Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO)

A Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO), also known as a self-regulatory body, is a non-governmental organization that regulates the operations, standards of practice, and business conduct of its members with a view to promoting the public interest. The BC Securities Commission has the statutory power to recognize SROs.

The BC Securities Commission, along with Canada’s other securities regulators, has recognized the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO). CIRO consolidates the functions of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA).

CIRO regulates mutual fund dealers and investment dealers. It also provides regulation services provider for marketplaces that have retained it as such, including monitoring trading on those marketplaces for compliance with CIRO rules and securities legislation.

Additional details can be found on the Canadian Securities Administrators website or the CIRO website.

Orders, Agreements, Reports

Proposal Reviews

Document Published
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) - Request for Comments - Proposed Rule Amendments for Fully Paid Securities Lending and Financing Arrangements
2024-02-15
Notice of BCSC non-objection to the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) proposed Derivatives Rule Modernization, Stage 1
2024-01-18
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) – Request for Comments – Proposed Rule Amendments Respecting the Reasonable Expectation to Settle a Short Sale
2024-01-11
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) – Request for Comments – Rule Consolidation Project Phase 2
2024-01-11
Notice of BCSC non-objection to proposed housekeeping amendments to the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) Mutual Fund Dealer Form 1, Audit Reports and Part II – Report on compliance for insurance and segregation of cash and securities 2023-10-26
Notice of BCSC non-objection to proposed amendments to Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization’s (CIRO) amendments to facilitate the investment industry’s move to T+1 settlement 2023-10-26
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) – Request for Comment: Rule Consolidation Project – Phase 1 2023-10-20 
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) – Request for Comment: Proposed Rule Amendments for Registration and Proficiency Requirements 
2023-08-31
Notice of BCSC deemed non-objection to proposed housekeeping amendments to the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR) 2023-07-27
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization - Request for Comment - republication of proposed amendments regarding margin requirements for structured products
2023-07-20
Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) - Request for Comment: Proposed amendments for the derivatives rule modernization – stage 1 2023-07-13
Notice of BCSC deemed non-objection to proposed amendments to CIRO’s By-Law No. 1 and Mutual Fund Dealer Rules
2023-06-01
Notice of BCSC non-objection to proposed amendments to the New SRO’s Investment Dealer and Partially Consolidated Rule 5900 and Form 1
2023-05-18
New SRO - Request for Comment: Proposed amendments to facilitate the investment industry's move to T+1 settlement
2023-04-20
Notice of BCSC non-objection to proposed amendments to the New SRO’s Investment Dealer and Partially Consolidated Rule 5600
2023-04-13
Notice of BCSC deemed non-objection to proposed amendments to New SRO IDPC Rule 5900
2023-03-02
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More information about the creation of the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization (CIRO) can be found below.

Good morning,

We are contacting you today with a status update on work that is underway to implement the new, single enhanced self-regulatory organization (SRO) and new investor protection fund (IPF).

Work is progressing well and timing is on track for a completion date of December 31, 2022. This is in keeping with the timeline that was agreed upon by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (the SROs).

Interim Rule Book

The CSA and SROs are working closely to develop rule proposals for an interim rule book, with plans to publish the proposals for comment in May 2022. Of note, some of the proposals will focus on reducing regulatory burden that is the result of:

  • The obligation to maintain two separate legal entities for mutual fund dealer and investment dealer businesses in the same group.
  • The need for mutual fund dealers to use workarounds to access certain products, such as ETFs.

The interim rule book will be in place when implementation is completed in December 2022. Following implementation, we will begin work to develop a harmonized rule book for investment dealers and mutual fund dealers. Our work will be informed by a comprehensive policy plan for regulation based on the principle that like activities will be regulated in a like manner. We will conduct consultations and assess public comments to ensure the rules clearly reflect member and public interest views. The intention is to create consistent rules that present a risk- and principles-based approach to rules, compliance and enforcement. 

Québec Mutual Fund Dealers

Québec mutual fund dealers (MFDs) will become members of the New SRO once it is established, but will operate within a regulatory status quo during the transition period for their activities in Québec.

This transition period will be substantially synchronized with the transition towards a harmonized rule book. During this time NI 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations and other provincial regulations continue to apply. Although the Québec MFDs will not contribute to the new IPF for accounts located in the province, they will continue to contribute to the Fonds d’indemnisation des services financiers and their dealing representatives will continue on as members of the Chambre de la sécurité financière in keeping with legal requirements, which will remain in place after the transition period.

Key Upcoming Dates

The CSA, IIROC and the MFDA are pleased to continue working together towards the December 31, 2022 closing date and we look forward to publishing rule proposals for comment in May 2022 and announcing the CEO and Board of the new SRO in the second quarter.

Regards,

Stan Magidson, Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission
Andrew J. Kriegler, President and CEO of IIROC
Mark T. Gordon, President and CEO of the MFDA