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Investor News
OCTOBER 3, 2017
World Investor Week

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today announced that it will be hosting events and activities to recognize the first-ever World Investor Week as well as Investor Education Month.

“The OSC is a proud participant in IOSCO World Investor Week,” said Tyler Fleming, Director of the Investor Office at the OSC. “Through international cooperation and coordination, securities regulators around the world are emphasizing the importance of investor education and protection.” 

Taking place from October 2-8, 2017, World Investor Week is sponsored by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection. October is also Investor Education Month in Canada.

In addition to specific events, for each day of World Investor Week the OSC will be sharing tips through its education and outreach activities in keeping with priority messages outlined by IOSCO related to investor protection. Learn more

investing as we age research study

Investing As We Age: New Research Study

New research published last week by the OSC Investor Office suggests that many Ontarians could be overestimating their ability to finance their retirement using their homes, among other findings. The Investing As We Age research study is based on a survey of Ontarians aged 45 and older on financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours towards retirement planning. The research findings will be used to support the development of the OSC’s Seniors Strategy. 

Read about the research study in The Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Investment ExecutiveThe Huffington Post,, BNN and The Insurance and Investment Journal

Binary options ban

Binary Options Ban

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), which includes the OSC, have announced a ban on short-term binary options to better protect investors from binary options fraud. The ban makes it illegal to advertise, offer, sell or otherwise trade binary options shorter than 30 days.

No business in Canada is currently registered or authorized to market or sell binary options. For more information on binary options fraud, and tips on how to protect yourself, please visit

Fund facts

Fund Facts

Every time you purchase a new mutual fund, you’ll receive an easy-to-read document called Fund Facts. A Fund Facts document summarizes key information about the fund you’ve bought, including its performance history, investments, risk rating, fees and costs. You can also request Fund Facts before deciding to purchase a mutual fund. 

Read our new Understanding Fund Facts article and use our interactive Fund Facts tool to learn more. 

Investing using information found on social media

Investing using information found on social media

You may have come across companies communicating investment information through social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. Since communicating investment information through social media is relatively new, sometimes mistakes are made. Information that is shared online may be incomplete or misleading, and in some cases may not comply with securities laws.

Read our new article on investing using information found on social media to help you make informed investing decisions. 

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Are you having difficulty knowing how to start investing? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by too many investment choices and too much information? These feelings can lead us to keep putting off investing for “later,” even when it’s in our interest to get started now.

Learn more about behavioural biases such as inertia to help avoid making investment mistakes. You can also read the Investor Office report Behavioural Insights: Key Concepts, Applications and Regulatory Considerations (OSC Staff Notice 11-778) that describes key principles and concepts of behavioural insights, and examines how leading practitioners are using these insights to improve government policy and financial regulation.

Re: Investing

Ask us an investing question

Investing and the investment world can be complex. Our Re: Investing website offers clear, unbiased answers to your questions about investing, from a trusted source.

Here are some recent questions and our responses:

“Can I rely on the mutual fund company to calculate ACB for determining capital gains or should I track it myself?”
“Do you have to convert all of your RRSPs to RRIFs before you turn 72, as well as all LIRAs to LIFs?”
“Who gets the trailing commission on a mutual fund held in a discount brokerage account?”

Oblique senserit cum eu te sed torquatos cotidique is the OSC Investor Office's award-winning investor website that is one of Canada's leading financial education resources. has hundreds of articles, calculators, tools, videos and other resources to help you make more informed investing decisions. Visit today.




Proposed Amendments relating to Designated Rating Organizations 

Comments due: October 4, 2017

The CSA published for comment proposed rule amendments and policy changes related to designated rating organizations (DROs) and credit ratings of DROs.

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Proposed Amendments to Registration Information

Comments due: October 4, 2017

The OSC published for comment proposed amendments to OSC Rule 33-506 (Commodity Futures Act) Registration Information.

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Always know the 5 most recent OSC investor warnings and alerts by bookmarking this Fact Card or embedding it on your website or blog.




Investor Office Teletownhall

October 24, 2017

Teletownhalls are a way for the Investor Office to connect with thousands of Ontarians at a time. Teletownhalls work much like a call-in radio show where OSC staff provide information, answer questions and conduct live polls over the course of one hour.

The next teletownhall is being held as part of Investor Education Month and will focus on how to spot some common investment scams. You can also ask OSC experts your investment and fraud-related questions.



OSC in the Community

OSC staff are taking the Commission's regulatory mandate from Bay Street to Main Street with seminars on preventing fraud and making informed investment decisions.

  • Milton - October 3, 2017
  • Toronto (North York) - October 11, 2017
  • Whitby - October 17, 2017
  • Toronto (Etobicoke) - October 25, 2017
  • Cambridge - October 26, 2017
  • Toronto (Downtown) - October 28, 2017
  • Oshawa - October 30, 2017
  • Mississauga - November 3, 2017

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OSC Dialogue 2017: Embracing Change

October 12, 2017

OSC Dialogue 2017 is coming up soon, bringing together business leaders, regulators and international policy experts and others to explore the impact of emerging technologies, data analytics in enforcement, long-term trends in corporate governance and the evolving investor experience.

At this time, registration for the event has reached capacity. If you would like to be placed on the wait list or have any questions please email


Roundtable to Discuss Third Annual Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

October 24, 2017

The OSC will hold a roundtable to discuss the findings of its third annual review of disclosures made under National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices relating to women on boards and in executive officer positions.

Learn More

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