CSA Staff Notice 81-334 ESG-Related Investment Fund Disclosure [Part G Guidance]
Part G Guidance
VII. Continuous Disclosure
Section (a)

Funds that use proxy voting as an ESG strategy

An investment fund is required to maintain a proxy voting record [FN 34] and make its most recent annual proxy voting record available on its designated website, as well as promptly send it to any securityholder upon request. [FN 35]

Staff acknowledge that a fund is only required to make its most recent annual proxy voting record available on its designated website and to promptly send it to any securityholder upon request. However, staff encourage all funds, particularly funds that use proxy voting as an ESG strategy, to make all of their annual proxy voting records, including historical records from previous years, available on their designated websites. For funds that use proxy voting as an ESG strategy to meet their ESG-related investment objectives, such disclosure would provide greater transparency into how the fund has historically used proxy voting to meet the fund’s ESG-related investment objectives. In the case of a fund that does not have ESG-related investment objectives but that uses proxy voting as an ESG strategy, this disclosure would provide greater transparency into how the fund’s ESG-related proxy voting strategy has historically been implemented.

In addition, for the reasons stated above, staff encourage all funds that use proxy voting as an ESG strategy to include, as part of the summary of the results of the fund’s operations in the MRFP, disclosure about how the past proxy voting records during that period align with the ESG-related investment objectives and/or strategies of the fund.

FN 34 Section 10.3 of NI 81-106.

FN 35 Section 10.4 of NI 81-106.