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Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce. Final Report January 2021



The decline in new issuers and initial public offerings in Ontario is alarming. The real consequences of this trend are fewer head offices, fewer entrepreneurs, and fewer growth investment opportunities, all of which could drive Ontario to become a "branch plant" economy. To address this, the Taskforce proposes recommendations to incubate junior issuers in this province by reducing the regulatory burden, providing new opportunities for capital-raising through the expansion of prospectus exemptions, and streamlining disclosure requirements, among others. Recommending proposals designed to spur the growth and establishment of independent dealers will increase the number of intermediaries who focus on connecting capital with smaller companies. To give more choice to Ontario investors, we put forward recommendations to ensure that wealth management distribution channels provide greater access to competitive and independent wealth management products.






North America

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Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce (Industry)

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    • High 1.10%
    • Low 0.01%
    • E focus: climate change, energy, environment, greenhouse gas, waste, emissions
    • S focus: diversity, intellectual property, recruitment, systemic risk, value creation, compensation
    • G focus: board diversity, competitive behaviour, corporate finance, corruption, esg reporting, financial report, financial reporting, legal challenges, responsible investment, risk management, whistleblower program, accountability
    • Administrative services, Finance, Management, Manufacturing, Public administration, Retail trade, Transportation