Nova Scotia Securities Commission

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission was established to provide investors with protection from activities that undermine investor confidence in the fairness and efficiency of Nova Scotia capital markets and where not inconsistent with investor protection, to foster capital formation.

How do we protect investors?

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  • Review capital raising materials to ensure private and public companies are complying with securities laws and are continuously disclosing to their investors when required.


To fulfil our mandate, we also work in close co-operation with the securities regulatory authorities across Canada through the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). The CSA is the umbrella organization for the 13 securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories that work together to coordinate and harmonize the regulation of Canada’s capital markets.

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Question of the week: What happens to an RESP if my child doesn’t go to college?

Last week we talked about RESPs and that led a reader to wondering what happens to the money in an RESP if their child doesn’t go to college or university? It’s definitely a possibility. Some parents start funding their RESP before their child is walking. Who knows what they might be doing 18 years down the road?

If this situation does arise then you could have four options to consider: