National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions – relief granted to exchange-traded mutual funds for continuous distribution of securities – relief to permit funds’ prospectus to include a modified statement of investor rights – relief to permit funds’ prospectus to not include an underwriter’s certificate – relief from take-over bid requirements for normal course purchases of securities on the TSX – prospectus form and underwriting certificate relief granted subject to manager filing a prescribed summary document for each fund on SEDAR and other terms and conditions set out in decision document and subject to sunset clause tied to the implementation of rule amendments to create new ETF Facts document to replace summary document.
Applicable Legislative Provisions
Securities Act (Ontario), R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am., ss. 59(1), 147.
National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements, s. 19.1.
Form 41-101F2 Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus, Item 36.2.
National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids, Part 2 and s. 6.1.
February 17, 2017
IN THE MATTER OF
THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF
IN THE MATTER OF
THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS
IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS
IN THE MATTER OF
MANULIFE ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED (the Filer),
MANULIFE MULTIFACTOR CANADIAN LARGE CAP INDEX ETF,
MANULIFE MULTIFACTOR U.S. LARGE CAP INDEX ETF,
MANULIFE MULTIFACTOR U.S. MID CAP INDEX ETF AND
MANULIFE MULTIFACTOR DEVELOPED INTERNATIONAL INDEX ETF (the Proposed ETFs)
The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer on behalf of itself, the Proposed ETFs and such other exchange-traded mutual funds as may be established by the Filer or an affiliate of the Filer and managed by the Filer in the future (the Future ETFs, and together with the Proposed ETFs, the ETFs, each an ETF) for a decision under the securities legislation of the principal regulator (the Legislation) that:
(a) exempts the Filer and each ETF from the requirement to include a certificate of an underwriter in an ETF’s prospectus (the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement);
(b) exempts the Filer and each ETF from the requirement to include in an ETF’s prospectus the statement respecting purchasers’ statutory rights of withdrawal and remedies of rescission or damages in substantially the form prescribed in item 36.2 of Form 41-101F2 Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus (the Prospectus Form Requirement); and
(c) exempts a person or company purchasing ETF Securities (as defined below) in the normal course through the facilities of the TSX or another Marketplace (as defined below) from the Take-Over Bid Requirements (as defined below)
(collectively, the Exemption Sought).
Under the Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions (for a passport application):
(a) the Ontario Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application; and
(b) the Filer has provided notice that section 4.7(1) of Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (MI 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in all of the provinces and territories of Canada other than the Jurisdiction (together with the Jurisdiction, the Jurisdictions).
Terms defined in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions, MI 11-102 and National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds (NI 81-102) have the same meaning if used in this decision, unless otherwise defined.
“Affiliate Dealer” means a registered dealer that is an affiliate of an Authorized Dealer or Designated Broker and that participates in the re-sale of Creation Units (as defined below) from time to time.
“Authorized Dealer” means a registered dealer that enters into an agreement with the Filer authorizing the dealer to subscribe for, purchase and redeem Creation Units from one or more ETFs on a continuous basis from time to time.
“Designated Broker” means a registered dealer that enters into an agreement with the ETFs to perform certain duties in relation to an ETF, including posting a liquid two-way market for the trading of the ETF Securities listed on the TSX or another Marketplace.
“ETF Facts” means a prescribed summary disclosure document required pursuant to the amendments to the Legislation effective after the date of this decision in respect of one or more classes or series of ETF Securities being distributed under a prospectus.
“ETF Security” means a listed security of an ETF.
“Marketplace” means a “marketplace” as defined in National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation that is located in Canada.
“Net Asset Value per ETF Security” means in relation to a particular ETF, the net asset value per ETF Security of a class or series of the ETF, as applicable.
“Other Dealer” means a registered dealer that acts as authorized dealer or designated broker to exchange-traded funds that are not managed by the Filer and that has received relief under a Prospectus Delivery Decision.
“Prescribed Number of ETF Securities” means the number of ETF Securities determined by the Filer from time to time for the purpose of subscription orders, exchanges, redemptions or for other purposes.
