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IIROC announces update to Restricted Dealer Member Proposal

February 7, 2013  
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Decision made following extensive consultations

IIROC announces update to Restricted Dealer Member Proposal

Source: www.iiroc.ca

IIROC Press Release

February 7, 2013 (Toronto, Ont.) – The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) today published an update notice regarding the Restricted Dealer Member concept proposal it issued for comment in July 2012.

IIROC initially developed the concept proposal in response to policy concerns relating to the scope of activities being undertaken by certain exempt market dealers (EMDs). The proposal was issued to solicit feedback regarding the possibility of transitioning firms carrying out brokerage activities through an EMD registration to an investment dealer registration, and subject to IIROC supervision.

The IIROC notice explains the reasons underlying its decision not to proceed with the proposal at this time based on feedback it solicited. In reaching our conclusion, IIROC carefully considered the views expressed in the many comment letters received from various industry and investor stakeholders in Canada and the U.S., as well feedback from additional consultations conducted by IIROC.

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today also issued a Staff Notice confirming its view that IIROC should oversee firms that conduct brokerage activities (See CSA Staff Notice 31-333 Follow-up to Broker-Dealer Registration in the Exempt Market Dealer Category). It indicated its intention to publish for comment in 2013 proposed rule amendments to NI 31 – 103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations to prohibit EMDs from conducting brokerage activities.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Becker
Vice President, Public Affairs
416-943-5870
lbecker@iiroc.ca

Charlene Fong
Public Affairs Specialist
416-943-5846
cfong@iiroc.ca

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