November 12, 2020 

MFSA operations during COVID-19

WINNIPEG – The Government of Manitoba has announced, for the second time this year, an order requiring the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective Thursday, November 12. Under the order, workplaces engaged in capital markets, real estate services, insurance and financial service activities are considered to provide essential services and can remain open.

MFSA staff continue to operate at the level necessary to deliver crucial services to stakeholders and to protect the Manitoba public.

The Agency continues to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public as we respond to the challenges of COVID and the recent surge in infection rates. The majority of MFSA staff are working from home at this time.

Neither MSC nor FIRB are providing direct in-person service to the public at this time.

We are encouraging the use of mail, email, and fax to convey important documents to our office wherever possible. MSC’s Securities and Real Estate Divisions are accepting deliveries of documents and packages via our main entrance only. Upon arrival at our office, please ring for service or contact our office directly at 204-945-2548. The Financial Institutions Regulation Branch (FIRB) is also accepting deliveries of documents and packages. Upon arrival, please contact FIRB at 204-945-2542.

We will continue to be flexible during this extraordinary time. Questions with respect to regulatory expectations should be directed to our staff contacts:

Paula White, Deputy Director

Corporate Finance
Wayne Bridgeman, Deputy Director

Education & Communications
Ainsley Cunningham, Manager

Financial Institutions Regulation Branch
Scott Moore, Superintendent

Jason Roy, Senior Investigator

Chris Besko, Director

Real Estate
Keith Schinkel, Registrar

Sue Henderson, Deputy Director

Investor protections and regulatory requirements remain fully in place and are critical to Manitoba’s capital markets functioning fairly and efficiently.

We will publish further updates on our operations, as the situation develops.

The mandate of the MSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. Investors are urged to check the registration of any persons or company offering an investment opportunity and to review the MSC investor materials available at

The Manitoba Securities Commission is a division of the Manitoba Financial Services Agency, a Special Operating Agency of the Government of Manitoba that protects investors and promotes fair and efficient capital markets throughout the province.


Media Inquiries:                      
Jason Booth, Communications Coordinator, MFSA  |  204.945.1660 |