What the Nova Scotia Securities Commission Can or Can’t Do

March 5, 2009

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission can take certain actions to help investors, but there are other actions we cannot take because they fall outside of our legal authority.

The NSSC can:

  • answer general questions about investment products and services
  • tell you if a firm or representative is registered in Nova Scotia
  • tell you if an individual or firm has ever been disciplined by the NSSC
  • suggest options for pursuing your complaint and tell you which organization may be of the most help
  • enforce compliance with securities legislation
  • act against market misconduct, including removing from the market those who do not comply with the law or who cheat investors

The NSSC cannot:

  • force someone to give your money back
  • undo a transaction
  • give advice on an investment
  • give legal advice
  • negotiate a settlement on your behalf
  • comment on an investigation