“Prospectus Delivery Decision” means a decision granting relief from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement to a Designated Broker, Authorized Dealer, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer dated August 24, 2015 or any subsequent decision granting similar relief to a Designated Broker, Authorized Dealer, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer.
“Prospectus Delivery Requirement” means the requirement that a dealer, not acting as agent of the purchaser, who receives an order or subscription for a security offered in a distribution to which the prospectus requirement of the Legislation applies, send or deliver to the purchaser or its agent, unless the dealer has previously done so, the latest prospectus and any amendment either before entering into an agreement of purchase and sale resulting from the order or subscription, or not later than midnight on the second business day after entering into that agreement.
“Securityholders” means beneficial and registered holders of ETF Securities.
“Summary Document” means a document, in respect of one or more classes or series of ETF Securities being distributed under a prospectus, prepared in accordance with Appendix A.
“Take-Over Bid Requirements” means the requirements applicable to take-over bids in Part 2 of National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids.
“TSX” means the Toronto Stock Exchange or any successor exchange to the TSX.
This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
1. The Filer is a corporation established under the laws of the Province of Ontario, with its head office located in Toronto, Ontario.
2. The Filer is registered as an investment fund manager in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador and as a portfolio manager in each of the Jurisdictions.
3. The Filer will be the investment fund manager of the ETFs and the initial portfolio manager of the Proposed ETFs. The Filer is not in default of any of its obligations under the securities legislation of any of the Jurisdictions.
4. Each ETF will be a mutual fund governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario and a reporting issuer under the laws of some or all of the Jurisdictions.
5. Each ETF will be subject to NI 81-102, subject to any exemptions therefrom that have been, or may be, granted by the applicable securities regulatory authorities. Securityholders of each ETF will have the right to vote at a meeting of Securityholders of the ETF in respect of the matters prescribed by NI 81-102.
6. The ETF Securities will be listed on the TSX or another Marketplace.
7. ETF Securities will be distributed on a continuous basis in one or more of the Jurisdictions under a prospectus prepared, filed and receipted in accordance with National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements and other applicable securities legislation, subject to any exemptions that have been or may be granted by the applicable securities regulatory authorities.
8. A Prescribed Number of ETF Securities may generally only be subscribed for or purchased directly from the ETFs by Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers and generally only on any trading day on the TSX or other Marketplace (a Creation Unit). Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers subscribe for Creation Units for the purpose of facilitating investor purchases of ETF Securities on the TSX or another Marketplace.
9. The Net Asset Value per ETF Security of each of the ETFs will be calculated each trading day on the TSX or other Marketplace and will be made available daily on the Filer’s website.
10. In addition to subscribing for and re-selling Creation Units, Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers will also generally be engaged in purchasing and selling ETF Securities of the same class or series as the Creation Units in the secondary market. Other Dealers may also be engaged in purchasing and selling ETF Securities of the same class or series as the Creation Units in the secondary market despite not being an Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker or Affiliate Dealer.
11. According to the Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers, Creation Units will generally be commingled with other ETF Securities purchased by the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers in the secondary market. As such, it is not practicable for the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers or Affiliate Dealers to determine whether a particular re-sale of ETF Securities involves Creation Units or ETF Securities purchased in the secondary market.
12. Neither the Authorized Dealers nor the Designated Brokers will receive any fees or commissions in connection with the issuance of ETF Securities to them. The Filer may, at its discretion, charge an administration fee on the issuance of Creation Units to Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers.
13. Designated Brokers perform certain other functions, which include standing in the market with a bid and ask price for ETF Securities for the purpose of maintaining liquidity for the ETF Securities.
14. Except for Authorized Dealer and Designated Broker subscriptions for Creation Units, as described above, and other distributions that are exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement under the Legislation, ETF Securities generally may not be purchased directly from an ETF. Investors are generally expected to purchase and sell ETF Securities, directly or indirectly, through dealers executing trades through the facilities of the TSX or another Marketplace. ETF Securities may also be issued directly to investors upon the reinvestment of distributions of income or capital gains.
