| Regulatory Update May 2017

Regulatory Update

TFSA Exemption, FINTRAC Changes, T+2 Settlement Cycle Adoption & SAGES Suspension

TORONTO, Ontario — May 1, 2017

New regulatory changes are coming into effect for Canadian financial service providers this summer and later this year. This Regulatory Update covers the upcoming changes, providing information on CRS Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) reporting exemption, amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, and upcoming issues concerning the investments industry.

TFSAs Exempt from CRS

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently confirmed that Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) are exempt from CRS reporting.

For more information, please see section “3.47, Prescribed non-reporting financial institutions,” of Part XIX of the Income Tax Act in the Canadian Revenue Agency’s Guidance on the Common Reporting Standard.

FINTRAC: Changes to Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act

A number of changes to the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act are coming into effect on July 1, 2017. The changes will primarily affect financial institution business processes and internal policies, but SIT will make small software changes to include heads of international organizations (HIOs).

Here are some important considerations for the upcoming change:

Definitions for Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and Heads of International Organizations (HIOs) can be found on FINTRAC’s website.

Investment Industry Moving to T+2 Settlement Cycle

The Canadian investment industry has committed to moving from a trade date plus three business days (T+3) settlement cycle to a trade date plus two business days (T+2) settlement cycle by September 5, 2017.

For more information, visit the CCMA website.

SAGES Will Be Suspended

The Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Saving (SAGES) will be suspended after December 31, 2017. Contributors have until the end of December 2017 to make a contribution towards an RESP and be eligible for this grant. SIT is currently reviewing changes that may be required to Portfolio Plus.

For more information on SAGES, please visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s website.

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