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AcSB Exposure Draft – Initial Application of IFRS 17 and IFRS 9―Comparative Information (Proposed amendment to IFRS 17) – August 2021


The Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) proposes, subject to comments received following exposure, to incorporate into Part I of the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting, the amendment to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts.

This AcSB Exposure Draft reflects proposals made by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) that the AcSB intends to adopt, subject to deliberating comments received, as Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

Comments are requested from individuals and organizations who agree with the Exposure Draft proposals as well as from those who do not. Comments are most helpful if they relate to a specific paragraph or group of paragraphs. Any comments that express disagreement with the proposals should clearly explain the problem and include a suggested alternative, supported by specific reasoning.

Comments received on the AcSB Exposure Draft will be available on the website shortly after the comment deadline unless confidentiality is requested. The request for confidentiality must be stated explicitly within the response.

IASB® Exposure Draft

The IASB recently issued the Exposure Draft, “Initial Application of IFRS 17 and IFRS 9—Comparative Information (Proposed amendment to IFRS 17),” which is available on the IASB website at

The IASB proposes an amendment to IFRS 17 to improve the usefulness of comparative information presented on initial application of IFRS 17 and IFRS 9 Financial Instruments. The proposed amendment is an optional classification overlay for financial assets to which IFRS 9 has not been applied in the comparative periods. Applying the proposed amendment, an entity would be permitted to present comparative information about such a financial asset as if the classification and measurement requirements of IFRS 9 had been applied to that financial asset.

Comments Requested

The AcSB encourages Canadian stakeholders to respond to the IASB on its Exposure Draft. Specific questions on which the IASB would like input are provided in the Invitation to Comment in its Exposure Draft. The AcSB requests that comment letters be sent directly to the IASB with a copy to the AcSB.

The AcSB would like input from Canadian respondents on the following additional question regarding the proposed amendment:

The IASB has developed the proposed amendment in accordance with its due process for application around the world. Assuming the Exposure Draft proposals are finalized and approved by the IASB in accordance with its due process, do you think that the proposals are appropriate for application in Canada? If not, please specify which aspects of the proposals, and what circumstances, make the accounting requirements proposed in the Exposure Draft inappropriate.

Send responses to this additional question directly to the AcSB.

Staff Contact(s)

Katharine Christopoulos, CPA, CA Director, Accounting Standards Board

Thank you for your interest in the AcSB Exposure Draft – Initial Application of IFRS 17 and IFRS 9―Comparative Information (Proposed amendment to IFRS 17).

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