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Requests for Comments Amendments to Toronto Stock Exchange Company Manual (April 6, 2017)

Amendments to Toronto Stock Exchange Company Manual (June 1, 2017)

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(1 version)
 
Jun 1 2017 onwards

Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") is publishing certain proposed amendments (the "Amendments") to the TSX Company Manual (the "Manual"). The Amendments provide for public interest changes to TSX Reporting Form 4 — Personal Information Form (the "PIF"), TSX Reporting Form 4B — Declaration (the "Declaration"), and TSX Listing Application (the "Listing Application"). The Amendments are being published for public comment for a thirty (30) day period.

The Amendments will only become effective following public notice and comment, and approval by the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC"). Comments should be in writing and delivered by July 4, 2017 to:

Joanne Sanci
Legal Counsel, Regulatory Affairs
Toronto Stock Exchange
The Exchange Tower
130 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1J2
Fax: (416) 947-4461
Email: tsxrequestforcomments@tsx.com

A copy should also be provided to:

Susan Greenglass
Director
Market Regulation
Ontario Securities Commission
20 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S8
Fax: (416) 595-8940
Email: marketregulation@osc.gov.on.ca

Comments will be publicly available unless confidentiality is requested.

Overview

TSX is seeking public comment on the Amendments. This Request for Comments explains the reasons for, and objectives of, the Amendments. Following the comment period, TSX will review and consider the comments received and determine whether to proceed with the Amendments as proposed or as modified as a result of comments.

Summary of the Proposed Amendments

  Section of the Manual Amendment
1. PIF (Blackline and Clean versions) As a result of automating the PIF, amend language to remove the requirement to have a PIF notarized by a public notary and to permit an individual to apply a digital signature to the document.
2. Declaration (Blackline and Clean versions) As a result of automating the Declaration, amend language to remove the requirement to have a Declaration notarized by a public notary and to permit an individual to apply a digital signature to the document.
3. Listing Application (Blackline and Clean versions) Amend language to remove the requirement to have a Listing Application notarized by public notary.

Rationale for the Proposed Amendments

PIF Amendments

TSX seeks to improve its client experience, reduce regulatory burden and revolutionize how it connects with its clients. TSX anticipates that it will be automating and making the PIF digitally available online in the future.

Currently, the PIF, as well as any attachments to the PIF (including any photocopies of identification of the individual) is required to be notarized. The PIF also requires an individual to manually sign the PIF and expressly prohibits mechanical or electronic signatures.

In order to provide a complete digital experience to TSX customers, both the requirement for a notarial seal and a manual signature must be removed from the PIF.

The proposed amendments to the PIF seek to reduce the regulatory burden on TSX issuers by improving and simplifying the manner and process by which an individual completes and submits a PIF to TSX, reflects changes in technology and the increasing acceptance of digital signatures. In addition to improving the customer experience by going digital, the removal of the notary requirement may ultimately translate into time and cost savings for insiders. Moreover, the removal of the notary requirement will better align the PIF with the personal information form used by the Canadian Securities Administrators, which is substantially similar to the PIF and is not required to be notarized.

Questions

In responding to any of the questions below, please explain your response.

1. Is it appropriate to remove the requirement to have a PIF notarized?
2. Is it appropriate to permit an individual to apply a digital signature to a PIF?

Declaration Amendments

If within 36 months of submitting a PIF, an insider is required to submit another PIF, such person is permitted to submit a Declaration in lieu of a PIF.

Similar to a PIF, the Declaration, as well as any photocopies of identification of the individual, is required to be notarized. In addition, Declarations are currently manually signed.

Similar to the PIF, the proposed amendments to the Declaration seek to reduce the regulatory burden on TSX issuers by improving and simplifying the manner and process by which an individual completes and submits a Declaration to TSX, reflects changes in technology and the increasing acceptance of digital signatures. In addition to improving the customer experience by going digital, the removal of the notary requirement may ultimately translate into time and cost savings for insiders.

Questions

In responding to any of the questions below, please explain your response.

1. Is it appropriate to remove the requirement to have a Declaration notarized?
2. Is it appropriate to permit an individual to apply a digital signature to a Declaration?

Listing Application Amendments

Currently, the Listing Application is required to be notarized.

The proposed amendments to the Listing Application seek to reduce the regulatory burden on TSX issuers, and may ultimately translate into time and cost savings. There are no current plans to automate and digitize the Listing Application.

Questions

In responding to any of the questions below, please explain your response.

1. Is it appropriate to remove the requirement to have a Listing Application notarized?

TSX is publishing the Amendments for a thirty (30) day comment period, which expires July 4, 2017. The Amendments will only become effective following public notice and comment, and the approval by the OSC.


APPENDIX A
BLACKLINES OF PUBLIC INTEREST AMENDMENTS

Form 4 — Personal Information Form

Form 4B — Declaration

Listing Application


APPENDIX B
CLEAN VERSION OF PUBLIC INTEREST AMENDMENTS

Form 4 — Personal Information Form

Form 4B — Declaration

Listing Application


Requests for Comments Amendments to Toronto Stock Exchange Company Manual (April 6, 2017)

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