The OSC works closely with other Canadian securities regulators in an effort to harmonize our legislation and regulatory practices for the benefit of the Ontario and Canadian capital markets. We also work with various law enforcement agencies, sharing information and facilitating investigations across jurisdictions.
In addition, we co-ordinate our efforts with the Department of Finance Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) and the Bank of Canada as necessary when developing regulatory responses intended to promote financial stability in areas identified by the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB).
The OSC has entered into a number of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with regulators in Ontario and other Canadian jurisdictions to foster co-operation and information sharing on various matters, including enforcement. We have also entered into a number of international MOUs with regulators around the world. Learn more about the OSC’s international activities.
Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA)
The OSC is an active member of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the forum for the 13 securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories. The CSA works to foster a nationally co-ordinated and modernized securities regulatory framework.
Self-regulatory organizations (SROs)
SROs are organizations that regulate the operations and the standards of practice and business conduct of their members and their representatives. The OSC oversees the operation of two SROs: the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). Learn more about SROs.
Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators
The CSA is a member of the Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators, through which pension, securities and insurance regulators co-ordinate, harmonize and streamline the regulation of financial products and services in Canada.
Joint Securities Intelligence Unit (JSIU)
The OSC and the RCMP are partners in the JSIU, which targets criminal syndicates involved in illegal market activity and fraud by organized crime groups operating in Canada. The JSIU also handles requests for information from its internal intelligence databases.
Joint Serious Offences Team (JSOT)
JSOT is an enforcement partnership between the OSC, the RCMP Financial Crime program and the Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets Branch. JSOT combines law enforcement policing skills with the OSC's expertise in forensic accounting and capital markets to investigate and prosecute serious violations of the law using provisions of the Securities Act (Ontario) and Criminal Code.