National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 2 Shelf Qualification And Period Of Receipt Effectivess
Section 2.2

Shelf Qualification For Distributions Qualified Under Section 2.2 Of NI 44-101 (Basic Qualification)

(1) An issuer is qualified to file a preliminary short form prospectus that is a preliminary base shelf prospectus if, at the time of filing, the issuer is qualified under section 2.2 of NI 44-101 to file a prospectus in the form of a short form prospectus.

(2) An issuer that has filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus in reliance on the qualification criteria in subsection (1) is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is the corresponding base shelf prospectus.

(3) A receipt issued for a base shelf prospectus of an issuer qualified under subsection (2) is effective until the earliest of

(a) the date 25 months from the date of its issue;

(b) the time immediately before the entering into of an agreement of purchase and sale for a security to be sold under the base shelf prospectus, if at that time

(i) the issuer does not have current annual financial statements and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(ii) the issuer does not have a current AIF and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iii) the issuer’s equity securities are not listed or posted for trading on a short form eligible exchange,

(iv) the issuer is an issuer

(A) whose operations have ceased, or

(B) whose principal asset is cash, cash equivalents, or its exchange listing, or

(v) the issuer has withdrawn its notice declaring the issuer’s intention to be qualified to file a short form prospectus under NI 44-101; and

(c) in Ontario, the lapse date prescribed by securities legislation.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 2 Shelf Qualification And Period Of Receipt Effectivess
Section 2.3

Shelf Qualification For Distributions Qualified Under Section 2.3 Of NI 44-101 (Designated Rating Non-Convertible Securities)

(1) An issuer is qualified to file a preliminary short form prospectus that is a preliminary base shelf prospectus for designated rating non-convertible securities if, at the time of filing, the issuer

(a) is qualified under section 2.3 of NI 44-101 to file a prospectus in the form of a short form prospectus; and

(b) has reasonable grounds for believing that, if it were to distribute securities under the base shelf prospectus, the securities distributed would receive a designated rating and would not receive a rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate.

(2) An issuer that has filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus in reliance on the qualification criteria in subsection (1) is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is the corresponding base shelf prospectus if, at the time of the filing of the base shelf prospectus, the issuer has reasonable grounds for believing that, if it were to distribute non-convertible securities under the base shelf prospectus, the securities distributed would receive a designated rating and would not receive a rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate.

(3) A receipt issued for a base shelf prospectus of an issuer filed under subsection (2) is effective until the earliest of

(a) the date 25 months from the date of its issue;

(b) the time immediately before the entering into of an agreement of purchase and sale for a security to be sold under the base shelf prospectus, if at that time

(i) the issuer does not have current annual financial statements and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44- 101,

(ii) the issuer does not have a current AIF and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iii) the issuer has withdrawn its notice declaring the issuer’s intention to be qualified to file a short form prospectus under NI 44-101, or

(iv) the securities to which the agreement relates

(A) have not received a final designated rating,

(B) are the subject of an announcement by a designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate, of which the issuer is or ought reasonably to be aware, that the designated rating given by the organization or its DRO affiliate may be down-graded to a rating category that would not be a designated rating, or

(C) have received a provisional or final rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate; and

(c) in Ontario, the lapse date prescribed by securities legislation.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 2 Shelf Qualification And Period Of Receipt Effectivess
Section 2.4

Shelf Qualification For Distributions Under Section 2.4 Of NI 44-101 (Guaranteed Nonconvertible Debt Securities, Preferred Shares And Cash Settled Derivatives)

(1) An issuer is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is a preliminary base shelf prospectus for non-convertible debt securities, non-convertible preferred shares or nonconvertible cash settled derivatives if, at the time of filing, the issuer is qualified under section 2.4 of NI 44-101 to file a prospectus in the form of a short form prospectus.

(2) An issuer that has filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus in reliance on subsection (1) is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is the corresponding base shelf prospectus.

(3) A receipt issued for a base shelf prospectus of an issuer qualified under subsection (2) is effective until the earliest of

(a) the date 25 months from the date of its issue;

(b) the time immediately before the entering into of an agreement of purchase and sale for a security to be sold under the base shelf prospectus, if at that time

(i) a credit supporter has not provided full and unconditional credit support for the securities to which the shelf prospectus supplement relates,

(ii) unless the requirements of subparagraph 2.4(1)(b)(ii) of NI 44-101, but not the requirements of subparagraph 2.4(1)(b)(i) of NI 44-101, were satisfied at the time the issuer filed its base shelf prospectus, the credit supporter does not have current annual financial statements and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iii) unless the requirements of subparagraph 2.4(1)(b)(ii) of NI 44-101, but not the requirements of subparagraph 2.4(1)(b)(i) of NI 44-101, were satisfied at the time the issuer filed its base shelf prospectus, the credit supporter does not have a current AIF and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iv) the issuer has withdrawn its notice declaring the issuer’s intention to be qualified to file a short form prospectus under NI 44-101, or

(v) either of the following is true

(A) the credit supporter’s equity securities are not listed or posted for trading on a short form eligible exchange, or

(B) the credit supporter is a credit supporter

(I) whose operations have ceased, or

(II) whose principal asset is cash, cash equivalents, or its exchange listing, and

either of the following is true:

(C) the credit supporter does not have issued and outstanding non-convertible securities that

(I) have received a designated rating,

(II) have not been the subject of an announcement by a designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate, of which the issuer is or ought reasonably to be aware, that the designated rating given by the organization or its DRO affiliate may be down-graded to a rating category that would not be a designated rating, and

(III) have not received a rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate , or

(D) the securities to which the agreement relates

(I) have not received a final designated rating,

(II) have been the subject of an announcement by a designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate , of which the issuer is or ought reasonably to be aware, that the designated rating given by the organization or its DRO affiliate may be down-graded to a rating category that would not be a designated rating, and

(III) have received a provisional or final rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate and

(c) in Ontario, the lapse date prescribed by securities legislation.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 2 Shelf Qualification And Period Of Receipt Effectivess
Section 2.5

Shelf Qualification For Distributions Under Section 2.5 Of NI 44-101 (Guaranteed Convertible Debt Securities Or Preferred Shares)

(1) An issuer is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is a preliminary base shelf prospectus for convertible debt securities and convertible preferred shares if, at the time of filing, the issuer is qualified under section 2.5 of NI 44-101 to file a prospectus in the form of a short form prospectus.

(2) An issuer that has filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus in reliance on subsection (1) is qualified to file a short form prospectus that is the corresponding base shelf prospectus.

(3) A receipt issued for a base shelf prospectus qualified under subsection (2) is effective until the earliest of

(a) the date 25 months from the date of its issue;

(b) the time immediately before the entering into of an agreement of purchase and sale for a security to be sold under the base shelf prospectus, if at that time

(i) the securities to which the agreement relates are not convertible into securities of a credit supporter that has provided full and unconditional credit support for the securities being distributed,

(ii) the credit supporter does not have current annual financial statements and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iii) the credit supporter does not have a current AIF and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(iv) the credit supporter’s equity securities are not listed or posted for trading on a short form eligible exchange,

(v) the credit supporter is a credit supporter

(A) whose operations have ceased, or

(B) whose principal asset is cash, cash equivalents, or its exchange listing, or

(vi) the issuer has withdrawn its notice declaring the issuer’s intention to be qualified to file a short form prospectus under NI 44-101; and

(c) in Ontario, the lapse date prescribed by securities legislation.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 2 Shelf Qualification And Period Of Receipt Effectivess
Section 2.6

Shelf Qualification For Distributions Under Section 2.6 Of NI 44-101 (Asset-Backed Securities)

(1) An issuer that is qualified under section 2.6 of NI 44-101 to file a prospectus in the form of a short form prospectus may file a preliminary base shelf prospectus for asset-backed securities if, at the time of filing, the issuer has reasonable grounds for believing that

(a) all asset-backed securities that it may distribute under the base shelf prospectus will receive a designated rating; and

(b) no asset-backed securities that it may distribute under the base shelf prospectus will receive a rating lower than a designated rating from a designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate.

