New SRO (IIROC) – Review of the IIROC Arbitration Program

March 8, 2023

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New SRO (IIROC) – Review of the IIROC Arbitration Program

Letter Summary:

IIROC is undergoing a review of their arbitration program (last reviewed in 2011), which requires dealers to participate in binding arbitration at the request of a client. The consultation is in response to 17 recommendations made by an independent working group, which range from changes that can immediately be put in place to those changes that will require further public consultation. IIROC proposes to maintain the program alongside OBSI’s dispute resolution services and the availability of litigation as avenues of redress for clients. As the arbitration program is intended to be an alternative to litigation, focusing on complex and large claims, IIROC is considering having the program available only for claims above OBSI’s claim threshold (except in Quebec). Recommendations for immediate implementation include revising program materials to use plain language and increase public awareness of the program, as well as allowing parties to pick their own arbitrator and establishing shorter time lines for certain case resolutions. A pilot program is suggested for certain procedural changes, including case management and mandatory mediation. Public consultation is suggested for items such as the potential publication of arbitration decisions and an increased award limit.

Overview of the Council’s Comments: