Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

 

National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions – relief granted to exchange-traded mutual funds for continuous distribution of units – relief to permit funds’ prospectus to include a modified statement of investor rights – relief to permit funds’ prospectus to not include an underwriter’s certificate – relief from take-over bid requirements for normal course purchases of units on the Toronto Stock Exchange – prospectus form and underwriting certificate relief granted subject to manager filing a prescribed summary document for each fund on SEDAR and other terms and conditions set out in decision document and subject to sunset clause tied to the implementation of proposed amendments to create new ETF Facts document to replace summary document.

 

Applicable Legislative Provisions

 

Securities Act (Ontario), R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am., ss. 59(1), 147.

National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements, s. 19.1.

Form 41-101F2 Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus, Item 36.2.

National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids, Part 2 and s. 6.1.

 

April 18, 2017

 

IN THE MATTER OF

THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF

ONTARIO

(the Jurisdiction)

 

AND

 

IN THE MATTER OF

THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS

IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS

 

AND

 

IN THE MATTER OF

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON INVESTMENTS CORP.

(the Filer)

 

AND

 

IN THE MATTER OF

FRANKLIN LIBERTY CANADIAN INVESTMENT GRADE CORPORATE ETF AND

FRANKLIN LIBERTY RISK MANAGED CANADIAN EQUITY ETF

(the Proposed ETFs)

 

DECISION

 

Background

 

The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer on behalf of the Proposed ETFs and any additional exchange-traded mutual funds (the Future ETFs, and, together with the Proposed ETFs, the ETFs and individually, an ETF) established now or in the future for which the Filer or an affiliate of the Filer is or may be the manager, for a decision under the securities legislation of the principal regulator (the Legislation) that:

 

(a)           exempts the Filer and each ETF from the requirement to include a certificate of an underwriter in an ETF’s prospectus (the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement);

 

(b)           exempts the Filer and each ETF from the requirement to include in an ETF’s prospectus the statement respecting purchasers’ statutory rights of withdrawal and remedies of rescission or damages in substantially the form prescribed in Item 36.2 of Form 41-101F2 – Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus (the Prospectus Form Requirement); and

 

(c)           exempts all purchasers and holders purchasing Listed Securities (as defined below) in the normal course through the facilities of the TSX (as defined below) or another Marketplace (as defined below) from the Take-over Bid Requirements (as defined below)

 

(collectively, the Exemption Sought).

 

Under the Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions (for a passport application):

 

(a)           the Ontario Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application; and

 

(b)           the Filer has provided notice that section 4.7(1) of Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (MI 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in all of the provinces and territories of Canada other than the Jurisdiction (together with the Jurisdiction, the Jurisdictions).

 

Interpretation

 

Terms defined in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions and MI 11-102 have the same meaning if used in this decision, unless otherwise defined.

 

Affiliate Dealer means a registered dealer that is an affiliate of an Authorized Dealer or Designated Broker and that participates in the re-sale of Creation Units (as defined below) from time to time.

 

Authorized Dealer means a registered dealer that has entered, or intends to enter, into an agreement with the manager of an exchange-traded fund authorizing the dealer to subscribe for, purchase and redeem Creation Units from one or more exchange-traded funds on a continuous basis from time to time.

 

Designated Broker means a registered dealer that has entered, or intends to enter, into an agreement with the manager of an exchange-traded fund to perform certain duties in relation to an exchange-traded fund, including posting a liquid two-way market for the trading of the exchange-traded fund’s listed securities on the TSX or another marketplace.

 

ETF Facts means a prescribed summary disclosure document required pursuant to amendments to the Legislation coming into force after the date of this decision, in respect of one or more classes or series of Listed Securities being distributed under a prospectus.

 

Marketplace means a “marketplace” as defined in National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operations that is located in Canada

 

Other Dealer means a registered dealer that acts as authorized dealer or designated broker to exchange-traded funds that are not managed by the Filer and that has received relief under a Prospectus Delivery Decision.

 

Prescribed Number of Listed Securities means the number of Listed Securities of an ETF determined by the Filer from time to time for the purpose of subscription orders, exchanges, redemptions or for other purposes.

 

Prospectus Delivery Decision means a decision granting relief from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement to a Designated Broker, Authorized Dealer, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer dated August 24, 2015 and any subsequent decision granted to a Designated Broker, Authorized Dealer, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer that grants similar relief.

