Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions -- National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (NI 52-107), s. 5.1 -- the Filers request relief from the requirements under section 3.2 of NI 52-107 that financial statements be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises in order to permit the Filers to prepare financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP -- revocation or variation of decision -- Filers request to have conditions in existing decision replaced with revised conditions.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

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

Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am., s. 144 -- Revocation or variation of decision.

April 28, 2014

IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF NOVA SCOTIA AND ONTARIO (the Jurisdictions) AND IN THE MATTER OF THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS AND IN THE MATTER OF EMERA INCORPORATED AND NOVA SCOTIA POWER INCORPORATED (the Filers)

DECISION

Background

The securities regulatory authority or regulator in each of the Jurisdictions (the Decision Maker) has received an application from the Filers under the securities legislation (the Legislation) of the Jurisdictions seeking exemption (the Exemption Sought) from the requirements of section 3.2 of National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (NI 52-107) that financial statements (a) be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises and (b) disclose an unreserved statement of compliance with IFRS in the case of annual financial statements and an unreserved statement of compliance with IAS 34 in the case of an interim financial report.

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

(a) the Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application;

(b) the Filers have 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, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (the Passport Jurisdictions); and

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

Interpretation

In this decision:

(a) unless otherwise defined herein, terms defined in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions, MI 11-102 or NI 52-107 have the same meaning; and

(b) "activities subject to rate regulation" has the meaning ascribed in the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada Handbook (the "CPA Canada Handbook") as at the date hereof.

Representations

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

1. Emera Incorporated (Emera) and Nova Scotia Power Incorporated (NSPI) are incorporated under the Companies Act (Nova Scotia). The head office of each Filer is located at Barrington Tower, Scotia Square, 1223 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3S8.

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

3. NSPI is a subsidiary of Emera and its financial statements are consolidated into the financial statements of Emera.

4. Each Filer has activities subject to rate regulation.

5. Neither of the Filers is an SEC issuer.

6. Were either of the Filers SEC issuers, they would be permitted by section 3.7 of NI 52-107 to file their financial statements prepared in U.S. GAAP.

7. By orders dated November 15, 2011, in the case of NSPI, and May 17, 2012, in the case of Emera, the Filers have been granted relief substantially similar to the Exemption Sought (together, the Existing Relief).

8. The Existing Relief will expire not later than 1 January 2015.

9. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) continues to work on a project focusing on accounting specific to activities subject to rate regulation. It is not yet known when this project will be completed or whether IFRS will include a specific standard that is mandatory for entities with activities subject to rate regulation.

Decision

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

The decision of the Decision Maker under the Legislation is that:

(a) the Existing Relief is revoked;

(b) the Exemption Sought is granted to each Filer in respect of the Filer's financial statements required to be filed on or after the date of this order, provided that the Filer prepares those financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP; and

(c) the Exemption Sought will terminate in respect of a Filer on the earliest of the following:

(i) 1 January 2019;

(ii) if that Filer ceases to have activities subject to rate regulation, the first day of the Filer's financial year that commences after the Filer ceases to have activities subject to rate regulation; and

(iii) the effective date prescribed by the IASB for the mandatory application of a standard within IFRS specific to entities with rate-regulated activities.

"Kevin Redden"
Director, Corporate Finance
Nova Scotia Securities Commission