TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) today published OSC Staff Notice 11-776 Investor Office Activity Report 2015-2016. The report provides an update on the OSC Investor Office's policy, research, and education and outreach initiatives since its launch last year and outlines its key areas of focus. Among its initiatives in 2015-16, the Office formed new partnerships with more than 30 organizations, established a new Seniors Expert Advisory Committee to help better understand and address issues related to older investors, contributed to the expansion of the OSC's research capabilities and introduced several innovative tools for investors and the industry. In addition, education and outreach activities saw significant increases in use and participation. "The Investor Office launched with an ambitious agenda," said Tyler Fleming, Director of the Investor Office. "We aim to achieve better investor outcomes by expanding and modernizing the OSC's efforts in investor engagement, research, education and outreach, and by bringing new perspectives to the organization's policy-making and operations. The response we've received thus far tells us we're on the right track." Over the next 12 months, the Investor Office will advance important projects including the OSC's overall seniors strategy, a paper that examines behavioural finance and sciences concepts, and a mobile-friendly GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca. Investors are encouraged to visit InvestorOffice.ca to learn more about the Investor Office and its work. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices and to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets. Investors are urged to check the registration of any persons or company offering an investment opportunity and to review the OSC investor materials available at www.osc.gov.on.ca.