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Proposed new licensing requirements to help mortgage agents and brokers better serve consumers and investors

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) supports the government’s proposal to increase the skills and knowledge of mortgage agents and brokers to better protect consumers and investors.

FSRA is consulting on guidance that outlines a proposed new education requirement for a new licence category for mortgage agents transacting in private mortgages as well as mortgage brokers. Private lending is more complex and less transparent than traditional lending by regulated financial institutions. The current education requirement does not differentiate between traditional and private mortgages.

The proposed new licence will help agents and brokers better serve consumers and investors in the growing private lending market by raising education standards and helping ensure they receive appropriate mortgage advice and product recommendations. It also supports the competency principle in the Mortgage Broker Regulators’ Council of Canada (MBRCC) National Code of Conduct.

The guidance provides details about the transition to the proposed new licensing classes. The details correspond with the government’s draft proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 409/07 under the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006 (MBLAA) currently out for consultation. If approved, the proposed new licensing classes would take effect on April 1, 2023.

To review the proposed guidance and submit your feedback, please visit FSRA’s website. The consultation period is now open and will close on March 14, 2022.

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FSRA and the Ministry of Finance, in consultation with the industry, are working collaboratively to implement recommendations from the 2019 report on the government’s review of the MBLAA.

FSRA continues to work on behalf of all stakeholders, including consumers, to ensure financial safety, fairness, and choice for everyone. Learn more at www.fsrao.ca.

For media inquiries:

Russ Courtney
Senior Media Relations and Digital Officer
Financial Services Regulatory Authority
C: 437-225-8551
Email: [email protected]

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