Exemption from the Take-Over Bid Requirements
15. As equity securities that will trade on the TSX or another Marketplace, it is possible for a person or company to acquire such number of ETF Securities so as to trigger the application of the Take-Over Bid Requirements. However,
a. it will not be possible for one or more Securityholders to exercise control or direction over an ETF as the constating documents of each ETF will provide that there can be no changes made to such ETF which do not have the support of the Filer;
b. it will be difficult for the purchasers of ETF Securities or an ETF to monitor compliance with the Take-Over Bid Requirements because the number of outstanding ETF Securities will always be in flux as a result of the ongoing issuance and redemption of ETF Securities by each ETF; and
c. the way in which ETF Securities will be priced deters anyone from either seeking to acquire control, or offering to pay a control premium for outstanding ETF Securities because pricing for each ETF Security will generally reflect the net asset value of the ETF Securities.
16. The application of the Take-Over Bid Requirements to the ETFs would have an adverse impact on the liquidity of the ETF Securities because they could cause the Designated Brokers and other large Securityholders to cease trading ETF Securities once the Securityholder has reached the prescribed threshold at which the Take-Over Bid Requirements would apply.
Exemption from the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement
17. The Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers will not provide the same services in connection with a distribution of Creation Units as would typically be provided by an underwriter in a conventional underwriting.
18. The Filer will generally conduct its own marketing, advertising and promotion of the ETFs.
19. The Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers (like similar authorized dealers and designated brokers) will not be involved in the preparation of an ETF’s prospectus, will not perform any review or any independent due diligence of the contents of such prospectus and will not incur any marketing costs or receive any underwriting fees or commissions from the ETFs or the Filer in connection with the distribution of ETF Securities. The Authorized Dealers and Designated Brokers generally seek to profit from their ability to create and redeem ETF Securities by engaging in arbitrage trading to capture spreads between the trading prices of ETF Securities and their underlying securities and by making markets for their clients to facilitate client trading in ETF Securities.
Exemption from the Prospectus Form Requirement
20. Securities regulatory authorities have advised they take the view that the first re-sale of a Creation Unit on the TSX or another Marketplace will generally constitute a distribution of Creation Units under the Legislation and that the Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers are subject to the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with such re-sales. Re-sales of ETF Securities in the secondary market that are not Creation Units would not ordinarily constitute a distribution of such ETF Securities subject to the Prospectus Delivery Requirement.
21. Under the applicable Prospectus Delivery Decision, Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers are exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with the re-sale of Creation Units to investors on the TSX or another Marketplace. Under the applicable Prospectus Delivery Decision, Other Dealers are also exempt from the Prospectus Delivery Requirement in connection with the re-sale of creation units of other exchange-traded funds that are not managed by the Filer.
22. Each Prospectus Delivery Decision includes a condition that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer undertakes that it will, unless it has previously done so, send or deliver to each purchaser of an ETF Security who is a customer of the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer, and to whom a trade confirmation is required under the applicable securities legislation to be sent or delivered by the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer in connection with the purchase, the latest Summary Document filed in respect of the ETF Security, not later than midnight on the second day, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, after the purchase of the ETF Security.
23. The Filer will file with the applicable Jurisdictions on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) a Summary Document for each class or series of ETF Securities and will provide or make available to the applicable Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers the requisite number of copies of the Summary Document for the purpose of facilitating their compliance with the applicable Prospectus Delivery Decision within the timeframe necessary to allow Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers to effect delivery of the Summary Document as contemplated in the applicable Prospectus Delivery Decision.
24. The Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement is required to reflect the relief provided in each Prospectus Delivery Decision. Accordingly, the Filer will include language in each ETF’s prospectus explaining the impact on a purchaser’s statutory rights as a result of the Prospectus Delivery Decision in replacement of the language prescribed by the Prospectus Form Requirement.
