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Useful Links

A list to help you quickly find investor research resources, financial services organizations, government agencies, and more.

This page contains links to organizations and government agencies that deal with issues related to investing, investment products, and financial services. The BC Securities Commission (BCSC) 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 regulators, 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.

Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Advisor Report
Research the background, qualifications, and disciplinary information on advisors and at IIROC-regulated firms.

The Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO),  consolidates the functions of the Investment Industry Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.

Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) – Directory of Members
Search the directory for mutual fund dealers licensed with provincial securities commissions.

The Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO), consolidates the functions of the Investment Industry Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.

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.

Legal Resources

Justice Access Centres
Assist 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)
Provides protection of cash, securities, and other property for eligible clients of a member investment firm following the firm’s insolvency. Find out more about CIPF and its services through its podcasts and videos.

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

Seniors First BC
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.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
Agency that ensures federally regulated financial entities comply with consumer protection measures, promotes financial education, and raises consumers’ awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

Prosper Canada
National charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation.

Crypto Quiz

Test Your Crypto Asset Knowledge.

This quiz is designed to introduce you to the basics of crypto assets. It is not intended to provide investment or financial advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for such advice.

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain are the same thing.