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Report On Business Canadian securities regulators to review climate change public disclosures

The Canadian Securities Administrators staff will consult investors and companies that are required to report important information and report its findings upon completing the review.

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The regulators of Canada's stock markets are taking a fresh look at how publicly traded companies disclose the risks and financial effects associated with climate change.

The Canadian Securities Administrators, which represents the country's provincial and territorial stock regulators, says it wants to gather information on the current state of disclosure both at home and internationally.

Canadian publicly traded companies are required to disclose material risks, which may include the impact of climate change or other environmental matters.

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However, the CSA notes that the Financial Stability Board – which sets voluntary standards on a global scale – proposed a new framework for disclosures in December.

CSA staff will consult investors and companies that are required to report important information and report its findings upon completing the review.

Bank of Canada deputy governor Timothy Lane warned earlier this month that the economy and financial system could face "material and pervasive" impacts from climate change.

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