25. The securities regulatory authorities have published final rule amendments that will require the Filer to file an ETF Facts in respect of each class or series of ETF Securities in connection with the filing of a prospectus. The requirement to file an ETF Facts in the prescribed form is expected to take effect on September 1, 2017 and supersede the requirement for the Filer to file a Summary Document under this decision. Since the introduction of the ETF Facts will be subject to a transition period, there may be a period of time where some ETFs have an ETF Facts while others have a Summary Document. If the Filer files an ETF Facts with respect to a class or series of ETF Securities, the Filer will use such ETF Facts instead of a Summary Document to satisfy its obligations under this decision with respect to any purchase of such class or series of ETF Securities that occurs after the filing of such ETF Facts.
The principal regulator is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the principal regulator to make the decision.
1. The decision of the principal regulator under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought is granted in respect of the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement and the Prospectus Form Requirement, provided that the Filer will be in compliance with the following conditions:
(a) The Filer files with the applicable Jurisdictions on SEDAR the Summary Document for each class or series of ETF Securities concurrently with the filing of the final prospectus for that ETF;
(b) The Filer displays on its website in a manner that would be considered prominent to a reasonable investor the Summary Document for each class or series of ETF Securities for each ETF;
(c) The Filer amends the Summary Document at the same time it files any amendments to an ETF’s prospectus that affect the disclosure in the Summary Document and files the amended Summary Document with the applicable Jurisdictions on SEDAR and makes it available on its website in a manner that would be considered prominent to a reasonable investor;
(d) The Filer provides or makes available to each Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer, the number of copies of the Summary Document of each ETF Security that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer reasonably requests in support of compliance with its respective Prospectus Delivery Decision;
(e) (i) Each ETF’s prospectus, as the same may be amended from time to time, will incorporate the relevant Summary Document by reference;
(ii) Each Proposed ETF’s prospectus, pro forma prospectus or any amendment thereto will, and each Future ETF’s preliminary prospectus, pro forma prospectus, prospectus or any amendment thereto, will contain the disclosure referred to in paragraph 24 above; and
(iii) Each Proposed ETF’s prospectus or pro forma prospectus will, and each Future ETF’s preliminary prospectus, prospectus or pro forma prospectus will, disclose both the relief granted pursuant to the Exemption Sought and the Prospectus Delivery Decision under Item 34.1 of Form 41-101F2 Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus, as applicable;
(f) The Filer obtains an executed acknowledgement from each Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker and Affiliate Dealer, and uses its best efforts to obtain an acknowledgment from each Other Dealer:
(i) indicating such dealer’s election, in connection with the re-sale of Creation Units on the TSX or another Marketplace, to send or deliver the Summary Document in accordance with a Prospectus Delivery Decision or, alternatively, to comply with the Prospectus Delivery Requirement; and
(ii) if the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer agrees to deliver the Summary Document in accordance with a Prospectus Delivery Decision:
A. an undertaking that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer will attach or bind one ETF’s Summary Document with another ETF’s Summary Document only if the documents are being sent or delivered under the Prospectus Delivery Decision at the same time to an investor purchasing ETF Securities of each such ETF; and
B. confirming that the Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker, Affiliate Dealer or Other Dealer has in place written policies and procedures to ensure that it is in compliance with the conditions of the Prospectus Delivery Decision.
(g) The Filer will keep records of which Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers, Affiliate Dealers and Other Dealers have provided it with an acknowledgement under a Prospectus Delivery Decision, and which intend to rely on and comply with the Prospectus Delivery Decision or intend to comply with the Prospectus Delivery Requirement;
(h) The Filer files with its principal regulator, to the attention of the Director, Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch, on or before January 31st in each calendar year, a certificate signed by its ultimate designated person certifying that, to the best of the knowledge of such person, after making due inquiry, the Filer has complied with the terms and conditions of this decision during the previous calendar year;
(i) If the Filer files an ETF Facts instead of a Summary Document with respect to a class or series of ETF Securities, the latest ETF Facts filed in respect of such class or series of ETF Securities must be substituted for the Summary Document in order to satisfy the foregoing conditions with respect to any purchase of such class or series of ETF Securities that occurs after the date of the filing of such ETF Facts;
(j) Conditions (a), (b), (c) and (e)(i) above do not apply to the Exemption Sought with respect to a class or series of an ETF Security if the Filer files an ETF Facts for such class or series of the ETF Security; and
(k) Conditions (d), (e)(ii), (e)(iii), (f), (g) and (h) above do not apply to an ETF with respect to the Exemption Sought after any new legislation or rule dealing with the Prospectus Delivery Decision takes effect and any applicable transition period has expired.
