Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

National Policy 11-203 Process For Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions - National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles, Auditing Standards and Reporting Currency, s. 9.1 - The Filer requests relief from the requirements under section 3.2 of National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (NI 52-107) that financial statements be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises (the Exemption Sought) to permit the Filer to prepare its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP for its financial years that begin on or after 1 January 2012 but before 1 January 2015.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards, s. 5.1.

[TRANSLATION]

July 11, 2011

IN THE MATTER OF
THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF
QUÉBEC AND ONTARIO
(the Jurisdictions)
AND
IN THE MATTER OF
THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF
APPLICATIONS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS
AND
IN THE MATTER OF
VALENER INC.
(the Filer)
DECISION

Background

The securities regulatory authority or regulator in each of the Jurisdictions (the Decision Maker) has received an application from the Filer for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdictions (the Legislation) exempting the Filer from the requirements under section 3.2 of Regulation 52-107 respecting Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (Regulation 52-107) that financial statements be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises (the Exemption Sought) to permit the Filer to prepare its financial statements (including the financial statements of Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) included in the financial statements of the Filer) in accordance with U.S. GAAP for its financial years that begin on or after 1 January 2012 but before 1 January 2015.

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

(a) the Autorité des marchés financiers is the principal regulator for this application;

(b) the Filer has provided notice that subsection 4.7(1) of Regulation 11-102 respecting Passport System (Regulation 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (the Passport Jurisdictions); and

(c) this decision is the decision of the principal regulator and evidences the decision of the securities regulatory authority or regulator in Ontario.

Interpretation

Terms defined in Regulation 14-101 respecting Definitions, Regulation 11-102, Regulation 51-102 respecting Continuous Disclosure Obligations or Regulation 52-107 have the same meaning if used in this decision, unless otherwise defined herein.

Representations

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

1. The Filer is a corporation incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act, R.S.C. (1985), c. C-44. The head office of the Filer is in Montréal, Québec.

2. The Filer is a reporting issuer or equivalent in the Jurisdictions and each of the Passport Jurisdictions and is not in default of securities legislation in any jurisdiction.

3. The Filer is not an SEC issuer.

4. The Filer has "activities subject to rate regulation" as defined in the Handbook.

5. As a "qualifying entity" for the purposes of section 5.4 of Regulation 52-107, the Filer is permitted by that provision to prepare its financial statements for its financial year commencing 1 October 2011 and ending 30 September 2012 in accordance with Canadian GAAP - Part V of the Handbook.

6. Were the Filer an SEC issuer, it would be permitted by section 3.7 of Regulation 52-107 to file financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, which accords treatment of "activities subject to rate regulation" similar to that under Canadian GAAP - Part V.

Decision

Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the Decision Maker to make the decision.

The decision of the Decision Makers under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought is granted provided that:

(a) for its financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2012 but before 1 January 2015 and interim periods therein, the Filer files its financial statements (including the financial statements of Gaz Métro included in the financial statements of the Filer) accordance with U.S. GAAP; and

(b) information for comparative periods presented in the financial statements referred to in paragraph (a) is prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Exemption Sought will terminate in respect of the Filer's financial statements for annual periods (and interim periods therein) commencing on or after the earlier of:

(c) 1 January 2015; and

(d) the date on which the Filer ceases to have "activities subject to rate regulation" as defined in the Handbook as at the date of this decision.

"Louis Morisset"
Superintendent Securities Markets
Autorité des marchés financiers