About Exempt Market Dealers (EMDs)

Why work with an EMD?


Owner–operated companies, established private and public companies, and companies with requirements beyond bank, credit or 'friends and family' financing will value the expertise of an Exempt Market Dealer (EMD).

  • Legal Protection
    In Ontario, the Ontario Securities Commission registers dealers and prescribes compliance and regulatory standards for an EMD to conduct their securities dealer services with clients.
  • Peace of Mind
    By ensuring your financial experts are registered as an EMD, you can trust they are appropriately regulated and managed by securities professionals who adhere to high standards of compliance and client service. EMDs are accountable for their compliance practices and acting in good faith and in the best interests of their clients.
  • Proficiency
    EMDs pass a series of exams to ensure proficiency. In addition, compliance rules are in place to ensure that a strict code of conduct and proper client processes are followed to ensure fair and transparent service. Also, EMDs must file audited financial statements, and maintain minimum levels of capital and insurance.
  • Best Practices Ensured
    The conduct of the EMD is set by regulation and the EMD must earn a license. EMDs are subject to proficiency, capital and operational requirements. EMDs are required by law to have audited financial statements, a minimum of $50,000 working capital, and periodic statements to clients if there are transactions undertaken on their behalf, as well as insurance in place to cover a wide range of client issues.
  • Broader Capabilities
    The EMD offers a pool of sophisticated investors and minimizes many of the complicated and expensive requirements of the public equity markets. EMDs are experts in the purchase and sale of exempt market securities and often specialize in raising capital in particular industries: real estate, construction, mining, oil & gas, food technology, biotechnology, manufacturing, etc. EMDs are allowed to offer clients a far wider range of financial opportunities than a financial adviser doing M&A or sale of companies.
  • Dispute Resolution Mechanism
    If there is an issue with the financial adviser, there is an independent dispute resolution option available. This ensures that any client complaints are resolved by independent industry experts focused on a win/win solution.*

*Source: What are Exempt Market Dealers? Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada Website (Retrieved August 2013)