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Companion Policy 33-506CP (Commodity Futures Act)
Registration Information



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The blackline in this document reflects the amendments that have been approved to Companion Policy 33-506CP (Commodity Futures Act) Registration Information. These amendments become effective on July 11, 2011. In addition, Appendix A is new.

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Companion Policy 33-506CP (Commodity Futures Act)

Registration Information

PART 1 - GENERAL

1.1 Purpose -

This Companion Policy sets out how we interpret andor apply OSC Rule 33-506 Registration Information (Commodity Futures Act) Registration Information (the Rule).

The registration requirement in the Commodity Futures Act (CFA) provides protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and enhances capital market integrity and efficiency. The information required under the Rule allows the Director to assess a filer's fitness for registration or for permitted individual status, with regard to their solvency, integrity and proficiency. These fitness requirements are the cornerstones of the registration requirement.

1.2 Definition of permitted individuals

Section 1.1 of the Rule defines a permitted individual as an individual who meets the criteria set forth in either subsection (a) or subsection (b) of the definition, or both. A permitted individual may or may not be a registered individual. For example, the chief executive officer of a registered firm is registered as the firm's ultimate designated person and is also a permitted individual. The definition of permitted individual allows the Rule to separate out the filing requirements which are applicable only to permitted individuals from those which are applicable to registered individuals.

1.3 Overview of the forms

The following forms are submitted byfor firms:

• Form 33-506F6 Firm Registration -- to apply for registration as a dealer or adviser

• Form 33-506F3 Business Locations other than Head Office -- to disclose each business location of the firm and any change of location

The following forms are for individuals and are submitted in NRD format:

• Form 33-506F1 Notice of Termination of Registered Individuals and Permitted Individuals - - to notify the Director that a registered or permitted individual has ceased to have authority to act on behalf of the firm

The following forms are for individuals and are submitted in NRD format:

• Form 33-506F4 Registration of Individuals and Review of Permitted Individuals -- to apply for registration or review as a permitted individual

• Form 33-506F2 Change or Surrender of Individual Categories -- to apply for registration or review in an additional category or to surrender a category

• Form 33-506F7 Reinstatement of Registered Individuals and Permitted Individuals -- to reinstate an individual's registration or a permitted individual status

1.31.4 Notice requirements --

Form 33-506F5 Change of Registration Information is used by firms and individuals to notify the Director of any change to their registration information. Under sections 3.1 and 4.1 of the Rule a registrant and a permitted individual must keep their registration information current on an ongoing basis by filing notices of change of information within the required time.

Appendix A summarizes the notice requirements, time periods and the forms under the Rule to notify the Director of a change to a firm's or individual's registration information.

1.41.5 Contact information --

When a firm submits a form Form 33-506F6, supporting documents or a form Form 33-506F5, it can make the submission using e-mail, fax or mail. Appendix AB attached to this policy sets out the contact information for the Director and for the Investment Industry DirectoryRegulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

PART 2 - FORMS USED BY INDIVIDUALS

2.1 National Registration Database (NRD) --

The NRD is the database containing information about all registrants and permitted individuals under securities or commodity futures legislation in each jurisdiction of Canada. The requirement for firms to enrol, and to make certain submissions, on NRD are set out in OSCOntario Securities Commission Rule 31-509 National Registration Database (Commodity Futures Act). Detailed information about the NRD and the enrolment process is available in the NRD User Guide published at www.nrd-info.ca.

2.2 Form 33-506F4

Types of submissions using Form 33-506F4

The NRD format for submitting a completed form Form 33-506F4 under subsections 2.2(1) or 2.4(1) of the Rule include four distinct NRD submission types that are made in the following circumstances:

Initial Registration, when an individual is seeking registration, or review as a permitted individual, through NRD for the first time

Registration in an Additional Jurisdiction, when an individual is registered or is a permitted individual in a jurisdiction of Canada and is seeking registration, or review as a permitted individual, in an additional jurisdiction

Registration with an Additional Sponsoring Firm, when an individual is registered, or is a permitted individual, on behalf of one sponsoring firm and applies for registration, or seeks review as a permitted individual, to act on behalf of an additional sponsoring firm

Reactivation of registration, when an individual who has an NRD record is applying for registration, reinstatement of registration or is seeking review as a permitted individual and is not eligible under sections 2.3(2) or 2.4(2) of the Rule to submit a Form 33-506F7

