Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Search

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), Part I)

Act current to 2023-10-31 and last amended on 2023-06-22. Previous Versions

Staff of the Office

Marginal note:Officers, etc.

 Such employees as are necessary to enable the Superintendent to perform the duties of the Superintendent shall be appointed in accordance with the Public Service Employment Act.

Marginal note:Continuity of employment

 Every person who was an employee of the Department of Insurance or the office of the Inspector General of Banks immediately prior to the coming into force of this Part becomes an employee of the Office and is deemed to have been appointed pursuant to section 11.

Marginal note:Responsibility for human resources management

 In respect of persons appointed under section 11, the Superintendent is authorized to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Treasury Board that relate to human resources management within the meaning of paragraphs 7(1)(b) and (e) and section 11.1 of the Financial Administration Act, and those of deputy heads under subsection 12(2) of that Act, as that subsection reads without regard to any terms and conditions that the Governor in Council may direct, including the determination of terms and conditions of employment and the responsibility for employer and employee relations.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 13
  • 2003, c. 22, s. 177

Marginal note:Collective agreements

 Any collective agreement affecting employees of the Department of Insurance or the office of the Inspector General of Banks that was entered into before the coming into force of this Act remains in force and binds the Superintendent as employer of those persons until the expiration of that agreement.

Marginal note:Classification standards

 Classification standards may be prepared by the Superintendent for positions to which persons are appointed under section 11.

Financial

Marginal note:Appropriation

 Subject to section 17, all expenses incurred in the administration of this Part shall be paid out of moneys appropriated by Parliament for the purpose.

Marginal note:Expenditures out of the C.R.F.

  •  (1) The Minister may make expenditures out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to defray the expenses arising out of the operations of the Office.

  • Marginal note:Authority to spend assessments and revenues

    (2) The Minister may spend, for the purpose mentioned in subsection (1), any assessment and interim assessment received under section 23 or 23.1 and any other revenue arising out of the operations of the Office.

  • Marginal note:Excess expenditures

    (3) The aggregate of expenditures made under subsection (1) shall not at any time exceed by more than $40,000,000, or such other amount as may be specified in an appropriation Act, the total of the assessments and revenues referred to in subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:Treasury Board approval

    (4) No expenditure may be made under subsection (1) without the approval of the Treasury Board if the aggregate of the expenditures actually made under that subsection at any time exceeds the aggregate of

    • (a) all assessments and revenues referred to in subsection (2), and

    • (b) moneys appropriated by Parliament pursuant to section 16.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 17
  • 1997, c. 15, s. 337

Committee

Marginal note:Committee established

  •  (1) There is hereby established a committee consisting of

    • (a) the Superintendent;

    • (a.1) the Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada;

    • (b) the Governor of the Bank of Canada;

    • (c) the Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation; and

    • (d) the Deputy Minister of Finance.

  • Marginal note:Chairman

    (2) The Superintendent is the chairman of the committee.

  • Marginal note:Purpose of committee

    (3) The purpose of the committee is to facilitate consultations and the exchange of information among its members on all matters relating directly to the supervision of financial institutions, bank holding companies or insurance holding companies.

  • Marginal note:Access to information

    (4) Every member of the committee is entitled to any information on matters relating directly to the supervision of financial institutions, bank holding companies or insurance holding companies that is in the possession or under the control of any other member and any member requested by another member to provide any such information shall forthwith provide it.

  • Marginal note:Designated person permitted

    (5) Information requested from one member of the committee by another member may be provided to any person designated by the member making the request.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 18
  • 1996, c. 6, s. 108(E)
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 469
  • 2016, c. 7, s. 169

Conflict of Interest

Marginal note:Ownership

  •  (1) No member of the committee referred to in section 18, person appointed under subsection 5(5) or Deputy Superintendent shall beneficially own, directly or indirectly, any shares of any financial institution, bank holding company, insurance holding company or of any other body corporate, however created, carrying on any business in Canada that is substantially similar to any business carried on by any financial institution.

  • Marginal note:Prohibitions — federal credit union

    (2) No member of the committee referred to in section 18, person appointed under subsection 5(5) or Deputy Superintendent shall

    • (a) directly or indirectly hold any interest or right in membership shares of a federal credit union, within the meaning of section 2 of the Bank Act, in excess of the minimum number of membership shares of the federal credit union that is required for membership; or

    • (b) exercise any right he or she has as a member of such a federal credit union, except any right that he or she has as a customer of the federal credit union.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 19
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 470
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 2122

 [Repealed, 2013, c. 40, s. 159]

Marginal note:No grant or gratuity to be made

  •  (1) The Superintendent, a person appointed under subsection 5(5), a Deputy Superintendent or a person appointed under section 11 shall not accept or receive, directly or indirectly, any grant or gratuity from a financial institution, bank holding company or insurance holding company, or from a director, officer or employee of any of them, and no such financial institution, bank holding company, insurance holding company, director, officer or employee shall make or give any such grant or gratuity.

  • Marginal note:Offence and punishment

    (2) Every person, financial institution, bank holding company or insurance holding company that contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable

    • (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both; or

    • (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 21
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 471

Confidentiality

Marginal note:Information is confidential

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), the following information, and any information prepared from it, is confidential and shall be treated accordingly:

    • (a) information regarding the business or affairs of a financial institution, foreign bank, bank holding company or insurance holding company or regarding persons dealing with any of them that is obtained by the Superintendent, or by any person acting under the direction of the Superintendent, as a result of the administration or enforcement of any Act of Parliament;

    • (b) information received by any member of the committee established by subsection 18(1), or by any person referred to in subsection 18(5) designated by any member of that committee, in the course of an exchange of information permitted by subsection 18(3); and

    • (c) information furnished to the Superintendent pursuant to section 522.27 of the Bank Act.

