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FSRA’s Proposed Rule [2020-002], Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (March 18, 2021)


In our submission to FSRA, Advocis raised significant concerns with the plan to permit rebating in the life and health insurance sector. We are concerned that the proposed restrictions would not adequately address consumer protection concerns and would create an unlevel playing field for independent advisors.
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ICBC Consultation on Supervisory Role of MGAs (February 15, 2021)


Advocis responded to the Insurance Council of British Columbia's proposed new guideline that would provide additional clarity on the roles and responsibilities of MGAs in the screening and monitoring of life agents. We believe that this critical consumer protection function must remain a shared responsibility between MGAs and insurers.
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Ontario Securities Commission Statement of Priorities 2021-2022 (December 16, 2020)


The OSC’s priorities for 2021-2022 include promoting confidence in Ontario’s capital markets, reducing regulatory burden, facilitating financial innovation and strengthening the OSC’s organizational foundation. In our submission, we encouraged the OSC to work with the CSA to develop clear and useful guidance for interpreting and applying the Client Focused Reforms (CFRs). We also encouraged the OSC to work with FSRA to explore opportunities to reduce the risk of regulatory arbitrage between mutual funds and segregated funds. We introduced the Technology Task Force as a potential resource for the OSC’s Office of Economic Growth and Innovation and expressed our willingness to assist the OSC with initiatives focused on improving the investor experience.
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FSRA’s Proposed Rule [2020-001], Financial Professionals Title Protection (November 12, 2020)


Advocis responds to FSRA’s proposed framework for the protection of the titles of Financial Advisor and Financial Planner. We state that the purpose behind the exercise must be to enhance consumer protection – so FSRA should use this generational opportunity to enhance professional standards. We argue that a qualifying credential should be cross-sectoral and product-agnostic to reflect the primacy of the advisor-client relationship.
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FSRA Proposed 2021-22 Statement of Priorities (November 3, 2020)


Advocis commented on FSRA's Proposed 2021-22 Statement of Priorities. We are pleased that FSRA remains focused on consumer protection, transitioning to a principles-based approach and regulatory modernization efforts. We voiced our desire to participate in key initiatives including the title protection framework for financial advisors and financial planners, enabling innovation and the regulation of segregated funds.
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CSA's Consultation on the Self-Regulatory Organization Framework (October 23, 2020)


Reviewing the stakeholder comments and proposals from both IIROC and the MFDA, we feel that the need for a consolidated SRO is evident. Advocis encourages the CSA to act with urgency, and implement a single SRO that can respond effectively to the changing needs of Canadian businesses and investors.
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Advocis-CALU joint letter to the Ministry of Finance on Beneficiary Designations (September 16, 2020)


A recent Ontario court decision could jeopardize estate planning as it found that a designated beneficiary of a registered asset held that asset in trust for the grantor's estate. In a joint submission to the Ministry of Finance, Advocis and CALU explain the implications of the decision and we urge the Government to amend certain laws to make clear when a designated beneficiary has the presumption of beneficial ownership.
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Ontario Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce Consultation Report (September 4, 2020)


Advocis addresses specific recommendations in the Consultation Report and requests that the Taskforce consider including formal support for the title protection initiative and the CCMR project in its final report to the Minister of Finance.

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