Financial Consumer Agency of Canada


Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is an independent government agency of the Government of Canada.

Created in 2001, the agency works to protect and inform consumers in the area of financial services. FCAC provides consumer information and oversees financial institutions to ensure that they comply with federal consumer protection measures. FCAC is headed by a Commissioner, appointed for a five-year term. The first commissioner (2001-2006) was William G. Knight, a former credit union executive and New Democratic Party Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan. The current commissioner is Ursula Menke.

Under its enforcement mandate, the agency investigates cases of non-compliance with consumer protection measures as set out in Canadian legislation. FCAC identifies potential cases using consumer complaints handled through its toll-free contact line, as well as through the inquiries and investigations of its officers. The agency's commissioner can impose a variety of penalties on institutions found to be in violation of consumer measures, including monetary penalties and public naming of the institution. [ [http://www.fcac.gc.ca/eng/about/role/default.asp "Our role and mandate"] , fcac.gc.ca]

FCAC's commissioner reports to Parliament annually with his assessment of federally regulated institutions' compliance with legislation.

Under its consumer education mandate, FCAC publishes a number of guides on financial consumer issues available through its website, along with interactive tools that help consumers find credit cards and banking packages that suit their needs.

The agency rolled out a new consumer website, [http://www.moneytools.ca moneytools.ca] , in March 2007.

References

External links

* [http://www.fcac.gc.ca Official Website]


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