Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications -- relief from the prospectus and registration requirements granted to an issuer that is subsidiary of a registered charity -- both the issuer and its parent are organized exclusively for educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable, religious or recreational operations and not for profit -- the relief is subject to conditions equivalent to section 2.38 of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions, with the exception that the net earnings of the issuer may benefit its parent.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am., ss. 25, 53, 74(1).

National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions, s. 2.38.

June 21, 2007

IN THE MATTER OF

THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF

ALBERTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, MANITOBA,

NEW BRUNSWICK, NOVA SCOTIA, ONTARIO,

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, QUEBEC AND

SASKATCHEWAN

(the Jurisdictions)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF

THE MUTUAL RELIANCE REVIEW SYSTEM

FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS

AND

IN THE MATTER OF

PENTECOSTAL FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP INC.

(the Filer)

 

MRRS DECISION DOCUMENT

Background

The local securities regulatory authority or regulator (the "Decision Maker") in each of the Jurisdictions has received an application from the Filer for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdictions (the "Legislation") for:

    • an exemption from the dealer registration requirement in respect of trades in fixed income securities issued in connection with the Program (defined below) of capital loans for charitable purposes (the "Notes"); and

    • an exemption from the prospectus requirement in respect of the distribution of Notes

(collectively the "Requested Relief").

Under the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications ("MRRS"):

(a) the Ontario Securities Commission was selected as the principal regulator for this application, and

(b) this MRRS decision document evidences the decision of each Decision Maker.

Interpretation

Defined terms contained in National Instrument 14-101 -- Definitions have the same meaning in this decision unless they are otherwise defined in this decision.

Representations

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

1. The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (the "PAOC") is a registered charity incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act and is a "charitable organization" for purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada). The PAOC carries on its religious and charitable activities in various provinces in Canada but maintains its head office in Ontario. Member congregations of the PAOC are located in each of the Jurisdictions.

2. The Filer is a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada on March 29, 2005, and is wholly-owned by the PAOC.

3. The Filer is restricted in the business it may carry on and on the powers it may exercise to engaging exclusively in educational, charitable or religious activities.

4. The principal part of such activities will consist of the issuance and distribution of Notes in respect of a program (the "Program") under which individuals associated with PAOC congregations and certain pension or other trusts for which the PAOC is the trustee make capital loans to those congregations for chartable purposes, such as the building or repairing of churches, that are secured by first mortgages.

5. The Filer would be entitled to rely on the exemption provided by section 2.38 of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions in connection with its participation in the Program, but for the application of paragraph (a) thereof, which provides that such exemption is unavailable if any part of the net profits of the Filer accrue to the benefit of any security holder of the Filer.

6. It is contemplated that the Filer may have net profits which will be paid exclusively to the PAOC, which as a registered charity would itself be using such net profits exclusively in furtherance of its own educational, charitable or religious activities.

7. The Filer will deliver an information statement in the form of BC Form 32-901F to each purchaser before the purchaser agrees to purchase the Notes. The information statement will reflect that it is the Filer, not the PAOC, that is issuing the Notes, provide disclosure about both the Filer and the PAOC and provide disclosure about the risk of the individuals no receiving a fixed rate of return on the Notes.

Decision

Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the test contained in the Legislation that provides the Decision Maker with the jurisdiction to make the decision has been met.

The decision of the Decision Makers under the Legislation is that the Requested Relief is granted; provided that:

(c) at the time of the trade:

(i) the Filer is organized exclusively for educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable religious or recreational purposes and not for profit;

(ii) the PAOC is organized exclusively for educational, benevolent, fraternal, charitable religious or recreational purposes and not for profit;

(iii) the Filer is wholly-owned by the PAOC;

(iv) all net earnings of the Filer are paid to the benefit of the PAOC;

(v) no commission or other remuneration was or will be paid in connection with the sale of the Notes;

(vi) the Filer has delivered a copy of this decision to the purchaser of Notes and to the PAOC; and

(vii) in connection with any trade in British Columbia, the Filer delivered an information statement in the form of BC Form 32-901F to each purchaser before the purchaser agreed in writing to purchase the Notes; and

(d) the Requested Relief will expire on the date that is ten years after the date of this decision.

"Harold P. Hands"
Commissioner
Ontario Securities Commission
 
"Lawrence E. Ritchie"
Commissioner
Ontario Securities Commission