Last updated on January 11, 2014

SEDAR® is the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR"). The SEDAR system enables issuers to electronically file securities related documents and information (collectively "Filed Information") with the thirteen Canadian provincial and territorial securities regulatory authorities (collectively referred to as the "Canadian Securities Administrators" or the "CSA"). The SEDAR system also facilitates the electronic public dissemination of most of the public disclosure documents that are required to be filed by issuers under Canadian securities legislation. SEDAR is operated on behalf and for the benefit of the members of the CSA by the British Columbia Securities Commission, Alberta Securities Commission, Ontario Securities Commission and Autorité des marchés financiers through their third party service provider. The Alberta Securities Commission (the "ASC") is the CSA member authorized to grant licenses and enter into agreements with users of this web site (the "Web Site").

The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to inform you about our practices relating to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information contained in the Filed Information and made available to the public through the SEDAR system and accessible through the Web Site. By using the Web Site, you are deemed to have provided your permission to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set out below and for the purposes set out below.

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

Filed Information

All Filed Information has been filed in the SEDAR system by or on behalf of the issuer filing such information. The issuer (i.e., the company or investment fund) is responsible for all of the content of its Filed Information and for ensuring that all necessary consents have been obtained in order to disclose personal information contained in the Filed Information.

Under Canadian securities laws, personal information filed with the securities regulators is generally required to be made public except in certain limited circumstances. The statutory objective for making public the Filed Information, which may contain personal information, is to enhance investor awareness of the business and affairs of publicly traded companies and to promote confidence in the transparent operation of capital markets in Canada. This objective is closely linked and relies heavily on the provision of accurate information, including personal information, on market participants. The personal information collected in electronic form through the SEDAR system is made publicly available in several different ways.

First, the information filed by issuers is accessible through this Web Site. The information is contained in data records and documents filed in electronic format. The documents are categorized by type and are accessible using a variety of searching and sorting methods. The information may be viewed online or downloaded and printed in paper format.

Second the Filed Information is also made commercially available through a secure private network using proprietary software licensed to filers of electronic information and database users. This proprietary software provides a more enhanced search function than is available on the Web Site.

Finally, the public information in the database is distributed in bulk directly to subscribers at prescribed rates. Information disseminated through this service is provided under a license permitting resale of the information provided certain conditions are met, including ensuring use or disclosure of any personal information is in accordance with all applicable Privacy Laws.

In each of these cases, the information is made available solely for purposes related to the statutory objective of enhancing investor awareness of the business and affairs of publicly traded companies and promoting confidence in the transparent operation of capital markets in Canada.

Use of Cookies on the Web Site

When you visit the Web Site, when you move from web page to web page, read web pages, conduct searches, or download content, the Web Site records and collects the following information:
  • the IP address you are connecting from
  • which web page(s) you have visited
  • what content you have downloaded
  • the date and time of your movements to web pages and of your download request(s)
A web session describes the period you are browsing the Web Site. Some browsers identify a web session as a cookie. Cookies are small data files that are sent to your browser and stored on your computer hard drive when you visit a web site and which are used to track your visit to that web site. You may have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to modify your browser in this manner, some pages of this Web Site may not function properly.

On this Web Site, non-persistent cookies may be used only to facilitate functionality during a single site visit. Cookies are not permanently stored for future use. The only information recorded in the cookie is a unique web session ID generated by the Web Site’s server.

Statistical information is recorded in the aggregate, based on the numbers of visitors or users to the Web Site and/or IP addresses. This information is used to find out how many and what type of visitors visit the Web Site and which sections of the site are visited the most frequently. This helps to monitor use of the Web Site for unauthorized use, to know what information is most useful and to identify possible improvements to the Web Site to make it easier for different types of visitors to access the information they require. As part of the Web Site operations, it may be necessary for the ASC to share aggregate statistical information with its suppliers and/or the other members of the CSA. By using the Web Site, you are deemed to have provided your permission to the collection, use and disclosure of this information, including aggregate statistical information, for the purposes set out herein.

E-mail Correspondence

The content of e-mails that are sent to the CSA Service Desk, the e-mail address from which the e-mail was sent, as well as any responses sent are retained in order to handle any follow-up and to monitor service quality.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

The ASC reserves the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time. The ASC will provide notice to you of such modifications by posting the revised Privacy Statement on this Web Site. Your continued use of this Web Site following such notice will be subject to the Privacy Statement in force at the time of your use. You can always check the most current version of the Privacy Statement posted on this Web Site.The Privacy Statement posted at any time or from time to time via this Web Site shall be deemed to be the Privacy Statement then in effect.

Contacting Us

In the event you have any questions or concerns related to this Privacy Statement, you may contact the CSA Service Desk, attention SEDAR Filing Service Contractor, by one of the methods set out below, and your enquiry will be directed to the privacy officer of the securities regulatory authority to which your enquiry relates:

By Mail to:

    CSA Service Desk
    Attn: SEDAR Filing Service Contractor
    12 Millennium Blvd, Suite 210,
    Moncton, NB E1C 0M3

By email at:

Toll free at: 1-800-219-5381

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