British Columbia

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Securities Regulation and FrontFundr

FrontFundr supports investments by British Columbia residents under various prospectus exemptions available to companies raising capital, including*:

  1. National Instrument 45-110 Start-up Crowdfunding Registration and Prospectus Exemptions – any resident of BC may purchase securities from any private company with its head office in Canada provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
    • an individual invests no more than $2,500 unless deemed suitable by a registered dealer (FrontFundr), in which case the investment limit is increased to $10,000

  2. National Instrument 45-106 2.9 Offering Memorandum Exemption – under this exemption, any resident of British Columbia may purchase securities from any issuer provided, before the purchaser signs the agreement to purchase the securities, the issuer:
    • obtains a signed risk acknowledgement form from the purchaser; and
    • delivers an offering memorandum, prepared in the required form, to the purchaser.

  3. National Instrument 45-106 2.3 Accredited Investor Exemption – under this exemption, any resident of British Columbia may purchase securities from any issuer, provided the purchaser satisfies any of the following criteria:
    • earned a net income before taxes exceeding $200,000 (or $300,000 combined income with spouse) in each of the two most recent years and who reasonably expects to exceed that net income in the current year;
    • has alone or with spouse at least $1 million in financial assets (cash and securities) before taxes. (In calculating an individual's financial assets, any outstanding loans incurred to acquire those assets must be deducted.);
    • holds alone or with spouse at least $5 million in net assets; or
    • is a corporation, limited partnership, trust or estate having net assets of at least $5 million.

  4. National Instrument 45-106 2.5 Friends, Family & Business Associates Exemption – under this exemption, any resident of British Columbia may purchase securities from any issuer, provided the purchaser satisfies any one of the following criteria:
    • is a spouse, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of a director, executive officer, founder or control person of the issuer;
    • is a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the spouse of a director, executive officer, founder or control person of the issuer;
    • is a close personal friend of a director, executive officer, founder or control person of the issuer; or
    • is a close business associate of of a director, executive officer, founder or control person of the issuer.

*Please note that above list is a summary of most used exemptions and criteria, and may not be up to date. For latest information and a complete overview visit the British Columbia Securities Commission website.

 

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