Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Rules Amended

December 11, 2019

Canadian Anti-Money Laundering Rules Amended

Synopsis
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Substantial changes made to Canada’s anti-money laundering legislation affect a wide swath of reporting entities. Find out details in this blog.

The Federal Ministry of Finance released significant amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) in July 2019, following recommendations made by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in 2015.

The changes affect reporting entities such as financial institutions, money service businesses, dealers in precious metals and stones, securities dealers, real estate brokers, agent of the Crown, accountants, casinos, life insurance companies and B.C. notaries.

The amendments include:

Know Your Client (KYC) Requirement Changes

  • New Method of Ascertaining a Client’s Identification
  • Identity Verification Conducted by Other Reporting Entities
  • Politically Exposed Persons
  • Beneficial Ownership

Transactions Reporting Requirement Changes

  • Electronic Funds Transfers (ETF)
  • 24-Hour Rule (EFTs and Large Cash Transactions)
  • Suspicious Transactions Reports

Services and Products Now Subject to PCMLTFA Requirements

  • Foreign Money Service Businesses (MSB)
  • Dealers in Precious Metals and Stones (DPMS)
  • Life Insurance Sector
  • Prepaid Payment Products and Accounts
  • Credit Cards and Record Keeping
  • Dealers in Virtual Currencies
  • Risk Assessments Approach Documentation

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