The OSC released a staff notice this week regarding business continuity planning and, specifically, the industry-wide test scheduled by IIROC for September 10, 2011. While the testing is voluntary, OSC staff

"encourage all dealers, marketplaces and clearing agencies to participate in the September 2011 market-wide exercise organized by IIROC. Participation in this exercise may facilitate the discovery of any potential communication issues, points of failure between industry participants within and across different jurisdictions or other issues with services provided by third-party service providers.

Notably, the notice states that the OSC is also considering whether to make such testing mandatory "through rule proposals or additional requirements in the recognition orders of various entities." For more information, see OSC Staff Notice 11-764.