Commercial Paper Purchase Program

Learn about the program, access its pricing and reporting, and find key contacts and related notices.

Program details

The Canadian commercial paper market is a key source of short-term financing to support the ongoing needs of a wide range of firms and public authorities. The Commercial Paper Purchase Program (CPPP) supports the flow of credit to the economy by alleviating strains in Canada’s commercial paper markets.

Commercial paper purchases will be conducted by TD Asset Management (TDAM) on behalf of the Bank of Canada.

Terms and conditions

See the full terms and conditions for this program.

Dealers wanting to use the CPPP should provide the name of their key contact for the program .

Duration

The program will begin on April 2, 2020 and will operate for 12 months.

Eligible issuers

Any of the following issuers with an outstanding Canadian dollar-denominated commercial paper program:

  • Canadian incorporated firms
  • Canadian municipalities
  • Canadian provincial agencies

Eligible issuers should access the program through their dealers.

Eligible assets

The program will purchase commercial paper, including asset-backed commercial paper, in the primary and secondary market, with a tenor of up to 3 months of sufficiently high quality, broadly equivalent to a minimum short-term credit rating of R-1 (high/mid/low).

Issuer limits

The maximum amount of a single issuer’s commercial paper that the program may hold at any time is limited to 1.25 times the greatest amount of CAD-denominated commercial paper that the issuer has outstanding on any day in the 12 months prior to the start of the program. The program will not purchase additional commercial paper from an issuer whose total commercial paper outstanding to all investors (including the program) equals or exceeds the program issuer limit described above.

Pricing

All purchases will be on a fixed rate basis set daily. The rate will be based on a spread above a reference rate, based on the current 3-month Canadian overnight index swap (OIS) rate. The spread will differ based on the credit rating of the issuer and will be updated as required in the table below at 4:00pm ET daily for the following day. The 3-month OIS rate will be determined by TDAM based on the rate posted at 11:00 ET on the Bloomberg CDSOC ticker. The Bank reserves the right to adjust its pricing to meet policy objectives.

As of date Rating Spread to OIS
April 2, 2020 R-1 High or R-1 Mid 130 basis points
April 2, 2020 R-1 Low 160 basis points

The Bank expects issuers to be able to access the program without any fees being charged by the dealer.

Reporting

The Bank reports its aggregate holdings of commercial paper acquired through this program every Friday on the Bank’s weekly balance sheet. The first results of this program will be reported on April 10, 2020.

Due to confidentiality considerations, the names of individual issuers and securities purchased or eligible will not be published.

Key contacts


Managing Director
Head of Fixed Income
TD Asset Management


Director
Financial Markets Department
Bank of Canada
613-782-7245

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