Annual information returns
All licensed mortgage brokerages and administrators are required to complete and submit an Annual Information Return (AIR) no later than March 31 of each year (see Ontario Regulation 193/08 – Reporting Requirements for Licensees and section 29 of the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006.
In response to feedback from industry, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) has made significant improvements to the 2020 AIR. This includes a number of new features that will make completing the AIR faster and easier. The AIR is designed to collect information about business practices, internal controls, and market conditions for the previous calendar year. The information is used to assist FSRA in its risk assessment and oversight of mortgage brokerages and administrators. The AIR Reports published by FSRA also allow the industry to obtain an overview of the mortgage brokering sector.
Mortgage brokerages and administrators that fail to file the AIR by the March 31, 2021 deadline may be subject to summary administrative penalties, or other regulatory enforcement action.
2019 AIR report
FSRA reviewed the data collected through the 2019 AIR and compiled the 2019 Mortgage Brokerages and Administrators Annual Information Return report. This report provides a snapshot of the activities conducted by mortgage brokerages and administrators between January 1 and December 31, 2019.
How to complete the AIR
Principal brokers and mortgage administrators complete the AIR online using Licensing Link. The AIR will be available beginning January 18, and must be completed by March 31, 2021.
All brokerages and administrators are required to complete the AIR by the deadline. Non-compliance increases FSRA’s regulatory costs and impacts the fees that all licensees pay.
Prior to filing the AIR, principal brokers and administrators are encouraged to review the following resources: