Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

 

Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System and National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions – National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (NI 52-107), s. 5.1 – the Filer requests relief from the requirements under section 3.2 of NI 52-107 that financial statements be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises to permit the Filer to prepare its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Applicable Legislative Provisions

 

National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards, s. 5.1.

 

Citation: Re AltaGas Ltd., 2018 ABASC 14

 

January 26, 2018

 

IN THE MATTER OF

THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF

ALBERTA AND ONTARIO

(the Jurisdictions)

 

AND

 

IN THE MATTER OF

THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS

IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS

 

AND

 

IN THE MATTER OF

ALTAGAS LTD.

(the Filer)

 

DECISION

 

Background

 

The securities regulatory authority or regulator in each of the Jurisdictions (each a Decision Maker) has received an application from the Filer for a decision under the securities legislation (the Legislation) of the Jurisdictions exempting the Filer (the Exemption Sought) from the requirements under section 3.2 of National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards (NI 52-107) that financial statements (a) be prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises and (b) disclose an unreserved statement of compliance with IFRS in the case of annual financial statements and an unreserved statement of compliance with IAS 34 in the case of an interim financial report.

 

Under the Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions (for a dual application):

 

(a)           the Alberta Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application;

 

(b)           the Filer has provided notice that subsection 4.7(1) of Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (MI 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (Passport Jurisdictions); and

 

(c)           this decision is the decision of the principal regulator and evidences the decision of the securities regulatory authority or regulator in Ontario.

 

Interpretation

 

In this decision:

 

(a)           unless otherwise defined herein, terms defined in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions, MI 11-102 or NI 52-107 have the same meaning; and


(b)           “activities subject to rate regulation” has the meaning ascribed in the Handbook.

 

Representations

 

This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:

 

1.             The Filer is a corporation formed by amalgamation under the laws of Canada on July 1, 2010. The head office of the Filer is in Calgary, Alberta.

 

2.             The Filer is a reporting issuer in each Jurisdiction and Passport Jurisdiction.

 

3.             The Filer represents that it is not in default of securities legislation in any jurisdiction in Canada.

 

4.             The Filer has “activities subject to rate regulation”.

 

5.             The Filer is not an SEC Issuer. Were the Filer an SEC Issuer, it would be permitted by section 3.7 of NI 52-107 to file its financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

6.             By order cited as Re AltaGas Ltd., 2014 ABASC 61, the Filer was granted substantially similar exemptive relief by the Decision Maker on February 19, 2014 (the Existing Relief) and continues to prepare its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP on that basis.

 

7.             The Existing Relief will expire not later than January 1, 2019.

 

8.             The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) continues to work on a project focusing on accounting specific to activities subject to rate regulation. It is not yet known when this project will be completed or whether IFRS will include a specific standard that is mandatory for entities with activities subject to rate regulation.

 

Decision

 

Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the Decision Maker to make the decision.

 

The decision of the Decision Makers under the Legislation is that:

 

(a)           the Existing Relief is revoked;

 

(b)           the Exemption Sought is granted to the Filer in respect of the Filer’s financial statements required to be filed on or after the date of this decision, provided that the Filer prepares those financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP; and

 

(c)           the Exemption Sought will terminate in respect of the Filer on the earliest of the following:

 

(i)            January 1, 2024;

 

(ii)           if the Filer ceases to have activities subject to rate regulation, the first day of the Filer’s financial year that commences after the Filer ceases to have activities subject to rate regulation; and

 

(iii)          the effective date prescribed by the IASB for the mandatory application of a standard within IFRS specific to entities with activities subject to rate regulation.

 

For the Commission:

 

Stan Magidson”

Chair & CEO

“Tom Cotter”

Vice-Chair