  • Marginal note:Disclosure by Superintendent

    (1.1) Despite subsection (1), subsections 606(1) and 636(1) of the Bank Act, subsection 435(1) of the Cooperative Credit Associations Act, subsection 672(1) of the Insurance Companies Act and subsection 503(1) of the Trust and Loan Companies Act, the Superintendent may disclose to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada established by section 41 of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act information relating to policies and procedures that financial institutions adopt to ensure their compliance with Parts 1 and 1.1 of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

  • Marginal note:Disclosure permitted

    (2) Nothing in subsection (1) prevents the Superintendent from disclosing any information

    • (a) to any government agency or body that regulates or supervises financial institutions, for purposes related to that regulation or supervision,

    • (a.01) to any other agency or body that regulates or supervises financial institutions, for purposes related to that regulation or supervision,

    • (a.1) to the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or any compensation association designated by order of the Minister pursuant to subsection 449(1) or 591(1) of the Insurance Companies Act, for purposes related to its operation, and

    • (b) to the Deputy Minister of Finance or any officer of the Department of Finance authorized in writing by the Deputy Minister of Finance or to the Governor of the Bank of Canada or any officer of the Bank of Canada authorized in writing by the Governor of the Bank of Canada, for the purposes of policy analysis related to the regulation of financial institutions,

    if the Superintendent is satisfied that the information will be treated as confidential by the agency, body or person to whom it is disclosed.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (2.1) The Governor in Council may make regulations prohibiting, limiting or restricting the disclosure by financial institutions, bank holding companies or insurance holding companies of prescribed supervisory information.

  • Marginal note:Disclosure

    (3) The Superintendent shall disclose, at such times and in such manner as the Minister may determine, such information obtained by the Superintendent under the Bank Act, the Cooperative Credit Associations Act, the Insurance Companies Act and the Trust and Loan Companies Act as the Minister considers ought to be disclosed for the purposes of the analysis of the financial condition of a financial institution and that

    • (a) is contained in returns filed pursuant to the Superintendent’s financial regulatory reporting requirements; or

    • (b) has been obtained as a result of an industry-wide or sectoral survey conducted by the Superintendent in relation to an issue or circumstances that could have an impact on the financial condition of financial institutions.

  • Marginal note:Prior consultation required

    (4) The Minister shall consult with the Superintendent before making any determination under subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Exceptions to disclosure

    (5) Subject to any regulations made under a statute referred to in subsection (3) governing the use by a financial institution of any information supplied to it by its customers, no information obtained by a financial institution regarding any of its customers shall be disclosed or made available under subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Report respecting disclosure

    (6) The Superintendent shall prepare a report, to be included in the report referred to in section 40, respecting the disclosure of information by financial institutions, and describing the state of progress made in enhancing the disclosure of information in the financial services industry.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 22
  • 1991, c. 46, s. 601
  • 1994, c. 26, s. 49(F)
  • 1996, c. 6, s. 109
  • 1997, c. 15, s. 338
  • 1999, c. 28, s. 129
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 472
  • 2004, c. 15, s. 97
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1883

Assessment

Marginal note:Superintendent to ascertain expenses

  •  (1) The Superintendent shall, before December 31 in each year, ascertain the total amount of expenses incurred during the immediately preceding fiscal year for or in connection with the administration of the Bank Act, the Cooperative Credit Associations Act, the Green Shield Canada Act, the Insurance Companies Act, the Protection of Residential Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Act and the Trust and Loan Companies Act.

  • Marginal note:Expenses — pension plans

    (1.1) In every fiscal year, the Superintendent shall

  • Marginal note:Amount conclusive

    (2) Any amount ascertained or estimated by the Superintendent under subsection (1) or (1.1), as the case may be, is final and conclusive for the purposes of this section.

  • Marginal note:Assessment

    (3) As soon as possible after ascertaining the amount referred to in subsection (1), the Superintendent shall assess the amount against each financial institution, bank holding company and insurance holding company to any extent and in any manner that the Governor in Council may, by regulation, prescribe.

  • Marginal note:Interim assessment

    (4) The Superintendent may, during each fiscal year, prepare an interim assessment against any financial institution, bank holding company or insurance holding company.

  • Marginal note:Assessment — pension plans

    (5) In every fiscal year, the Superintendent shall assess, in the prescribed manner, an amount against the administrator of a pension plan. The amount is to be determined as prescribed.

  • Marginal note:Determination of amount assessed

    (6) The determination of the amount referred to in subsection (5) shall take into account the amounts referred to in subsection (1.1).

  • R.S., 1985, c. 18 (3rd Supp.), s. 23
  • 1991, c. 45, s. 558, c. 46, s. 602, c. 47, s. 743
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 142, c. 56, s. 18
  • 1996, c. 6, s. 110, c. 21, s. 72
  • 1997, c. 15, s. 339
  • 1999, c. 28, s. 130
  • 2001, c. 9, s. 473
  • 2010, c. 25, s. 175
  • 2011, c. 15, s. 25
  • 2012, c. 16, s. 94
 
Date modified: