Exemption applications relating to IIROC Dealer Member rules

Type: Rules Notice> Technical
Rule connection:
Legacy DMR Rules
Distribute internally to:
Legal and Compliance
Senior Management


Mark Stechishin
Associate General Counsel

IIROC Dealer Member rules (DMRs) provide for exemptions to be granted from the rules in certain circumstances. Generally, exemptions are at the discretion of the IIROC Board of Directors (the Board) or a District Council (each a Decision Maker) depending on the substance of the exemption request. The general exemption provision is DMR 17.15. This rule permits the Board to exempt a Dealer Member from any DMR where it is satisfied that to do so would not be prejudicial to the interests of Dealer Members, their clients or the public. In granting an exemption, the Board may impose such terms and conditions, as it considers necessary. In addition to the general exemption provision, certain DMRs contain specific exemption provisions.

This Rules Notice sets out information on how to make an exemption application and related matters. It applies to all applications for exemptions from DMRs, other than proficiency requirements.

For information on requesting exemptions from the Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR), please refer to UMIR 11.1 1 .

Submission of applications

All applications are to be sent to

Attention: General Counsel’s Office
121 King St. West
Suite 2000
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3T9
[email protected]

Content and form

There is no prescribed form for applications but each must be in writing, and include the following:

  • name of applicant and category of IIROC membership
  • applicable DMRs
  • relevant facts
  • details of any pre-application discussions the applicant had with IIROC
  • reasons for the application
  • rationale supporting the application, including
    • policy arguments
    • previous IIROC decisions
  • supporting documentation.

An applicant may request its application be kept confidential, and if doing so must provide supporting rationale. The request for confidentiality will be at the discretion of the applicable Decision Maker.

The applicant must certify the truth of the facts contained in the application.


An applicant may withdraw its application at any time prior to a decision being made on the application.

Review process

Upon receipt of an application, an IIROC staff member (the Exemption Lead) will be assigned to lead the application review process, which will be conducted in accordance with IIROC’s internal procedures.

The Exemption Lead will advise the applicant that the review process has started, and that the applicant may be contacted if further information or clarification is required. The applicant will be contacted  by the Exemption Lead if terms and conditions are being proposed as part of the decision, or if IIROC staff is recommending that the application be denied.

Decisions and publication

Once a decision has been made by the Decision Maker, the applicant will be advised of the outcome.

Subject to confidentiality, exemptions will be made public based on the following considerations:

  • whether the exemption requested is novel
  • whether other Dealer Members may benefit from the same exemption.

Published decisions will be in one or more of the following formats:

  • full disclosure
  • redacted (with confidential information removed)
  • no-names (with the Dealer Member name removed)
  • summary (with or without the Dealer Member’s name)
  • as part of the annual exemption summary notice2 .
  • 1See IIROC Notice 15-0191 Obtaining a Trading Exemption or Rule Interpretation for information on the exemption process for UMIR.
  • 2For example, see IIROC Notice 17-0056 Exemptions Granted by IIROC in 2016.

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