 

Prospectus Delivery Requirement means the requirement that a dealer, not acting as agent of the purchaser, who receives an order or subscription for a security offered in a distribution to which the prospectus requirement of the Legislation applies, send or deliver to the purchaser or its agent, unless the dealer has previously done so, the latest prospectus and any amendment either before entering into an agreement of purchase and sale resulting from the order or subscription, or not later than midnight on the second business day after entering into that agreement.

 

Securityholders means beneficial or registered holders of Listed Securities or Unlisted Securities, as applicable.

 

Summary Document means a document, in respect of one or more classes or series of Listed Securities being distributed under a prospectus, prepared in accordance with Appendix A.

 

Take-Over Bid Requirements means the requirements of National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids (NI 62-104) relating to take-over bids, including the requirement to file a report of a take-over bid and to pay the accompanying fee, in each Jurisdiction.

 

TSX means the Toronto Stock Exchange.

 

Representations

 

This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:

 

1.             The Filer is a corporation amalgamated under the laws of the Province of Ontario, with its head office located at 200 King Street West, Suite 1500, Toronto, Ontario.

 

2.             The Filer is not in default of securities legislation in any of the Jurisdictions.

 

3.             The Filer or an affiliate of the Filer is, or will be, the investment fund manager or trustee of the ETFs. The Filer or an affiliate of the Filer is, or will be, the portfolio manager of the ETFs.

 

4.             Each Proposed ETF will be a mutual fund structured as a trust that is governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario. The Future ETFs will be either trusts or corporations or classes thereof governed by the laws of a Jurisdiction of Canada. Each ETF will be a reporting issuer in the provinces and territories of Canada in which its securities are distributed.

 

5.             Subject to any exemption that has been, or may be, granted by the securities regulatory authorities, each ETF will be an open-ended mutual fund subject to NI 81-102 and Securityholders of each ETF will have the right to vote at a meeting of Securityholders of the ETF in respect of matters prescribed by NI 81-102.

 

6.             The Listed Securities will be listed on the TSX or another Marketplace.

 

7.             The Filer has filed, or will file, a long form prospectus prepared in accordance with NI 41-101 in respect of the Listed Securities of the ETFs, subject to any exemptions that may be granted by the applicable securities regulatory authorities.

 

8.             The Filer is registered as an investment fund manager in Ontario, Québec, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as a mutual fund dealer, portfolio manager and exempt market dealer in each province of Canada and the Yukon, and as a commodity trading manager in Ontario.

 

9.             Each ETF may issue more than one series of securities, including, but not limited to:

 

(a)           a series of securities that will be distributed pursuant to a long form prospectus prepared pursuant to National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (NI 41-101) and Form 41-101F2 that is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange or another “recognized exchange” in Canada, as that term is defined in securities legislation (Listed Securities); and

 

(b)           a series of securities that will be offered only on a private placement basis pursuant to available prospectus exemptions, including the accredited investor exemption, under securities laws (Unlisted Securities).

 

10.          Listed Securities will be distributed on a continuous basis in one or more of the Jurisdictions under a prospectus. Listed Securities may generally only be subscribed for or purchased directly from the ETFs (Creation Units) by Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers that have entered into an agreement with the Filer. Generally, subscriptions or purchases may only be placed for a Prescribed Number of Listed Securities (or a multiple thereof) on any day when there is a trading session on the TSX or other Marketplace. Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers subscribe for Creation Units for the purpose of facilitating investor purchases of Listed Securities on the TSX or another Marketplace.

 

11.          In addition to subscribing for and re-selling Creation Units, Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers will also generally be engaged in purchasing and selling Listed Securities of the same class or series as the Creation Units in the secondary market. Other Dealers may also be engaged in purchasing and selling Listed Securities of the same class or series as the Creation Units in the secondary market despite not being an Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker or Affiliate Dealer that has entered into an agreement with the Filer.

 

12.          According to Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers, Creation Units will generally be commingled with other Listed Securities purchased by the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers in the secondary market. As such, it is not practicable for the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers or Affiliate Dealers to determine whether a particular re-sale of Listed Securities involves Creation Units or Listed Securities purchased in the secondary market.

