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Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Act

Version of section 3 from 2013-03-27 to 2013-09-01:


Marginal note:Establishment

  •  (1) There is hereby established an agency of the Government of Canada called the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada over which the Minister shall preside and for which the Minister shall be responsible.

  • Marginal note:Objects

    (2) The objects of the Agency are to

    • (a) supervise financial institutions to determine whether they are in compliance with

      • (i) the consumer provisions applicable to them, and

      • (ii) the terms and conditions or undertakings with respect to the protection of customers of financial institutions that the Minister imposes or requires, as the case may be, under an Act listed in Schedule 1 and the directions that the Minister imposes under this Act;

    • (b) promote the adoption by financial institutions of policies and procedures designed to implement

      • (i) provisions, terms and conditions, undertakings or directions referred to in paragraph (a),

      • (ii) voluntary codes of conduct that are designed to protect the interests of the customers of financial institutions that are adopted by financial institutions and that are publicly available, and

      • (iii) any public commitments made by financial institutions that are designed to protect the interests of their customers;

    • (c) monitor the implementation of voluntary codes of conduct that are designed to protect the interests of customers of financial institutions, that have been adopted by financial institutions and that are publicly available and to monitor any public commitments made by financial institutions that are designed to protect the interests of their customers;

    • (d) promote consumer awareness about the obligations of financial institutions under consumer provisions applicable to them and all matters connected with the protection of consumers of financial products and services;

    • (e) foster, in co-operation with any department, agency or agent corporation of the Government of Canada or of a province, financial institutions and consumer and other organizations, an understanding of financial services and issues relating to financial services;

    • (f) monitor and evaluate trends and emerging issues that may have an impact on consumers of financial products and services; and

    • (g) collaborate and coordinate its activities with stakeholders to contribute to and support initiatives to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians.

  • Marginal note:Objects — payment card network operators

    (3) The objects of the Agency are also to

    • (a) supervise payment card network operators to determine whether they are in compliance with the provisions of the Payment Card Networks Act and its regulations;

    • (b) promote the adoption by payment card network operators of policies and procedures designed to implement the provisions of the Payment Card Networks Act and its regulations;

    • (c) monitor the implementation of voluntary codes of conduct that have been adopted by payment card network operators and that are publicly available, and to monitor any public commitments made by them regarding their commercial practices in relation to payment card networks; and

    • (d) promote public awareness about the obligations of payment card network operators under a voluntary code of conduct or under the Payment Card Networks Act.

  • 2001, c. 9, s. 3
  • 2010, c. 12, ss. 1836, 1851
  • 2013, c. 1, s. 3
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