For Immediate Release
March 6, 2006

CSA promotes Fraud Awareness Month

Montreal – The Canadian Securities Administrators has joined the Fraud Prevention Forum to promote March 2006 as Fraud Awareness Month. In doing so, the CSA hopes to increase public awareness about fraud resources available from trusted sources that can help people protect their personal finances and avoid investment frauds and scams.

As a Fraud Prevention Forum partner, the CSA joins more than 75 government and private sector organizations to promote the ongoing national public education and awareness campaign “Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.” Throughout the month of March, partners are involved in a number of national, regional and local activities supporting fraud awareness.

Canadians are encouraged to visit the CSA website at www.csa-acvm.ca, to learn more about how to avoid investment fraud. On the site, visitors can take the Investment Fraud Awareness Quiz and view a new Fraud Awareness section. The site also provides access to resources and helpful links to a wealth of other important investing information from the provincial and territorial securities regulators.

The CSA, the council of the 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.

Media relations contacts:

Yukon Securities Registry
Richard Roberts
867-667-5225
Richard.roberts@gov.yk.ca

British Columbia Securities Commission
Andrew Poon
604-899-6880
1-800-373-6393 (BC & Alberta only)

Securities Registry
Northwest Territories
Gary MacDougall
867-920-8984

Alberta Securities Commission
Lorinda Brinton
(403) 297-2665

Nunavut Securities Registry
Gary Crowe
867-975-6190

Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission
Patti Pacholek
306-787-5871

Manitoba Securities Commission
Ainsley Cunningham
204-945-4733
1-800-655-5244 (Manitoba only)

Ontario Securities Commission
Perry Quinton
416-593-2348
1-877-785-1555 (toll free in Canada)

Autorite des marches financiers
Denis Labrie
418-525-0558, ext. 4141
1-800-361-5072 (Québec only)
New Brunswick. Securities Commission
Natalie Green
506-643-7745
1-866-933-2222 (New Brunswick only)
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
Chris Pottie
902-424-5393
Department of Attorney General
Prince Edward Island
Mark Gallant
902-368-4552

Financial Services Regulation Division Newfoundland and Labrador
Doug Connolly
709-729-2594