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NOTICE OF CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT CONCERNING

INNOVATIVE FINTECH BUSINESSES WITH

THE FINANCIAL SUPERVISORY COMMISSION OF TAIWAN

June 11, 2020

The Ontario Securities Commission, together with the Québec Autorité des marchés financiers, British Columbia Securities Commission, the Alberta Securities Commission, the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan, the Manitoba Securities Commission, the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (New Brunswick) and the Nova Scotia Securities Commission, have recently entered into a Co-operation Agreement ("the Agreement") with the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan ("FSC") concerning co-operation and information sharing between authorities regarding their respective innovation functions. The Agreement provides a comprehensive framework for co-operation and referrals related to the innovation functions which were established through the CSA Regulatory Sandbox initiative and by the FSC.

The Agreement is subject to the approval of the Minister of Finance. The Agreement was delivered to the Minister of Finance on June 9, 2020.

Questions may be referred to:

Pat Chaukos
Director
Office of Economic Growth and Innovation
416-593-2373
pchaukos@osc.gov.on.ca
Yan Kiu Chan
Senior Advisor
Global & Domestic Affairs
416-204-8971
ychan@osc.gov.on.ca

Innovation Functions Co-operation Agreement

Between

The Financial Supervisory Commission, Taiwan

and

The Ontario Securities Commission

The Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec)

British Columbia Securities Commission

The Alberta Securities Commission

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

The Manitoba Securities Commission

The Financial and Consumer Services Commission (New Brunswick)

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Innovation Functions Co-operation Agreement

1 Definitions

For the purposes of this Co-operation Agreement, unless the context requires otherwise:

-- "Authorisation" means the process of licensing, registering, approving, authorising, granting exemptive relief, or otherwise bringing an entity under an Authority's regulatory ambit so that they are authorised to carry on business in providing a financial service or issuing a financial product in the relevant Authority's jurisdiction, and "Authorised" has a corresponding meaning;

-- "Authority" means the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan or a Canadian Authority (and, collectively, "the Authorities");

-- "Canadian Authority" means a securities regulatory authority established in Canada under provincial or territorial statute, that is a signatory or has signed on to this Co-operation Agreement pursuant to Article 9 and is listed in Appendix A.;

-- "Criteria for Support" means the criteria of a Referring Authority that an Innovator Business is required to meet before the Referring Authority refers the Innovator Business to a Receiving Authority;

-- "Innovator Business" means an innovative financial business that has been offered support from an Authority through its Innovation Function, or would qualify for such support;

-- "Innovation Function" means the dedicated function established by an Authority to support innovation in financial services in their respective markets;

-- "Receiving Authority" means:

(a) Where the Referring Authority is the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan, any Canadian Authority to which a referral is made under the agreement, or

(b) Where the Referring Authority is a Canadian Authority, the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan;

-- "Referring Authority" means the Authority that is referring an Innovator Business to the Receiving Authority; and

-- "Regulations" means any securities acts, regulations, regulatory requirements or guidelines applicable in the jurisdiction of an Authority.

2 Introduction

2.1 The Authorities share a mutual desire to promote innovation in financial services in their respective markets. The Authorities have established Innovation Functions in order to do so. The Authorities believe that through co-operation with each other, they will be able to further the promotion of innovation in their respective markets.

2.2 On February 23, 2017, Canadian securities regulatory authorities launched the CSA Regulatory Sandbox, an initiative that supports innovative businesses across Canada. The Regulatory Sandbox helps in developing an in-depth understanding of new securities-related business models that use technology solutions.

2.3 On April 30, 2018, the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan launched the FinTech Regulatory Sandbox, known as the FinTech innovation experimental mechanism, to help FinTech innovators to test and put their new ideas into practice and to accelerate the launch of innovative financial products or services in Taiwan.

Support offered through the Innovation Functions

2.4 The support offered by the Authorities to Innovator Businesses through their Innovation Functions may include:

2.4.1 A dedicated team and/or a dedicated contact for each Innovator Business;

2.4.2 Help for Innovator Businesses to understand the Regulations in the relevant Authority's jurisdiction, and how they apply to their business and them;

2.4.3 Assistance during the pre-Authorisation application phase to:

2.4.3.1 Discuss the Authorisation application process and any Regulations issues that the Innovator Business has identified; and

2.4.3.2 Ensure the Innovator Business understands the relevant Authority's Regulations and what it means for them.

2.4.4 Support during the Authorisation process, including the allocation of Authority's staff who are knowledgeable about financial innovation in their respective markets, to consider the application.

2.4.5 A dedicated contact person after an Innovator Business is Authorised.

3 Purpose

The purpose of this Co-operation Agreement is to provide a framework for co-operation and referrals between the Innovation Functions of the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and any Canadian Authority. The framework centres on a referral mechanism which will enable the Authorities to refer Innovator Businesses to their respective Innovation Functions. It also sets out how the Authorities plan to share and use information on innovation in their respective markets.

