Insurance brokers play an important role of providing choice to consumers. Maintaining your client’s satisfaction is the most important facet of the business. Often times, this means the accounting becomes secondary. Edward & Manning can assist in streamlining the accounting so you can keep your focus on your clients and their needs.
Brokers in Ontario
Another requirement in Ontario is to provide a mid-year and annual reporting to RIBO (Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario). An exemption is available if the broker files audited or reviewed financial statements within 90 days of the year end. As Licensed Public Accountants, Edward & Manning is able to provide an audit or reviewed financial statements to help meet this requirement.
RIBO also requires a trust account be maintained for customers’ payments when they are a broker bill customer. Once the payment is made to the insurance company, the commission income can then be transferred out of the trust account.
We would be pleased to assist with your reporting requirements.
Investment Dealers, Advisers and Fund Managers
At Edward & Manning, we are pleased to provide audit and accounting support for investment dealers, advisers and fund managers.
Investment dealers, advisers and investment fund managers provide an important role for individuals and corporations seeking help with investments, whether for retirement or other needs. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) regulates firms who are in the business of advising or trading in securities or commodity futures, and firms that manage investment funds in Ontario.
Firms must register with the OSC if they conduct any of the following activities in Ontario:
- are in the business of trading in, or advising on, securities. This is referred to as the “business trigger” for registration;
- act as an underwriter or as an investment fund manager;
- conduct trading activities involving commodity futures contracts or commodity futures options.
Financial reporting requirements
A registered firm is subject to ongoing financial requirements, including financial reporting, working capital and insurance requirements.
In general, each registered firm must submit to the OSC not more than 90 days after the end of its financial year:
- a copy of its audited annual financial statements for the financial year, and
- a completed Form 31-103F1 Calculation of Excess Working Capital for the end of the financial year and the immediately preceding financial year.
These financial statements must to be prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Edward & Manning have experience with these reporting requirements and would be glad to assist your firm as well.