Canadian securities regulators collaborate to protect investors and enforce securities law: CSA Fiscal Year 2019/20 Enforcement Report

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today released its fiscal year 2019/20 Enforcement Report, which outlines how securities regulators are protecting investors and the integrity of Canada’s capital markets.

Highlights from the fiscal year 2019/20 Enforcement Report include:

-66 Investor Alerts were issued to warn the public about possible investment scams;

-65 individuals were banned from participating in the capital markets;

-95 interim cease-trade and asset-freeze orders were issued;

-Four individuals received a combined total of 18 years and 11 months years of jail time through regulators’ support of Criminal Code case investigations;

-23 fraud cases were concluded, resulting in over $3 million in penalties; and

-291 whistleblower tips were received.

“The CSA is a vital platform for nationwide collaboration and information sharing in the enforcement of securities laws in Canada. This year’s Enforcement Report outlines how CSA members protected Canadians from those who prey on investors and undermine confidence in the capital markets,” said Louis Morisset, Chair of the CSA and President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers. “Our resolve to work together was particularly critical in the last part of fiscal year 2019/20 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and drove immense economic uncertainty. Our mission to safeguard investors and ensure that Canada’s capital markets are honest, fair and efficient has never been more important than it is today.”

Since the trading of securities and derivatives spans provincial and national boundaries, CSA members worked closely to share information, refer cases and seek assistance. This past fiscal year, members referred 91 cases to each other and provided assistance in 63 cases. They also cooperated with self-regulatory organizations in Canada, securities regulators in other countries, and law enforcement agencies in Canada and abroad.

In addition, the report outlines how the CSA enhanced its technological tools and skills to conduct investigations and better recognize and target fraudulent activity.

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

Click here to view the Canadian Securities Administrators fiscal year 2019/20 Enforcement Report.

For Investor inquiries, please refer to your respective securities regulator. You can contact them here.

For media inquiries, please refer to the list of provincial and territorial representatives below or contact us at

For more information:

Tom Hall
Office of the Superintendent of Securities,
Northwest Territories
867-767-9260 ext. 82180

Kristen Rose
Ontario Securities Commission

Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers

Brian Kladko
British Columbia Securities Commission

Jason (Jay) Booth
Manitoba Securities Commission

Sara Wilson
Financial and Consumer Services Commission, <br / New Brunswick

Shannon McMillan
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

David Harrison
Nova Scotia Securities Commission

Steve Dowling
Government of Prince Edward Island,
Superintendent of Securities

Renée Dyer
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Newfoundland and Labrador

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of Securities

Jeff Mason
Nunavut Securities Office

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