Useful Links

This webpage contains links aimed at helping you make informed investment decisions. It also has links 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 

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 
Contact information for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities commissions.

Cease Trade Orders (CTOs) 
Links to National CTO Database,  BCSC decisions and orders, and BCSC cease traded issuers list.

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

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

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

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.

Investing and financial literacy resources 

BCSC investor research 
Various studies about investor knowledge and attitudes.

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

Investing Online Resource Centre
Non-commercial information about investing online, maintained by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA).

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

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

Your Future Self
Focuses on what your “future selfwould tell you about the financial decisions that you are about to make or have made.

Legal resources

BC Business Corporations Act 
Sets out the legislative requirements for business corporations to operate in BC.

British Columbia Unclaimed Property Society
Administers unused credit union accounts, unpaid wages, and overpayment to debt collectors, as well as unclaimed proceeds from courts, tax offices, and estates.

Courts of British Columbia
Offers an overview of the BC legal system, court locations and contacts, and links to court services and judgments. 

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.

National Class Action Database 
Provides easy access to court documents related to current class action lawsuits.

Power of Attorney resource
By the legal staff of the BCCEAS Elder Law Clinic

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

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

Canadian Bankers Association (CBA)
Provides consumer information on banks, banking, and financial issues in Canada.

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.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
Ensures compliance with the federal consumer protection laws that apply to banks and federally incorporated trusts, loan, and insurance companies.

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

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC)
Receives, analyzes, assesses, and discloses financial intelligence on suspected money laundering, terrorist financing, and threats to the security of Canada.

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

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

Real Estate Council of British Columbia
Licenses individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental and strata property management. Investigates complaints against licensees and imposes disciplinary sanctions. 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
Information about scams/fraud, how to contact the RCMP, and how they can help.

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.

Consumer Protection BC
Investigates consumer complaints, and assists individuals with mediation and referrals.

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

Competition Bureau
Information about mass marketing fraud, misleading advertising, multi-level marketing, and pyramid selling.

Industry Canada
Provides services, tools, and resources for consumers related to fraud, telephone scams, and debt problems. 

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.

More youth financial literacy resources

ABC Life Literacy Canada
Resources for all ages from this non-profit organization that works to increase the literacy of all Canadians.

Cranial Cash Clash
The Investor Education Fund’s online financial assessment tool that allows you to test your financial knowledge against others from across the globe.

Make it Count
Activities and information to help parents and teachers incorporate money management lessons into daily routines.

Money and Youth
A publication from the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education that provides information to help youth better understand their finances.

My Money $ My Future
The Certified General Accountants of Alberta offer this free resource to help high school students determine their options when it comes to making financial decisions.

TesAffaires.com
Financial literacy website from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the regulator for Québec's financial industry.

Your Money

The basics on managing your money, from the Canadian Bankers Association.