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[Breaking News]: Six Canadian securities regulators to adopt start-up crowdfunding exemptions

May 14, 2015:  thumbs upThe securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the "participating jurisdictions") today announced they have implemented, or expect to implement, registration and prospectus exemptions that will allow start-ups and early‑stage companies to raise capital through crowdfunding in these jurisdictions, subject to certain conditions.

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 Canada's National Crowdfunding Association Applauds Regulators for Setting the Stage for Crowdfunding Success

CNW - NCFA Press Release | March 24, 2014

NCFA Crowdfunding HoneycombTORONTO, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ - On March 20, 2014, a total of six (6) provincial regulators announced two main proposals for new Crowdfunding prospectus exemptions that would allow early stage companies such as start-ups and SMEs to raise up to $1.5 million of capital online through the issuance of securities.

This represents a significant leap forward and positive progress for Crowdfunding advocates such as the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada), who has been working diligently with key industry stakeholders, government, regulators, media, eco-system partners and academia, since launching in October 2012, to provide education, research and valuable input into the developmentof a viable 'made in Canada' framework.

"While 2013 was a year of 'awareness and community building' for NCFA Canada, 2014 should prove to be busier than ever. We want to thank all of the Association's founding members, sponsors, directors, advisors, ambassadors, and members for all of their support. We are on the cusp of building something great together - we need your continued support", said Craig Asano, Executive Director of NCFA Canada.

The crowdfunding industry is exploding with entrepreneurs, investors, portal operators, third party service providers and experts from around the world who are all jockeying for position to take advantage of a promising and brand new fundraising channel for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The industry continues to grow at a tremendous rate with global crowdfunding markets increasing from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $5.1 billion in 2013, according to US-based Massolution's industry research report. NESTA, a UK charity focused on innovation initiatives predicts that within 5 years crowdfunding could grow to £15 billion pounds in the UK alone.

The proposed "Start-up Exemption", which has already been adopted in Saskatchewan (SK) last December 2013, would allow start-ups and SMEs to raise up to $300,000 per 12 month calendar year. Investors can invest up to $1,500 per deal on crowdfunding portals that distribute offerings for up to 90 days online. The Start-up Exemption is based-on the Saskatchewan model and provincial regulators in British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are seeking public comments until June 18, 2014.

A second proposal is Ontario's version called the 'Crowdfunding Exemption', which has been a collaborative effort between Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with the Ontario Securities Commission leading the initiative by setting up a dedicated task force that has conducted a remarkable amount of research, hosted numerous town halls and reached out to various community stakeholders to engage in consultation sessions. The 'Crowdfunding Exemption' has higher caps and limits than the SK model, and would allow start-ups and SMEs to raise up to $1,500,000 per 12 month calendar year with investors being able to invest up to $2,500 per deal and up to $10,000 per year.


"The regulators should be commended for their thoughtful and consultative approach. The proposed regulations have some great characteristics and will help propel Canadian early stage companies from the farm team to the big leagues," said Daryl Hatton, CEO/Founder of FundRazr, Canada's leading crowdfunding portal based in B.C.
"Crowdfunding powers business growth and is a strong economic generator for start-ups and SMEs who need capital and investors to fuel innovation, create jobs and compete on the global stage. SMEs are the backbone of Canada's economy representing approximately 50% of GDP an employing 55% of all the jobs in Ontario alone," said Debra Chanda, President of Launch 120, and newly appointed Advisor at NCFA Canada.
In international jurisdictions such as Australia, where equity crowdfunding has been legally permitted for over 5 years, leading portal ASSOB (Australian Small Scale Offerings Board) has raised over $130 million in seed and growth capital for over 130 companies of which 83% of them are still operating without a single incident of fraud.

Crowdfunding was in the spot light in 2013 with the number of Canadian portals more than tripling from 17 in 2012 to over 70 in March 2014, according to the NCFA Canada Crowdfunding Directory. "We've enjoyed high growth last year and the demand for portal software continues to ramp up," said Brock Murray, CEO and Co-founder of Katipult, Canada's leading crowdfunding portal software provider.

View: NCFA Canada equity crowdfunding principles and response to OSC staff consultation paper 45-710

Craig Asano enthused, "We're thrilled that there is such wide support to adopt equity crowdfunding exemptions in various provinces across Canada. The proposed regulations will benefit all Canadians and the entire capital raising eco-system by working to fill the 'funding gap' and pave the way for Canada to support a thriving entrepreneurial culture to compete with other international regions that accelerate growth and provide supportive funding environments."

"We're hopeful that over time, data collected from crowdfunding transactions will enable regulators to 'right size' policy and edge closer to a harmonized set of rules and also lay the foundation for a second market. Education and due diligence will be of the highest importance to ensure early stage crowdfunding markets formed around 'The Start-up Exemption' and the 'Crowdfunding Exemption' proposals are efficient, sustainable and safe for investors," said Myles Harding, President of Inline Reference Check, a leading background and due diligence company.


