What is an insider?
The term "insider" is defined in section 1 of the Securities Act . For purposes of insider reporting requirements, “reporting insiders” as defined in section 1.1 of National Instrument 55-104 must file insider reports. Note that there are additional obligations and prohibitions on “insiders” as defined in the Securities Act, such as the important prohibition on illegal insider trading.
What must insiders report?
You must report (a) beneficial ownership of, or control or direction over, whether direct or indirect, securities of a reporting issuer, and (b) interest in, or right or obligation associated with, a related financial instrument involving a security of a reporting issuer.
For questions and answers on insider reporting and the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI), refer to CSA Staff Notice 55-316. For more information on National Instrument 55-104, see CSA Staff Notice 55-315 Frequently Asked Questions about National Instrument 55-104 Insider Reporting Requirements and Exemptions. You can find more information about insider reporting guidelines for certain derivative transactions in CSA Staff Notice 55-312.
System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI)
SEDI is the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders, established by securities regulatory authorities. SEDI facilitates the filing and public dissemination of insider reports in electronic format via the Internet and the SEDI website.
Video tutorials of SEDI filings
The BCSC produced four videos which demonstrate the most common reports insiders file on SEDI. These include:
- The Initial Opening Balance
- Acquisition or Disposition of Common Shares
- Acquisition or Disposition of Options
- Acquisition or Disposition of Warrants
Required forms for insiders
- Form 55-102F1 - Insider Profile
- Form 55-102F2 - Insider Report
- Form 55-102F3 - Issuer Profile Supplement
- Form 55-102F4 - Issuer Event Report
- Form 55-102F5 - SEDI User Registration Form
- Form 55-102F6 - Insider Report
What is a control person?
The term “control person” is defined in section 1 of the Securities Act and generally means, a person, or combination of persons, who holds a sufficient number of the voting rights attached to all outstanding voting securities of an issuer to affect materially the control of the issuer. Note that, if a person, or combination of persons, holds more than 20% of such voting rights, they are deemed, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, to be a control person. Consult your company's legal counsel if you are in doubt as to your position.
As a control person, how much notice do I have to provide before I can start selling securities?
You must provide at least 7 days notice of your intention to sell by filing a completed and signed Form 45-102F1 (Notice of Intention to Distribute Securities under Section 2.8 of NI 45-102 Resale of Securities) on SEDAR . Ref: NI 45-102 Resale of Securities.
What is the insider reporting deadline for a control person?
A control person selling securities must file an insider report on SEDI within 3 calendar days of each sale of the securities that are referred to in the Form 45-102F1 that the control person is required to file. See section 2.8 of NI 45-102.
Securities Law & Policy
- Securities Act, s. 2 - Insiders
- Securities Act, s. 87 - Insider reports
- NI 55-102 - System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI)
- NI 55-102 Companion Policy - System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI)
- NI 55-104 Insider Reporting Requirements and Exemptions
- NI 55-104 Companion Policy - Insider Reporting Requirements and Exemptions
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