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Financial Consumer Agency of Canada Act

Version of section 3 from 2020-04-30 to 2021-01-10:


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 and external complaints bodies to determine whether the institution or body is 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) strive to protect the rights and interests of consumers of financial products and services and the public, taking into account the need of financial institutions to efficiently manage their business operations;

    • (b.1) [Repealed, 2018, c. 27, s. 338]

    • (c) promote the adoption by financial institutions of policies and procedures designed to implement provisions, terms and conditions, undertakings or directions referred to in paragraph (a) — as well as voluntary codes of conduct that are adopted by financial institutions, and any public commitments made by them, that are designed to protect the rights and interests of their customers — and monitor the implementation of those voluntary codes and public commitments;

    • (c.1) promote the adoption by external complaints bodies of policies and procedures designed to implement the provisions, terms and conditions, undertakings or directions referred to in paragraph (a);

    • (c.2) monitor and evaluate trends and emerging issues that may have an impact on consumers of financial products and services, and make information on those trends and issues public;

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

    • (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) [Repealed, 2018, c. 27, s. 338]

    • (g) [Repealed, 2018, c. 27, s. 338]

  • 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, c. 25, s. 157
  • 2013, c. 1, s. 3
  • 2018, c. 27, s. 338
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