Senior Policy Advisor

Office of Economic Growth & Innovation (Innovation Office)

Permanent, Full-Time

File #21-120

Who We Are

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC or Commission) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets. The Commission’s mandate is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices; to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in capital markets; to foster capital formation; and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk.

What We Do

The Office of Economic Growth and Innovation (Innovation Office) accelerates collaboration with businesses, investors and other regulators to support innovation; facilitate capital formation; and promote new technology solutions intended to reduce burden and help accelerate financial services innovation.

The Opportunity

The Innovation Office is currently looking for a full-time Senior Policy Advisor, Modernizing Regulation to join the team and play an important role in achieving the Innovation Office’s core objective of accelerating innovation and economic growth in Ontario’s capital markets.  

Reporting to the Manager, Modernizing Regulation, the Senior Policy Advisor will lead policy projects to support change, modernize regulation and help reduce burden on our capital market participants. This can include initiatives to foster capital formation in Ontario’s capital markets in order to encourage economic growth and facilitate capital raising.

What will you do?

  • Lead research into key challenges and potential solutions, support the development and implementation of programs to modernize regulation, and identify existing rules that require modification.
  • Monitor relevant securities regulatory developments in Canada and internationally to identify trends and leading practices. Make recommendations to improve the OSC’s programs to keep pace with other developed markets.
  • Leverage research findings, regulatory requirements, and challenges identified to make sound, informed, and data-driven policy recommendations. This can include leading the development and execution of complex and significant policy initiatives and operational changes.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to understand priorities, provide advice and guidance, collaborate on projects and initiatives, and identify opportunities to challenge established approaches/practices, clear roadblocks, and champion initiatives.
  • Prepare insightful presentations, reports, and other communications to show thought leadership, as well as emerging issues and trends that may have potential implications for the OSC. Effectively present key findings and recommendations to senior management, the Commission, and others.

Qualifications for Success:

  • Minimum of six (6) to seven (7) years’ policy-focused work experience post-call to the Bar, gained ideally in a law firm and/or regulatory role within the financial services industry.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative, data-driven recommendations.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), drafting, and presentation skills.
  • Keen interest in data-driven policy development and consideration of new ways to support economic growth in Ontario.
  • CFA, CPA, or other financial designations would be an asset.
  • Self-motivated individual who can work in an agile team environment with minimal direction, prioritize multiple projects, assist others, and perform at a high level under pressure.
  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario or equivalent.
  • In-depth knowledge of the securities industry, including the Ontario Securities Act and regulations considered.

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online ( by Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

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