Members of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published for comment for a five-month period ending October 7, 2022, a set of proposals  (the Proposed Amendments) designed to streamline and internationally harmonize over-the-counter derivatives data reporting standards.

The Proposed Amendments are expected to reduce the complexity of market participants’ reporting systems and decrease ongoing operational and compliance costs while improving the consistency and quality of the data available to regulators and the public.

The Proposed Amendments update the data elements to be reported to align with North American and global standards developed by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). In addition to harmonizing data reporting standards, other proposed amendments include:

  • updated requirements for trade repository governance, operations and management of risk to align with international standards;
  • improvements designed to enhance data accuracy and consistency, such as data validation and verification, similar to other global regulators;
  • increased harmonization among the CSA, such as a harmonized threshold in the commodity derivatives exclusion for non-dealers; and,
  • new technical manuals that provide clarity regarding the format and values for reporting.

The Proposed Amendments have been published on the following CSA member websites:

In each of the other Canadian jurisdictions, the Proposed Amendments to Multilateral Instrument 96-101 Trade Repositories and Derivatives Data Reporting; and proposed changes to the Companion Policy 96-101CP are available on each CSA member’s website. The proposed Multilateral Derivatives Data Technical Manual is published in Appendix A to the Companion Policy 96-101CP.

Interested stakeholders should submit their comments in writing to the CSA no later than October 7, 2022.

For more information, please call Barbara Hendrickson at BAX Securities Law (416) 601 -1004.

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