Next Edge Capital Corp.
National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions -- relief granted from National Instrument 81-101 Mutual Fund Prospectus Disclosure to combine the simplified prospectus of an alternative mutual fund with the simplified prospectus of a conventional mutual fund.
Applicable Legislative Provisions
National Instrument 81-101 Mutual Fund Prospectus Disclosure, ss. 5.1(4) and 6.1(1).
September 16, 2021
IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF ONTARIO (the Jurisdiction) AND IN THE MATTER OF THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS AND IN THE MATTER OF NEXT EDGE CAPITAL CORP. (the Filer) AND NEXT EDGE BIOTECH AND LIFE SCIENCES OPPORTUNITIES FUND NEXT EDGE STRATEGIC METALS AND COMMODITIES FUND (THE EXISTING ALTERNATIVE FUNDS) AND THE ALTERNATIVE MUTUAL FUNDS ESTABLISHED IN THE FUTURE AND MANAGED BY THE FILER OR AN AFFILIATE OF THE FILER (THE FUTURE ALTERNATIVE FUNDS, AND TOGETHER WITH THE EXISTING ALTERNATIVE FUNDS, THE ALTERNATIVE FUNDS)
The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer on behalf of the Alternative Funds for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdiction of the principal regulator (the Legislation) that grants relief to the Alternative Funds from the requirement in subsection 5.1(4) of National Instrument 81-101 Mutual Fund Prospectus Disclosure (NI 81-101) which states that a simplified prospectus (SP) for an alternative mutual fund must not be consolidated with a SP of another mutual fund if the other mutual fund is not an alternative mutual fund in order to permit SP(s) for one or more Alternative Funds to be consolidated with the SP(s) of one or more mutual funds existing today or created in the future (i) that are reporting issuers to which NI 81-101 and National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds (NI 81-102) apply, (ii) that are not alternative mutual funds, and (iii) for which the Filer, or an affiliate of the Filer, acts as the investment fund manager (the Conventional Funds, and together with the Alternative Funds, the Funds) (the Exemption Sought).
Under the Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions (for a passport application):
(a) the Ontario Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application; and
(b) the Filer has provided notice that subsection 4.7(1) of Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (MI 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in each of the other provinces and territories of Canada (together with Ontario, the Canadian Jurisdictions).
Terms defined in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions, MI 11-102 and NI 81-102.
This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
1. The Filer is a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada with a head office in Toronto.
2. The Filer is registered as: (i) an Investment Fund Manager in Ontario, Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador; (ii) a Portfolio Manager in Alberta and Ontario; and (iii) as an Exempt Market Dealer in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec and Saskatchewan.
3. The Filer, or an affiliate of the Filer, is, or will be, the investment fund manager of each Fund.
4. The Filer is not in default of the securities legislation in any of the Canadian Jurisdictions.
5. Each Alternative Fund is, or will be, established under the laws of Ontario or Canada as a mutual fund that is a trust or a class of shares of a mutual fund corporation and is, or will be, a reporting issuer in one or more of the Canadian Jurisdictions.
6. Each Conventional Fund is not, or will not be, an alternative mutual fund.
7. The Existing Alternative Funds are not in default of the securities legislation in any of the Canadian Jurisdictions.
8. The securities of each Fund are, or will be, qualified for distribution in one or more of the Canadian Jurisdictions using a SP, annual information form (AIF), fund facts and/or ETF facts document(s) prepared and filed in accordance with the securities legislation of such Canadian Jurisdictions.
9. If an Alternative Fund offers both securities which are listed on a stock exchange and securities which are not listed on a stock exchange, the Alternative Fund will have received permission to distribute such securities using a SP rather than a long form prospectus pursuant to National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (NI 41-101).
10. The Filer wishes to combine the SP(s) for one or more Alternative Funds with the SP(s) of one or more Conventional Funds in order to reduce renewal, printing and related costs. Offering the Alternative Funds using the same SP and AIF as the Conventional Funds would facilitate the distribution of the Alternative Funds in the Canadian Jurisdictions under the same prospectus disclosure and enable the Filer to streamline disclosure across the Filer's fund platform.
11. Even though the Alternative Funds are, or will be, alternative mutual funds, they share, or will share, many common operational and administrative features with the Conventional Funds and combining them in the same SP will allow investors to more easily compare the features of the Alternative Funds and the Conventional Funds.
12. Investors will continue to receive the fund facts and/or ETF facts document(s), as applicable, when purchasing securities of the Alternative Funds or Conventional Funds as required by applicable securities legislation. The form and content of the fund facts and ETF facts document(s) of the Alternative Funds and Conventional Funds will not change as a result of the Exemption Sought. The SP and/or AIF of the Alternative Funds and Conventional Funds will continue to be provided to investors, upon request, as required by applicable securities legislation.
13. NI 41-101 does not contain a provision equivalent to subsection 5.1(4) of NI 81-101. Accordingly, an investment fund manager that manages exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is permitted to consolidate a prospectus under NI 41-101 for its ETFs that are alternative mutual funds with a prospectus for its ETFs that are conventional mutual funds. There is no reason why mutual funds filing a prospectus under NI 81-101 should be treated differently from ETFs filing a prospectus under NI 41-101.
The principal regulator is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the principal regulator to make the decision.
The decision of the principal regulator is that the Exemption Sought is granted.