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Useful Links

This page contains links to organizations and government agencies that deal with issues related to investing, investment products, and financial services. The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) public 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 List
People and companies disciplined by Canadian securities commissions, IIROC, and the MFDA.

BCSC’s Investment Caution List
A list of businesses and unregistered foreign 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 Investor Alerts
Information on investment products and warnings about companies or people who may pose a risk to investors.

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

Canadian Securities Administrators Members

To see the contact information for a specific province or territory, click here.

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.

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

Investment & Financial Products: Organizations & 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.

Consumer Protection: Organizations & 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.