Start-up or early-stage businesses in British Columbia can use crowdfunding to raise money through issuing securities by meeting certain conditions. These guides assist funding portals, issuers, and investors understand the registration and prospectus exemptions that allow start-up and early stage businesses to raise capital.

Start-up Crowdfunding Guide for Funding Portals

Funding portals – whether operated by registered dealers or persons intending to rely on the registration exemption – should refer to this guide for assistance in understanding their regulatory obligations.

Start-up Crowdfunding Guide for Businesses

Start-ups and early stage businesses can use this guide to gain an understanding of their regulatory obligations and responsibilities to investors.

Start-up Crowdfunding Guide for Investors

Investors can use this guide to learn about the start-up crowdfunding process, where they can expect to find these offerings, and the risks related to these types of investments.

You can find more investor information on start-up crowdfunding on the BCSC’s investor education website,

More information on private placement market investing is available in these two British Columbia Securities Commission guides: