National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds
Part 2 Investments
Section 2.6

Borrowing and Other Investment Practices

(1) An investment fund must not

(a) borrow cash or provide a security interest over any of its portfolio assets unless

(i) the transaction is a temporary measure to accommodate requests for the redemption of securities of the investment fund while the investment fund effects an orderly liquidation of portfolio assets, or to permit the investment fund to settle portfolio transactions and, after giving effect to all transactions undertaken under this subparagraph, the outstanding amount of all borrowings of the investment fund does not exceed 5% of its net asset value at the time of the borrowing,

(ii) the security interest is required to enable the investment fund to effect a specified derivative transaction or short sale of securities under this Instrument, is made in accordance with industry practice for that type of transaction and relates only to obligations arising under the particular specified derivatives transaction or short sale,

(iii) the security interest secures a claim for the fees and expenses of the custodian or a sub-custodian of the investment fund for services rendered in that capacity as permitted by subsection 6.4 (3), or

(iv) in the case of an exchange-traded mutual fund that is not in continuous distribution or a non-redeemable investment fund, the transaction is to finance the acquisition of its portfolio securities and the outstanding amount of all borrowings is repaid on the closing of its initial public offering,

(b) purchase securities on margin, unless permitted by section 2.7 or 2.8,

(c) sell securities short other than in compliance with section 2.6.1, unless permitted by section 2.7 or 2.8,

(d) purchase a security, other than a specified derivative, that by its terms may require the investment fund to make a contribution in addition to the payment of the purchase price,

(e) engage in the business of underwriting, or marketing to the public, securities of any other issuer,

(f) lend cash or portfolio assets other than cash,

(g) guarantee securities or obligations of a person or company, or

(h) purchase securities other than through market facilities through which these securities are normally bought and sold unless the purchase price approximates the prevailing market price or the parties are at arm’s length in connection with the transaction.

(2) Despite paragraphs (1)(a) and (b), an alternative mutual fund or a non-redeemable investment fund may borrow cash or provide a security interest over any of its portfolio assets if each of the following applies:

(a) any borrowing of cash is

(i) from an entity described in section 6.2 or 6.3, and

(ii) if the lender is an affiliate or associate of the investment fund manager of the alternative mutual fund or non-redeemable investment fund, under a borrowing agreement approved by the independent review committee as required under section 5.2 of NI 81-107;

(b) the borrowing agreement is in accordance with normal industry practice and on standard commercial terms for the type of transaction;

(c) the value of cash borrowed, when aggregated with the value of all outstanding borrowing by the alternative mutual fund or non-redeemable investment fund, does not exceed 50% of the alternative mutual fund or non-redeemable investment fund’s net asset value.


Exemptive Relief Orders