CSA Canadian Securities Administrators

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2013

Canadian Securities Regulators Provide Update On Transition To New National Systems Service Provider

Toronto – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today provide additional information on the transition process to the new CSA National Systems service provider, CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Inc. (CGI).

On October 12, 2013, CGI will assume responsibility for the hosting, operation and maintenance of the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR), the System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) and the National Registration Database (NRD) (collectively, the “CSA National Systems”).  The implementation cutover will occur over the weekend of October 12, during which time the systems will not be available to market participants.  More details will be provided as the October date approaches.

From October 12, 2013, the CSA Service Desk will provide a single point of contact for all CSA National Systems, user and system fees billing related enquiries and issues.  For continuity purposes, the contact information for the CSA Service Desk will remain the same (telephone number 1-800-219-5381; fax number 1-866-729-8011). The CSA Service Desk will provide service in both English and French.   

Enquiries of a regulatory nature should continue to be directed to the appropriate regulatory authority.  

A number of market participants currently access one or all of the CSA National Systems through a virtual private network (VPN) connection.  These connections must be reconfigured to point to the new service provider’s infrastructure before the transition on October 12.  A CSA/CGI network transition team will work with market participants and their network staff/providers to assist in making these changes.  Any market participant with a current VPN connection who has not been contacted by the end of August should contact the network transition team by email at CSAsystransition@csa-acvm.ca, and include the contact information (name, phone number, and e-mail address) of their network prime.  

SEDAR filers/filing agents who currently have the SEDAR client software installed on their workstations will be provided with a software update. This update must be installed after the cutover to access the SEDAR system. Additional information on this requirement will be provided in September and will be made available on the SEDAR website. 

Please forward any questions concerning today’s update or relating to the transition in general to CSAsystransition@csa-acvm.ca. 

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For more information:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission