Revised Guidance for Companies that Determine Segregated Fund Guarantee Capital Requirements Using an Approved Model

Document Properties

  • Type of Publication: Letter
  • Date: December 14, 2010
  • Reference: Advisory for Life / IHCs
  • To:
    • Federally Regulated Life Insurance Companies,
    • Insurance Holding Companies

Guideline A, Minimum Continuing Capital and Surplus Requirements (MCCSR) for Life Insurance Companies, the Advisory Supplementary Information for Life Insurance Companies that Determine Segregated Fund Guarantee Requirements Using an Approved Model and the OSFI Instruction Guide Use of Internal Models for Determining Required Capital for Segregated Fund Risks (MCCSR) describe the capital requirements for life insurance companies with segregated fund guarantee risk exposure.

The Advisory accompanying this letter describes new minimum calibration criteria for models that, with OSFI approval, may be used to determine segregated fund guarantee capital requirements.

The new minimum calibration criteria will apply to segregated fund guarantee models approved for use in determining capital requirements for business written on or after January 1, 2011. It is OSFI’s expectation that these criteria and their scope of application will be further considered as part of OSFI’s announced process for developing more market consistent techniques for determining segregated fund guarantee capital requirements, as noted in OSFI’s July 28, 2010 letter to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (PDF, 92 kB).

Questions concerning the Advisory should be addressed to Michael Bean, Director, Capital Division, at (416) 954-0503, or by e-mail at The Advisory will come into effect on January 1, 2011.

  • Mark E. White
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Regulation Sector