Student-at-Law Opportunities at the OSC
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.
We offer a diverse, fair and flexible work environment, and take pride in our challenging and rewarding work.
The OSC is currently recruiting for Student-at-Law positions to work in a variety of its Branches from August 2022 to June 2023. Please see below for a more detailed description of these opportunities. Build your work experience through an articling opportunity with Canada’s largest securities regulator.
Student-at-Law opportunities are available in the following departments:
- Compliance and Registrant Regulation
- Corporate Finance
- General Counsel’s Office
- Investment Funds and Structured Products
- Office of the Secretary
The work of each department varies in their collective effort to advance the OSC’s mandate. Learn more about department mandates.
The OSC receives and reviews applications in accordance with the procedures governing the recruitment of articling students established by the Law Society of Ontario.
Please submit your application for this position through the OSC Website. Applications must be received by Friday, July 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.
Please include the file number and position title in your application. In addition, your application must include the following:
- Cover letter;
- Resume; and
- Copy of your undergraduate, graduate and law school transcripts.
- Reference letters are also welcome.
Please compile and attach the above documents in one PDF document, with the naming convention “Last Name, First Name, Branch, File 21-49”.
Example: “Smith, John, Office of the Secretary, File 21-49”
You will be required to answer questions in the application form that are mandatory to complete your application to the position. Please read the questions carefully and be as concise and accurate as possible in your answers.
Please note, you will be asked to indicate which branch(es) you are applying to. If you are submitting a Student-at-Law application to more than one branch at the OSC, it is necessary to submit a separate application package to each position. Please only create and use one profile to apply to the other positions.
Compliance and Registrant Regulation Student-at-Law
The Compliance and Registrant Regulation (CRR) Branch oversees the dealers, advisers and investment fund managers that the public relies upon when investing in securities. Using a risk-based approach, CRR focuses on initial and ongoing registration and compliance reviews of registrants. CRR also develops significant policy/legislative initiatives affecting registered firms and individuals, at both the Ontario and national levels. The branch consists of a specialized registration team as well as integrated, multi-disciplinary teams, including accountants, lawyers, and support staff.
The CRR Branch is currently seeking one Student-at-Law. The Student-at-Law will generally conduct legal research on issues and provide oral opinions or memoranda of law. They will become involved in all aspects of CRR work, including policy projects, registrant inquiries, exemptive relief applications, compliance reviews, registration matters and conduct issues.
We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated interest in securities law. Applicants must have an excellent academic record and demonstrate a high standard of legal writing. Applicants must be able to work independently and collaboratively.
Corporate Finance Student-at-Law
The Corporate Finance Branch is responsible for the regulation of issuers that offer securities for sale to the public in Ontario and other issuers of securities (other than investment funds). Corporate Finance also plays an active role in policy development within the OSC and the Canadian Securities Administrators. Regulation in this area is broad and takes many forms, including:
- review of public distributions of securities,
- review of exempt market activities and related policy development,
- continuous disclosure (CD) reviews of reporting issuers,
- review and consideration of applications for relief from regulatory requirements, and
- issuer-related policy initiatives.
The Corporate Finance Branch is currently seeking one Student-at-Law. The Student-at-Law will generally become involved in all aspects of Corporate Finance work, including policy projects, prospectus and CD reviews, exemptive relief applications, inquiries and complaints. The Student-at-Law will also conduct research, legal or otherwise, that may be related to our operational work or policy initiatives.
Applicants must have an excellent academic record and demonstrate strong legal analytical abilities and an aptitude for, and enjoyment of, research and working on challenging operational files and policy projects. Applicants must be able to work independently and collaboratively. Familiarity with, and interest in, securities law and corporate law would be an asset.
To excel at this role, applicants should have strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple demands on their time.