(2) An issuer that has filed a preliminary base shelf prospectus in reliance on the qualification criteria in section 2.6 of NI 44-101 may file the corresponding base shelf prospectus if, at the time of the filing of the base shelf prospectus, the issuer has reasonable grounds for believing that

(a) all asset-backed securities that it may distribute under the base shelf prospectus will receive a designated rating; and

(b) no asset-backed securities that it may distribute under the base shelf prospectus will receive a rating lower than an approved rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate.

(3) A receipt issued for a base shelf prospectus qualified under subsection (2) is effective for a distribution of asset-backed securities until the earliest of

(a) the date 25 months from the date of its issue;

(b) the time immediately before the entering into of an agreement of purchase and sale for an asset-backed security to be sold under the base shelf prospectus, if at that time

(i) the issuer does not have current annual financial statements and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101,

(ii) the issuer does not have a current AIF and does not satisfy the requirements of the exemption in either of subsection 2.7(1) or (2) of NI 44-101, or

(iii) the asset-backed securities to which the agreement relates

(A) have not received a final designated rating,

(B) have been the subject of an announcement by a designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate, of which the issuer is or ought reasonably to be aware, that the designated rating given by the organization or its DRO affiliate may be down-graded to a rating category that would not be a designated rating, or

(C) have received a provisional or final rating lower than a designated rating from any designated rating organization or its DRO affiliate; and

(c) in Ontario, the lapse date prescribed by securities legislation.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 6 Shelf Prospectus Supplements
Section 6.2

Incorporation by Reference

(1) An issuer shall incorporate by reference in the corresponding base shelf prospectus, by means of a statement in the base shelf prospectus, each shelf prospectus supplement referred to in section 6.1 as of the date of the shelf prospectus supplement and only for purposes of the distribution to which the shelf prospectus supplement pertains.

(2) If an issuer does not incorporate by reference in a base shelf prospectus a shelf prospectus supplement required to be incorporated by reference under subsection (1), the shelf prospectus supplement is conclusively deemed for purposes of securities legislation to be incorporated by reference in the issuer’s base shelf prospectus as of the date of the shelf prospectus supplement and only for purposes of the distribution to which the shelf prospectus supplement pertains.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), any unaudited financial statements, other than pro forma financial statements, incorporated by reference into the base shelf prospectus but filed after the date of filing the base shelf prospectus must have been reviewed in accordance with the relevant standards set out in the Handbook for a review of financial statements by a person or company’s auditor or a public accountant’s review of financial statements.

(4) If NI 52-107 permits the financial statements of the person or company in subsection (3) to be audited in accordance with

(a) U.S. AICPA GAAS, the unaudited financial statements may be reviewed in accordance with the review standards issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, (a.1) U.S. PCAOB GAAS, the unaudited financial statements may be reviewed in accordance with the review standards issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States of America),

(b) International Standards on Auditing, the unaudited financial statements may be reviewed in accordance with International Standards on Review Engagement issued by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, or

(c) auditing standards that meet the foreign disclosure requirements of the designated foreign jurisdiction to which the issuer is subject, the unaudited financial statements

(i) may be reviewed in accordance with review standards that meet the foreign disclosure requirements of the designated foreign jurisdiction, or

(ii) do not have to be reviewed if

(A) the designated foreign jurisdiction does not have review standards for unaudited financial statements, and

(B) the base shelf prospectus includes disclosure that the unaudited financial statements have not been reviewed.

