Pillar 3 Disclosure Guideline for Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs)

Document Properties

  • Type of Publication: Guideline
  • Category: Accounting & Disclosures
  • Date: January 2022
  • Effective Date: : February 1, 2023
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

Pillar 3 Framework
Date PublishedTitle of StandardPhase
January 2015

Revised Pillar 3 Disclosure

Phase I
March 2017Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements –
Consolidated and Enhanced Framework
Phase II
December 2018Pillar 3 Disclosure Requirements –
Updated Framework
Phase III
  1. 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.

I. Purpose of the Guideline

  1. 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.

  2. 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. Footnote 5

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

II. Scope of Application

  1. 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].

III. Guiding principles

  1. 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]

  2. OSFI expects D-SIBs to present disclosures that reflect the above principles.

IV. Disclosure Requirements for D-SIBs and Implementation Date

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

V. Frequency of reporting

  1. The reporting frequency varies between quarterly and annually depending upon the nature of the specific disclosure requirement. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.5] 

VI. Disclosure format

  1. 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]

  2. D-SIBs are required to follow the disclosure format designated by the Annexes of this draft Guideline, which are:

Fixed format

  1. 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

  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.

  2. 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)]

EDTF Disclosures

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Limited disclosure exceptions

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

VII. Qualitative narrative to accompany the disclosure requirements

  1. 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]

  2. 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]

VIII. Location of disclosures

  1. The Pillar 3 report must be published concurrently with the D-SIB’s financial report for the corresponding period. [Basel Framework, DIS 10.6]

  2. 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]

  3. 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]

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

IX. Compliance with Pillar 3

  1. 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]

  2. 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.

Annex 1 – Existing Pillar 3 Tables / Templates to Continue Disclosing Format and reporting frequency
Risk CategoryTables and TemplatesFormatFrequency
1Overview of risk management, key prudential metrics & RWAKM2 – Key metrics – TLAC requirements (at resolution group level)FixedQuarterly
2Overview of risk management, key prudential metrics & RWA OVA – Bank risk management approachFlexibleAnnual
3Composition of capital & TLACCCA – Main features of regulatory capital instruments and of other TLAC-eligible instrumentsFlexibleQuarterly
4Composition of capital & TLACCC1 – Composition of regulatory capitalFixedQuarterly
5Composition of capital & TLACCC2 – Reconciliation of regulatory capital to balance sheetFixedQuarterly
6Composition of capital & TLACTLAC1 – TLAC composition for G-SIBs (at resolution group level)FixedQuarterly
7Composition of capital & TLACTLAC2 – Material subgroup entity – creditor ranking at legal entity levelFixedQuarterly
8Composition of capital & TLACTLAC3 – Resolution entity – creditor ranking at legal entity levelFixedQuarterly
9Links between financial statements & regulatory exposuresLIA – Explanations of differences between accounting and regulatory exposure amountsFlexibleAnnual
10Links between financial statements & regulatory exposuresLI1 – Differences between accounting and regulatory scopes of consolidation and mapping of financial statements with regulatory risk categoriesFlexibleAnnual
11Links between financial statements & regulatory exposuresLI2 – Main sources of differences between regulatory exposure amounts and carrying values in financial statementsFlexibleAnnual
12Credit riskCRA – General information about credit riskFlexibleAnnual
13Credit riskCR1 – Credit quality of assetsFixedQuarterly
14Credit riskCR2 – Changes in stock of defaulted loans and debt securitiesFixedQuarterly
15Credit riskCRB – Additional disclosure related to the credit quality of assetsFlexibleAnnual
16Credit riskCRC – Qualitative disclosure requirements related to credit risk mitigation techniquesFlexibleAnnual
17Credit riskCR3 – Credit risk mitigation techniques – overviewFixedQuarterly
18Credit riskCRD – Qualitative disclosures on banks' use of external credit ratings under the standardised approach for credit riskFlexibleAnnual
19Credit riskCRE – Qualitative disclosures related to IRB modelsFlexibleAnnual
20Credit riskCR6 – IRB - Credit risk exposures by portfolio and PD rangeFixedQuarterly
21Credit riskCR8 – RWA flow statements of credit risk exposures under IRBFixedQuarterly
22Credit riskCR9 – IRB – Backtesting of probability of default (PD) per portfolioFlexibleAnnual
23Counterparty credit riskCCRA – Qualitative disclosure related to counterparty credit riskFixedQuarterly
24Counterparty credit riskCCR1 – Analysis of counterparty credit risk (CCR) exposure by approachFixedQuarterly
25Counterparty credit riskCCR2 – Credit valuation adjustment (CVA) capital chargeFixedQuarterly
26Counterparty credit riskCCR6 – Credit derivatives exposuresFlexibleQuarterly
27Counterparty credit riskCCR7 – RWA flow statements of CCR exposures under the Internal Model Method (IMM)FixedQuarterly
28Counterparty credit risk CCR8 – Exposures to central counterpartiesFixedQuarterly
29SecuritisationSECA – Qualitative disclosure requirements related to securitisation exposuresFlexibleAnnual
30SecuritisationSEC1 – Securitisation exposures in the banking bookFlexibleQuarterly
31SecuritisationSEC2 – Securitisation exposures in the trading bookFlexibleQuarterly
32SecuritisationSEC3 – Securitisation exposures in the banking book and associated regulatory capital requirements – bank acting as originator or as sponsorFixedQuarterly
33SecuritisationSEC4 – Securitisation exposures in the banking book and associated capital requirements – bank acting as investorFixedQuarterly
34Macroprudential supervisory measuresGSIB1 – Disclosure of G-SIB indicatorsFlexibleAnnual
35Leverage ratioLR1 – Summary comparison of accounting assets vs leverage ratio exposure measureFixedQuarterly
36Leverage ratioLR2 – Leverage ratio common disclosure templateFixedQuarterly
37LiquidityLIQ1 – Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR)FixedQuarterly
38LiquidityLIQ2 – Net Stable Funding Ratio (NSFR)FixedQuarterly
39RemunerationFootnote *Remuneration - Table AFixedAnnual
40Interest Rate Risk in the Banking BookIRRBB DisclosureFlexibleAnnual

