Canadian Securities Administrators highlight common deficiencies in issuers’ continuous disclosure

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Jul 19, 2018

On July 19, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-355 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2018 and March 31, 2017, a biennial report that summarizes CSA staff’s ongoing review of reporting issuers’ (issuers’) continuous disclosure and highlights common deficiencies and best practices.

The CSA noted that it continues to see deficiencies in issuers’ use of non-GAAP financial measures, and this remains an area of focus for the CSA. It strongly encourages issuers to use this report as a guide to make improvements, as disclosure requirements are at the core of its investor protection regime.

Other areas where issuers can improve disclosures include, but are not limited to: fair value measurements and disclosures; forward looking information; discussions of issuers’ results of operations and significant projects in development; climate change disclosures; and mineral project disclosure. 

In fiscal 2018, 51 per cent (2017 – 43 per cent) of review outcomes required issuers to take action to improve and/or amend their disclosure, or resulted in the issuer being referred to enforcement, cease traded or placed on the default list.

Re­view the press re­lease on the CSA's web­site and the Staff No­tice on the CSA mem­bers' web­site.


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