Investor Protection

Asking the right questions and a little research can help you learn if an investment is right for you. Before investing, remember to Check, Protect, then Invest. Explore this section to learn how to make informed investment decisions.


Ask the right questions and do basic research to help you make an informed decision.

Check Registration: An individual or firm selling securities or offering investment advice must be registered with the securities regulator in their province or territory to do so. Keep in mind that just because a person or company is registered doesn’t mean the investment is right for you.

Check Enforcement History: Be sure to look up current and previous enforcement proceedings, decisions, and orders to see if there is any disciplinary history for a company or individual offering you an investment.

Check News Releases and Search Online: The Internet is an easy way to check out an investment opportunity. Search key terms like “fraud” and the name of the individual/company offering you the investment to get instant access to news and other information you may want to further investigate.


Protect your hard-earned money by being informed. Without taking the time to conduct proper research, you may be exposed to an unsuitable investment or fraud that could be financially crippling.

Becoming an Informed Investor is Easy

Becoming an informed investor is the best way to protect your money and your financial future. Knowledge is power and you can find a lot of information to educate yourself about investing on this website – including ways to avoid frauds and scams.

Questions you should consider, include:

  • How do I check out an investment?
  • How much should I invest to achieve my goals?
  • Is this investment too good to be true?
  • Whose advice should I take about investing?

Knowledge is the Best Defense

We’ve developed an informative set of resources to help empower you to protect yourself and your money.


Once you’ve conducted thorough due diligence and have become informed about the potential investment, you can make an educated decision on whether to proceed with the final step – invest.

Just remember that your work doesn’t end here. It is important to review your investments periodically to determine if they are still suitable given any changes in your financial plans or personal situation. For example, do you have a new marital or employment status? Are you closer to retirement? Have you introduced a new baby into your family? Don’t forget that any new investments should be checked using the same thorough approach –  Check, Protect, THEN Invest.

Don’t Stop Learning

We’ve put together a helpful set of resources to help you refine your financial literacy skills and protect you from fraud.