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Blanket Order #31-510

Securities Act
R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap-S-3.1

     

Document Type:  Blanket Order

Document No:  31-510

Subject:  Transitional relief from the requirement to provide the relationship disclosure information prescribed by section 14.2(1) of NI 31-103 for MFDA member firms

Effective Date:  September 28, 2010
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BLANKET ORDER 31-510

Transitional relief from the requirement to provide the
relationship disclosure information prescribed by section 14.2(1) of 
NI 31-103 for for MFDA member firms


PART 1   DEFINITIONS

1.1  Unless otherwise defined in this decision or the context otherwise requires, terms used in this decision that are defined in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements and Exemptions (NI 31-103) or National Instrument 14-101 Definitions have the same meaning.


PART 2   BACKGROUND

2.1  Under section 14.2(1) [Relationship disclosure information] of NI 31-103, a registered firm must deliver to a client all information that a reasonable investor would consider important about the client's relationship with the registrant. 

2.2  Purusant to section 16.14 of NI 31-103, section 14.2 of NI 31-103 does not apply until September 28, 2010 to a firm that was registered on September 28, 2009.

2.3  The MFDA is currently finalizing its proposal on relationship disclosure information ("MFDA CRM proposal"), published on July 26, 2010 in MFDA Bulletin 0444-P - Proposed amendments to MFDA Rule 2.2 (Client accounts), Policy No. 2 Minimum Standards for account supervision, Rule 2.8 (Client communications) and Rules 5.3 (Client reporting).

2.4  The purpose of the MFDA CRM proposal is to set out detailed requirements to assist registered firms who are MFDA members ("Affected Firm") to comply with the general principle in section 14.2(1) of NI 31-103.

2.5  It is anticipated that the MFDA CRM proposal will be finalized and come into force within one year, but not by September 28, 2010.

2.6  Absent relief, Affected Firms could incur unwarranted costs in firm developing detailed relationship disclosure information to comply with section 14.2(1) of NI 31-103 but then potentially having to change that disclosure to comply with the MFDA CRM proposal when it comes into force.

PART 3   ORDER

3.1  Section 14.2(1) of NI 31-103 does not apply to an Affected Firm, notwithstanding its registration in other categories of registration, until the earliest of September 28, 2011 or the date on which the MFDA CRM comes into force.

PART 4   EFFECTIVE DATE


4.1 This Order will come into effect on September 28, 2010.


DATED at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, this 28th day of September, 2010.

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