OSC launches whistleblower program targeting white-collar crime
A sign for the Ontario Securities Commission in Toronto is pictured in this file photo. (CP PHOTO/Aaron Harris)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:45AM EDT
TORONTO - Ontario's securities watchdog has launched its whistleblower program, a first in Canada, in an effort to root out accounting fraud, insider trading and market manipulation.
Under the program, the Ontario Securities Commission offers rewards of up to $5 million for tips that lead to successful prosecution.
The OSC originally planned to cap payments to $1.5 million, but it raised that after experts suggested that was too little to compensate senior executives who risk losing high-paying jobs and being blacklisted from their industries.
Payouts are still capped at $1.5 million unless the securities regulator is able to collect at least $10 million in sanctions related to a case.
In such cases, the whistleblower would receive between five and 15 per cent of the sanctions collected, up to a maximum of $5 million.
The program also includes protections for those who come forward, such as confidentiality and anti-retaliation measures.