Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
OSFI supports relevant disclosures to ensure stakeholders have access to key risk information that would enable them to gain a thorough understanding and knowledge of domestic systemically important banks’ (D-SIBs’
Footnote 1) activities. Many bodies recognize the importance of disclosure
Footnote 2 as a key tool for decision-making and market discipline. Accordingly, disclosures help OSFI to meet our mandate of protecting depositors, policyholders, and creditors by ensuring appropriate information is available for the public to understand the financial condition of Canadian federally regulated D-SIBs and the risks to which they are exposed.
In the wake of the 2007-09 financial crisis, it became apparent that the existing Pillar 3 framework
Footnote 3 did not adequately promote the identification of internationally active banks material risks and did not provide sufficiently comparable information to enable market participants to assess a bank’s overall capital adequacy and to compare it with its peers.
To address the problems identified through the financial crisis, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) published the following three standards that together comprise the complete Pillar 3 Framework:
Revised Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements
In January 2020, the BCBS integrated the Phase I, II and III standards of the Pillar 3 Framework into the consolidated Basel framework.
Footnote 4 The Pillar 3 Framework aims to address the problems identified through the financial crisis and to improve comparability and consistency of financial regulatory disclosures through more standardized formats between banks and across jurisdictions.
This Guideline provides OSFI’s expectations for the domestic implementation of the complete Pillar 3 Framework. More specifically, this Guideline, on its implementation date, replaces OSFI’s April 2017 Guideline on Revised Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements (Phase I) and provides clarification on the domestic implementation of Phases II and III of the Pillar 3 Framework for Canadian D-SIBs.
It is important that Canadian D-SIBs continue to retain high levels of public confidence and to have public disclosure practices covering their financial condition and risk management activities that are among the best of their international peers.
In recognizing the need to adapt the BCBS’s Pillar 3 Framework for Canadian D-SIBs, OSFI considered the relevance and importance of improving the overall comparability and consistency of disclosures across Canadian D-SIBs and alignment with internationally active banks in other jurisdictions.
The guidance that follows is the same as the BCBS Guidance with slight modifications to reflect OSFI-specific language or requirements. These modifications do not change the BCBS requirements and are highlighted below.
References to "the Committee" or “BCBS” in the Basel guidance have been changed to "OSFI" in sections I and II to reflect that these are OSFI expectations.
References to "banks" in the Basel guidance have been changed to "D-SIBs" in sections I and II to reflect that these are OSFI expectations.
The Annexes to this Guideline provide schedules that summarize the cumulative disclosure requirements, indicate whether they are required in a fixed or flexible format, and list the publishing frequency associated with each table and template.
This Guideline applies to the Canadian D-SIBs. Disclosure requirements are an integral part of the framework. Unless otherwise stated, for tables and templates applicable to “all banks”, it refers to internationally active banks at the top consolidated level. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.2].
OSFI has agreed upon five guiding principles for D-SIBs' Pillar 3 disclosures. Pillar 3 complements the minimum risk-based capital requirements and other quantitative requirements (Pillar 1) and the supervisory review process (Pillar 2) and aims to promote market discipline by providing meaningful regulatory information to investors and other interested parties on a consistent and comparable basis. The guiding principles aim to provide a firm foundation for achieving transparent, high-quality Pillar 3 risk disclosures that will enable users to better understand and compare a D-SIB’ business and its risks. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.13]
Principle 1 – Disclosures should be clear – Disclosures should be presented in a form that is understandable to key stakeholders (ie investors, analysts, customers, and others) and communicated through an accessible medium. Important messages should be highlighted and easy to find. Complex issues should be explained in simple language with important terms defined. Related risk information should be presented together. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.14]
Principle 2 – Disclosures should be comprehensive – Disclosures should describe a D-SIB’s main activities and all significant risks, supported by relevant underlying data and information. Significant changes in risk exposures between reporting periods should be described, together with the corresponding responses by management. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.15]
Disclosures should provide sufficient information in both qualitative and quantitative terms on a D-SIB’s processes and procedures for identifying, measuring, and managing those risks. The level of detail of such disclosure should be proportional to a D-SIB’s complexity. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.16]
Approaches to disclosure should be sufficiently flexible to reflect how senior management and the board of directors internally assess and manage risks and strategy, helping users to better understand a D-SIB’s risk tolerance/appetite. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.17]
Principle 3 – Disclosures should be meaningful to users – Disclosures should highlight a D-SIB’s most significant current and emerging risks and how those risks are managed, including information that is likely to receive market attention. Where meaningful, linkages must be provided to line items on the balance sheet or the income statement. Disclosures that do not add value to users' understanding or do not communicate useful information should be avoided. Furthermore, information which is no longer meaningful or relevant to users should be removed. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.18]
Principle 4 – Disclosures should be consistent over time – Disclosures should be consistent over time to enable key stakeholders to identify trends in a D-SIB’s risk profile across all significant aspects of its business. Additions, deletions, and other important changes in disclosures from previous reports, including those arising from a D-SIB’s specific, regulatory or market developments, should be highlighted and explained. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.19]
Principle 5 – Disclosures should be comparable across D-SIBs – The level of detail and the format of presentation of disclosures should enable key stakeholders to perform meaningful comparisons of business activities, prudential metrics, risks and risk management between D-SIBs and across jurisdictions. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.20]
OSFI expects D-SIBs to implement this Guideline as follows:
For the reporting period ending April 30, 2023, continue to disclose the tables and templates already required by OSFI (Annex 1). In addition, OSFI expects D-SIBs to update and disclose prospectively the eight tables and templates in Annex 2 of this Guideline. D-SIBs should provide comparative period disclosures over future reporting periods.
