Canadian regulators on the recent market volatility

THE Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said in a joint statement that they are closely monitoring how extreme price movement of certain stocks may be contributing to volatility in Canada’s capital markets.

“We will take appropriate regulatory action to protect investors if we identify that abusive or manipulative trading activity may be taking place,” they added.

The joint statement said: “With strong market oversight and surveillance infrastructure in place, Canadian regulators are working together closely to protect investors while ensuring that the markets operate in an orderly manner and with integrity. We are monitoring market activity in real-time to support healthy Canadian capital markets and to protect investors. Canada’s capital markets remain strong.

“The CSA and IIROC continue to be in close contact with regulators domestically and internationally, recognizing that trading and market volatility is not confined by borders.

“We also continue to be in close contact with regulated entities, and will continue to monitor issuers’ compliance with disclosure requirements for anything material that might affect their stock prices.

“We caution investors to consider the source of information and advice they are relying on to make investment decisions. Online chat rooms are unregulated and may contain information that is inaccurate or inappropriate for some investors. Investors should always check the registration of any person or business trying to sell them an investment or give them investment advice. To do this, investors can visit or IIROC’s database of advisors working for IIROC regulated firms.”

The CSA and IIROC said that they will continue to work to protect investors from improper and unfair practices in the capital markets.