 

13.          Designated Brokers perform certain other functions, which include standing in the market with a bid and ask price for Listed Securities for the purpose of maintaining liquidity for the Listed Securities.

 

14.          Except for Authorized Dealer and Designated Broker subscriptions for Creation Units, as described above, and other distributions that are exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement under the Legislation, Listed Securities generally will not be able to be purchased directly from an ETF. Investors are generally expected to purchase and sell Listed Securities, directly or indirectly, through dealers executing trades through the facilities of the TSX or another Marketplace. Listed Securities may also be issued directly to ETF investors upon the reinvestment of distributions of income or capital gains.

 

Exemption from Take-Over Bid Requirements

 

15.          As equity securities that will trade on the TSX or another Marketplace, it is possible for a person or company to acquire such number of Listed Securities of an ETF so as to trigger the Take-Over Bid Requirements. However:

 

(a)           it is not, or will not, be possible for one or more Securityholders to exercise control or direction over an ETF, as the constating documents of each ETF will provide that there can be no changes made to such ETF which do not have the support of the Filer;

 

(b)           it will be difficult for purchasers of Listed Securities to monitor compliance with the Take-Over Bid Requirements because the number of outstanding Listed Securities will always be in flux as a result of the ongoing issuance and redemption of Listed Securities by the ETF; and

 

(c)           the way in which the Listed Securities will be priced deters anyone from either seeking to acquire control, or offering to pay a control premium, for outstanding Listed Securities because pricing for the Listed Security will be dependent upon, among other things, the performance of the portfolio of the ETF as a whole.

 

16.          The application of the Take-Over Bid Requirements to the ETFs would have an adverse impact upon the liquidity of the Listed Securities, because they could cause Designated Brokers and other large Securityholders to cease trading the Listed Securities once the prescribed take-over bid thresholds are met.

 

Exemption from Underwriters’ Certificate Requirement

 

17.          Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers will not provide the same services in connection with a distribution of Creation Units as would typically be provided by an underwriter in a conventional underwriting.

 

18.          The Filer will generally conduct its own marketing, advertising and promotion of the ETFs.

 

19.          Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers will not be involved in the preparation of an ETF’s prospectus, will not perform any review or any independent due diligence to the content of an ETF’s prospectus, and will not incur any marketing costs or receive any underwriting fees or commissions from the ETFs or the Filer in connection with the distribution of Listed Securities. The Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers generally seek to profit from their ability to create and redeem Listed Securities by engaging in arbitrage trading to capture spreads between the trading prices of Listed Securities and their underlying securities and by making markets for their clients to facilitate client trading in Listed Securities.

 

Exemption from Prospectus Form Requirement

 

20.          Securities regulatory authorities have previously advised that they take the view that the first re-sale of a Creation Unit on the TSX or another Marketplace will generally constitute a distribution of Creation Units under the Legislation and that the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers are subject to the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with such re-sales. Re-sales of Listed Securities in the secondary market that are not Creation Units would not ordinarily constitute a distribution of such Listed Securities.

 

21.          Under the applicable Prospectus Delivery Decision, Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers are exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with the re-sale of Creation Units to investors on the TSX or another Marketplace. Under a Prospectus Delivery Decision, Other Dealers are also exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with the re-sale of creation units of other exchange-traded funds that are not managed by the Filer.

 

22.          Each Prospectus Delivery Decision includes a condition that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer undertakes that it will, unless it has previously done so, send or deliver to each purchaser of a Listed Security who is a customer of the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer and to whom a trade confirmation is required under the Legislation to be sent or delivered by the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer in connection with the purchase, the latest Summary Document filed in respect of the Listed Security not later than midnight on the second day, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, after the purchase of the Listed Security.

 

23.          The Filer will prepare and file with the applicable Jurisdictions on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) a Summary Document for each class or series of Listed Securities and will make available to the applicable Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers the requisite number of copies of the Summary Document for the purpose of facilitating their compliance with the Prospectus Delivery Decision within the timeframe necessary to allow Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers to effect delivery of the Summary Document as contemplated in the Prospectus Delivery Decision.

 

24.          The Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement is required to reflect the relief provided in the Prospectus Delivery Decision. Accordingly, the Filer will include language in each ETF’s prospectus explaining the impact on a purchaser’s statutory rights as a result of the Prospectus Delivery Decision in replacement of the language prescribed by the Prospectus Form Requirement.

