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CARR publishes CORRA-related recommendations and key findings in its review of CDOR

The Canadian Alternative Reference Rate working group (CARR) today published a set of recommendations aimed at facilitating the widespread use of the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average (CORRA) in the Canadian financial system. These recommendations comprise:

The use of these recommended conventions is voluntary, however they reflect broad input from across the Canadian financial system and have been endorsed by CARR members. CARR members expect that they will be broadly used, as recommended, in new contracts referencing CORRA. The CORRA FRN conventions published today also align with the recently announced CORRA conventions for CMHC’s Canada Mortgage Bond Program. CMHC, Canada’s largest FRN issuer, recently announced that starting in 2022 the Canada Mortgage Bonds Program will include CORRA as the reference rate for new floating rate CMB offerings of Canada Housing Trust.

Together with the enhanced methodology for calculating CORRA, the CORRA Compounded Index, and Montreal Exchange’s CORRA Futures product, the recommendations published today will help provide the basis for a robust CORRA-based financial ecosystem.

Today, CARR also published a presentation by CARR’s co-chairs to the Canadian Fixed Income Forum, CARR’s sponsoring committee, detailing its key findings in its stock take of CDOR. CARR intends to publish a white paper detailing these findings, including forward-looking recommendations for CDOR, by the end of the year.

For an overview of Canadian benchmark reform, please see this two-page explainer.

The CARR co-chairs issued the following statement about the announcement: “The recommendations published today represent an important step towards promoting the use of CORRA in the Canadian financial markets. They help to identify a recommended market standard and prepare Canadian market participants for a post-LIBOR world where risk-free rates like CORRA take on a more significant role in the global financial system. CARR recommends that FRN issuers and investors as well as bank lenders and corporate borrowers understand these conventions and fallbacks with the objective of adopting them in future issuance.”

CARR is a group of financial sector firms and public sector institutions working to ensure Canada’s interest rate benchmark regime is robust, relevant and effective in the years ahead. CARR was established under the auspices of the Canadian Fixed Income Forum.

For further information, please contact:

Market inquiries:

Senior Director
Financial Markets Department
Bank of Canada

CARR co-chair
Managing Director and Vice Chair
CIBC Capital Markets

Media inquiries:

Media Relations
Bank of Canada