Changes to the Foreign Bank Branch Deposit Requirement (Guideline A-10)

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Capital Adequacy Requirements
Foreign Bank Branches
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To: Foreign Bank Branches (FBBs)

OSFI is releasing the final version of Guideline A-10 applicable to Foreign Bank Branches for implementation on January 1, 2020. The guideline addresses OSFI's expectations regarding the minimum deposit, to be held in trust, which authorized foreign banks must maintain in respect of their business in Canada.

Revisions include changing the guideline's title to Foreign Bank Branch Deposit Requirement from Capital Equivalency Deposit, updates and simplifications, and changes to the deposit ratio calculation: off-balance sheet liabilities will no longer be included while accrued expenses will now be included in the calculation.

The attached table in Annex 1 summarizes comments received during the consultation process and provides an explanation of how the comments have been addressed. We thank those who participated in the process.

Questions concerning these changes can be sent to Paul Melaschenko, Capital Division by email at

Yours truly,

Ben Gully
Assistant Superintendent
Regulation Sector

Annex 1: Summary of Comments Received and OSFI Response

Comment OSFI Response
Clarifying the meaning of "Due to Head Office"
A definition of "Due to Head Office" should be included in the final Guideline and/or further clarification on the related line items should be provided in the Reporting Manual for the K3 return. OSFI has chosen to address this matter through changes to the K3 return reporting manual.
Valuation of assets in accordance with the definition in the Bank Act
Assets are to be valued in accordance with the definition in the Bank Act for reporting on the Asset Withdrawal Request Form and Declaration (Appendix II) and the Foreign Bank Branch Deposit Report (Appendix III). Consideration should be given to adding a reference to the relevant section of the Bank Act in Appendix II. A reference to the relevant section of the Bank Act has been added in Appendix II of Guideline A-10.