Canadian Securities Administrators

Canadian Securities Administrators

October 08, 2013 10:00 ET

CSA Encourages All Canadians to Take Time to "Check Before You Invest"

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2013) - October is Investor Education Month and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is encouraging investors to make use of free online investor education tools that can help with finding and working with a registered financial adviser.

This month, the CSA added two new resources to its website to assist investors complete a background check and registration search - Check Before You Invest and Understanding Registration. The CSA has also refreshed its Working with a Financial Adviser brochure.

"Before investors work with a financial adviser, it is essential that they do some homework on the adviser's background and registration status," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. "Investors must do their due diligence whenever they are considering making an investment with a new financial adviser, and the CSA resources can help."

The CSA provides a 'check registration' webpage (www.aretheyregistered.ca) where investors can find:

  • the National Registration Search - an online tool that makes checking your financial adviser's registration quick and easy;

  • Understanding Registration - a resource that helps investors understand the results of their search;

  • Check Before You Invest - a workbook that people can use to record results of their background research; and

  • Working with a Financial Adviser - an updated brochure that walks investors through the steps they should take when considering and working with a financial adviser.

Canadians should also watch for investor education tweets throughout October on @CSA_News for helpful tips and information.

Other brochures and additional information is available on the CSA's website, www.securities-administrators.ca, in the Investor Tools section.

The CSA, the council of securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Their mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of this protection is educating investors about the risk, responsibilities and rewards of investing.

Contact Information

  • Richard Gilhooley
    British Columbia Securities Commission
    604-899-6713

    Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
    Ontario Securities Commission
    416-593-2361

    Sylvain Theberge
    Autorite des marches financiers
    514-940-2176

    Mark Dickey
    Alberta Securities Commission
    403-297-4481

    Ainsley Cunningham
    Manitoba Securities Commission
    204-945-4733

    Wendy Connors-Beckett
    Financial and Consumer Services Commission
    New Brunswick
    506-643-7745

    Tanya Wiltshire
    Nova Scotia Securities Commission
    902-424-8586

    Daniela Machuca
    Financial and Consumer Affairs
    Authority of Saskatchewan
    306-787-5842

    Janice Callbeck
    The Office of the Superintendent
    Securities, P.E.I.
    902-368-6288

    Craig Whalen
    Office of the Superintendent of Securities
    Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
    709-729-5661

    Rhonda Horte
    Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities
    867-667-5466

    Louis Arki
    Nunavut Securities Office
    867-975-6587

    Donn MacDougall
    Northwest Territories Securities Office
    867-920-8984