Archived Research

2011 National Report Card on Youth Financial Literacy

This is the first comprehensive Canadian benchmark study on youth financial life skills. The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) hired Innovative Research Group to assess the effectiveness of secondary school financial education programs – specifically, financial literacy outcomes (knowledge, attitudes and behaviour) – and in preparing young Canadians as financial consumers. The BCSC believes that the information and analysis in this study will help educators and policymakers develop and deliver financial literacy programs for Canadian youth.

Ce rapport est la première étude de référence canadienne à être consacrée à une évaluation détaillée des aptitudes financières des jeunes. La Commission des valeurs mobilières de la Colombie-Britannique (BCSC) a retenu les services de l’entreprise Innovative Research Group pour évaluer l’efficacité des programmes d’enseignement financier offerts dans les écoles secondaires du Canada, tout particulièrement sous l’angle des résultats obtenus en littératie financière (connaissances, attitudes, sensibilisation), ainsi que de la préparation des jeunes Canadiens à devenir des consommateurs de produits et services financiers (comportements). La BCSC estime que les données et les analyses que renferme cette étude aideront les éducateurs et les décideurs à élaborer et mettre en place des programmes propres à améliorer la littératie financière chez les jeunes Canadiens.

2010 Canadian Securities Administrators Survey (CSA) on Retirement and Investing

In 2010, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) commissioned Ipsos Reid to conduct a survey on attitudes and experiences relating to preparedness for retirement and investing decisions. The survey was released as part of Investor Education Month in October. The online survey asked 2,318 Canadian adults about their financial readiness for retirement and behaviour towards investment opportunities.

2009 Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) Investor Index

In 2006, the CSA conducted an inaugural Investor Index, designed to understand Canadians’ knowledge about investments and experience with fraud attempts. A partial follow-up survey was conducted in 2007 and published as the CSA Investor Study. In October 2009, the CSA published the 2009 Investor Index to kick off Investor Education month. This research follows up on the work done in previous research and includes a new section on the importance of education about personal finances and investing for young people.

2008 The 21st Century Investor

This research focuses on the “Silver Tsunami”, a large group of Canadians who are currently in transition from working to retiring. The first phase of the on-line study of 1,770 Canadian investors was conducted in July 2008, with a significant sample of investors who are retired or nearing retirement. Following the global financial crisis, a second shorter survey of 1,058 Canadian investors took place between Oct. 16 and 17 to determine whether there has been a shift in investors’ attitudes. Findings from the survey served as the main focus of the BCSC’s 2008 Capital Ideas conference.

2008 Investment Attitudes: Focus on Chinese-Language Investors

An investor survey focused on Metro Vancouver’s Chinese-language residents, which found that some of their attitudes toward investing could put them at risk of falling victim to investment fraud.

2007 CSA Investor Study: Understanding the Social Impact of Investment Fraud

Following up on its 2006 Investor Index, the CSA conducted a national study in 2007 to assess the impact of investment fraud on Canadian investors. The study showed that investment fraud is a serious problem in Canada that can affect people’s trust in others as well as their mental and physical health.

2005 Eron Mortgage Study

The BCSC commissioned Professor Neil Boyd, a Simon Fraser University criminology expert, to conduct a systematic study of the Eron Mortgage fraud that saw thousands of investors lose most of the $240-million invested in the scheme that operated from 1993 to 1997. Boyd and his research team conducted surveys, held focus groups, and interviewed Eron investors.

Graduate Outcomes Surveys

This research assesses the life skills of recent high school graduates and their high school experience in preparing them to manage their finances. By surveying high school graduates, the BCSC wants to find out if young people in BC are becoming more financially literate. The BCSC has always emphasized education as an important tool of securities regulation.