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Bulletin #0046-P

MFDA Investor Protection Fund

Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada
Association canadienne des courtiers de fonds mutuels
121 King Street West, Suite 1600, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3T9
TEL: 416-361-6332 FAX: 416-943-1218 WEBSITE:

Karen McGuinness
Director, Compliance
January 7, 2004
Phone: 416-943-5897

MFDA Bulletin


For Distribution to Relevant Parties within your Firm

MFDA Investor Protection Fund

As a term and condition of the MFDA’s recognition as a self-regulatory organization (“SRO”),
the MFDA is required to establish an investor protection fund to protect client assets in the event
of a Member insolvency. The MFDA submitted an application of the MFDA Investor Protection
Corporation (“MFDA IPC”) to the recognizing provincial securities commissions and such
application was published for public comment in November 2002. Many public comments
suggested the MFDA explore the possibility of joining the Canadian Investor Protection Fund
(“CIPF”) rather than establish a separate fund. CIPF is the established investor protection fund
for members of the Investment Dealers Association, the Bourse de Montreal Inc. and the TSX
Group of Companies.

A special committee of the MFDA Board of Directors has been established to consider the cost
and benefits of joining CIPF versus establishing an independent fund (i.e. MFDA IPC). As part
of this comparative analysis, the special committee is seeking input from Members regarding the
implications to your business under each option.

Members will be receiving in the mail a summary of the options under consideration and a
survey. We would appreciate receiving your response by February 13, 2004.

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