For Immediate Release                                            
April 30, 2015

Canadian securities regulators publish guidance for proxy advisory firms

Montreal - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today adopted National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms (the Policy).

“The Policy recommends best practices that are intended to address the concerns of market participants while recognizing that proxy advisory firms play an important role in the voting process,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “We have taken into consideration the points of view of all stakeholders, including institutional investors and issuers, and we are confident that we have reached a good solution.”

The Policy provides guidance on recommended practices and disclosure for proxy advisory firms to promote transparency in the services they provide to clients and to foster an understanding among market participants about proxy advisory activities. 

The guidance addresses the identification, management and mitigation of actual or potential conflicts of interest; the transparency and accuracy of vote recommendations; the development of proxy voting guidelines; and communications matters.

The Policy is available on CSA members’ websites.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinate and harmonize regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

Sylvain Théberge  
Autorité des marchés financiers
Allison Trollope
Alberta Securities Commission
403 297-2664
Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission
Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission

Kevan Hannah
Manitoba Securities Commission

Andrew Nicholson
Financial and Consumer Services
Commission, New Brunswick

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General

Don Boyles
Financial Services Regulation Div.
Newfoundland and Labrador

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office

Gary MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan