The Ontario Securities Commission

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is an independent Crown corporation that is responsible for regulating the capital markets in Ontario. Our statutory mandate is: 

To provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. 

Providing protection to investors is a key part of the OSC’s mandate. As a regulatory agency, the OSC administers and enforces the Securities Act (Ontario) and the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario). Specifically, the OSC works to protect investors by making and enforcing rules governing the securities industry in Ontario. 

The Investor Office is managed by the Investor Office of the OSC. The Investor Office sets the strategic direction and leads the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, education, outreach and research. The Investor Office also has a policy function, plays a key role in the oversight of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), and provides leadership at the OSC in the area of behavioural insights and improving the investor experience is the OSC’s award-winning investor education website. You’ll find free, unbiased information and interactive resources to help you make informed investment decisions. It now includes new artificial intelligence tools, the latest accessibility features, and significant design innovations. The website also introduces behavioural science resources and design elements to help you make better decisions along your investing journey.  

The website is designed to be a leader in accessibility. During its development the team anticipated meeting or exceeding the latest accessibility standard of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.2). has a fresh look-and-feel with animations and cohesive design woven throughout the site. It features streamlined menus, clearer navigation, and an expanded search tool to help you quickly find information. Saving, sharing and printing articles is now also even easier.  

The advanced technological functions on now include several elements that are unique for financial education websites in Canada such as:   

  • AI recommendations engine – provides content for you based on your on-site reading history and curated learning paths.  
  • Text-to-voice article reader – makes content easier to access for users across platforms and abilities. You’ll be able to listen to any article you choose.  
  • On-site voice search – helps visitors easily search the site to find what they need. All you have to do is click on the microphone to record your query. 

Explore — you’ll be glad you made the trip.  

Visit our other resources

  • – Always check the registration of any person or business trying to sell you an investment or give you investment advice. 
  • OSC Contact Centre – If you think you may be a victim of an investment fraud or scam in Ontario, or if you would like to report potential unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, contact us: 1-877-785-1555 (toll-free) or email 
  • – Have a question about investing or the investment world? Ask us or read what other investors are curious about. 
  • – Whether you are new to investing or new to Canada, investing for your future is important. And no matter how much (or little) money you have to invest, having the right information and resources can help you make better decisions for you and your family. Visit our multilingual website.
  • – The rise and fall of crypto assets is in many news headlines. has important information on many crypto topics including breaking down the jargon, rules and regulations, and crypto fraud scenarios. 
  • OSC in the Community – An outreach program that takes the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) regulatory mandate from Bay Street to Main Street. OSC staff travel to communities across Ontario to engage with investors, including newcomers and multicultural groups, to deliver investor education presentations on fraud prevention, investing 101 and the client-advisor relationship