Investor Office
January 29, 2016
Equity Crowdfunding: A Primer for Ontario Investors

Equity crowdfunding has arrived in Ontario, allowing investors to invest in businesses and start-ups over the internet through funding portals registered with the Ontario Securities Commission.

While equity crowdfunding can be exciting for certain investors, it’s considered to be a high-risk activity. Before you consider investing through equity crowdfunding, make sure you know how this type of investment works and the risks that come with it. is the Investor Office’s new interactive guide to equity crowdfunding. Learn what’s involved in the equity crowdfunding process, the risks of investing and the points to consider before deciding if equity crowdfunding is right for you. Visit on your desktop, tablet or mobile device.




Try the Investor Office's new TFSA Calculator

With tax season quickly approaching, the Investor Office has launched its new TFSA Calculator to help you discover how much money you could be saving by using a TFSA for your investments. Check it out along with dozens of other helpful financial tools and calculators at



Making an RRSP Contribution Versus Paying Down Debt

If you contribute to your RRSP, you'll pay less tax. But if you pay down debt, you'll pay less interest. Which is better? It all depends on your personal and financial situation. Start by doing the math: try our Pay Down Debt or Invest Calculator to help you compare the rate of return you're getting from your RRSP investments against the interest rate you're paying on your debt.



Spot the Red Flags Before Investing in Binary Options

Binary options are being increasingly marketed to Canadian investors as a way to get rich quick, but as the sayings goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Keep your money safe by learning more about how binary options work and the risks of investing in them at the blog.



Every. Person. Matters.

It’s said that you can never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view. At the Investor Office, we get it. Learn more about our approach in the Investor Office trilogy's concluding video, Every. Person. Matters., which premiered earlier this week.



Get Answers to Your Investing Questions

"How do you know if a company is a public company in Ontario?"

"What is a prospectus?"

The investment world can be complex. Get clear, unbiased answers to your questions from a trusted source at Re: Investing.





OBSI Independent Evaluation

Comments due: February 19, 2016

This year, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) is required to undergo an independent evaluation of its operations and practices for investment-related complaints. An independent evaluator has been appointed and has invited stakeholders to submit comments. Learn more.


Mutual Fund Risk Classification Methodology

Comments due: March 9, 2016

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are accepting comments for a proposed mandatory standardized risk classification methodology for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Learn more.




Depix Holdings Limited

The OSC added Depix Holdings Limited, operating as BinaryTilt, to its Investor Warning List on January 22. Investors are warned that Depix Holdings Limited is not registered in Ontario to trade securities or to advise anyone regarding investing in, buying or selling securities. Learn more.


Sumo Forex Limited

On January 22, the OSC added Sumo Forex Limited to its Investor Warning List. Sumo Forex Limited is not registered in Ontario to trade securities or to advise anyone regarding investing in, buying or selling securities. Learn more.


Key Dates


OSC in the Community: Protect Your Money

  • Toronto - February 1, 2016

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. Learn more.

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Here's a tip!

Not sure whether a TFSA or RRSP is right for you? Learn the top 6 differences between an RRSP and a TFSA!

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