Canadian securities regulators reduce regulatory burden related to the interpretation of the primary business requirements

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Apr 14, 2022

On April 14, 2022, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published changes to harmonize the interpretation of the financial statement requirements for a long form prospectus, such as in an issuer’s initial public offering (IPO). Specifically, the changes apply in situations where an issuer has acquired a business, or proposes to acquire a business, that a reasonable investor would regard as being the primary business of the issuer. The changes were informed by stakeholder feedback that certain inconsistent interpretations of the primary business requirements add time, cost and uncertainty for issuers.

The changes provide additional guidance on the interpretation of primary business including in what situations, and for which time periods, financial statements would be required. They provide guidance on the circumstances when additional information may be necessary for the prospectus to meet the requirement to contain full, true and plain disclosure of all material facts relating to the securities being distributed. The changes also clarify when an issuer can use the optional tests to calculate the significance of an acquisition, and when an acquisition of a mining asset would not be considered an acquisition of a business for securities legislation purposes.

Review the press release on the CSA's website and the changes on the OSC's website.

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