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OSC Glossary


Acronym Category Description
RAR OSC Recruiting Activities Report for OSC staff (HR).



Real Estate Investment Trust is a security that sells like a stock on the major exchanges and invests in real estate directly, either through properties or mortgages. REITs receive special tax considerations and typically offer investors high yields, as well as a highly liquid method of investing in real estate.

(Source: Investopedia)
Restitution Law

Restitution is compensation or reimbursement for loss or damages.

(Source: A Brief Overview of the Regulatory Structure of Securities Regulation in Ontario)
RFC OSC Requests for Comment – OSC requests feedback from the industry participants when developing new Instruments/Policies. Generally published in the OSCB.
RIMS OSC Recorded Information Management System is a system for the control of hard-copy records. Managed by the Records department.

Responsive Regulation – the OSC goal to identify important issues and deal with them in a timely way.  

(Source: OSC Strategic Plan)
RS Regulatory

Regulation Services, recognized as an SRO regulates its members and marketplace participants pursuant to the Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR). RS and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada combined, in 2008, into the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

(Source: CanLII website, Market Regulation Services Inc. page)
RTO Regulatory

Reverse Take-over is a merger used by private companies to become publicly traded without doing an IPO. The private company buys enough shares to control a publicly traded company. Then, the private company’s shareholder uses their shares in the private company to exchange for shares in the public company. The private company has effectively become a publicly traded one. Also known as a “reverse merger” or “reverse IPO”.

(Source: Investopedia)
RUF Markets

Revolving underwriting facilities are medium- to long-term debt contract between a borrower and a group of underwriting banks.

(Source: Morgan Stanley Intuition website)
Rules OSC

OSC Rules are OSC specific National Instruments – OR OSC Rules of Procedures for hearings. The rules as defined in s. 1 of the Act to include the rules made under section 143.

(Source: OSC website)
RW Markets

Risk weight is a risk-weighting schedule of Basel II for measuring the credit risk of obligors. The risk weights are linked to ratings given to sovereigns, financial institutions and corporations by external credit rating agencies.

(Source: Morgan Stanley Intuition website
RWA Markets

Risk weight asset.

(Source: Allen & Overy Briefing Papers Glossary)