Submissions by permitted individuals

Under subsection 2.4(1) of the Rule, within 710 days of becoming a permitted individual, the individual must submit a form Form 33-506F4 for review by the Director. An individual whose registration is suspended may apply to reinstate the registration by submitting a completed form Form 33-506F4 to the Director. This is done with the Reactivation of registration submission on NRD. After making this submission the individual may not conduct activities requiring registration unless and until the Director has approved the application. However, an application for reinstatement or review is not required if the individual meets all of the conditions for automatic reinstatement in subsections 2.3(2) or 2.4(2) of the Rule, which include submitting a completed form Form 33-506F7 to the Director as described in section 2.5 below.

Agent for service

Item 18 Agent for service of Form 33-506F4 is a certification clause by the individual that he or she has completed the appointment for service required in each relevant jurisdiction. There is no distinct form under the Rule for the appointment of an agent for service for use by individuals. Please refer to the form used by the registered firm. This format is acceptable to the Director.

2.3 Form 33-506F2

This form is used by individuals to apply to add or to surrender a registration category or to seek review of a change in their permitted individual category. If an individual has ceased to have authority to act on behalf of their sponsoring firm as a registered or permitted individual in the last jurisdiction of Canada where they were so acting, they cannot submit a form Form 33-506F2. Instead, the individual's sponsoring firm submits a Form 33-506F1 to notify the Director of the termination or cessation of authority to act on behalf of the firm.

2.4 Form 33-506F5 for individuals

Form 33-506F5 should not be used by an individual applying to add or surrender a registration category or to seek review of a change in his/her permitted individual category. In this case, Form 33-506F2 is used. It should also be noted that Form 33-506F5 is not used by an individual that is registered or is a permitted individual in a jurisdiction of Canada and is seeking registration, or review as a permitted individual, in an additional jurisdiction. In this case, a Form 33-506F4 is used and is identified on NRD as Registration in an additional jurisdiction. This also applies to an individual adding a sponsoring firm; Form 33-506F4 is used and is identified on NRD as Registration with an additional sponsoring firm.

2.5 Form 33-506F7 for reinstatement

When an individual leaves a sponsoring firm and joins a new registered firm, they may submit a form Form 33-506F7 to have their registration or permitted individual status reinstated in the same category as before, subject to all of the conditions set out in subsection 2.3(2) or 2.4(2) of the Rule. An individual who meets all of the applicable conditions will be able to transfer directly from one sponsoring firm to another and start engaging in activities requiring registration from the first day that they submit the Form 33-506F7.

2.52.6 Ongoing fitness for registration

Every registrant must maintain their fitness for registration on an ongoing basis. Under the CFA, the Director has discretionary authority to suspend or revoke an individual's registration or to restrict it with terms and conditions at any time. The Director may do this, for example, if it receives information through a notice of termination from an individual's former sponsoring firm or any other source that raises concerns about the individual's continued fitness for registration. Individuals will be given an opportunity to be heard before a decision is made to suspend or revoke registration or to impose terms and conditions.

PART 3 - FORMS USED BY FIRMS

3.1 Form 33-506F6

When a firm submits a form Form 33-506F6 to apply for registration it may pay the regulatory fees by cheque or by using the NRD function called Resubmit Fee Payment.

If a firm applies for registration under the CFA only, it is not required to complete questions 1.4(a), 2.6 and 6.2 of form Form 33-506F6. However, if it applies for registration under both the CFA and the Securities Act, it will be required to complete the entire form Form 33-506F6 pursuant to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information.

3.2 Form 33-506F3

A firm must notify the Director of each business location in the Ontario, including a residence, where a firm's registered individuals are based for the purpose of carrying out activities that require registration. Firms submit this form through the NRD website.

3.3 Discretionary exemption for bulk transfers

The Director will consider an application for an exemption from certain requirements in the Rule to facilitate a reorganization or combination of firms which would otherwise require a large number of submissions to change locations and transfer individuals. The information required, and the conditions to obtain, this type of exemption application are described in the attached Appendix C.

