Implementation of Support Principle Policy to Replace Requesting Letters of Comfort

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  • Type of Publication: Letter
  • Date: February 21, 2000

Please find enclosed a Guidance Note in respect of OSFI’s implementation of its new Support Principle policy. The policy replaces OSFI’s previous practice of requiring the controlling shareholder of a federally regulated financial institution (FRFI) to provide a letter of comfort at the time it either incorporated or acquired control of a FRFI.

Enquiries regarding this policy and its implementation should be directed to the Regulatory Affairs Division, at

This guidance note is available in English and French on OSFI's Internet site ( under the Publications section.

  • Julie Dickson
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Regulation Sector