CSA

Montréal — Educating investors on weathering volatile markets and avoiding scams are recurring themes in the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) new report, Investor Education in Canada 2020 This link will open in a new window, published today to kick off October’s Investor Education Month.

As much of the country went into lockdown in March following the outbreak of COVID-19, the impacts were almost immediate, including massive single-day declines on Canadian marketplaces that rattled investors as well as con artists who emerged to exploit fear and confusion. In the face of this unprecedented event, the CSA quickly pivoted investor education and financial literacy messaging to reflect the rapidly changing financial landscape.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on all Canadians is an unprecedented historical event,” said Louis Morisset, CSA Chair and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “The CSA and its members demonstrated our ability to develop innovative investor education initiatives during this unique and challenging time. We moved quickly and collectively to make Canadians aware of potential fraudulent investment schemes and to exercise caution when making financial decisions during economic uncertainty.”

The annual activity report highlights CSA and member jurisdiction’s initiatives, including work on senior financial abuse, affinity fraud, investment basics for millennials and beginners, financial information for women, and many locally-focused campaigns on investor protection and financial literacy.

Investor Education in Canada 2020 is available in English This link will open in a new window and French This link will open in a new window.

The CSA also supports World Investor Week This link will open in a new window (WIW), an initiative of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), which takes place October 5 to 11.

The CSA’s latest investor education updates are available by following @CSA_News This link will open in a new window on Twitter and @CSA.ACVM This link will open in a new window on Facebook, or visiting the CSA’s website, securities-administrators.ca This link will open in a new window.

Additional investor education resources can be found on provincial and territorial securities regulators’ websites:

Alberta Securities Commission 
CheckFirst.ca This link will open in a new window
albertasecurities.com This link will open in a new window

Manitoba Securities Commission
Moneysmartmanitoba.ca This link will open in a new window

Ontario Securities Commission 
GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca This link will open in a new window
osc.gov.on.ca This link will open in a new window

Autorité des marchés financiers (Québec)
https://lautorite.qc.ca/en/general-public
https://lautorite.qc.ca/en/general-public/covid-19
Tes affaires!

The New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission (FCNB)
fcnb.ca/investing This link will open in a new window
fcnb.ca/fr/placements This link will open in a new window

Nova Scotia Securities Commission 
nssc.novascotia.ca This link will open in a new window

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.

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For Investor inquiries, please refer to your respective securities regulator. You can contact them here This link will open in a new window.

For media inquiries, please refer to the list of provincial and territorial representatives below or contact us at media@acvm-csa.ca.

CSA member name

Point of contact

Phone number

Autorité des marchés financiers

Sylvain Théberge

514-940-2176

Alberta Securities Commission

Hilary McMeekin

403-592-8186

Financial and Consumer Services Commission, New Brunswick

Marissa Sollows

506-643-7853

Manitoba Securities Commission

Jason (Jay) Booth

204-945-1660

Nova Scotia Securities Commission

David Harrison

902-424-8586

Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Newfoundland and Labrador

Renée Dyer

709-729-4909

Office of the Superintendent of Securities, Northwest Territories

Tom Hall

867-767-9305

Office of the Yukon, Superintendent of Securities

Rhonda Horte

867-667-5466

Ontario Securities Commission

Kristen Rose

416-593-2336

Superintendent of Securities, Department of Justice and Public Safety, Prince Edward Island

Steve Dowling

902-368-4550

Superintendent of Securities, Nunavut

Jeff Mason

867-975-6591