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AcSB Exposure Draft – Non-current Liabilities with Covenants – Proposed Amendments to IAS 1 – December 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 International Accounting Standard (IAS) 1 Presentation of Financial Statements.

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, “Non-current Liabilities with Covenants – Proposed amendments to IAS 1,” which is available on the IASB website at

The proposed amendments to IAS 1 specify that conditions with which an entity must comply within 12 months after the reporting period would not affect classification of a liability as current or non-current. Instead, entities would present separately, and disclose information about, non-current liabilities subject to conditions within 12 months after the reporting period.

The IASB’s Exposure Draft includes a Basis for Conclusions that is not part of this Exposure Draft. This material may provide useful information to stakeholders.

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, “Non-current Liabilities with Covenants – Proposed Amendments to IAS 1.”

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