FSRA updates Proposed Title Protection Framework for Financial Planners and Advisors

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is continuing its work to strengthen consumer protection in the financial services sectors.

As a result of feedback received from stakeholders during the May 2021 public consultation on the Financial Professionals Title Protection Framework, FSRA is proposing a number of changes to the proposed Application Guidance and Supervision Guidance, including:

  • Additional detail on FSRA’s supervisory approach for approved credentialing bodies and uncredentialed title users;
  • Clarifying that approved credentialing bodies should implement processes for consumer complaint handling and title user disclosure; and
  • Clarifying that an approved credentialing body’s code of ethics should include a requirement for credential holders to put the client’s interest first.

Once implemented, the framework will protect titles for financial planners and financial advisors in Ontario and set minimum education standards for use of these titles. It aims to promote professionalism in their services and consumer confidence when dealing with these trained professionals.

FSRA is consulting on the revised Application Guidance and Supervision Guidance. The consultation will close on December 13, 2021.

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