 

Generally

 

25.          Rule amendments coming into force on September 1, 2017 will require the Filer to file an ETF Facts in connection with the filing of a prospectus. Upon the expiry of the transition period, the requirement for the Filer to file an ETF Facts will supersede the requirement for the Filer to file a Summary Document under the Exemption Sought. Since the introduction of the ETF Facts is subject to a transition period, there may be a period of time where some ETFs have an ETF Facts while other ETFs have a Summary Document. If the Filer files an ETF Facts with respect to a class or series of ETF Securities, the Filer will use such ETF Facts instead of a Summary Document to satisfy its obligations under the Exemption Sought with respect to any purchase of such class or series of ETF Securities that occurs after the filing of such ETF Facts.

 

Decision

 

The principal regulator is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the principal regulator to make the decision.

 

1.             The decision of the principal regulator is that the Exemption Sought in respect of the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement and Prospectus Form Requirement is granted, provided that the Filer will be in compliance with the following conditions:

 

(a)           the Filer files with the applicable Jurisdictions on SEDAR the Summary Document for each class or series of Listed Securities concurrently with the filing of the final prospectus for that ETF;

 

(b)           the Filer displays on its website in a manner that would be considered prominent to a reasonable investor the Summary Document for each class or series of Listed Securities for each ETF;

 

(c)           the Filer amends the Summary Document at the same time it files any amendments to the ETF's prospectus that affect the disclosure in the Summary Document and files the amended Summary Document with the applicable Jurisdictions on SEDAR and makes it available on its website in a manner that would be considered prominent to a reasonable investor;

 

(d)           the Filer provides or makes available to each Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer, the number of copies of the Summary Document of each Listed Security that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer reasonably requests in support of compliance with its respective Prospectus Delivery Decision;

 

(e)           each ETF's prospectus, as the same may be amended from time to time, will:

 

(i)            incorporate the relevant Summary Document by reference;

 

(ii)           contain the disclosure referred to in paragraph 24 above; and

 

(iii)          disclose both the relief granted pursuant to the Exemption Sought and the Prospectus Delivery Decision under Item 34.1 of Form 41-101F2 – Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus, as applicable;

 

(f)            the Filer obtains an executed acknowledgement from each Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker and Affiliate Dealer, and uses its best efforts to obtain an acknowledgment from each Other Dealer:

 

(i)            indicating each dealer’s election, in connection with the re-sale of Creation Units on the TSX or another Marketplace, to send or deliver the Summary Document in accordance with a Prospectus Delivery Decision or, alternatively, to comply with the Prospectus Delivery Requirement; and

 

(ii)           if the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer agrees to deliver the Summary Document in accordance with a Prospectus Delivery Decision:

 

(A)           an undertaking that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer will attach or bind one ETF's Summary Document with another ETF's Summary Document only if the documents are being sent or delivered under the Prospectus Delivery Decision at the same time to an investor purchasing Listed Securities of each such ETF; and

 

(B)           confirming that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer has in place written policies and procedures to ensure that it is in compliance with the conditions of the Prospectus Delivery Decision;

 

(g)           the Filer will keep records of which Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers have provided it with an acknowledgement under a Prospectus Delivery Decision, and which intend to rely on and comply with the Prospectus Delivery Decision or intend to comply with the Prospectus Delivery Requirement;

 

(h)           the Filer files with its principal regulator, to the attention of the Director, Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch, on or before January 31st in each calendar year, a certificate signed by its ultimate designated person certifying that, to the best of the knowledge of such person, after making due inquiry, the Filer has complied with the terms and conditions of this decision during the previous calendar year;

 

(i)            if the Filer files an ETF Facts instead of a Summary Document with respect to a class or series of Listed Securities, the latest ETF Facts filed in respect of such class or series of Listed Securities must be substituted for a Summary Document in order to satisfy the foregoing conditions with respect to any purchase in such class or series of Listed Securities that occurs after the date of filing such ETF Facts;

 

(j)            conditions (a), (b), (c) and (e)(i) above do not apply to the Exemption Sought with respect to a class or series of an Listed Security if the Filer files an ETF Facts for such class or series of the Listed Security; and

 

(k)           conditions (d), (e)(ii), (e)(iii), (f), (g) and (h) above do not apply to the Exemption Sought after any new legislation or rule dealing with the Prospectus Delivery Decision takes effect and any applicable transition period has expired.