Table footnotes

Table footnote *

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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Annex 2 – Existing Pillar 3 Tables / Templates to Continue Disclosing
Updated version to be implemented Q2, 2023
Format and reporting frequency
Risk CategoryTables and TemplatesFormatFrequency
41Overview of risk management, key prudential metrics & RWAOV1: Overview of RWAFixedQuarterly
42Credit riskCR4: Standardised approach – credit risk exposure and Credit Risk Mitigation (CRM) effectsFixedQuarterly
43Credit risk CR5: Standardised approach – exposures by asset classes and risk weightsFixedQuarterly
44Credit riskCR7: IRB – Effect on RWA of credit derivatives used as CRM techniquesFixedQuarterly
45Credit riskCR10: IRB (specialised lending under the slotting approach)FlexibleQuarterly
46Counterparty credit riskCCR3: Standardised approach of CCR exposures by regulatory portfolio and risk weightsFixedQuarterly
47Counterparty credit riskCCR4: IRB – CCR exposures by portfolio and PD scaleFixedQuarterly
48Counterparty credit riskCCR5: Composition of collateral for CCR exposureFlexibleQuarterly
Annex 3 – New Pillar 3 Tables / Templates from Phases II and IIII To be implemented Q4, 2023 Format and reporting frequency
Risk CategoryTables and TemplatesFormatFrequency
49Overview of risk management, key prudential metrics & RWAKM1 – Key metrics (at consolidated group level)FixedQuarterly
50Comparison of modelled & standardised RWACMS1 – Comparison of modelled and standardised RWA at risk levelFixedQuarterly
51Comparison of modelled & standardised RWACMS2 – Comparison of modelled and standardised RWA for credit risk at asset class levelFixedQuarterly
52Links between financial statements & regulatory exposuresPV1 – Prudent valuation adjustments (PVA)FixedAnnual
53Asset encumbranceENC – Asset encumbranceFixedQuarterly
54RemunerationREMA – Remuneration policyFlexibleAnnual
55RemunerationREM1 – Remuneration awarded during the financial yearFlexibleAnnual
56RemunerationREM2 – Special paymentsFlexibleAnnual
57RemunerationREM3 – Deferred remunerationFlexibleAnnual
58Operational RiskORA – General qualitative information on a bank's operational risk frameworkFlexibleAnnual
59Operational RiskOR1 – Historical lossesFixedAnnual
60Operational RiskOR2 – Business indicator and subcomponentsFixedAnnual
61Operational RiskOR3 – Minimum required operational risk capitalFixedAnnual
62Macroprudential supervisory measuresCCyB1 – Geographical distribution of credit exposures used in the countercyclical bufferFlexibleQuarterly
63LiquidityLIQA – Liquidity risk managementFlexibleAnnual


Footnote 1

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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Footnote 2

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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Footnote 3

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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Footnote 4

BCBS Definitions and Applications and Disclosure Requirements.

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Footnote 5

OSFI CAR Guideline, Chapter 1, Annex 1.

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Footnote 6

See links to existing OSFI disclosure requirements for D-SIBs still in force for D-SIBs:

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