On November 29, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 31: A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act (“Bill 31”) setting out various changes to the Fair Trading Act (including changing the name of the legislation to the Consumer Protection Act) (the “Act”). Bill 31 introduced various new requirements applicable to “high-cost credit businesses”, including a requirement to obtain a “high-cost credit licence."
Crowdfunding Service Providers (CSPs) can provide businesses and individuals with a digital platform to reach out to potential investors for funding. Presently, some EU countries have their own national legislation on crowdfunding while others require CSPs to be licensed and operate under EU frameworks.
On May 2, 2018, the Government of Ontario announced plans to open the Fintech Accelerator Office. The Federal Government has also indicated interest in assisting emerging Fintech companies. In a recent Consultation Paper, the Department of Finance proposed establishing an advisory service for small payment service provider firms.