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Canadian regulator decides against allowing early adoption of recent IFRSs by certain entities

01 Nov 2011

The Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), an independent agency of the Government of Canada that supervises and regulates Canadian banks, insurers, and federally registered private pension plans, has issued a letter in which it concludes entities which it regulates should not early adopt many standards recently issued by the IASB. .

The Canadian Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), an independent agency of the Government of Canada that supervises and regulates Canadian banks, insurers, and federally registered private pension plans, has issued a letter in which it concludes entities which it regulates should not early adopt many standards recently issued by the IASB.

In making its decision, the OSFI considered a number of factors such as industry consistency, OSFI policy positions on accounting and capital, operational capacity and resource constraints of Federally Regulated Entities (FREs), the ability to benefit from improved standards arising from the financial crisis and the notion of a level playing field with other Canadian and international financial institutions. OSFI concluded that FREs should not early adopt the following new or amended IFRSs, but instead should adhere to their mandatory effective dates:

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