OSC unveils charter for office to promote innovation and reduce regulatory burden

Financial Post | Barbara Shecter | Oct 29, 2020

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A charter unveiled Thursday by a newly created branch of the Ontario Securities Commission lays the groundwork for new forms of capital raising, more avenues for innovators and a reduced regulatory burden.

The document guiding the OSC’s new Office of Economic Growth and Innovation branch is in keeping with a broader push by the Ontario government to ensure the province is “open for business” and to lower business costs.

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“The OSC has a role to play in creating conditions that attract capital, talent and new ideas to Ontario’s capital markets,” said Grant Vingoe, acting chair and chief executive of the OSC.

Among the charter’s pledges is the implementation of a “regulatory sandbox” that will allow novel ideas and startups to be tested while free from the rules and regulations that apply to other businesses under the purview of the regulator.

See: NCFA Response to the Modernizing Ontario’s Capital Markets Consultation Taskforce

An existing regulatory testing ground for innovation, OSC Launchpad, will be broadened to test new forms of capital formation including crowdfunding and angel investment networks.

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