Annual Report 2019/20

Public Interest Regulator
Protecting Investors and Supporting Healthy Canadian Capital Markets

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IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and their trading activity in Canada’s debt and equity markets.

IIROC sets high-quality regulatory and investment industry standards, protects investors and strengthens market integrity while supporting healthy Canadian capital markets. IIROC carries out its regulatory responsibilities through setting and enforcing rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of dealer firms and their registered employees, and through setting and enforcing market integrity rules regarding trading activity on Canadian debt and equity marketplaces.

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dealer firms participating in district councils


Our mission is to protect investors and support healthy Canadian capital markets.

dealer firms and marketplaces


IIROC’s vision statement describes what we want to achieve over time – it is our definition of long-term success.

We will demonstrate how our self-regulatory model serves the public interest, by:

  • inspiring confidence and deterring wrongdoing by having and using robust and appropriate tools
  • making the delivery of securities regulation in Canada significantly more efficient
  • being known as a trusted, respected and valued partner by our stakeholders
  • being a leading-edge securities regulator
  • creating a culture that attracts and retains high-quality employees

How we work

IIROC’s regional roots run deep. IIROC’s District Councils and policy consultative committees offer insight and invaluable input. Self-regulation helps to ensure that policies and rules keep pace with evolving markets through consultation with industry participants who are confronted by change on a daily basis. This process helps ensure that rules and policies are balanced and practical.

IIROC’s National Advisory Committee serves as a forum for representatives of the District Councils to raise and discuss matters of interest, provide input on policy initiatives and report to the IIROC Board of Directors three times a year.

IIROC’s 10 District Councils address registration and membership matters, raise issues of regional interest, and add perspective to national issues, including policy issues. They ensure regional input into the regulatory process – an integral component of self-regulation.

IIROC’s Policy Advisory Committees

  • Financial and Operations Advisory Section
  • Conduct, Compliance and Legal Advisory Section
  • Proficiency Committee
  • Fixed Income Advisory Committee
  • Market Rules Advisory Committee