2. The Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement, as it relates to one or more of the Jurisdictions, will terminate on the latest of: (i) the coming into force of any legislation or rule dealing with the Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement, or (ii) the end date of any applicable transition period for any legislation or rule dealing with the Exemption Sought from the Prospectus Form Requirement.
3. The decision of the principal regulator under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought in respect of the Take-Over Bid Requirements is granted.
As to the Exemption Sought in respect of the Underwriter’s Certificate Requirement:
Ontario Securities Commission
Ontario Securities Commission
As to the Exemption Sought in respect of the Prospectus Form Requirement and the Take-Over Bid Requirements:
Manager, Investment Funds and Structured Products
Ontario Securities Commission
CONTENTS OF SUMMARY DOCUMENT
1. Items 1 to 10 represent the minimum disclosure required in a Summary Document for a fund. The inclusion of additional information is not precluded so long as the Summary Document does not exceed a total of four pages in length (two pages double-sided).
2. Terms defined in National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, National Instrument 81-105 Mutual Fund Sales Practices or National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure and used in this Summary Document have the meanings that they have in those national instruments.
3. Information in the Summary Document must be clear and concise and presented in plain language.
4. The format and presentation of information in the Summary Document is not prescribed but the information must be presented in a manner that assists in readability and comprehension.
5. The order of the Items outlined below is not prescribed, except for Items 1 and 2, which must be presented as the first 2 items in the Summary Document.
6. Each reference to a fund in this Appendix A refers to an ETF as defined in the decision above.
Item 1 – Introduction
Include at the top of the first page a heading consisting of:
(a) the title “Summary Document”;
(b) the name of the manager of the fund;
(c) the name of the fund to which the Summary Document pertains; and
(d) the date of the document.
Item 2 – Cautionary Language
Include a statement in italics in substantially the following form:
“The following is a summary of the principal features of this fund. You can find more detailed information about the fund in the prospectus. The prospectus is available on [insert name of the manager of the fund] website at [insert manager of the fund website], or by contacting [insert name of the manager of the fund] at [insert manager of the fund’s email address], or by calling [insert telephone number of the manager of the fund].”
Item 3 – Fund Details
Include the following disclosure:
(a) ticker symbol;
(b) fund identification code(s);
(c) index ticker (as applicable);
(f) inception date;
(g) RSP eligibility;
(h) DRIP eligibility;
(i) expected frequency and timing of distributions, and if applicable, the targeted amount for distributions;
(j) management expense ratio, if available; and
(k) portfolio manager, when the fund is actively managed.
Item 4 – Investment Objectives
Include a description of the fundamental nature of the fund, or the fundamental features of the fund that distinguishes it from other funds.
Include a description of what the fund primarily invests in, or intends to primarily invest in, such as:
(a) a description of the fund, including what the fund invests in, and if it is trying to replicate an index, the name of the index, and an overview of the nature of securities covered by the index or the purpose of the index; and
(b) the key investment strategies of the fund.
Item 5 – Investments of the Fund
1. Include a table disclosing:
(a) the top 10 positions held by the fund; and
(b) the percentage of net asset value of the fund represented by the top 10 positions.
2. Include at least one, and up to two, charts or tables that illustrate the investment mix of the fund’s investment portfolio.
(a) The information required under this Item is intended to give a snapshot of the composition of the fund’s investment portfolio. The information required to be disclosed under this Item must be as at a date within 60 days before the date of the Summary Document.