The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada) is Canada’s Crowdfunding Hub.  Newly formed, dynamic and inclusive, the NCFA Canada works closely with industry groups, government, academia, other business associations and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry and voice across Canada.  Membership is comprised of a network of industry participants including crowdfunding portals, consultants, professional services providers including lawyers, accountants, due diligence companies, start-ups, SMEs and social enterprise groups raising seed and growth capital interested in crowdfunding markets in Canada and beyond.  The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada is a networking and solutions-based organization that provides education, research, advocacy, support and leadership to Canadian crowdfunding communities.  While membership has a Canadian focus, the NCFA Canada remains open and inclusive to International members.   For more information please visit www.ncfacanada.org.

SOURCE: National Crowdfunding Association of Canada (NCFA Canada)

For further information: Craig Asano, National Crowdfunding Association of Canada, Executive Director, (416) 618-0254, www.ncfacanada.org, casano@ncfacanada.org


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  19. SqueezeFord says:

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      Good luck with your campaign. Will be interesting to see which site attracts more presales; your KS campaign or Indie linked directly to the squeezeford website…

      • SqueezeFord says:

        Yes it should be interesting to see how that evolves. Kickstarte had some limitations in terms of the quantities for our rewards. So I had to end up putting it in indiegogo as well . I hope that does not backfire. There is only one way to find out

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    I am currently writing my master thesis about crowdfunding and its potential. I am
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    If you are interested please contact me per mail: kevinberger@ebs-paris.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I can move around easily and truly wish to get as much feedback as i can during my stay.

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    • NCFACanada says:

      Hi Kevin, since you are currently based in Montreal, I’d like to introduce you to Heri and Brun of the SeedingFactory who have significant experience working with companies seeking funding via crowdfunding markets. Also, NCFA would be interested to learn more about the project. We are currently seeking crowdfunding research ambassadors…
      Heri/Bruno, Kevin is conducting research for his European business school program out of Paris and perhaps you could be a good resource for him.
      best Craig

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    When a project is collecting funds are there any taxes involved?

  26. FINANSO says:

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  29. rb says:

    I would like info on receiving crowd funding towards creating a book or movie also this is a new start towards my goal as a writer

  30. Gary Ballan says:

    I have written a collection of over 100 song lyrics. I need funds to get several of my songs put to music and vocals and recorded on demo CD’s. Once I have the songs on demos I can pitch them to producers.

    • NCFA says:

      Hi Gary, there are a few Canadian portals dedicated to helping musicians (and fans) fund their projects such as IOUmusic, sourced.fm and SOkap. Check out the Crowdfunding Directory for the links …http://tinyurl.com/khq6kbc Your first demo should probably be your live pitch to raise funds for your project. Good luck!

  31. Jeffrey Williams says:

    I have an innovative paint product that has the interest of a big box store chain. I need funds to begin making the tooling for the molds. If we present the finished product in its entirety, I am told that the orders will be placed. All that I currently earn goes to bills and it kills me to just sit idling with this.

    Help anyone?

    • NCFACanada says:

      That’s great that you have an innovative product – congratulations. Start by researching your portal options on the Canadian CF Directory (http://www.ncfacanada.org/canadian-crowdfunding-directory/) and reach out to connect with potential partners and crowdfunding experts active in the space. If you are interested in accelerating funding for your project, please get in touch with us and we can introduce you to potential crowdfunding consultants that may be able to assist you for a fee…

    • Will says:

      Jeffrey, just a random question: Could you sell it in smaller non-big box stores? Why not approach them as well, and see if they would be interested in the venture. Those who would benefit from it may be interested in a Crowdfunding opportunity, give them something on both sides and don’t give it to the Big Box make it exclusive – if its as good as you say it is, then there are always others – and I think Crowdfunding provides you this conduit. BTW: the Big Box offer with condition of “Product Entirely” may also be simply a way of starving you out – and then they do it anyway. I hope it isn’t, but why are they not helping you – just sayin.

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  34. CanadianSeajay says:

    What about the individual (not a corporation), say, an inventor … can the required funds, whether to further develop or market the invention, be raised through crowdfunding?

    • NCFACanada says:

      Yes, individuals can raise funds via legally permitted crowdfunding markets. Advised to evaluate tax implications to determine the best route. Ex. cost of repatriating funds back to Canada if raised on overseas portals..

  35. Sean says:

    Will crowdfunding ever be available to public issuers?

    • NCFACanada says:

      Hi Sean,

      Today, there are no restrictions on public companies raising funds via donation or reward based crowdfunding models.

      If, however, you are referring to equity crowdfunding, while not yet legally permitted in Canada, the OSC’s proposed equity crowdfunding framework only requires that the issuing company, its parent, and its principal operating subsidiary be incorporated or organized under Canadian federal laws (or Canadian jurisdiction) and have its head office located in Canada. Thus, under the above scenario, public issuers would be able to use crowdfunding exemptions.

      Thanks for your question

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