On Wednesday, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada released a rules notice respecting the anticipated implementation of its client complaint handling rule proposals. IIROC first proposed amendments to its Dealer Member Rules to establish a framework for complaint handling in February 2009, and the proposals just released incorporate what IIROC has described as "minor" changes in response to public comments received. The complaint handling process requires Dealer Members to appoint a designated complaints officer and establish written complaint-handling procedures, while also setting out the general process and timelines for responding to complaints.
IIROC has submitted its proposals to the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) for final approval and the proposals will become effective 30 days after CSA approval and the issuance of an IIROC rules notice. Thus, IIROC advises Dealer Members to start preparing for implementation. A black-line copy reflecting changes to its earlier proposal was also provided.