(1) Financial statements, other than acquisition statements, that are required by securities legislation to be audited must
(a) be audited in accordance with Canadian GAAS and be accompanied by an auditor’s report that
(i) expresses an unmodified opinion,
(ii) identifies all financial periods presented for which the auditor has issued an auditor’s report,
(iii) is in the form specified by Canadian GAAS for an audit of financial statements prepared in accordance with a fair presentation framework, and
(iv) refers to IFRS as the applicable fair presentation framework if the financial statements are prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP applicable to publicly accountable enterprises, and
(b) if the issuer or registrant has changed its auditor and one or more of the comparative periods presented in the financial statements were audited by a predecessor auditor, be accompanied by the predecessor auditor’s reports on the comparative periods.
(2) Paragraph (1)(b) does not apply to financial statements referred to in paragraphs 2.1(2)(a) and (b) if the auditor’s report described in paragraph (1)(a) refers to the predecessor auditor’s reports on the comparative periods.