(b) The information required under Item 5(2) must show a breakdown of the fund’s investment portfolio into appropriate subgroups and the percentage of the aggregate net asset value of the fund constituted by each subgroup. The names of the subgroups are not prescribed and can include security type, industry segment or geographic location. The fund should use the most appropriate categories given the nature of the fund. The choices made must be consistent with disclosure provided under “Summary of Investment Portfolio” in the fund’s MRFP.
(c) For new funds where the information required to be disclosed under this Item is not available, provide a brief statement explaining why the required information is not available.
Item 6 – Risk
1. Include a statement in italics in substantially the following form:
“All investments involve risk. When you invest in the fund the value of your investment can go down as well as up. For a description of the specific risks of this fund, see the fund’s prospectus.”
2. If the cover page of the fund’s prospectus contains text box risk disclosure, also include a description of those risk factors in the Summary Document.
Item 7 – Fund Expenses
1. Include an introduction using wording similar to the following:
“You don’t pay these expenses directly. They affect you because they reduce the fund’s returns.”
2. Provide information about the expenses of the fund in the form of the following table:
(as a % of the fund’s value)
Management expense ratio (MER)
This is the total of the fund’s management fee and operating expenses.
Trading expense ratio (TER)
These are the fund’s trading costs.
The amount included for fund expenses is the amount
arrived at by adding the MER and the TER.
3. If the information in (2) is unavailable because the fund is new including wording similar to the following:
“The fund’s expenses are made up of the management fee, operating expenses and trading costs. The fund’s annual management fee is [*]% of the fund’s value. Because this fund is new, its operating expenses and trading costs are not yet available.”
Use a bold font or other formatting to indicate that fund expenses is the total of all ongoing expenses set out in the chart and is not a separate expense charged to the fund.
Item 8 – Trailing Commissions
1. If the manager of the fund or another member of the fund’s organization pays trailing commissions, include a brief description of these commissions.
2. The description of any trailing commission must include a statement in substantially the following words:
“The trailing commission is paid out of the management fee. The trailing commission is paid for as long as you own the fund.”
Item 9 – Other Fees
1. Provide information about the amount of fees payable by an investor, other than those already described or payable by designated brokers and underwriters.
2. Include a statement using wording similar to the following:
“You may pay brokerage fees to your dealer when you purchase and sell units of the fund.”
(a) Examples include any redemption charges, sales charges or other fees, if any, associated with buying and selling securities of the fund.
(b) Provide a brief description of each fee disclosing the amount to be paid as a percentage (or, if applicable, a fixed dollar amount) and state who charges the fee.
Item 10 – Statement of Rights
State in substantially the following words:
Under securities law in some provinces and territories, you have:
the right to cancel your purchase within 48 hours after you receive confirmation of the purchase, or
other rights and remedies if this document or the fund’s prospectus contains a misrepresentation. You must act within the time limit set by the securities law in your province or territory.
For more information, see the securities law of your province or territory or ask a lawyer.
Item 11 – Past Performance
If the fund includes past performance:
1. Include an introduction using wording similar to the following:
This section tells you how the fund has performed over the past [insert the lesser of 10 years or the number of completed calendar years] years. Returns are after expenses have been deducted. These expenses reduce the fund’s returns.
It’s important to note that this doesn’t tell you how the fund will perform in the future as past performance may not be repeated. Also, your actual after-tax return will depend on your personal tax situation.
2. Show the annual total return of the fund, in chronological order for the lesser of:
(a) each of the 10 most recently completed calendar years; and
(b) each of the completed calendar years in which the fund has been in existence and which the fund was a reporting issuer.
3. Show the:
(a) final value, of a hypothetical $1,000 investment in the fund as at the end of the period that ends within 60 days before the date of the Summary Document and consists of the lesser of:
(i) 10 years, or
(ii) the time since inception of the fund,
(b) the annual compounded rate of return that would equate the initial $1,000 investment to the final value.
In responding to the requirements of this Item, a fund must comply with the relevant sections of Part 15 of National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds as if those sections applied to a Summary Document.
Item 12 – Benchmark Information
If the Summary Document includes benchmark information, ensure this information is consistent with the fund’s MRFP and presented in the same format as Item 11.