Useful Links

This webpage contains to organizations and government agencies that deal with issues related to investing, investment products, and financial services.

The BCSC website hosts links to stock exchanges, self-regulatory organizations (IIROC, MFDA, etc.), public company disclosure, and industry education information. 

Investor research resources 

National Registration Search 
Information about individuals and firms registered with securities regulatory authorities in Canada.

National Disciplined Persons List 
People disciplined by Canadian securities commissions, IIROC, and the MFDA.

BCSC’s Investment Caution List 
A list of businesses and unregistered foriegn firms that have solicited investors to buy unqualified investments or open trading accounts.

Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) - Investor Alerts 
A list of people and companies who appear to be engaging in securities activities that may pose a risk to investors.

BCSC InvestRight Alerts and Watches 
Information on investment products and warnings about companies or people who may pose a risk to investors.

IIROC AdvisorReport
Research the background, qualifications, and disciplinary information on advisors and at IIROC-regulated firms.

Investing and financial literacy resources 

CSA’s Investor Tools 
Tools from the Canadian Securities Administrators to help you make informed investment decisions.

GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca (Investor Education Fund) 
Provides information, programs, and tools to help consumers make better financial and investing decisions. 

I'm Worth It
This resource provides women with information and tips on how to manage their finances.

Legal resources

Justice Access Centre 
Assists with family and civil justice issues, including learning about and choosing dispute resolution options.

Lawyer Referral Service
Enables members of the public to consult with a lawyer for a small fee.

Seeking Compensation
A guide from the Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators that provides a clear, step-by-step process if you are seeking compensation because of an error, disagreement or the possible misconduct of your representative or financial company.

Victim Services
Justice system information for victims, plus referrals to more than 160 publicly funded support programs.

Investment and financial products: organizations and government agencies

Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)
Information on whether an investment product is insured, and how much you would get if your bank or financial institution fails or goes bankrupt.  

Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF)
Protects cash and securities for eligible customers of IIROC investment dealers.

Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) 
Resolves disputes between banks/investment firms and their customers.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 
Provides information on the tax treatment of investments as well as information on tax evasion, fraud and other tax offences.

Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) 
Administers the statutes related to pensions, financial services, and real estate sectors in BC.

Insurance Council of British Columbia 
Handles inquiries, requests for licensing information, and complaints regarding an insurance agent, adjuster, or salesperson.   

Consumer protection: organizations and government agencies

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy Support (BCCEAS)
Works to prevent elder abuse and to provide assistance to older adults.

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (PhoneBusters)
Agency that collects information and intelligence on fraud and identity theft. 

Mainland BC & Vancouver Island Better Business Bureaus (BBB)
Provides educational resources and information on how to file a complaint against a business. Offers advice and warns consumers of potential scams.