The Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) was established in 2016 to administer the OSC’s Whistleblower Program as set out in OSC Policy 15-601. The OWB is a unit within the OSC’s Enforcement Branch that is made up of a specialized team of accountants, lawyers and support staff who are focused on encouraging whistleblowers to come forward and report misconduct.

Whistleblowers perform a public service by providing inside knowledge on misconduct that would otherwise be difficult to detect. With the assistance of these whistleblowers, we can prevent further harm from coming to investors and better protect the integrity of our market.

Our program aims to:

  • stop people who are breaking securities law and prevent or reduce investor losses
  • act as a deterrent to anyone considering violating the Securities Act (Ontario)
  • encourage businesses to improve their internal compliance systems
  • prevent people and organizations from retaliating against a whistleblower or making efforts to silence whistleblowers

Along with providing robust protections to whistleblowers, ours is the first and only whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada that offers a financial award.

"Our Whistleblower Program is a powerful addition to our enforcement arsenal and a game-changer for securities enforcement in Canada."
Maureen Jensen
OSC Chair & CEO


"The Whistleblower Program improves the OSC’s enforcement efforts by uncovering misconduct which may not otherwise come to light and advancing investigations more quickly and efficiently.”
Jeff Kehoe
OSC Director, Enforcement

Notice

The information provided on this page is intended to provide a general summary of certain key features of the OSC Whistleblower Program. It does not purport to be a complete or comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the Whistleblower Program, is not legal or other professional advice, and should not be relied upon or regarded as a substitute for legal or other professional advice. For detailed information about the Program, including eligibility requirements and certain limitations that apply, we recommend that you read the full text of the official OSC Whistleblower Policy: OSC Policy 15-601 - Whistleblower Program.