OSC publishes Corporate Finance Branch 2014-2015 Annual Report
For Immediate Release OSC
TORONTO – The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today published OSC Staff Notice 51-725 Corporate Finance Branch 2014-2015 Annual Report.
This report provides key information to the individuals and entities the OSC regulates, as well as their advisors, to help them comply with regulatory obligations. It contains observations and guidance from compliance work conducted by the Corporate Finance Branch in fiscal 2015 in several areas, including continuous disclosure and prospectus reviews.
“We strongly encourage issuers, insiders and their advisors to review the report and to use the findings and guidance presented in the report to inform and strengthen their compliance with Ontario securities law,” said Huston Loke, Director of Corporate Finance at the OSC.
The report also provides details on the branch’s policy initiatives in fiscal 2015, including an update on the OSC’s exempt market initiatives. The exempt market is an integral part of the Ontario capital markets and the OSC has been engaged in a review since 2012, considering ways to foster greater access to capital for businesses while protecting the interests of investors. As part of this ongoing effort, the OSC anticipates publication in final form of an offering memorandum prospectus exemption and a crowdfunding regime and their delivery to the Minister of Finance for decision in the fall of this year.
The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets. Investors are urged to check the registration of any persons or company offering an investment opportunity and to review the OSC investor materials available at www.osc.ca