Helping Canadian Investors


The Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School provides free legal advice to people who believe their investments were mishandled and who cannot afford a lawyer. Until now, Canadian investors have not had a place to go for free legal advice; the Investor Protection Clinic fills this void.

The Clinic provides legal advice to people who believe they have suffered an investment loss as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing.

The Investor Protection Clinic also functions as a research lab, collecting data in an anonymized way that will be used for research purposes.

Common Issues:

My advisor:

  • Misrepresented the risk of the investments he/she put me in;
  • Used my funds in ways that I was unaware of;
  • Is charging me fees that were not explained to me;
  • made too many trades, resulting in high commissions or trading fees; and,
  • signed forms on my behalf without my permission.

What We Can Do

The Clinic may be able to assist you by:

  • writing a complaint letter on your behalf to the company or the regulator;
  • giving you options on how to proceed with your issues; and/or,
  • representing you in a legal proceeding.

However, the Clinic is unable to help you with losses that occurred as a result of market forces and risks inherent in investing.

The Clinic is funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario and has a community partnership with FAIR Canada.