When you invest, the government wants to protect you from being taken advantage of. This is one reason why the sale of investments in Canada is a regulated industry. Regulation means that the government has rules for who can sell you investments and for how these people have to treat you. Your legal rights and the government’s rules are different for different types of investments. Deposit-type Investments are one type and include guaranteed investment certificates. Securities are the other type and include stocks and mutual funds. We will look at the regulation and then at the rights for each of these two main types of investments.