(5) The review specified in subsection (3), if applicable, must have been completed

(a) if the base shelf prospectus established an MTN program or other continuous offering, no later than filing of the unaudited financial statements; or

(b) in all other circumstances, no later than the next filing of a shelf supplement.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 7 Shelf Supporting Documents
Section 7.2

Consents

(1) If any notary in Québec, solicitor, auditor, accountant, engineer or appraiser, or any other person or company whose profession or business gives authority to a statement made by that person or company, is

(a) named in a document that is

(i) incorporated by reference into a base shelf prospectus, and

(ii) filed after the date of filing of the base shelf prospectus; and

(b) named in the document

(i) as having prepared or certified any part of the base shelf prospectus, amendment or shelf prospectus supplement,

(ii) as having opined on financial statements from which selected information included in the base shelf prospectus, amendment or shelf prospectus supplement has been derived and which audit opinion is referred to in the base shelf prospectus, amendment or shelf prospectus supplement directly or in a document incorporated by reference, or

(iii) as having prepared or certified a report, valuation, statement or opinion referred to in the base shelf prospectus, amendment or shelf prospectus supplement, directly or in a document incorporated by reference,

the issuer shall file the written consent of the person or company to being named and to the use of that report, valuation, statement or opinion in accordance with subsection (2).

(1.1) Despite subsection (1), if the expert whose consent is required is a “qualified person” as defined in NI 43-101, the issuer is not required to file the consent of the qualified person if

(a) the qualified person’s consent is required in connection with a technical report that was not required to be filed with the preliminary base shelf prospectus,

(b) the qualified person was employed by a person or company at the date of signing the technical report,

(c) the principal business of the person or company is providing engineering or geoscientific services, and

(d) the issuer files the consent of the person or company.

(1.2) A consent filed under subsection (1.1) must be signed by an individual who is an authorized signatory of the person or company and who falls within paragraphs (a), (b), (d) and (e) of the definition of a “qualified person” in NI 43-101. (2) A consent of an expert required under subsection (1) or subsections (1.1) and (1.2) shall be filed in accordance with the following:

1. If the document in which the expert is named is incorporated by reference into the base shelf prospectus by means of a statement to that effect in the base shelf prospectus, the consent shall be filed

(a) no later than the time the document is filed, if the base shelf prospectus establishes an MTN program or other continuous distribution; and

(b) in all other circumstances, no later than the time of the next filing of a shelf prospectus supplement corresponding to the base shelf prospectus.

2. If the document in which the expert is named is incorporated by reference into a shelf prospectus supplement by means of a statement to that effect in the shelf prospectus supplement and filed before or concurrently with the shelf prospectus supplement, the consent shall be filed no later than the time the shelf prospectus supplement is filed.

3. If the document in which the expert is named is incorporated by reference into a shelf prospectus supplement by means of a statement to that effect in the shelf prospectus supplement and filed after the shelf prospectus supplement is filed, the consent shall be filed no later than the time the document is filed.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 8 Medium Term Note Programs And Other Continuous Distributions Under Shelf
Section 8.4

Requirement To Update Earnings Coverage Ratios

An issuer distributing securities by way of an MTN program or other continuous distribution using the shelf procedures shall

(a) calculate updated earnings coverage ratios for the ratios contained in its base shelf prospectus each time the issuer prepares an interim financial report or audited annual financial statements, using the 12 month period that ended on the last day of the most recently completed financial period; and

(b) file the updated earnings coverage ratios, concurrently with the filing of its financial statements, either

(i) as an exhibit to the financial statements, or

(ii) as a shelf prospectus supplement corresponding to the base shelf prospectus.


National Instrument 44-102 Shelf Distributions
Part 9 At-The-Market Distributions Of Equity Securities Under Shelf
Section 9.4

Reporting

(1) Subject to subsection (2), for each annual and interim period of the issuer during which the issuer distributes securities under an ATM prospectus, the issuer must, within 60 days after the end of the interim period or 120 days after the end of the annual period, as applicable, file a report, disclosing

(a) the number and average price of the securities distributed under the ATM prospectus, and

(b) the aggregate gross and aggregate net proceeds raised, and the aggregate commissions paid or payable, under the ATM prospectus during the annual or interim period, as applicable.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if, in each of its filed interim financial reports, annual financial statements, and management discussion and analysis, for the interim period or year, as applicable, following the distribution, the issuer discloses

(a) the number and average price of the securities distributed under the ATM prospectus, and

(b) the aggregate gross and aggregate net proceeds raised, and the aggregate commissions paid or payable, under the ATM prospectus during the annual or interim period, as applicable.