For Immediate Release
December 21, 2009

CSA’s web-based tool allows investors to search registration of securities industry participants across multiple Canadian jurisdictions 

Vancouver – The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is encouraging investors across Canada to use its National Registration Search (NRS) to check the registration of a firm or individual when considering an investment opportunity or using a financial adviser. 

Canadian securities industry professionals and firms are required to register with the securities regulatory authority in each province or territory where they do business. Investors can use NRS to search for information about individuals and firms registered with the participating securities regulatory authorities. 

Searching NRS allows investors to:

  • check a registrant’s current or historical status dating back to March 14, 2003
  • determine the category of registration that applies to an individual or a firm
  • understand any registration terms or conditions that apply to a registrant
  • view the participating jurisdictions where a firm or individual is registered 

Investors can search NRS on the CSA website (www.securities-administrators.ca), or link to it through a participating provincial regulator’s website. Registration information from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is not currently included in NRS. The registration section on the CSA website links to the OSC's Check Registration tool for Ontario registrants. 

The CSA launched NRS in early November and introduced it to industry and various stakeholders in order to test its capacity and encourage user feedback. The CSA used this input to make some changes and additions to NRS that improved usability, accessibility and design. 

Firm and individual registration relies on National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements and Exemptions (NI 31-103) and related rules, which create a Canada-wide registration regime.

NI 31-103 also works with the passport system, which allows individuals and firms to register in more than one province or territory by dealing only with their principal regulator. 

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

For more information:

Ken Gracey
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6577

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Robert Merrick
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2315

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

Wendy Connors-Beckett
New Brunswick Securities Commission
506-643-7745

Natalie MacLellan
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Barbara Shourounis
Saskatchewan Financial Services
Commission
306-787-5842

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General
902-368-6288

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

Fred Pretorius
Yukon Securities Registry
867-667-5225

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6587

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office
867-920-8984