OSC TestLab

Promoting innovation and modernizing regulation in Ontario’s capital markets.

OSC TestLab is a dedicated testing environment for businesses to test innovative solutions and to try out new approaches to regulation aimed at reducing burden, promoting economic growth, and fostering capital formation in Ontario’s capital markets.

Experiment, learn, improve

Solution-focused testing

We created OSC TestLab for capital market participants and the OSC to collaborate on solution-focused testing in a controlled environment.

Testing will be directed at one or more problem statements designed to address specific issues and opportunities in Ontario’s capital markets. We want to encourage solutions that focus on new and better ways of doing things.

Tests will provide opportunities for businesses to learn through experimentation and gather feedback that can help to fine-tune and tailor solutions. At the same time, insights from testing can provide valuable input to inform the OSC’s efforts to modernize our regulatory environment.

If you have an innovative solution that addresses one or more of our problem statements, OSC TestLab is for you.

How OSC TestLab supports your business

OSC TestLab aims to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among testing participants and the OSC so that participants can experiment, learn, and improve together.

Participating businesses will engage with the Innovation Office and receive guidance throughout the application and testing process.

We will work with participants to remove regulatory obstacles for testing innovative solutions; in appropriate circumstances, this could mean providing participants with time-limited exemptions from existing regulatory requirements for the testing period.

Benefits of OSC TestLab

Enable the development, testing and adoption of new technologies and innovative solutions.
Reduce time to market and improve access to capital.
Engage with experts on regulatory challenges and barriers, collaborate on innovative solutions and obtain guidance on regulatory requirements.
Reduce barriers to entry and increase competition.
Inform policy development and modernize regulation.