Joint CSA/IIROC Consultation Paper 23406− Internalization within the Canadian Equity Market 


Like many jurisdictions globally, the Canadian equity market has evolved rapidly over recent years. Multiple competing marketplaces have launched operations, new participants have entered the market and the ways in which market participants interact have changed. The technology and tools available to achieve a variety of investing and trading objectives have modernized the Canadian market and made it more efficient. This evolution has in turn raised new issues to consider. On December 5, 2017, the Joint Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA)/Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Staff Notice 23-319 Internalization in the Canadian Market1 was published to inform stakeholders that we were gathering information in order to understand current practices related to internalization and to consider how these activities fit within our current rule framework.

The purpose of this consultation paper (the Consultation Paper) is to seek feedback in response to concerns regarding the internalization of retail/small orders within the Canadian equity market. The CSA and IIROC, (collectively, we) are publishing the Consultation Paper for a 60-day comment period to solicit views.

While there are a variety of competing interests, our underlying goal is to ensure the protection of investors, and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets. In addition to the specific questions put forth throughout the Consultation Paper, we invite any general comments you may have in relation to internalization.

The comment period will end on May 13, 2019.

  • 1(2017) 40 OSCB 9649 (December 7, 2017).

Date opened: March 2, 2019

Date closed: May 13, 2019

Status: Concluded