Interest rate benchmarks are a cornerstone of the global financial system and are used by market participants across a wide range of financial products and contracts. In 2013, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) established the Official Sector Steering Group (OSSG) to advise the FSB on recommendations to strengthen existing interbank offered rate benchmarks. This global work is now at a key inflection point with the confirmation that LIBOR, a key global interest rate benchmark, will cease being published at end-2021 (and end-June 2023 for key USD LIBOR tenors). As LIBOR’s cessation nears, global liquidity is expected to shift to products referencing risk-free rates, even in countries like Canada where LIBOR is not a predominant rate.
To coordinate Canadian interest rate reform, Canada established the Canadian Alternative Reference Rate Working Group—sponsored by the Canadian Fixed-Income Forum.
CARR’s primary objectives will be to:
- support and encourage the adoption of, and transition to, the Canadian Overnight Repo Rate Average (CORRA) as a key financial benchmark for Canadian derivatives and securities; and
- analyze the current status of the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate (CDOR) and its efficacy as a benchmark, as well as make recommendations on the basis of that analysis.
CARR also oversees the CORRA Advisory Group.
Managing Director and Vice-Chair, Global Markets
CIBC Capital Markets
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
National Bank of Canada
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ontario Financing Authority
Bank of Montreal
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Quebec Ministry of Finance
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Royal Bank of Canada
Samuel, Son & Co
Sun Life Financial
Rotman School of Management