CIPF is not a regulator and has no authority to investigate or regulate its member firms. CIPF is funded by its member firms. CIPF's mission is to contribute to the security and confidence of customers of IIROC Dealer Members by maintaining adequate sources of funds to return assets to eligible customers in cases where a member firm becomes insolvent.
CIPF’s role in the Canadian regulatory system is governed by the following agreements:
- A Memorandum of Understanding between CIPF and the provincial and territorial securities commissions that make up the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). This agreement addresses CIPF’s responsibilities for investor protection, as well as the governance, funding and maintenance of CIPF and reporting to the CSA. As provided by securities laws and regulations in many Canadian provinces and territories, certain securities regulators have also issued approval orders in relation to CIPF. CIPF’s mandate is established in these documents.
- An Industry Agreement between CIPF and IIROC. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization for firms that are registered as investment dealers in Canada. This agreement establishes the respective responsibilities of CIPF and IIROC. Under this agreement, IIROC must provide prompt notice to CIPF of any situation that is likely to require a payment by CIPF.