Domestic Stability Buffer

The Domestic Stability Buffer contributes to Domestic Systemically Important Banks' (D-SIBs) resilience to key vulnerabilities and system-wide risks, thereby contributing to financial stability.

OSFI reviews and sets the level of the Domestic Stability Buffer on a semi-annual basis (June and December), based on its ongoing monitoring of federally regulated financial institutions as well as system-wide and sectoral developments.

Decisions on the calibration of the buffer are based on OSFI supervisory judgement, informed by its monitoring and analytical work on a range of vulnerabilities, and are made in consultation with OSFI's federal financial regulatory partners.


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The Domestic Stability Buffer applies only to Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs). As of March 2020, the following federally regulated financial institutions are designated as D-SIBs: 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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