For the reporting period ending October 31, 2023, disclose prospectively the tables and templates in Annex 3 of this Guideline. D-SIBs should provide comparative period disclosures over future reporting periods.
On an ongoing basis after implementation, OSFI expects D-SIBs to adhere to this Guideline for frequency and format of reporting. D-SIBs may provide Pillar 3 reporting on a more frequent basis than is required by this Guideline.
OSFI expects the D-SIBs to continue to apply the market risk disclosures under Basel 2.5 revisions to the
Basel II market risk framework until the market risk disclosures under the BCBS Pillar 3 Framework come into effect in Canada. However, D-SIBs may, at their discretion, adopt and disclose any of the tables or templates from the BCBS Pillar 3 Framework that are relevant in reflecting the market risk and related activities of the institution.
OSFI’s existing disclosure requirements for remuneration, composition of capital, global systemically important banks, liquidity coverage ratio, liquidity principles, leverage ratio, TLAC, NSFR and Interest Rate Risk Management continue to be in force.Footnote 6
The reporting frequency varies between quarterly and annually depending upon the nature of the specific disclosure requirement. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.5]
The Annexes of this Guideline designate the required tables and templates in this Guideline as either fixed format or flexible format. Templates must be completed with quantitative data in accordance with the definitions provided. Tables generally relate to qualitative requirements, but quantitative information is also required in some instances. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.21]
D-SIBs are required to follow the disclosure format designated by the Annexes of this draft Guideline, which are:
Fixed format templates should be completed in accordance with the OSFI-prescribed instructions for each template and located in a separate Pillar 3 report. If a row or column in a template is not considered relevant or meaningful to users (i.e. because it would contain a nil balance), D-SIBs may delete the specific row or column, while keeping the numbering of subsequent rows or columns for ease of reference. D-SIBs may also add extra sub-rows and sub-columns to provide additional granularity, such as to meet other disclosure requirements outside of Pillar 3, but the numbering of prescribed rows and columns in the template must not be altered. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.23(1)]
Flexible format tables and templates allow D-SIBs to present the required information either in the format provided in this document or in a format that better suits the D-SIB, as long as the information provided is comparable to and at a similar level of granularity as required in this Guideline.
D-SIBs can disclose flexible format tables and templates in a separate document other than in a Pillar 3 report (e.g., in the management discussion and analysis, financial statement notes or supplemental information) but must clearly indicate in the Pillar 3 report where the disclosure requirements have been published. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.23(2)]
To help minimise duplication of disclosures, D-SIBs can remove those EDTF disclosures that are effectively disclosed by the templates of this Guideline. D-SIBs should retain those EDTF disclosures that are not covered by Pillar 3 requirements.
For those EDTF disclosures that are covered by this Guideline, OSFI expects D-SIBs to follow the reporting frequency included in this Guideline (refer to the Annexes). D-SIBs are permitted to provide EDTF disclosures on a more frequent basis than Pillar 3 requirements should they choose to do so.