 

2.             The Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement, as it relates to one or more of the Jurisdictions, will terminate on the latest of: (i) the coming into force of any legislation or rule dealing with the Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement or (ii) the end date of any applicable transition period for any legislation or rule dealing with the Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement.

 

3.             The decision of the principal regulator is that the Exemption Sought in respect of the Take-Over Bid Requirements is granted.

 

As to the Exemption Sought from the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement:

 

“Janet Leiper”

Commissioner

Ontario Securities Commission

“Garnet Fenn”

Commissioner

Ontario Securities Commission

As to the Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement and the Take-Over Bid Requirements:

 

“Darren McKall”

Manager, Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch

Ontario Securities Commission

 


APPENDIX A

 

CONTENTS OF SUMMARY DOCUMENT

 

General Instructions

 

1.             Items 1 to 10 represent the minimum disclosure required in a Summary Document for a fund. The inclusion of additional information is not precluded so long as the Summary Document does not exceed a total of four pages in length (two pages double-sided).

 

2.             Terms defined in National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, National Instrument 81-105 Mutual Fund Sales Practices or National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure and used in this Summary Document have the meanings that they have in those national instruments.

 

3.             Information in the Summary Document must be clear and concise and presented in plain language.

 

4.             The format and presentation of information in the Summary Document is not prescribed but the information must be presented in a manner that assists in readability and comprehension.

 

5.             The order of the Items outlined below is not prescribed, except for Items 1 and 2, which must be presented as the first 2 items in the Summary Document.

 

6.             Each reference to a fund in this Appendix A refers to an ETF as defined in the decision above.

 

Item 1 – Introduction

 

Include at the top of the first page a heading consisting of:

 

(a)           the title “Summary Document”;

 

(b)           the name of the manager of the fund;

 

(c)           the name of the fund to which the Summary Document pertains; and

 

(d)           the date of the document.

 

Item 2 – Cautionary Language

 

Include a statement in italics in substantially the following form:

 

“The following is a summary of the principal features of this fund. You can find more detailed information about the fund in the prospectus. The prospectus is available on [insert name of the manager of the fund] website at [insert manager of the fund website], or by contacting [insert name of the manager of the fund] at [insert manager of the fund’s email address], or by calling [insert telephone number of the manager of the fund].”

 

Item 3 – Fund Details

 

Include the following disclosure:

 

(a)           ticker symbol;

 

(b)           fund identification code(s);

 

(c)           index ticker (as applicable);

 

(d)           exchange;

 

(e)           currency;

 

(f)            inception date;

 

(g)           RSP eligibility;


(h)           DRIP eligibility;

 

(i)            expected frequency and timing of distributions, and if applicable, the targeted amount for distributions;

 

(j)            management expense ratio, if available; and

 

(k)           portfolio manager, when the fund is actively managed.

 

Item 4 – Investment Objectives

 

Include a description of the fundamental nature of the fund, or the fundamental features of the fund that distinguishes it from other funds.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Include a description of what the fund primarily invests in, or intends to primarily invest in, such as:

 

(a)           a description of the fund, including what the fund invests in, and if it is trying to replicate an index, the name of the index, and an overview of the nature of securities covered by the index or the purpose of the index; and

 

(b)           the key investment strategies of the fund.

 

Item 5 – Investments of the Fund

 

1.             Include a table disclosing:

 

(a)           the top 10 positions held by the fund; and

 

(b)           the percentage of net asset value of the fund represented by the top 10 positions.

 

2.             Include at least one, and up to two, charts or tables that illustrate the investment mix of the fund’s investment portfolio.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

(a)           The information required under this Item is intended to give a snapshot of the composition of the fund’s investment portfolio. The information required to be disclosed under this Item must be as at a date within 60 days before the date of the Summary Document.

 

(b)           The information required under Item 5(2) must show a breakdown of the fund’s investment portfolio into appropriate subgroups and the percentage of the aggregate net asset value of the fund constituted by each subgroup. The names of the subgroups are not prescribed and can include security type, industry segment or geographic location. The fund should use the most appropriate categories given the nature of the fund. The choices made must be consistent with disclosure provided under “Summary of Investment Portfolio” in the fund’s MRFP.