3.4 Form 33-506F1

Under section 4.3 of the Rule, a registered firm must notify the Director no more than 710 days after an individual ceased to have authority to act on behalf of the firm, as a registered or permitted individual. Typically, this occurs due to the termination of the individual's employment, partnership or agency relationship with the firm. However, it also occurs when an individual is reassigned to a different position at the firm that does not require registration or is not a permitted individual category. The form Form 33-506F1 is submitted through the NRD website to give notice of the cessation date and the reason for the termination or cessation.

Under paragraph 4.3(1)(b) of the Rule, the information in item 5 [Details about the termination] of a form Form 33-506F1 must be submitted unless the cessation of authority to act on behalf of the firm was caused by the death or retirement of the individual or the completion of an employment or agency contract. A firm can submit the information in item 5 either at the time of the making the initial submission on NRD, if the information is available within that 710 day period, or within 30 days of the cessation date, by making an NRD submission entitled Update / Correct Termination Information.

PART 4 - DUE DILIGENCE BY FIRMS

4.1 Obligations of former sponsoring firm

After submitting a Form 33-506F1 with regard to a former sponsored individual a firm should promptly send the individual a copy of the completed form Form 33-506F1. Under subsections 4.3(3) and (4) of the Rule, within 710 days of a request by a former sponsored individual a firm must provide the individual with a copy of the form Form 33-506F1 that was submitted, and if necessary, a further copy that includes the information in item 5 of the form Form 33-506F1, within 710 days of submitting that information.

4.2 Obligations of new sponsoring firm

In fulfilling its obligations under subsection 5.1(1) of the Rule a firm should make reasonable efforts to do all of the following:

• establish written policies and procedures to verify an individual's information prior to submitting a Form 33-506F4 or Form 33-506F7 on behalf of the individual

• document the firm's review of an individual's information in accordance with the firm's policies and procedures

• regularly remind registered and permitted individuals about their disclosure obligations under the Rule, such as notifying the Director about changes to their registration information

Under subsection 5.1(2) of the Rule, within 60 days of hiring a sponsored individual a firm must obtain a copy of the most recent Form 33-506F1, if any, for the individual. If a sponsoring firm cannot obtain it from the sponsored individual, as a last resort the individual should request it from the Director.

The information referred to above will assist the firm in meeting its obligations under subsection 5.1(1) of the Rule and should inform the firm's hiring decisions. If an individual is hired before a completed Form 33-506F1 is available and if the firm discovers an inconsistency in the individual's disclosure to the firm or the Director, then the firm should take appropriate action. All of the required information should be available within 60 days of hiring the individual, which will often fall within the individual's probation period under their employment or agency contract.

PART 5 - SECURITIES ACT SUBMISSIONS

5.1 If a person or company is required to make a submission under both MultilateralNational Instrument 33-109 Registration Information and the Rule 33-506 with respect to the same information, the Commission is of the view that a single filing onof a form required under either rule satisfies both requirements.

 

Appendix A

SUMMARY OF NOTICE REQUIREMENTS IN

ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION RULE 33-506

Description of Change

Notice Period

Section

Form submitted

 

Firms -- Form 33-506F6 information

 

 

by e-mail, fax or mail

Part 1 -- Registration details

10 days

 

Form 33-506F5

 

Part 2 -- Contact information, including head office address (except 2.4)

10 days

3.1(1)(b)

 

 

Item 2.4 -- Agent and Address for service [items 3 and 4 of Schedule B to Form 33-506F6]

10 days

3.1(1)(b)

Schedule B to Form 33-506F6 Submission to Jurisdiction

 

Part 3 -- Business history & structure

30 days

3.1(1)(a)

 

 

Part 4 -- Registration history

10 days

 

 

 

Part 5 -- Financial condition

10 days

 

 

 

Part 6 -- Client relationships

10 days

3.1(1)(b)

Form 33-506F5

 

Part 7 -- Regulatory action

10 days

 

 

 

Part 8 -- Legal action

10 days

 

 

 

Firms -- other notice requirements

 

 

in NRD format

 

Open / change of business location (other than head office)

10 days

3.2

Form 33-506F3

 

Termination / Cessation of Authority of a registered or permitted individual -- items 1 - 4 item 5

10 days

4.3(2)(a)

Form 33-506F1

 

 

30 days

4.3(2)(b)

 

 

Individuals -- Form 33-506F4 information

 

 

in NRD format

 

Item 1 -- Name

10 days

 

 

 

