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Ontario Securites Commision - Investor offices
Investor News
November 1, 2018
Financial Literacy Month

November is Financial Literacy Month, and throughout the month the OSC will connect with people across Ontario in-person, online, over the phone and on social media.

Learn more about all of the OSC's activities for Financial Literacy Month 2018. In this issue of Investor News, we've also highlighted some of our educational resources and tools to help you make informed financial decisions.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month to get more tips on investing in your financial well-being.

Understanding Cryptoassets

Understanding Cryptoassets

The OSC today launched two new cryptoasset educational resources as part of its activities for Financial Literacy Month.

At the OSC we’re committed to fostering innovation in the financial sector while at the same time helping protect investors from potential fraud and ensuring they consider both the opportunities and risks when buying cryptoassets. These new resources can help you understand cryptoasset products and services as well as be on the alert for any potential red flags before making a purchase. Information on each of these initiatives is found below. is one of the new educational resources published today. It provides investors with an overview of cryptoasset products and services, the OSC’s role in regulating them, and tips for exercising due diligence before considering this type of investment. Learn more is the other new educational resource published today, and mimics what a typical fraudulent initial coin offering website may look like to help those interested in this type of capital raising tool identify potential red flags. Explore and learn about the red flags of fraud.


Fact Cards

As part of Financial Literacy Month we have created several new "101" Fact Cards, including on ETFs, RRSPs, RRIFs and annuities. You can also see the full library of Fact Cards on the OSC's website.

Our free digital, embeddable Fact Cards help disseminate important educational information from the OSC while also reducing the need for organizations to produce their own similar content. Many stakeholders are also helping promote and distribute Fact Cards. Learn more

Ways to Reduce Your Spending

Ways to Reduce Your Spending

Consistently spending more than you earn is a quick way to accumulate debt and hurt your ability to save for the future. Here are 9 ways to reduce your spending

Scam Spotter Tool

Scam Spotter Tool

Are you considering a new investment? Our Scam Spotter Tool can help you learn how to spot the warning signs of investment fraud.

Visit for many more tools and calculators to help you with your finances.

Taking Caution: Financial Consumers and the Cryptoasset Sector

In June, the Investor Office published a research study that examined Ontarians and cryptoassets.

Five per cent of Ontario adults, translating to about 500,000 Ontarians, reported owning cryptoassets and an additional 4 per cent owned cryptoassets in the past but no longer did. Men aged 18-34 were three times more likely to report owning cryptoassets than Ontario adults overall. Read the research study

Investment Recovery Calculator

Investment Recovery Calculator

Use our Investment Recovery Calculator to help estimate how long it could take for your investment to recover its value after a market downturn and how long it could take to get back on track to reach your original goal.

Visit for many more tools and calculators to help you with your finances.

Stock Prices

Stock Prices

There are many factors that can cause the price of a stock to rise or fall – from specific news about a company’s earnings to a change in how investors feel about the stock market in general. Before you buy a stock, understand the risks and decide if they are risks you are comfortable taking. Learn more

Protect Yourself from Investment Scams

Protect Yourself from Investment Scams

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Protect your money by learning about these four ways to avoid investment scams. Remember to always check the registration of any person or business trying to sell you an investment or give you investment advice by visiting 

OSC Telephone Townhall

Telephone townhalls are a way for the Investor Office to connect with Ontarians across the province in the comfort of their own home. Telephone townhalls 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 telephone townhall on November 14, 2018 is being held as part of Financial Literacy Month. You can also ask OSC experts and our special guests from IIROC, the MFDA and OBSI your investment and fraud-related questions. Free registration 




Proposed rule regarding non-GAAP and other financial measures

Comments due: December 5, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment Proposed National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure, which establishes disclosure requirements for issuers that disclose non-GAAP and other financial measures.

Learn more


Proposed rules to prohibit certain embedded commissions

Comments due: December 13, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment a notice outlining proposed amendments that would prohibit investment fund managers from paying upfront sales commissions to dealers, and trailing commissions to dealers who do not make a suitability determination, such as order-execution-only dealers.

Learn more




Always know the 10 most recent OSC investor warnings and alerts by bookmarking this Fact Card or embedding it on your website or blog.


Payback Limited and Trans Atlantic Direct

The OSC is warning investors that Payback Limited appears to be involved in a scheme that targets former investors of Trans Atlantic Direct. Learn More



The OSC is warning investors that HQBroker is not registered to sell securities in Ontario. Learn More


Bristol Consulting FX

Bristol Consulting FX, also doing business as bristolconsultingfx[DOT]com is not registered in Ontario to engage in the business of trading in securities. Learn more


Caution urged for Canadians investing with crypto-asset trading platforms

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is urging Canadians to be cautious when considering buying crypto assets through trading platforms. Learn more




Investor Office Telephone Townhall

November 14, 2018

Telephone townhalls are a way for the Investor Office to connect with thousands of Ontarians at a time. Telephone townhalls 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 telephone townhall is being held as part of Financial Literacy Month with special guests from IIROC, the MFDA and OBSI.

Free registration


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.

  • November 2, 2018 - Markham
  • November 5, 2018 - Brampton
  • November 7, 2018 - Toronto (Scarborough)
  • November 8, 2018 - Toronto (North York)
  • November 12, 2018 - Markham
  • November 22, 2018 - Fonthill

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