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Use the search box at the top of any page of the website if you'd like to find everything BCSC has published on your topic. We've divided the search results into categories so that you can tell whether you've found guidance, legislation, policies, disciplinary action, or company filings.

You can also find information using our alphabetical site index or category-based site map.

Advanced Search

If you only want to find publications of a specific type, use advanced search to limit your search by category. For example, you could search for:

  • past and present policies, instruments, and notices about capital raising exemptions
  • every filing or disciplinary action that mentions a certain company
  • assistance from the BCSC in our questions & answers, additional guidance and information

Document Categories and Specialized Search Features

Information about companies and individuals

Securities Legislation

Includes the current Securities Act, Securities Rules, and Securities Regulations, provided by the Queen's Printer. Search terms are combined using "AND". Advanced search options, such as phrase or boolean searching, are not available for this content.

Policies & Instruments

Includes current and proposed policies, instruments, notices, and requests for comment published by the BCSC. Advanced search options, such as phrase searching and using "OR" to combine terms, is available for this content. You should search this category individually using Advanced Search for best results if you wish to use the full text search features.

Additional Guidance & Information

Includes guidance and information provided on our website, on the subject-based pages: For Companies, For Dealers and Advisers, For Investors, and About the Commission. Advanced search options, such as phrase searching and using "OR" to combine terms, is available for this content. You should search this category individually using Advanced Search for best results if you wish to use the full text search features.

News Releases

Includes BCSC news releases beginning in 1989, as well as other pages in our News & Publications section. Advanced search options, such as phrase searching and using "OR" to combine terms, is available for this content. You should search this category individually using Advanced Search for best results if you wish to use the full text search features.

Historical Policies & Instruments

Contains lapsed or rescinded instruments, notices, and other policy documents back to 1987, including Notice and Interpretation Notes and Blanket Orders and Rulings. Please Note: you will find most BC Notices from 2003 and earlier in this category.

Decisions & Orders

Contains BCSC decisions and settlements beginning in 1987 for individuals, and all decisions and orders beginning November 1, 1996. You can use complex search criteria for searching this category of documents using Decisions & Orders: Search. You can find detailed help on how to use the advanced search features for this content on the Search Help page, or by clicking the small "i" icon on the search screen.

Disciplined Persons

Includes individuals who have been sanctioned by the BCSC since 1987, as well as other pages in our Enforcement section. Advanced search options, such as phrase searching and using "OR" to combine terms, is available for this content. You should search this category individually using Advanced Search for best results if you wish to use the full text search features.

Hearing Files

You can search hearing files to find records for hearings that were in progress or began after August 1, 2005. If you are looking for information about hearings that began before August 1, 2005, use the Decisions & Orders page.

Please note that if the Commission has sanctioned a party, you may also find information about the party on the Cease Trade Orders page, and the Disciplined Persons List.

Defaulting issuers

Information about issuers that have not met annual or interim filing requirements. You can search by full or partial name of the issuer.

Guide to default codes as of October 1, 2008:
See below for default codes prior to October 1, 2008

1. The reporting issuer has failed to file the following continuous disclosure prescribed by securities laws:

(a) annual financial statements;

(b) interim financial statements;

(c) annual or interim management's discussion and analysis (MD&A) or annual or interim management report of fund performance (MRFP);

(d) annual information form (AIF);

(e) certification of annual or interim filings under Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers' Annual and Interim Filings (MI 52-109);

(f) proxy materials or a required information circular;

(g) issuer profile supplement on the System for Electronic Disclosure By Insiders (SEDI);

(h) material change report;

(i) written update after filing a confidential report of a material change; 

(j) business acquisition report;

(k) annual oil and gas disclosure prescribed by National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (NI 51-101) or technical reports for a mineral project required under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101);

(l) mandatory news release;

(m) corporate governance disclosure as required by National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices;

(n) audit committee disclosure as required by Multilateral Instrument 52-110 Audit Committees or BC Instrument 52-509 Audit Committees; or

(o) disclosure in an issuer's MD&A relating to disclosure controls and procedures and their effectiveness that is referred to in a certificate filed under MI 52-109.

2. The reporting issuer's continuous disclosure is deficient because:

(a) the financial statements of the reporting issuer, or the auditor's report accompanying the financial statements, do not comply with the requirements of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (NI 51-102), National Instrument 81-106 Investment Fund Continuous Disclosure (NI 81-106) or National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles, Auditing Standards and Reporting Currency;

(b) the reporting issuer has acknowledged that its financial statements, or the auditor's report accompanying the financial statements, may no longer be relied upon;

(c) the reporting issuer's AIF, MD&A, MRFP, information circular or business acquisition reports do not contain information for each of the content items required by NI 51-102 or NI 81-106; or

(d) the reporting issuer's technical disclosure or other reports do not comply with the disclosure requirements of NI 43-101 or NI 51-101.

3. The reporting issuer has failed to pay a fee required by securities laws.

4. The reporting issuer has failed to comply with any other requirement related to continuous disclosure.

Guide to default codes prior to October 1, 2008:

"A" denotes that the reporting issuer has failed to file one or more of the continuous disclosure documents prescribed by securities laws. Issuers in this category may have a cease trade order issued against them without further notice.

"B" denotes that the reporting issuer’s continuous disclosure is deficient. Issuers in this category may have a cease trade order issued against them without further notice.

"C" denotes that the reporting issuer has failed to pay a fee required by securities laws.


Exempt Distributions

This search retrieves exempt distribution summaries by issuer name with a distribution date in the past year. To search for a different date range, or to search by exemption, use BCSC e-services: Search Reports of Exempt Distributions. You can also view reports filed in the past week: current reports of exempt distributions.

Filings that used Form 45-902F are not available on our website, see BCN 2003/24 for more information.

Exemption Orders

This category retrieves applications for exemption by issuer name. The results screen provides a link to the exemption order, if one has been granted. If you would like to search the full text of exemption orders, use Decisions & Orders: Search and include the word exemption to limit your search.

Foreign Issuer Filings

Search by issuer name to retrieve continuous disclosure filings from January 1, 1999 for foreign issuers who are not required to file on SEDAR. For filings before 1999, contact the BCSC records department.

Offering Memorandum

Search by issuer name to retrieve offering memoranda filed with the BCSC. Includes offering memoranda filed by foreign issuers.