The Canadian Securities Administrators today published final amendments that streamline at-the-market (ATM) distributions in Canada, and reduce regulatory burden for issuers, exchanges and investment dealers. ATM distributions will now be available to issuers without having to incur the time and cost of applying for exemptive relief to conduct such distributions.
“The amendments facilitate distributions without having an adverse impact on investor protection,” said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). “They also give issuers a faster and more cost-effective way to raise capital, which may be substantially beneficial to them particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Provided all necessary Ministerial approvals are obtained, the amendments will become effective on August 31, 2020.
Stakeholders identified ATM distributions as a recommended area of focus in the CSA’s consultation on reducing regulatory burden for non-investment fund issuers. In response, the CSA initiated a policy project relating to ATM distributions, leading to the publication of proposals for comment on May 9, 2019. The CSA received written submissions from seven commenters and revised the proposals to reflect some of the comments received.
The CSA Notice of Amendments to National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions and its related companion policy are available on participating jurisdictions’ websites.
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