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Alberta and Saskatchewan securities regulators seek comment on proposed new small business financing initiative

ASC | Denise Weeres | March 25, 2021

ASC seeking comment - Alberta and Saskatchewan securities regulators seek comment on proposed new small business financing initiativeCalgary – The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAA) are seeking input on a proposal designed to provide greater access to capital by start-ups and other small businesses in Alberta and Saskatchewan and broaden investment opportunities for investors in those provinces.

“Small businesses in our provinces continue to face challenging economic conditions so it’s important that we pursue new approaches to facilitate their ability to access capital while still protecting investors,” said Stan Magidson, Chair and CEO of the ASC. “We are hopeful that this proposal will help address the financing challenges of small local businesses that do not currently have the profile or growth prospects to attract the interest of venture capitalists or public capital markets,” added Roger Sobotkiewicz, Chair and CEO of the FCAA.

The proposed new small business financing prospectus exemption would allow Alberta and Saskatchewan businesses to raise up to $5 million from investors in those provinces who wouldn’t qualify to invest under other prospectus exemptions. The exemption contemplates the use of a simple, streamlined offering document with tiered offering and investment limits depending on whether financial statements are provided to investors.

See:  Sep 22, 2019: NCFA Response to ASC Consultation Paper 11-701: Energizing Alberta’s Capital Market

Details of the proposal are set out in CSA Multilateral Notice and Request for Comment 45-539 Proposed Prospectus Exemption for Small Business Financing available on the websites of the ASC and the FCAA. The comment period for the proposed new prospectus exemption is open until May 7, 2021.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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ASC | Denise Weeres | Mar 25, 2021

ASC seeks comment on proposed new small business finder’s exemption

CALGARY – March 25, 2021 - The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) is seeking input on a proposed new registration exemption for finders to help start-ups and other small businesses in Alberta with capital raising.

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The proposed new small business finder’s exemption would replace ASC Blanket Order 31-505 Registration Exemption For Trades In Connection With Certain Prospectus-Exempt Distributions (known as the northwestern exemption). It will provide a more targeted exemption from the dealer registration requirement that is intended to enhance investor protection and better integrate with the existing and proposed prospectus exemptions that small businesses in Alberta can rely on.

“Small businesses are an important part of our economy. We understand that when they are raising small amounts of capital, they may not be able to attract a registered dealer to assist with the financing and may need to look to finders to help them identify potential investors,” said Stan Magidson, Chair and CEO of the ASC. “The goal of this proposed exemption is to assist Alberta small businesses address their capital raising challenges but with conditions that prioritize investor protection.”

Details of the proposal are set out in ASC Notice and Request for Comment Proposed Revocation of ASC Blanket Order 31-505 Registration Exemption For Trades In Connection With Certain Prospectus-Exempt Distributions and Replacement with Proposed ASC Blanket Order 31-536 Alberta Small Business Finder’s Exemption. The comment period for the proposed new registration exemption is open until May 7, 2021.

The ASC is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province's securities laws. It is entrusted with fostering a fair and efficient capital market in Alberta and with protecting investors. As a member of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the ASC works to improve, coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada's capital markets.

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