CSA Canadian Securities Administrators

For Immediate Release                                            
October 8, 2013

CSA encourages all Canadians to take time to "Check Before You Invest"

Vancouver – October is Investor Education Month and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is encouraging investors to make use of free online investor education tools that can help with finding and working with a registered financial adviser.

This month, the CSA added two new resources to its website to assist investors complete a background check and registration search – Check Before You Invest and Understanding Registration. The CSA has also refreshed its Working with a Financial Adviser brochure.

“Before investors work with a financial adviser, it is essential that they do some homework on the adviser’s background and registration status,” said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. “Investors must do their due diligence whenever they are considering making an investment with a new financial adviser, and the CSA resources can help.”

The CSA provides a ‘check registration’ webpage (www.aretheyregistered.ca) where investors can find:

Canadians should also watch for investor education tweets throughout October on @CSA_News for helpful tips and information. 

Other brochures and additional information is available on the CSA’s website, www.securities-administrators.ca, in the Investor Tools section.

The CSA, the council of securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, coordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets. Their mandate is to protect investors from unfair or fraudulent practices through regulation of the securities industry. Part of this protection is educating investors about the risk, responsibilities and rewards of investing.

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For more information:

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission


Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers


Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission


Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission


Wendy Connors-Beckett
Financial and Consumer Services Commission
New Brunswick


Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission


Daniela Machuca
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan


Janice Callbeck
The Office of the Superintendent
Securities, P.E.I.


Craig Whalen
Office of the Superintendent of Securities
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent
of Securities


Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office


Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories Securities Office