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IFIC recognizes the vital role that financial advisors and planners play in helping Canadians build the savings they need to achieve their life goals and dreams. The value of advice is well documented through research and validated through the high number of Canadians who depend on advisors to help them make good investment choices. Canadian investor confidence in advisors is high, and advisors work hard to maintain their clients’ trust.

Today’s advisor works in an environment of rapid change, with the introduction of Fund Facts and CRM I and 2 , expanded digital resources, a growing range of investment products, demographic groups with vastly different expectations and needs, and ongoing regulatory change.

IFIC’s Advisor Centre offers tools and insights to help advisors talk to their clients, as well as information on regulatory topics of particular interest to dealers and advisors.  If you don’t find the topic you are looking for here, use our search engine to locate it on another part of the website.

Most of our advisor materials are available publicly but a few are member-only.  So if you are registered with an IFIC member firm, be sure to apply for a user account to access member materials. Sign up for our weekly newsletter to receive notices of new materials as they are posted.

Featured Documents

Advisor Insights: Answering Your Clients' Questions about Responsible Investing Funds
(February 6, 2023)

About the CIFSC Responsible Investment Identification Framework for Investment Funds
(February 6, 2023)

Infographic: Responsible Investing in Canada: A Snapshot
(February 6, 2023)

IFIC Enhanced CRM2 Model Statement (March 2022)
(March 30, 2022)

IFIC Submission - CSA - Proposed Amendments to NI 31-103 and Changes to CP 31-103 to Enhance Protection of Older and Vulnerable Clients (July 20, 2020)
(July 20, 2020)

2019 Your Guide to Investment Funds

Helpful information for every stage of your financial journey

(January 30, 2019)

Video Transcript: Elder-friendly Practices
(July 12, 2018)

Best-practice Checklist

This is a checklist of best practices advisors can implement to help make their offices or meeting spaces more accommodating for elderly clients.

(July 12, 2018)

Presentation: Elder-friendly Practices

This presentation provides practical guidance for having elder-friendly client meetings and conversations.

(July 12, 2018)

IFIC releases new video to help advisors establish elder-friendly practices
(July 12, 2018)

Presentation: Understanding Capacity and Decision-making

This presentation provides information to guide advisors in thinking about the concept of capacity as they continue to work to improve their interactions with older investors.

(July 5, 2018)

Video Transcript: Understanding Capacity and Decision-making
(July 5, 2018)

IFIC expands its Vulnerable Investors Resource Centre with new advisor materials on capacity and decision making
(July 5, 2018)

Presentation: Dealing with Elder Abuse

This presentation shares insights to help advisors meet the special needs and concerns of aging investors and understand how aging investors can become vulnerable to neglect or abuse.

(June 25, 2018)

Video Transcript: Dealing with Elder Abuse
(June 25, 2018)

IFIC launches video series to help advisors support elderly clients
(June 25, 2018)

Advisor Insights: Meeting the Needs of Investors with Cognitive Decline

This checklist helps advisors prepare for the challenges of working with investors who are experiencing cognitive decline. It provides information about what to watch for when advising these clients, and actions to ensure the advisor and dealer are meeting regulatory and legal obligations. A separate checklist has been developed to guide advisors in identifying and addressing situations where a client might be subjected to financial exploitation.

(June 15, 2018)

Advisor Insights: Protecting Investors from Financial Exploitation

This checklist has been developed to guide advisors in identifying and addressing situations where a client might be subjected to financial exploitation. It provides information about what to watch for when advising these clients, and actions to ensure the advisor and dealer are meeting regulatory and legal obligations.

(June 15, 2018)

Advisor Insights: Global Regulatory Developments in Investor Protection (May 2018)

This issue of Advisor Insights focuses on regulatory developments in 16 countries and is based on a research report that was updated in May 2018. It summarizes report findings in a number of areas, including expanded disclosure, targeted reforms, best interest standard and embedded commissions and includes key points for advisors to discuss with clients.

(May 31, 2018)

Your Guide To Investment Funds (Winter 2018)

Understand your investments and secure your future

(January 31, 2018)