4 Principles

4.1 The Authorities intend to provide the fullest possible mutual assistance to one another within the terms of this Co-operation Agreement. This Co-operation Agreement shall be subject to the domestic laws and Regulations of each Authority and shall not modify or supersede any applicable laws and Regulations in force in, or applicable to, any such Authority's respective jurisdiction. This Co-operation Agreement sets forth a statement of intent and accordingly does not create any enforceable rights, and is not legally binding. This Co-operation Agreement is intended to complement, but not affect or alter the terms and conditions of any obligations under any other multilateral or bilateral arrangements concluded between the Authorities or between the Authorities and third parties.

4.2 This Co-operation Agreement is a bilateral arrangement between each Canadian Authority and the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and should not be considered a bilateral agreement between any Canadian Authority.

5 Scope

Referral mechanism

5.1 The Authorities, through their Innovation Functions, will refer to each other Innovator Businesses that would like to operate in the other's jurisdiction.

5.2 Referrals will be made in writing, and shall include information demonstrating that the Innovator Business seeking to operate in the Receiving Authority's jurisdiction meets, or would meet, the Referring Authority's Criteria for Support.

5.3 The Criteria for Support should include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

5.3.1 The Innovator Business shall offer innovative financial products or services that benefit the consumer, investor and/or industry; and

5.3.2 The Innovator Business shall demonstrate that they have conducted sufficient background research on the Receiving Authority's Regulations as they might apply to it.

5.4 Following referral, and provided the Innovator Business meets the Criteria for Support, the Receiving Authority's Innovation Function may offer support to the Innovator Business in accordance with paragraph 2.4 above.

5.5 The Referring Authority acknowledges that when a Receiving Authority provides assistance to an Innovator Business, the Receiving Authority is not expressing an opinion about whether an Innovator Business will ultimately meet the requirements for Authorisation in its jurisdiction.

Information sharing

5.6 The Authorities undertake, subject to applicable domestic laws and Regulations, to:

5.6.1 share information about innovations in financial services in their respective markets, where appropriate. This may include, but is not limited to:

5.6.1.1 Emerging trends and developments (including use of new technologies); and

5.6.1.2 Regulatory issues pertaining to innovation in financial services;

5.6.2 share further information on an Innovator Business which has been referred to a Receiving Authority for support through its Innovation Function by a Referring Authority (including the nature of the support to the Innovator Business by the Referring Authority); and

5.6.3 notify each other of any material changes to the other Authority's Criteria for Support.

6 Confidentiality & Permissible Uses

6.1 Any information disclosed by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan to a Canadian Authority or by a Canadian Authority to the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan under paragraphs 5.1 to 5.6 should be treated by the other Authority as confidential information.

6.2 Information about an Innovator Business included in a referral under paragraphs 5.1 to 5.4 and shared under paragraph 5.6 should be sent to a Receiving Authority only if the Innovator Business consents to that disclosure in writing and provides such consent to both the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and to the Canadian Authority. Where the Receiving Authority is a Canadian Authority, the said consent should also include consent for the Receiving Authority to share such information with any other Canadian Authority, which may include sharing through the CSA Regulatory Sandbox, provided that such sharing is done only for the same purposes pursuant to which the Referring Authority shared the information with the Receiving Authority. Such consent can be withdrawn by the Innovator Business at any time.

6.3 A Receiving Authority should use information disclosed to it by a Referring Authority pursuant to this Co-operation Agreement only for the purpose for which the information was disclosed, unless the Innovator Business and the Referring Authority consents to other uses. For greater clarity, a Receiving Authority may use information about a referred Innovator Business for the purpose of providing support to the referred Innovator Business through the Receiving Authority's Innovation Function and ensuring compliance with the domestic laws and Regulations of the Receiving Authority's jurisdiction.

6.4 If any Canadian Authority is required to disclose any information provided to it by the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan or if the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan is required to disclose any information provided to it by any Canadian Authority pursuant to a requirement of law, such Authority should notify the other Authority prior to complying with such a requirement and should assert all appropriate legal exemptions or privileges with respect to such information as may be available.

7 Term

7.1 This Co-operation Agreement takes effect from the date of execution for all parties, or on the date determined in accordance with each Authority's applicable legislation.

7.2 Each of the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan or any Canadian Authority may terminate this Agreement by the giving of at least 30 days' written notice of termination to the other Authorities. If this Co-operation Agreement is terminated by one or more than one Canadian Authority ("Terminating Authorities"), it shall cease to have effect as between the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and such Terminating Authorities, but will continue to have effect as between the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and any other remaining Canadian Authority.