 

(c)           For new funds where the information required to be disclosed under this Item is not available, provide a brief statement explaining why the required information is not available.

 

Item 6 – Risk

 

1.             Include a statement in italics in substantially the following form:

 

“All investments involve risk. When you invest in the fund the value of your investment can go down as well as up. For a description of the specific risks of this fund, see the fund’s prospectus.”

 

2.             If the cover page of the fund’s prospectus contains text box risk disclosure, also include a description of those risk factors in the Summary Document.

 

Item 7 – Fund Expenses

 

1.             Include an introduction using wording similar to the following:

 

“You don’t pay these expenses directly. They affect you because they reduce the fund’s returns.”


2.             Provide information about the expenses of the fund in the form of the following table:

 

 

 

Annual rate

(as a % of the fund’s value)

Management expense ratio (MER)

This is the total of the fund’s management fee and operating expenses.

________________

Trading expense ratio (TER)

These are the fund’s trading costs.

________________

Fund expenses

The amount included for fund expenses is the amount arrived at by adding the MER and the TER.

________________

 

3.             If the information in (2) is unavailable because the fund is new including wording similar to the following:

 

“The fund’s expenses are made up of the management fee, operating expenses and trading costs. The fund’s annual management fee is [l]% of the fund’s value. Because this fund is new, its operating expenses and trading costs are not yet available.”

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Use a bold font or other formatting to indicate that fund expenses is the total of all ongoing expenses set out in the chart and is not a separate expense charged to the fund.

 

Item 8 – Trailing Commissions

 

1.             If the manager of the fund or another member of the fund’s organization pays trailing commissions, include a brief description of these commissions.

 

2.             The description of any trailing commission must include a statement in substantially the following words:

 

“The trailing commission is paid out of the management fee. The trailing commission is paid for as long as you own the fund.”

 

Item 9 – Other Fees

 

1.             Provide information about the amount of fees payable by an investor, other than those already described or payable by designated brokers and underwriters.

 

2.             Include a statement using wording similar to the following:

 

“You may pay brokerage fees to your dealer when you purchase and sell units of the fund.”

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

(a)           Examples include any redemption charges, sales charges or other fees, if any, associated with buying and selling securities of the fund.

 

(b)           Provide a brief description of each fee disclosing the amount to be paid as a percentage (or, if applicable, a fixed dollar amount) and state who charges the fee.

 

Item 10 – Statement of Rights

 

State in substantially the following words:

 

Under securities law in some provinces and territories, you have:

 

the right to cancel your purchase within 48 hours after you receive confirmation of the purchase, or

 

other rights and remedies if this document or the fund’s prospectus contains a misrepresentation. You must act within the time limit set by the securities law in your province or territory.

 

For more information, see the securities law of your province or territory or ask a lawyer.

 

Item 11 – Past Performance

 

If the fund includes past performance:

 

1.             Include an introduction using wording similar to the following:

 

This section tells you how the fund has performed over the past [insert the lesser of 10 years or the number of completed calendar years] years. Returns are after expenses have been deducted. These expenses reduce the fund’s returns.

 

It’s important to note that this doesn’t tell you how the fund will perform in the future as past performance may not be repeated. Also, your actual after-tax return will depend on your personal tax situation.

 

2.             Show the annual total return of the fund, in chronological order for the lesser of:

 

(a)           each of the 10 most recently completed calendar years; and

 

(b)           each of the completed calendar years in which the fund has been in existence and which the fund was a reporting issuer.

 

3.             Show the:

 

(a)           final value, of a hypothetical $1,000 investment in the fund as at the end of the period that ends within 60 days before the date of the Summary Document and consists of the lesser of:

 

(i)            10 years, or

 

(ii)           the time since inception of the fund,

 

and

 

(b)           the annual compounded rate of return that would equate the initial $1,000 investment to the final value.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

In responding to the requirements of this Item, a fund must comply with the relevant sections of Part 15 of National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds as if those sections applied to a Summary Document.

 

Item 12 – Benchmark Information

 

If the Summary Document includes benchmark information, ensure this information is consistent with the fund’s MRFP and presented in the same format as Item 11.