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Derivative trade reporting in Canada is a single-sided reporting regime that requires over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives across all asset classes to be reported. The derivatives reporting regulation applies to all ten provinces in Canada. The regulations in each province have been adapted due to the differences in securities laws them.

What is the reporting obligation?

The reporting regulation requires all derivatives transactions involving a local counterparty to be reported to a designated trade repository (TR) or to the Commission. As Canadian reporting is unilateral, the Trade Repositories and Derivatives Data Reporting Rule (TR Rule) outlines a hierarchy for determining which counterparty will be required to report a transaction based on the counterparty to the transaction which is best suited to fulfil the reporting obligation.

Who needs to report?

Any derivatives transactions involving one or more local counterparties must be reported to a TR. The counterparty responsible for reporting is as follows:

(a) if the derivatives transaction is cleared through a ‘reporting clearing agency’, the reporting clearing agency will be the sole reporting counterparty; 

(b) otherwise, if the derivatives transaction is between a derivatives dealer and a counterparty that is not a derivatives dealer, the derivatives dealer will be the sole reporting counterparty;

(c) otherwise, if the counterparties have, at the time of the transaction, agreed in writing that one of them will be the reporting counterparty, the counterparty determined to be the reporting counterparty under the terms of the agreement will be the sole reporting counterparty; and

(d) in any other case, both counterparties to the transaction will be the reporting counterparties. The inclusion of a reporting hierarchy is intended to ensure that reporting is carried out by the counterparty who will be most capable of, and least burdened by, the requirement to report.

The TR Rules reporting hierarchy ensure that reporting is carried out by the counterparty who will be most capable of, and least burdened by, the requirement to report.

What to report and to whom?

The TR Rules require three main types of trade data to be reported:

  1. creation data (including specific terms relating to the derivative);
  2. life-cycle event data (including any change to derivatives data previously reported); and
  3. valuation data (including the current value of the transaction).

Appendix A to the TR Rules provides specific details on the data fields that a reporting counterparty must report.

All Canadian OTC derivatives trades are to be reported to a recognised TR.

When do reports have to be made?

Reporting must be completed no later than the end of the next business day following the day that the transaction was entered into.

Are you exempt from trade reporting obligations?

The TR Rule provides certain exclusions from the requirement to report derivatives data. These are:

  • an exclusion for a local counterparty that has not had, in the preceding twelve months, an aggregate month-end gross notional amount under commodity-based derivatives exceeding $250,000,000;
  • an exclusion from the requirement to report a derivative between a non-resident derivatives dealer and another non-resident counterparty where the derivative is reported in a jurisdiction solely because one or both counterparties is a non-resident derivatives dealer in that jurisdiction; and
  • an exclusion from the requirement to report a derivative between a government of a local jurisdiction and a crown corporation or agency that is consolidated with the government for accounting purposes.

What is a local counterparty?

A local counterparty is defined by the TR Rule as a counterparty that has either:

  • organised under the laws of the jurisdiction;
  • has its head office or principal place of business in the jurisdictions; or
  • is an affiliate of a counterparty referred to in (a) or (b) and is liable for all or substantially all of the liabilities of the counterparty.

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