Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

MI 11-102 and NP 11-203 -- relief from filing business acquisition report -- using income from the continuing operations of the filer to determine the significance of certain acquisitions leads to anomalous results -- filer permitted to exclude depreciation of income-producing properties from income when calculating significance under Part 8 of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations, s. 8.3.

January 19, 2009

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

CANADIAN APARTMENT PROPERTIES

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST

(the FILER)

 

DECISION

Background

The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdiction of the principal regulator (the Legislation) granting relief to allow the exclusion of depreciation of income producing properties when applying the Income Test (as defined below) for the Filer's continuous disclosure obligations under Part 8 of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (NI 51-102) in respect of the December 5, 2008 acquisition of a 153 suite apartment building referred to as Grand Allee (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 (the Principal Regulator), 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 British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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 in this decision.

Representations

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

1. The Filer is an internally managed unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust owning interests in multi-unit residential properties including apartment buildings and townhouses located in major urban centres across Canada and two land lease communities.

2. The Filer was established under the laws of the Province of Ontario by a declaration of trust and its head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.

3. The Filer is a reporting issuer under the securities legislation of each of the provinces and territories of Canada.

4. The units of the Filer are listed and posted for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol CAR.UN.

5. The Filer completed its initial public offering on May 21, 1997 pursuant to its final long form prospectus dated May 12, 1997.

6. As at December 1, 2008, the Filer had ownership interests in 27,461 residential suites well diversified by geographic location and asset class and 1,278 land lease sites.

7. As at and for the year ended December 31, 2007 the Filer had assets in excess of $2.2 billion, income from continuing operations of approximately $531,000 and depreciation of income producing properties of $66.7 million.

8. As at and for the year ended December 31, 2006 the Filer had assets of approximately $2 billion, income from continuing operations of approximately $579,000 and depreciation of income producing properties of $56.9 million.

9. Under Part 8 of NI 51-102, the Filer is required to file a business acquisition report (BAR) for any completed acquisition that is determined to be significant based on the acquisition satisfying any of the three significance tests set out in subsection 8.3 (2) of NI 51-102.

10. For the purposes of completing its quantitative analysis of the income test (the Income Test) prescribed under Part 8.3 of NI 51-102, the Filer is required to compare its income from continuing operations against the proportionate share of income from continuing operations of Grand Allee.

11. The application of the Income Test produces an anomalous result for the Filer in comparison to the results of the other tests of significance set out in subsection 8.3 (2) of NI 51-102, which were not triggered by the acquisition.

12. Excluding depreciation of income producing properties when applying the Income Test more accurately reflects the significance of this acquisition from a business and commercial perspective and its results are generally consistent with the other tests of significance set out in subsection 8.3 (2) of NI 51-102.

13. The application of the Income Test with depreciation of income producing properties excluded results in Grand Allee representing approximately 1.07% of the Filer's income from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007. However, based on the application of the Income Test, pursuant to paragraph (1) of Part 8.2 of NI 51-102, the Filer is required to file a BAR with respect to its acquisition of Grand Allee on or before February 17, 2009.

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.

The decision of the Principal Regulator under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought is granted.

"Jo-Anne Matear"
Assistant Manager, Corporate Finance