The British Columbia government has declared the capital markets and its regulator, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC), as essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the BCSC, the province has specifically identified the following as part of the capital markets:

  • self-regulatory organizations
  • exchanges
  • clearing agencies
  • investment-fund dealers, advisers and managers.

The BCSC has clarified with the Ministry of Finance that all dealers and advisers, not just those involved with investment funds, are included as essential services.

Although these services are allowed to remain open, they must follow the orders and guidance provided by the Provincial Health Officer to ensure safe operations and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

For more information, please call Barbara Hendrickson at BAX Securities Law (416) 601 -1004.

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