PIMCO Canada Corp.
National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions -- relief granted from subsection 5.1(4) of NI 81-101 to permit simplified prospectus of alternative mutual funds to be consolidated with simplified prospectus of mutual funds that are not alternative mutual funds.
Applicable Legislative Provisions
National Instrument 81-101 Mutual Funds Prospectus Requirements, ss. 5.1(4) and 6.1.
April 27, 2022
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 PIMCO CANADA CORP. (the Filer)
The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer on behalf of PIMCO Diversified Multi-Asset Fund (Canada) (the Existing Alternative Fund) and any alternative mutual fund established or restructured in the future and managed by the Filer or an affiliate of the Filer (collectively with the Existing Alternative Fund, 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 for an alternative mutual fund must not be consolidated with a simplified prospectus of another mutual fund if the other mutual fund is not an alternative mutual fund (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 National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds (NI 81-102) have the same meaning if used in this decision, unless otherwise defined.
This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
1. The Filer is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia. The Filer's head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.
2. The Filer is registered as (i) an investment fund manager in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador; (ii) a portfolio manager in each of the provinces of Canada; (iii) an exempt market dealer in each of the provinces of Canada; (iv) a commodity trading manager in Ontario; and (v) an adviser under the Commodity Futures Act (Manitoba).
3. The Filer, or an affiliate of the Filer, is, or will be, the investment fund manager of each Alternative 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. The Existing Alternative Fund is not in default of the securities legislation in any of the Canadian Jurisdictions.
7. The securities of each Alternative Fund are, or will be, qualified for distribution in one or more of the Canadian Jurisdictions using a simplified prospectus and fund facts document prepared and filed in accordance with the securities legislation of such Canadian Jurisdictions. Each Alternative Fund is, or will be, subject to the requirements of NI 81-101 and NI 81-102.
8. The Filer wishes to combine the simplified prospectus of the Alternative Funds with the simplified prospectus of mutual funds existing today or created in the future (i) that are reporting issuers to which NI 81-101 and 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) in order to reduce renewal, printing and related costs. Offering the Alternative Funds using the same simplified prospectus 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.
9. 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 simplified prospectus will allow investors to more easily compare the features of the Alternative Funds and the Conventional Funds.
10. The ability to file the same simplified prospectus for the Alternative Funds and the Conventional Funds will ensure that the Filer can make corresponding changes to the operational and administrative features of Alternative Funds and the Conventional Funds in a consistent manner, if required.
11. Investors will continue to receive the fund facts document(s) when purchasing securities of the Alternative Funds or Conventional Funds as required by applicable securities legislation. The form and content of the fund facts document(s) of the Alternative Funds and Conventional Funds will not change as a result of the Exemption Sought.
12. The simplified prospectus of the Alternative Funds and Conventional Funds will continue to be provided to investors, upon request, as required by applicable securities legislation.
13. National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (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 under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought is granted.