, 2016. Once passed by the Senate and brought into force, Bill C-29 will amend the Bank Act (Canada) (the Bank Act) to enact the long awaited Financial Consumer Protection Framework that was promised by … Continue Reading

Government announces further mortgage restrictions

The federal government has announced further restrictions that will make it more difficult for some borrowers to get mortgage loans and make it more costly for foreigners to speculate in the real estate market. Under current rules, a federally regulated mortgage lender may not make a loan on the security of a residential property if … Continue Reading

Targeted Review of Deposit Insurance Launched

On September 16th, the Department of Finance announced the launch of a public consultation on the deposit insurance regime for banks, federally regulated trust and loan companies and certain provincially regulated institutions.  There is no indication when the Government proposes to complete its review but comments are requested by November 30th. The Consultation Paper states … Continue Reading

Government to Conduct Further Assessment on Interchange Fees

The Minister of Finance issued a statement on September 14th on the status of each of Visa and MasterCard’s commitments to reduce the fees merchants are charged to accept credit cards (Interchange Fees).  The statement acknowledges the independent audit findings of both Visa and MasterCard indicating that they have each met their commitments to reduce … Continue Reading

Government launches 2019 financial sector review

On August 26th, the federal Department of Finance launched a review of the legislation governing banks, insurance companies and trust companies under federal jurisdiction by issuing an initial consultation paper. The initial paper sets out some key facts relating to the sector and comments on trends that are currently impacting and are expected to continue … Continue Reading

Automated Clearing and Settlement System Designated as Prominent

On May 2, 2016, the Bank of Canada designated the Automated Clearing and Settlement System (ACSS) operated by the Canadian Payments Association as a system that has the potential to pose payment system risk (a Prominent Payment System). This designation means that the ACCS will now be overseen by the Bank of Canada in accordance … Continue Reading

Ontario: Proposed amendments to increase protections for financial consumers

The Government of Ontario has recently introduced proposed amendments to collection agency, consumer protection and payday loan legislation. Bill 156 – An Act to amend various Acts with respect to financial services (Bill 156) went through first reading in the Ontario legislature on December 9, 2015. The following proposed amendments are noteworthy: Collection and Debt … Continue Reading

Ontario to introduce new regulations for alternative financial services providers

The Government of Ontario announced on December 9, 2015 that it will introduce legislation to increase protections for consumers who use high-cost alternative financial services, such as payday loans, instalment loans, rent-to-own services and cheque-cashing services and to better protect those with debts in collection. The legislation has not yet been introduced.  The announcement provides … Continue Reading
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