The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) today proposed a new rule intended to "clearly articulate that any personal financial dealing with clients, subject to limited exemptions, is considered inappropriate conduct, a conflict of interest and a violation of the general business conduct standards." Prohibited conduct would include receiving direct or indirect benefits or other considerations from clients (other than through a Dealer Member), entering into private settlement agreements with clients, lending money or borrowing money from clients, and having any control or authority over the financial affairs of clients. Amendments to the current Rule 18.14 were also proposed in order to clarify that outside business activities require disclosure to, and approval by, Dealer Members.

Comments on the proposals are being accepted by IIROC for 90 days from today's publication.