FSCO takes action relating to unlawful syndicated mortgage practices

​Tier 1 Transaction Advisory Services Inc., Tier 1 Mortgage Corporation, and First Commonwealth Mortgage Corporation facing enforcement action


October 21, 2016


The Superintendent of Financial Services has issued a cease and desist order against Tier 1 Transaction Advisory Services Inc., and has suspended the licences [HTML Document] Size: ## kb of Tier 1 Mortgage Corporation, First Commonwealth Mortgage Corporation, Bhaktraj Singh, Jude Cassimy, and Dave Balkissoon for practices that contravene the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006 [New Window], arising in certain syndicated mortgage transactions.

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) believes these activities pose a risk to investors, lenders and borrowers. The entities named in the orders must immediately stop conducting any mortgage-related business. They have 15 days to request a hearing before the Financial Services Tribunal [New Window]. If they do not request a hearing within that time, the orders may become permanent.

Consumers are advised to check FSCO’s website for up-to-date information about the licence status of their mortgage broker or agent.

FSCO strongly encourages anyone who has a contractual agreement with these entities to seek independent legal and financial advice.

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FSCO's legislative mandate is to provide regulatory services that protect the public interest and enhance public confidence in the sectors it regulates. FSCO regulates the insurance sector; pension plans; loan and trust companies; credit unions and caisses populaires; the mortgage brokering sector; co-operative corporations in Ontario; and service providers who invoice auto insurers for statutory accident benefits claims. FSCO is accountable to the Minister of Finance.


For media enquiries only:
Malon Edwards
Financial Services Commission of Ontario
Telephone: 416-590-7536
Toll free: 1-800-668-0128, ext. 7795
Email: malon.edwards@fsco.gov.on.ca