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    OSFI Outlines Planned Focus Areas for 2020-2021

    March 10, 2020

    OSFI published its departmental plan for 2020-2021. The published information covers the planned work and the results OSFI will strive to achieve during the upcoming year. To support Strategic Plan priorities, OSFI will focus on a number of key initiatives in the areas of capital, accounting, reinsurance, governance, crisis management, and non-financial risks.

    The departmental plan highlights the key focus areas of OSFI over the coming year, including the following:

    • Capital rule-making initiatives will focus on implementing Basel III capital and liquidity reforms. The ongoing work of OSFI to tailor its domestic capital and liquidity frameworks for small and medium-size deposit-taking institutions will continue. 
    • OSFI will continue to review Domestic Stability Buffer semi-annually and will publicly disclose any change to its level and the rationale for the change stemming from these reviews.
    • OSFI will prepare for the implementation of the IFRS 17 on insurance contracts by adapting its capital tests for mortgage, life, and property and casualty (P&C) insurers, monitoring industry progress, and publicly consulting on new regulatory returns.
    • OSFI will conduct public consultations on the implementation of the market discipline (Pillar 3) disclosure requirements and assess the interaction of the expected credit loss framework with the regulatory capital framework for deposit-taking institutions. 
    • Following the issuance of a discussion paper in June 2018 and the analysis of industry feedback in 2019-20, OSFI will put forward draft proposals for changes to expectations and guidance relating to its reinsurance framework.
    • OSFI plans to build on its industry culture scan and reviews conducted in 2019-20 to enhance its ability to assess and address issues related to risk governance and culture.

    In the coming year, OSFI will enhance its understanding and share its findings with the financial industry on the potential financial impact associated with climate risks. OSFI has asked larger insurers to develop climate change scenarios for their Own Risk and Solvency Assessment or ORSA. OSFI will also ask life and P&C insurers to perform a biennial climate change stress test with specific scenarios, following the implementation of IFRS 17. OSFI also plans to examine to what extent private pension plans investment decisions should involve consideration of climate change, environmental, social, and governance factors. OSFI aims to enhance its capabilities and expectations related to technology and cyber risk. Building on a public discussion paper to seek input in areas such as operational resilience, cyber risk, and emerging technologies, OSFI will conduct consultations to inform future revisions to regulatory guidance and expectations. Finally, OSFI will continue to evolve its expectations around model risk management, including developing regulatory expectations on the use of artificial intelligence tools. 


    Related Link: Departmental Plan

    Keywords: Americas, Canada, Banking, Insurance, Departmental Plan, Basel III, IFRS 17, Pillar 3, Climate Change Risk, ESG, ORSA, Pensions, Governance, Cyber Risk, Fintech, Artificial Intelligence, Stress Testing, OSFI

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