If a D-SIB considers that the information requested in a template or table would not be meaningful to users, for example because the exposures and risk-weighted asset (RWA) amounts are deemed immaterial, it may choose not to disclose part or all of the information requested. In such circumstances, however, the D-SIB will be required to explain in a narrative commentary why it considers such information not to be meaningful to users. It should describe the portfolios excluded from the disclosure requirement and the aggregate total RWA those portfolios represent. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.22]
OSFI believes that the disclosure requirements strike an appropriate balance between the need for meaningful disclosure and the protection of proprietary and confidential information. In exceptional cases, disclosure of certain items required by Pillar 3 may contravene its legal obligations by making public information that is proprietary or confidential in nature. In such cases, a D-SIB does not need to disclose those specific items but must disclose more general information about the subject matter of the requirement instead. It must also explain in the narrative commentary to the disclosure requirement the fact that the specific items of information have not been disclosed and the reasons for this. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.12]
D-SIBs are expected to supplement the quantitative information provided in both fixed and flexible templates with a narrative commentary to explain at least any significant changes between reporting periods and any other issues that management considers to be of interest to users. The form taken by this additional narrative is at the D-SIB's discretion. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.28]
Disclosure of additional quantitative and qualitative information provides market participants with a broader picture of an institution’s risk position and promotes market discipline. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.29]
The Pillar 3 report must be published concurrently with the D-SIB’s financial report for the corresponding period. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.6]
Subject to OSFI discretion, D-SIBs may disclose in a document separate from their Pillar 3 reports (e.g. in a D-SIB's annual report or through published regulatory reporting) the templates / tables with a flexible format, and the fixed format templates where all of the following criteria are met: a) the disclosure in the signposted document is mandatory; b) the information contained in the signposted document I) is equivalent in terms of presentation and content to that required in the fixed template; ii) allows users to make meaningful comparison with information provided by D-SIBs disclosing the fixed format templates; iii) is based on the same scope of consolidation as the one used in the disclosure requirement. In such circumstances, the D-SIB must signpost clearly in its Pillar 3 report where the disclosure requirements have been published. This signposting in the Pillar 3 report must include: a) the title and number of the disclosure requirement; b) the full name of the separate document in which the disclosure requirement has been published; c) a web link, where relevant; and d) the page and paragraph number of the separate document where the disclosure requirements can be located. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.25-26]
D-SIBs can only make use of signposting to another document if the level of assurance on the reliability of data in the separate document is equivalent to, or greater than, the internal assurance level required for the Pillar 3 report. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.27]
D-SIBs are required to publish Pillar 3 disclosures concurrently with the financial statements. The Pillar 3 report should be easily located by users, such as in a standalone document, appended to or part of a discrete section of the D-SIB’s financial reporting.
Pillar 3 disclosures should be publicly available (such as on a website) and D-SIBs should have an ongoing archive of all Pillar 3 disclosures relating to prior reporting periods. D-SIBs are required to ensure public access to previously issued Pillar 3 disclosures for a minimum of 12 months; where investor information is made available for longer periods, the same archive period should be used for Pillar 3 disclosures.
To facilitate ease of locating disclosures, D-SIBs should provide their respective Pillar 3 reports a complete mapping of all required tables and templates to their specific location, whether that location is in the Pillar 3 report or in a separate document. This disclosure mapping should include the template title, name of document referenced, specific page number or paragraph referenced and web link where relevant. For instances where entire, or portions of, certain tables or templates are not disclosed, explanations should be provided.
The Pillar 3 information disclosed must be subject, at a minimum, to the same level of internal review and internal control process as the information provided for their financial reporting (i.e. the level of assurance must be the same as for information provided within the management discussion and analysis part of the annual financial statements). [Basel Framework, DIS 10.10]
The internal audit function should review compliance with Annex 3 of this Guideline on initial application and, subsequently, on a periodic basis. The initial review should be conducted within one year after implementation of this Guideline. Subsequent reviews of disclosures from Annex 1, 2 and 3 should be conducted on a periodic basis consistent with the D-SIB’s normal reporting verification cycle. Issues of non-compliance with this Guideline will be addressed by OSFI on a case-by-case basis through bilateral discussions with the D-SIBs.
Effective Q4, 2023, replace OSFI Advisory on Basel II Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements for Remuneration with Table REMA and Templates REM1, REM2, REM3 per Annex 3 of this Guideline
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Chapter 1 of the Capital Adequacy Requirements (CAR) Guideline identifies D-SIBs as Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, and Toronto-Dominion Bank.
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For example, the Financial Stability Board considers disclosure of key importance. For additional information please see the FSB’s
Enhanced Disclosure Task Force reports.
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Basel II: International Convergence of Capital Measurement and Capital Standards: A Revised Framework – Comprehensive Version, June 2006 (the Basel II framework). Enhancements to the Basel II framework and revisions to the Basel II market risk framework, June 2009 (collectively referred to as the Basel 2.5 framework).
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Definitions and Applications and
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OSFI CAR Guideline, Chapter 1, Annex 1.
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See links to existing OSFI disclosure requirements for D-SIBs still in force for D-SIBs:
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