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OSFI’s Expansion of Power to Supervise Non-Financial Risks for FRFIs

Regulation | Sep 7, 2023

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OSFI Signals New Regulatory Steps for Financial Institutions' Integrity and Security in Letter to Industry

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recently announced its strategic roadmap to bolster the integrity and security of Canada's federally regulated financial institutions. This move, set to reshape the financial landscape, emphasizes the importance of both financial and non-financial risk management.

  • Broadened Mandate: In June 2023, Parliament expanded OSFI's mandate, emphasizing the need for financial institutions to have robust policies and procedures against potential threats, including foreign interference.
  • Annual Examinations: OSFI will conduct yearly examinations of these institutions to ensure they are equipped against threats to their integrity or security.
  • Transparent Reporting: An annual report detailing these examinations will be presented to the Minister of Finance, reinforcing transparency and accountability.
  • Future Guidelines: OSFI has outlined a timeline for discussions with stakeholders, the release of draft guidelines on operational risk, resilience, integrity, and security, culminating in the final guideline's release in January 2024.

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Next Steps

  • Engage and hold initial discussions with stakeholders in September 2023.
  • Issue a revised draft guideline on operational risk and resilience (E-21) for consultation from September 2023 to February 2024.
  • Issue a draft guideline on integrity or security for consultation from October 2023 to November 2023.
  • Release the final guideline on integrity or security in January 2024.

As OSFI continues to prioritize the security and integrity of Canada's financial institutions, these new provisions signify a proactive approach to risk management. Financial entities and stakeholders should anticipate a more rigorous and transparent regulatory environment, ensuring the continued trust and confidence in the Canadian financial system.


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