Item 2 -- Address

10 days

4.1(1)

 

 

Item 3 -- Personal information

No update required

4.1(3)

 

 

Item 4 -- Citizenship

30 days

4.1(2)

 

 

Item 5 -- Registration jurisdictions

10 days

 

 

 

Item 6 -- Individual categories

10 days

4.1(1)

 

 

Item 7 -- Address for service

10 days

 

 

 

Item 8 -- Proficiency

30 days

4.1(2)

 

 

Item 9 -- Location of employment

10 days

 

 

 

Item 10 -- Current employment

10 days

4.1(1)

 

 

Item 11 -- Previous employment

30 days

4.1(2)

Form 33-506F5

 

Item 12 -- Terminations

10 days

 

 

 

Item 13 -- Regulatory disclosure

10 days

 

 

 

Item 14 -- Criminal disclosure

10 days

4.1(1)

 

 

Item 15 -- Civil disclosure

10 days

 

 

 

Item 16 -- Financial disclosure

10 days

 

 

 

Item 17 -- Ownership of securities

10 days

 

 

 

Change of F4: registrant position or relationship with sponsoring firm / permitted status

10 days

4.1(5)

Form 33-506F2

 

Review of a Permitted individual

10 days after appointment

2.4

Form 33-506F4 or Form 33-506F7, subject to conditions

 

Automatic reinstatement of registration subject to conditions

within 90 days of cessation date

2.4(2)(a)(ii)

Form 33-506F7

 

Appendix B

Contact Information for the OSC and IIROC

OSC
e-mail: registration@osc.gov.on.ca
fax: (416) 593-8283
Ontario Securities Commission
Suite 1903, Box 55
20 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3S8
Attention: Compliance and Registrant Regulation
Telephone: (416) 593-8314
e-mail: registration@osc.gov.on.ca
 
IIROC
e-mail: registration@iiroc.ca
fax: (416) 364-9177
Suite 1600, 121 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3T9
Attention: Registration department

 

Appendix BC

Discretionary Exemption for Bulk Transfers of Locations and Individuals

(1) If a registered firm is acquiring a large number of business locations (for example, as a result of an amalgamation or asset purchase) from one or more other registered firms that are located in Ontario and registered in the same categories as the acquiring firm, and if a significant number of individuals are associated on NRD with the locations, the Director will consider granting an exemption from any or all of the following requirements:

(a) to submit a notice regarding the termination of each employment, partner, or agency relationship under section 4.3 of the Rule;

(b) to submit a registration application or a reinstatement notice for each individual seeking be a registered individual under section 2.2 or 2.3 of the Rule;

(c) to submit a Form 33-506F4 or Form 33-506F7 for each permitted individual under section 2.4 of the Rule;

(d) to notify the Director of a change to the business location information in Form 33-506F3 under section 3.2 of the Rule.

(2) The exemption application should be submitted by the registered firm that will acquire control of the business locations at the closing of the transaction and should be submitted well in advance of the date (transfer date) on which the business locations will be transferred. It would typically be sufficient if a firm submits the application at least 30 days before the transfer date. An application for this type of exemption should include the following information:

(a) the name and NRD number of the registered firm that will acquire control of the business locations;

(b) for each registered firm that is transferring control of the business locations;

(i) the name and NRD number of the registered firm,

(ii) the address and NRD number of each business location that is being transferred from the registered firm named in (b)(i) to the registered firm named in (a),

(iii) the date that the business locations and individuals will be transferred to the registered firm named in (a).

(3) If the exemption is granted, as soon as practicable after the transfer date, the Director will instruct the NRD administrator to record on NRD the transfer of the business locations, registered individuals and permitted individuals.

(4) Bulk transfers involving firms that are registered in different categories or different jurisdictions may need to take additional steps. Firms involved in such a transaction should contact the Director to discuss what steps are required for the firm to be eligible for a bulk transfer exemption as described above.

(5) The firm may set out the information referred to in (2) as follows:

A)
Registered firm that will acquire the business locations
Name:
Firm NRD number:
 
B)
Registered firm transferring the business locations
Name:
Firm NRD number:
 
Business locations that will be transferred
Address of business location:
NRD number of business location:
Address of business location:
NRD number of business location:
(Repeat for each business location as necessary)
 
C)
Date that business locations will be transferred: