The AMF has set up a secure window through which whistleblowers can report information that will be dealt with thoroughly and in complete confidence by a specialized team.
What is the Whistleblower Program?
The AMF’s Whistleblower Program is designed to:
- assure whistleblowers that they can report wrongdoing in complete confidence;
- gather original information about violations under the laws and regulations administered by the AMF.
Whistleblowers make an important contribution by sharing information that might not otherwise be available to investigators. Thanks to whistleblowers, authorities can uncover more offences, intervene earlier and minimize the consequences of offences for victims. In some cases, the information provided by whistleblowers can even help prevent offences from being committed.
What is whistleblowing?
Whistleblowing consists of providing information about offences under the laws and regulations administered by the AMF.
What is a whistleblower?
A whistleblower has access to information. He or she may be a current or former employee, a director, a co-worker of the person committing the wrongdoing, a service provider or a friend or family member. The whistleblower wants to be sure his or her identity will remain confidential.
What protection is offered?
Whistleblowers almost always have a workplace-related or personal reason for wanting to keep their identity confidential. The AMF has set up various measures to maximize the protection offered to whistleblowers.
- Confidentiality: During an investigation, the AMF makes every effort to keep the information and documents it receives and the whistleblower’s identity confidential.
- Anti-reprisal measures: The AMF can use various anti-reprisal measures given the serious social and work-related consequences that whistleblowers could face in the event their identities cannot be kept confidential. For example, immunity from civil prosecution protects whistleblowers from liability that could result from the information they report.
- Anonymity: Although the AMF accepts anonymous whistleblowing reports, we don’t encourage this because it then becomes difficult or even impossible for investigators to contact the whistleblower if clarifications are needed during their investigation.
How to access the Whistleblower Program
1. Complete the whistleblower information form
In order for information to be processed on a timely, confidential and uniform basis, complete the Whistleblower Information Form (pdf - 210 KB)This link will open in a new windowUpdated on 16 June 2016Formulaire de dénonciation;AMF;Autorité des marchés financiers;2016;
2. Submit the form
Send your information form to the following address: email@example.com
Be careful: If you send a form by e-mail, you should not use a workplace e-mail address. Instead, use a personal e-mail address that is not associated with your employer.
By regular mail:
If you prefer to send a printed copy of the form, use the following postal address:
800, rue du Square-Victoria
Montréal (Québec) H4Z 1J8
Need help or have questions about the Program?
Leave a detailed message with your contact information.
An agent from our Whistleblower Program will contact you in complete confidence.End of the Information
Processing of information received
The AMF will ensure that whistleblower information forms are received and processed in a secure manner. To help ensure confidentiality, we will not acknowledge in writing receipt of information you provide.
A team specialized in processing these types of reports will gather and analyze the information and will take strict measures to keep an informer’s identity confidential.
If additional information or clarification is required after analyzing your report, an investigator from the Whistleblower Program will contact you in complete confidence. Please note that if your report leads to an investigation by the AMF, no comment on the status of that investigation will be provided to you by the Whistleblower Program staff so the integrity of the process can be safeguarded.