Investor Office
October 6, 2016

On behalf of all of us at the OSC, we wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

We're feeling very thankful ourselves this season. Since introducing the new Investor Office last fall, we've seen double-digit (and sometimes triple-digit) percentage increases in the number of people using our resources and tools and participating in our outreach activities. We’ve also been able to lead several important research and policy projects that aim to help better protect investors. Look for our upcoming annual report to hear more about our activities and accomplishments over the past year.
Achieving better outcomes for investors is a team effort, and having the support of investor, community and industry partners and other stakeholders across Ontario helps us in what we do. Many of you have also been sharing Investor News with your friends, colleagues and family members, which helps get our message out to those who need it.

From all of us, thank you!


The Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) Investor Office kicked off Investor Education Month by launching, a new website that provides investing resources in 19 languages.

Throughout the month of October we’ll be promoting through social media, community groups, and advertising across the province. This Investor News links to several of the individual articles contained in the website. Please take a moment to share, or this issue of Investor News, with any person or organization who you think would benefit from the information, or who in turn might share it with others.



Investing for your future

Investment options generally fit into three main asset classes: Cash, fixed income, and equities. In addition to the products listed here, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds can hold a variety of investments, such as stocks and bonds. Investments such as these can help diversify your portfolio.



Saving for your child's education

There are many costs if you want your children to attend university, college or an apprenticeship program in Canada after high school. The largest expense is likely to be tuition, but there are also things like housing, textbooks and food costs, and these can get expensive. One way to save for these costs is by opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).




Fraud and Checking Registration

There’s a saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fraudulent investment opportunities and the people trying to sell them can sometimes be very convincing, so it’s important to learn what some common scams look like and where they can happen.

One of the best ways to avoid investment fraud is to verify that any person offering you an investment or investing advice is registered to do so.



Get Smarter About Money is an Ontario Securities Commission website that provides independent and unbiased information and financial tools to help you make better decisions about your money.

It contains hundreds of tools, calculators and quizzes to help you make more informed investment decisions.



OSC and Contact Centre

The OSC provides protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and fosters fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets. Get in touch with the Inquiries and Contact Centre of the OSC if you have a question or complaint about a company, an investment product, or the actions of your advisor.




Canadian Securities Regulators Seek Comment on Alternative Funds Framework Comments due: December 22, 2016

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) – the umbrella organization of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators that includes the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has published for comment proposed amendments primarily aimed at developing a more comprehensive regulatory framework for publicly offered alternative funds (currently called commodity pools). In addition, they would streamline the regulation of non-redeemable investment funds under NI 81-102. Learn more.




Greymountain Management LTD.

The OSC added Greymountain Management LTD operating as www.greymountainmanagement[DOT]com, to its Investor Warning List on September 28. Investors are warned that Greymountain Management LTD, is not registered in Ontario to trade securities or to advise anyone regarding investing in, buying or selling securities. Learn more.


Trade24 Global LTD.

The OSC added Trade24 Global Ltd operating as Trade24 and doing business as[DOT]com, to its Investor Warning List on September 29. Investors are warned that Trade 24 Global Ltd, is not registered in Ontario to trade securities or to advise anyone regarding investing in, buying or selling securities. Learn more.

Key Dates

Investor Office Teletownhall

October 13, 2016

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 will focus on recognizing and preventing different types of investment fraud. Call in to learn more about spotting some common scams and ask OSC experts your fraud-related questions. Register now.

OSC in the Community: Protect Your Money
  • St. Catharines - October 18, 2016
  • Aberfoyle - October 26, 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.

Roundtable on Proposed Regulatory Action to Improve the Investor-Advisor Relationship, Including a Proposed Best Interest Standard
  • Toronto (Downtown) - December 6, 2016
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) will be hosting roundtables to further explore issues raised in CSA Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers and Representatives Toward Their Clients, which proposes regulatory action to improve the investor-advisor relationship. Learn more.
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