BILL NO. 67
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
67 Elizabeth II, 2018
The Honourable Karen Casey
Minister responsible for the Securities Act
First Reading: September 27, 2018
Second Reading: September 28, 2018
Third Reading: October 9, 2018 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 amends the definition of affiliate to capture the regulation of derivatives in addition to the regulation of securities.
Clause 2 updates a date reference in the endorsement.
(a) permits a decision or order made by a recognized self-regulatory organization to be made an order of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and enforced as such;
(b) sets out the procedure to make the decision or order into an order of the Court; and
(c) provides for the rescission or variation of it once it is a Court order.
(a) clarifies the powers of a self-regulatory organization to conduct an investigation;
(b) sets out the procedure a self-regulatory organization must follow when conducting a hearing;
(c) gives a witness in an investigation or hearing the right to be represented by counsel; and
(d) allows a self-regulatory organization to prohibit a person or a company from communicating information relevant to the investigation or hearing to anyone other than the person's or company's lawyer.
Clause 5 adds new Sections required to meet a European Union equivalency deadline of January 1, 2020. They enable securities regulators to establish and regulate financial benchmarks.
Clause 6 permits offering memoranda to be filed in electronic form.
Clause 7 removes the requirement for the consent of the Attorney General before instituting quasi-judicial proceedings. This brings Nova Scotia in line with every other province of Canada.
Clause 8 corrects a typographical error.
(a) provides statutory immunity for panel members, directors, officers, employees and agents of self-regulatory organizations acting in good faith in the exercise of their duties and powers; and
(b) clarifies that Commission members, staff and agents cannot be compelled to testify or provide evidence in a private civil proceeding that is not in the public interest.
Clause 10 adds to the Governor in Council's regulation-making authority and the Commission's rule-making authority with respect to benchmarks.
Clause 11 adopts the Community Economic-Development Corporations Regulations as procedural requirements under which the Governor in Council may make regulations and the Commission may make rules.
1 Subsection 2(2) of Chapter 418 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Securities Act, is repealed and the following subsection substituted:
- (2) A person or company is deemed to be an affiliate of another person or company if one of them is a subsidiary of the other or if both are subsidiaries of the same person or company or if each of them is controlled by the same person or company.
2 Subsection 22(2) of Chapter 418 is amended by striking out "19" in the third line of the endorsement and substituting "20".
3 Chapter 418 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 22 the following Section:
- 22A (1) Any decision or order made by a recognized self-regulatory organization may be made a rule or order of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and shall be enforced in like manner as any rule, order, decree or judgment of that Court.
(2) To make a decision or order of a recognized self-regulatory organization a rule or order of the Supreme Court, the recognized self-regulatory organization may make a certified copy of the decision or order upon which shall be endorsed:
(4) The recognized self-regulatory organization shall forward the certified copy so endorsed to a prothonotary of the Supreme Court, who shall upon receipt thereof enter the same as of record, and it shall thereupon become and be an order of the Court and enforceable as any rule, order, decree or judgment thereof.
(5) Where a decision or order of a recognized self-regulatory organization has been made a rule or order of the Supreme Court, any decision or order of the recognized self-regulatory organization rescinding or varying the same shall be deemed to rescind or vary the rule or order, and may in like manner be made a rule or order of the Court.
4 Section 30 of Chapter 418, as enacted by Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1990 and amended by Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2006, Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2008, Chapter 73 of the Acts of 2010 and Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2014, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (6) the following subsections:
- (7) Where a recognized self-regulatory organization is empowered under the by-laws or rules of the self-regulatory organization to conduct investigations,
(a) the self-regulatory organization, or a person appointed by the self-regulatory organization to conduct the investigation, has the same power as is vested in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia for the trial of civil actions to
- (i) summon and enforce the attendance of a person,
(8) Where a recognized self-regulatory organization is empowered under the by-laws or rules of the self-regulatory organization to conduct hearings, the following applies for the purpose of a hearing:
- (i) summon and enforce the attendance of witnesses,
(b) the failure or refusal of a person summoned as a witness under clause (a) to attend a hearing, to answer questions or to produce documents, records, securities, derivatives, contracts and things that are in that person's custody or possession makes that person, on application to the Court by the person conducting the hearing, liable to be committed for contempt by the Court in the same manner as if that person were in breach of an order or judgment of that court;
- (i) summon and enforce the attendance of witnesses, and
(10) A recognized self-regulatory organization may, by order, prohibit a person or company from communicating information related to an investigation or a hearing to anyone except the person's or company's counsel.
5 Chapter 418 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 30L the following Sections:
- 30M (1) In Sections 30N to 30R,
- (i) determined from time to time by reference to an assessment of one or more underlying interests,
- (A) determining the interest payable, or other sums that are due, under a contract, derivative, instrument or security,
(c) "benchmark contributor" means a person or company that engages or participates in the provision of information for use by a benchmark administrator for the purpose of determining a benchmark, including a person or company subject to a decision under Section 30O;
(2) Where the Director applies for a designation, the Commission shall give the affected benchmark or benchmark administrator the opportunity to be heard before making a decision under subsection (3).
