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  • Sec. 501.

    (a) This Part is applicable only to "non-exempt issuers". The decision as to whether an issuer is non-exempt is made by TSX at the time the issuer is originally approved for listing. Reference should be made to Section 309.1 (Industrial companies), 314.1 (Mining companies) or 319.1 (Oil and Gas companies) of this Manual, which outline the requirements for eligibility for exemption from this Section 501. If these requirements are not met at the time of original listing, the exemption may be granted at such later time as they are met either (i) on application in writing by the non-exempt issuer, or (ii) upon review by TSX. TSX may revoke a previously granted exemption in appropriate circumstances. Non-exempt issuers are designated in stock quotations in the financial press as "subject to special reporting rules".
    (b) In addition to complying with all other parts of this Manual, every non-exempt issuer shall give prompt notice to TSX of any proposed material change in the business or affairs of the issuer. See Section 410 for a list of developments likely to require such notice. Material changes other than those described in Subsection 501(c) do not require TSX acceptance under this Part V and TSX will not issue a letter of confirmation or acceptance for such transactions.
    (c) Transactions involving insiders or other related parties of the non-exempt issuer1 (both as defined in Part I) and which (i) do not involve an issuance or potential issuance of listed securities; or (ii) that are initiated or undertaken by the non-exempt issuer and materially affect control (as defined in Part I) require TSX acceptance under this Part V before the non-exempt issuer may proceed with the proposed transaction. Failure to comply with this provision may result in the suspension and delisting of the non-exempt issuer's listed securities (see Part VII of this Manual).

    If the value of the consideration to be received by the insider or other related party exceeds 2% of the market capitalization of the issuer, TSX will require that:
    i) the proposed transaction be approved by the board on the recommendation of the directors who are unrelated to the transaction; and
    ii) the value of the consideration be established in an independent report, other than for executive or director compensation for services rendered unless the consideration appears to be commercially unreasonable, as determined by TSX.
    In addition, if the value of the consideration to be received by the insider or other related party exceeds 10% of the market capitalization of the issuer, TSX will require that the transaction be approved by the issuer's security holders, other than the insider or other related party.

    During any six-month period, transactions with insiders or other related parties will be aggregated for the purposes of this Subsection.
    (d) TSX will advise the non-exempt issuer in writing generally within seven (7) business days of receipt by TSX of the subsection 501(c) notice, of TSX's decision to accept or not accept the notice indicating any conditions to acceptance or its reasons for non-acceptance. Further information or documentation may be requested before TSX decides to accept or not accept notice of a transaction. In reviewing the transaction described in the notice, TSX will consider the applicable provisions of this Manual.
    (e) Where a non-exempt issuer proposes to enter into a Subsection 501(c) transaction, any public announcement of the transaction must disclose that the transaction is subject to TSX acceptance or approval.
    (f) Providing notice under Section 501(b) is in addition to the timely disclosure obligations of listed issuers set out in Sections 406 to 423.4 of this Manual, the provisions of Section 602 and all the other requirements set out in Part VI of this Manual.
    (g) The notice required by this Section 501 should initially take the form of a letter addressed to TSX. For those transactions described in Subsection 501(c), the letter notice must also identify the application of Subsection 501(c) and must contain a request for acceptance. If applicable, the notice should include the appropriate Company Reporting Form (Appendix H: Company Reporting Forms). A press release or information circular filed with TSX does not constitute notice under this Section 501. The letter should contain the essential particulars of the transaction, and state whether: (i) any insider has a beneficial interest, directly or indirectly, in the transaction and the nature of such interest; and (ii) whether and how the transaction could materially affect control of the non-exempt issuer. Copies of all applicable executed agreements must be filed as part of the Section 501 notice as soon as they are available.
    (h) If the proposed change entails an issuance, or potential issuance, of securities, the Section 501 and 602 notices should be combined in a single letter (see Part VI of this Manual).
    (i) TSX must be provided with prompt notice of any changes to the material terms of the transaction described in the notice filed under Subsection 501(c). This applies even if the transaction previously accepted by TSX specifically contemplated future amendments, unless the amendment is solely due to standard anti-dilution provisions in the original agreement. Further information or documentation may be requested before TSX decides to accept or not accept notice of the proposed amendment.

    The listed issuer may not proceed with the proposed amendment unless it is accepted by TSX.

    1 For the purposes of this section, "transactions involving insiders and other related parties of the non-exempt issuer" includes, but is not limited to, (a) services rendered for which fees and commissions are payable; (b) purchases and sales of assets; (c) interest to be received by an insider or other related party pursuant to a loan, but does not include the principal amount of a loan which must be repaid; and (d) a loan by a non-exempt issuer to an insider or a related party, which includes both the principal and interest on any loan.