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.
Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) – Directory of Members
Search the directory for mutual fund dealers licensed with provincial securities commissions.
Canadian Securities Administrators Members
To see the contact information for a specific province or territory, click here.
Independent Dispute Resolution Service
Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI)
Not-for-profit independent dispute resolution service that considers disputes between investment firms and their customers at no charge to the person making the complaint.
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.
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.
Provides protection of cash, securities, and other property for eligible clients of a member investment firm following the firm’s insolvency. Find out more through CIPF’s investor series.
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.
Agency that ensures federally regulated financial entities comply with consumer protection measures, promotes financial education, and raises consumers’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities.
National charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation.