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ASC adopts Crowdfunding rule enabling Alberta’s small and medium businesses to raise capital online

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Oct 31, 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) announced that it has adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108, Crowdfunding (MI 45-108). The new rule is available immediately and introduces a crowdfunding prospectus exemption for issuers as well as a registration framework for funding portals.

The implementation of MI 45-108 follows the recent adoption of ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (ASC Rule 45-517), which was introduced to help facilitate Alberta-based small or start-up issuers seeking to raise modest amounts of capital from Alberta investors. MI 45-108 is viewed to be complementary with ASC Rule 45-517 and is designed to accommodate moderate financings being raised strictly through an online funding portal across multiple jurisdictions in Canada.

Review the press release on the ASC's website.

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