The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has released the January 2010 edition of The Investment Funds Practitioner, a publication intended to assist those that regularly prepare public disclosure documents and applications for exemptive relief on behalf of investment funds. Authored by staff of the OSC's Investment Funds Branch, the Practitioner contains an overview of recent issues emerging from applications for discretionary relief, prospectuses and continuous disclosure documents. Specifically, the OSC provided a number of observations and practice points that may be of interest. Among other things, the publication considers the following:

  • Responding to "novel applications" for relief from the various conflict provisions under Ontario's Securities Act (Act) and National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds (NI 81-102) based on IRC approval. The OSC reminded filers that the Canadian Securities Administrators deliberately chose to maintain the various conflict provisions in local securities legislation and codify only limited exemptions in National Instrument 81-107 Independent Review Committee for Investment Funds. The OSC stated that it intends to complete reviews to assess how the IRC approval system is working with existing codified exemptions.
  • The OSC noted a number of "recurring issues" respecting the mergers and reorganizations of mutual funds, including applications missing required information and filers failing to properly factor in securities regulatory approval into the transaction planning process.
  • The OSC also noted that it generally does not require a parallel application for relief from the conflicts of interest prohibitions under the Act where relief is sought under NI 81-102 to facilitate fund on fund arrangements that do not comply with all the conditions in section 2.5(2) of NI 81-102. The OSC indicated that it is of the view that the exemption codified under section 2.5(7) of NI 81-102 still applies even where the fund has obtained an exemption from some of the conditions in section 2.5(2).
  • Filers were also reminded by the OSC that those wishing to receive a receipt for a (preliminary) prospectus that the (preliminary) prospectus and accompanying material should be received by the OSC on or before noon on the day the receipt is required.
  • The OSC noted that while it has granted relief to file a prospectus beyond the 90 day period, it encourages filers to make applications for this type of relief prior to the expiration of the 90 day period.