(3) After receiving an application pursuant to subsection (1), the Commission may, where it considers it in the public interest to do so, designate the benchmark as a designated benchmark or designate the benchmark administrator as a designated benchmark administrator of a designated benchmark, as appropriate.
(5) The Commission may, where it considers it in the public interest to do so, cancel the designation of a designated benchmark or a designated benchmark administrator or impose or change the terms and conditions of the designation.
(6) The Commission may not refuse to designate a benchmark or benchmark administrator, cancel the designation of a designated benchmark or designated benchmark administrator, or impose or change the terms and conditions to which a designation is subject, without giving the benchmark administrator an opportunity to be heard.
30O (1) The Commission may, in response to an application by the Director, require a person or company to provide information to a designated benchmark administrator in relation to the designated benchmark if the Commission considers it in the public interest to do so.
(4) Subject to subsection (5), the Commission may, where it considers it in the public interest to do so, cancel or change an order made under subsection (1) or impose or change the terms and conditions of the order.
(5) The Commission may not cancel or change an order made under subsection (1) or impose or change the terms and conditions of the order made under subsection (3) without giving the person or company and the benchmark administrator an opportunity to be heard.
(2) A benchmark contributor shall comply with such requirements as may be prescribed by the regulations, including requirements relating to benchmarks, benchmark administrators, benchmark contributors and benchmark users.
(3) Benchmark administrators, benchmark contributors and their respective directors, officers and employees, and any of their service providers or security holders that are in a prescribed class, shall comply with
30Q (1) A person or company shall not, directly or indirectly, engage or participate in the provision of information to another person or company for the purpose of determining a benchmark if the person or company knows or reasonably ought to know that the information, at the time and in the circumstances in which it is provided, is false or misleading.
30R (1) A person or company shall not, directly or indirectly, engage or participate in conduct relating to a benchmark that improperly influences the determination of the benchmark or produces or contributes to the production of a false or misleading determination of the benchmark.
7 Section 130 of Chapter 418 is repealed.
8 Subsection 133(1D) of Chapter 418, as enacted by Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2006, is amended by striking out "sure" in the second line and substituting "such".
9 (1) Section 149 of Chapter 418, as amended by Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1990, is further amended by adding immediately after subsection (1) the following subsection:
- (1A) No action or other proceeding for damages may be instituted against a recognized self-regulatory organization or a director, officer, employee or agent of a recognized self-regulatory organization for
- (5) Notwithstanding any other enactment or law, no member, employee, officer, servant or agent of the Commission may be required in any civil proceeding, except a proceeding under this Act or a judicial review relating to a proceeding under this Act, to give testimony or to produce any book, record, document or thing respecting information obtained in the discharge of their duties under this Act.
10 Section 150 of Chapter of 418, as amended by Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1990, Chapter 32 of the Acts of 1996, Chapters 18 and 41 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 39 of the Acts of 2002, Chapter 26 of the Acts of 2005, Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2006, Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2008, Chapter 73 of the Acts of 2010, Chapter 34 of the Acts of 2012, Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2014, Chapter 51 of the Acts of 2015 and Chapter 16 of the Acts of 2016, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (v) the following clauses:
- (w) prescribing a category or categories of designated benchmarks for the purpose of subsection (7) of Section 30N;
- (i) the designation of a benchmark or benchmark administrator under Section 30N,
(iii) the disclosure or furnishing of information to the Commission, the public or any person or company by a benchmark administrator, a benchmark contributor or a benchmark user, including requirements for disclosure statements by a benchmark administrator in relation to a benchmark,
(iv) the quality, integrity and sufficiency of the data and the methodology used by a benchmark administrator to determine a benchmark, including requirements for a benchmark administrator to monitor benchmark contributors and data provided by benchmark contributors,
(v) the establishment, publication and enforcement by a benchmark administrator of codes of conduct applicable to benchmark administrators or benchmark contributors and their respective directors, officers, and employees, and any of their service providers or security holders that are in a class prescribed under clause (x), and the minimum requirements to be included in such a code of conduct,
(vi) contractual arrangements related to a benchmark to be entered into by a benchmark administrator or a benchmark contributor and the minimum requirements to be included in the contractual arrangements,
(viii) prohibitions against and procedures regarding conflicts of interest involving a benchmark and benchmark administrators, benchmark contributors and their respective directors, officers and employees, and any of their service providers or security holders that are in a class prescribed under clause (x), including
- (A) procedures to be followed to avoid conflicts of interest,
(xiv) the appointment by benchmark administrators and benchmark contributors of one or more compliance officers and any minimum standards that must be met or qualifications a compliance officer must have,
(xv) the prohibition or restriction of any matter or conduct involving a benchmark by benchmark administrators, benchmark contributors and their respective directors, officers and employees, and any of their service providers or security holders that are in a class referred to in clause (x),
(xix) the governance, compliance, accountability, oversight, audit, internal controls, policies and procedures of a benchmark administrator, benchmark contributor or benchmark user with respect to the use of a benchmark;
- (i) establish plans in the event that a benchmark changes or ceases to be provided or is subject to data failures or business continuity issues, and
- (8A) The Community Economic-Development Corporations Regulations approved by order in council 2011-139, dated April 12, 2011, are deemed to be rules made pursuant to Section 150 and not to be regulations and remain in effect until amended or repealed by regulation or rule.
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