Why won't the OSC tell me when it’s investigating a specific individual or company?

Generally, the OSC does not publicly disclose the existence of an investigation or details regarding an investigation. Some investigations may be compromised if disclosure is made before the Enforcement Branch has an opportunity to carry out its work. Confidentiality of the investigation minimizes this risk. In addition, confidentiality minimizes potential harm to the reputations of those under investigation if no proceedings are taken.

An investigation becomes public when we bring a proceeding in court or a hearing before a Commission tribunal.

For more information on public proceedings, see OSC Proceedings.