About the OSC
The Ontario Securities Commission’s Articling Program provides law students with the opportunity to partake in a rewarding experience. The program spans for a ten month fixed period, with time off available to those students who attempt the Barrister Licensing Examination and/or the Solicitor Licensing Examination . The recruitment process and terms stipulated in the employment contract are in compliance with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Selected law students may also have the opportunity to work with one or more of the following branches of the OSC.
General Counsel’s Office – an in-house legal, policy and risk management resources, providing senior legal and strategic advice to the Executive, Commissioners and OSC staff. Their particular focus is on legislative and regulatory reform, and the OSC’s legal authority and accountability.
Corporate Finance Branch – manages the regulation of public companies and sets issuer-related policies. The branch oversees public offerings of securities and ongoing dissemination of information. It also checks that takeover bids and mergers and acquisitions follow securities law.
Compliance & Registrant Regulation Branch – responsible for reviewing investment fund managers, advisers and other market participants. The branch also regulates and sets standards for trading and advising in Ontario.
Investment Funds Branch – responsible for the regulation of investment funds. The branch also reviews disclosure requirements, develops rules and policies, as well as deciding whether to grant exemptions from rules.
Market Regulation Branch – legally responsible for recognizing stock exchangers. The branch also registers commodity future exchanges, clearing agencies and self-regulating organizations. It also oversees other markets like alternative trading systems.
Enforcement Branch – supports the OSC in delivering fair, vigorous and timely enforcement. The Enforcement Branch investigates and litigates breaches of securities laws in Ontario. Staff works closely with other securities regulators, self-regulatory organizations and law-enforcement agencies to enhance initiatives to fight misconduct. A strong enforcement presence assists in protecting investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and fostering fair and efficient markets.
As previously mentioned the recruitment process is aligned to the standards set forth by LSUC. The Articling Program recruitment process is outlined below. Interested applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your university transcripts.
Note: Specific dates change on a yearly basis