7.3 In the event of the termination of this Co-operation Agreement, information obtained under this Co-operation Agreement will continue to be treated in the manner set out under paragraph 6.

8 Amendment

8.1 The Authorities will review the operation of this Co-operation Agreement and update its terms as required. The Authorities acknowledge that review may be required if there is a material change to the support offered by a Receiving Authority's Innovation Function to Innovator Businesses referred by a Referring Authority pursuant to paragraph 5.1 or to the Criteria for Support.

8.2 This Co-operation Agreement may be amended if Authorities agree in writing to do so.

9 Additional Parties to the Agreement

Any other Canadian securities regulatory authority may become a party to this Co-operation Agreement by executing a counterpart hereof together with the Financial Supervisory Commission of Taiwan and providing notice to the other signatories which are parties to this Co-operation Agreement, pursuant to which their contact details shall be added to Appendix A.

Executed by the Authorities:

This Co-operation Agreement will be effective from the date of its signing by the Authorities or on the date determined in accordance with each Authority's applicable legislation.

For the Financial Supervisory Commission, Taiwan
For the Ontario Securities Commission
"Tien-Mu Huang"
"Grant Vingoe"
____________________
____________________
Tien-Mu Huang
Grant Vingoe
Chairperson
Acting Chair and CEO
June 05, 2020
June 05, 2020
____________________
____________________
Date
Date
For the Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec)
For the British Columbia Securities Commission
"Louis Morisset"
"Brenda Leong"
____________________
____________________
Louis Morisset
Brenda Leong
President and CEO
Chair and CEO
"June 08, 2020"
"June 02, 2020"
____________________
____________________
Date
Date
For the Alberta Securities Commission
For the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
"Stan Magidson"
"Roger Sobotkiewicz"
____________________
____________________
Stan Magidson
Roger Sobotkiewicz
Chair and CEO
Chair and CEO
"June 03, 2020"
"June 05, 2020"
____________________
____________________
Date
Date
For the Manitoba Securities Commission
For the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (New Brunswick)
"David Cheop"
"Kevin Hoyt"
____________________
____________________
David Cheop
Kevin Hoyt
Chair and CEO
CEO
"June 05, 2020"
"June 05, 2020"
____________________
____________________
Date
Date
For the Nova Scotia Securities Commission
"Paul Radford"
____________________
Paul Radford
Chair
"June 05, 2020"
____________________
Date

Appendix A: Designated Innovation Functions Contact Persons

Financial Supervisory Commission, Taiwan
Ontario Securities Commission
Financial Technology Development and Innovation Center
OSC LaunchPad Co-operation Requests
18F., No.7, Sec. 2, Xianmin Blvd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 22041
20 Queen Street West, 20th Floor
Taiwan
Toronto ON, M5H 3S8
Email: fintechcenter@fsc.gov.tw
Email: osclaunchpad@osc.gov.on.ca
Telephone: (416) 596-4266
Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec)
British Columbia Securities Commission
Director, FinTech and Innovation
BCSC Tech Team
800, Square-Victoria, 22e étage
701 West Georgia Street
Montréal (Québec) H4Z 1G3
P.O. Bx 10142 Pacific Centre
Email: fintech@lautorite.qc.ca
Vancouver (British Columbia) V7Y 1L2
With a copy of Notice of termination (paragraph 7.2) to Corporate Secretary and Executive Director, Legal Affairs
Tel: 604 899-6854
Email: secretariat@lautorite.qc.ca
Email: TechTeam@bcsc.bc.ca
Copy to: COMMSEC@bcsc.bc.ca
Alberta Securities Commission
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
Denise Weeres
Sonne Udemgba
Director, New Economy
Deputy Director
Alberta Securities Commission
601-1919 Saskatchewan Drive
Suite 600, 250-5th Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 0R4
Regina (SK) S4P 4H2
Phone: 403.297.2930
Office: 306 787-5879
Fax: 403.297.2082
Fax: 306 787-5899
Email: Denise.Weeres@asc.ca
Email: sonne.udemgba@gov.sk.ca
Manitoba Securities Commission
Financial & Consumer Services Commission (New Brunswick)
Chris Besko
Deputy Director, Policy, Securities Division
Director, General Counsel
85 Charlotte Street, Suite 300
500-400 St. Mary Avenue
Saint John, NB
Winnipeg (Manitoba) R3C 4K5
E2L 2J2
Tel.: 204 945-2561
Email: Registration-inscription@fcnb.ca
Fax: 204 945-0330
Tel.: 506 658-3060
Toll free: 1 800 655-5244
Email: Chris.Besko@gov.mb.ca
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Executive Director
Suite 400, Duke Tower
5251 Duke Street
Halifax (NS) B3J 1P3
Tel.: 902 424-7768
Email: nsscexemptions@novascotia.ca