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 are employee stock options?

In pop culture you may have heard the term “stock options” bandied about. In TV shows or movies someone gets a job and it’s the best because they get employee stock options. So, in this context what exactly are employee stock options?

Stock options are an incentive that publicly or privately traded companies can offer their employees. It is a contract that gives an employee the right, but not the obligation to purchase shares of a stock at a set price on or before a specific date.