Securities Law

81-102CP - Mutual Funds [Proposed Amendments - Lapsed]

Published Date: 2000-06-16


1.1 Amendment

(1) Companion Policy 81-102CP is amended by the deletion of subsection 2.16(2), the substitution of subsection (2) below as the new subsection 2.16(2) and the addition of subsection (3) below as subsection 2.16(3):

“(2) Because of the broad ambit of the lead-in language to the definition, it is impossible to list every instrument, agreement or security that might be caught by that lead-in language but that is not considered to be a derivative in any normal commercial sense of that term. The Canadian securities regulatory authorities consider conventional floating rate debt instruments, securities of a mutual fund or commodity pool, non-redeemable securities of an investment fund, American depositary receipts and instalment receipts generally to be within this category, and generally will not treat those instruments as specified derivatives in administering the Instrument.

(3) However, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities note that these general exclusions may not be applicable in cases in which a mutual fund invests in one of the vehicles described in subsection (2) with the result that the mutual fund obtains or increases exposure to a particular underlying interest in excess of the limit set out in section 2.1 of the Instrument. In such circumstances, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities are likely to consider that instrument a specified derivative under the Instrument.

(2) Companion Policy 81-102CP is amended by the addition of the following as subsection 13.2(5):

“(5) Subsections 15.8(2) and (3) of the Instrument require disclosure of standard performance data of a mutual fund, in some circumstances, from “the inception of the mutual fund”. It is noted that paragraph 15.6(1)(d) generally prohibits disclosure of performance data for a period that is before the time when the mutual fund offered its securities under a simplified prospectus or before an asset allocation service commenced operation. Also, Instruction (1) to Item 5 of Part B of Form 81-101F1 Contents of Simplified Prospectus requires disclosure of the date on which a mutual fund’s securities first became available to the public as the date on which the mutual fund “started”. Therefore, consistent with these provisions, the words “inception of the mutual fund” in subsections 15.8(2) and (3) should be read as referring to the beginning of the distribution of the securities of the mutual fund under a simplified prospectus of the mutual fund, and not from any previous time in which the mutual fund may have existed but did not offer its securities under a simplified prospectus.”.

(3) Companion Policy 81-102CP is amended by the addition of the following as section 3.2, and the consequent renumbering of existing sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 as sections 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7, respectively:

3.2 Index Mutual Funds

(1) An “index mutual fund” is defined in section 1.1 of the Instrument as a mutual fund that has adopted fundamental investment objectives that require it to either

(a) hold the securities that are included in a permitted index or permitted indices of the mutual fund in substantially the same proportion as those securities are reflected in that permitted index or permitted indices; or

(b) invest in a manner that causes the mutual fund to replicate the performance of that permitted index or those permitted indices.

(2) This definition includes only mutual funds whose entire portfolio is invested in accordance with one or more permitted indices. The CSA recognizes that there may be mutual funds that invest part of their portfolio in accordance with a permitted index or indices, with a remaining part of the portfolio being actively managed. Those mutual funds cannot avail themselves of the relief provided by subsection 2.1(5) of the Instrument, which provides relief from the “10 percent rule” contained in subsection 2.1(1) of the Instrument, because they are not “index mutual funds”. The CSA acknowledge that there may be circumstances in which the principles behind the relief contained in subsection 2.1(5) of the Instrument is also applicable to “partially-indexed” mutual funds. Therefore, the CSA will consider applications from those types of mutual funds for relief analogous to that provided by subsection 2.1(5) of the Instrument.

(3) It is noted that the manager of an index mutual fund may make a decision to base the investments of the mutual fund on a different permitted index than the permitted index previously used. This decision might be made for investment reasons or because that index no longer satisfies the definition of “permitted index” in the Instrument. It is noted that this decision by the manager will be considered by the Canadian securities regulatory authorities generally to constitute a change of fundamental investment objectives, thereby requiring securityholder approval under paragraph 5.1(c) of the Instrument. In addition, this decision would also constitute a significant change for the mutual fund, thereby requiring an amendment to the simplified prospectus of the mutual fund and the issuing of a press release under section 5.10 of the Instrument.”.

(4) Companion Policy 81-102CP is amended by the deletion of section 14.1 and the substitution of the following:

14.1 Calculation of Management Expense Ratio

(1) Part 16 of the Instrument sets out the method to be used by a mutual fund in calculating its management expense ratio. The requirements contained in Part 16 are applicable in all circumstances in which a mutual fund calculates and discloses a management expense ratio. Subsection 16.1(1) applies to disclosure in a simplified prospectus, annual information form or audited annual financial statements. Subsection 16.1(2) applies to all other media through which disclosure could be made.

(2) Subsections 16.1(1) and (2) require the mutual fund to use its “total expenses” before income taxes for the relevant period as the basis for the calculation of management expense ratio. Total expenses before income taxes will include interest charges and taxes of virtually all types, including sales taxes, GST and capital taxes, payable by the mutual fund. Income taxes, of course, would not be included in a calculation of total expenses before income taxes. In addition, Canadian GAAP would permit a mutual fund to deduct withholding taxes from the income to which they apply; therefore, withholding taxes would not be included as part of “total expenses”.

(3) Brokerage charges are not considered to be part of total expenses as they are included in the cost of purchasing, or netted out of the proceeds from selling, portfolio assets.

(4) Subsection 16.1(6) of the Instrument makes reference to a mutual fund indicating, when providing management expense ratio information to a service provider that will arrange for public dissemination of the management expense ratio, whether management fees were waived or paid directly by investors during the relevant period. It is expected that the service providers will include this information in any disclosure of management expense ratio to the public in a manner that is clear and easily understandable by investors. Service providers may use symbols to inform the public of the different elements of a management expense ratio. If symbols are used, they should be accompanied by an explanatory legend.”.


2.1 Effective Date - This Amendment comes into force on , 2000.