What is a suspicious transaction report?

January 2019

This guidance on suspicious transactions is applicable to reporting entities (REs) and individuals employed by reporting entities that are subject to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and associated Regulations.

It is recommended that this guidance be read in conjunction with all other suspicious transaction reporting (STR) guidance, including:

**Note: All references to financial transactions should be read to include attempted or completed financial transactions.

This document serves to answer the following questions:

  1. What is an STR and why are they vital to FINTRAC and to Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime?
  2. How do you identify a suspicious transaction?
  3. What is reasonable grounds to suspect and when do you submit an STR to FINTRAC?
  4. How does FINTRAC assess an RE's compliance with its obligation to submit STRs?
  5. How can an RE assess its own compliance with its obligations to submit STRs?

1) What is an STR and why are they vital to FINTRAC and to Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime?

FINTRAC operates within the legislative authority of the PCMLTFA and associated Regulations. Its mandate is to detect, prevent and deter instances of ML/TF activities.

FINTRAC requires that certain individuals and entities implement specific measures as a part of their compliance program and submit various types of reports to FINTRAC. FINTRAC uses these reports to assess and analyze financial transactions to create a picture that serves to uncover financial relationships and networks that will:

One of the most valuable types of reports in relation to the analysis and production of financial intelligence is the STR. You must submit an STR to FINTRAC where you have determined that you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a financial transaction is related to the commission or attempted commission of an ML/TF offence. This means that you have reasonable grounds to suspect that the financial transaction(s) is assisting a terrorist or terrorist group or both, or in the case of ML, is being used to convert the proceeds of crime into the appearance of a legitimate activity.

STRs must be detailed and of high quality, as they provide invaluable financial intelligence for FINTRAC's analysis such as individuals or entities' names, accounts, locations and relationships that may ultimately be disclosed to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and/or other disclosure recipients. They also provide context and make connections that disclosure recipients may not otherwise have known about.

FINTRAC reviews and assesses every STR within days of its receipt. When warranted, such as in the case of STRs related to threats to the security of Canada, FINTRAC has disclosed financial intelligence to disclosure recipients within 24 hours by expediting the analysis and the assessment to determine if the prescribed thresholds to disclose are reached. As such, STRs are critical to FINTRAC's analytical function and to its ability to detect, prevent and deter ML/TF. Consequently, a failure to report an STR may have a direct impact on FINTRAC's capacity to carry out its mandate, including FINTRACs ability to aid in the protection of Canada's national security, therefore impeding the achievement of the objective of the PCMLTFA and associated Regulations.

For more information on ML or TF, see FINTRAC's Guideline 1: Backgrounder.

2) How do you identify a suspicious transaction?

Most often, it is a combination of facts, context and ML/TF indicators that will lead to the determination of whether you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction is related to the commission or attempted commission of an ML/TF offence.

What is a fact?

A fact, in regards to completing an STR, is an actual event, action, occurrence or element that exists or is known to have happened or existed. It cannot be an opinion. For example, facts surrounding a financial transaction could include the date, time, location, amount or type of transaction or could include the account details, particular business lines, or the client's financial history. It could also include information about your client should the information be known to be true (e.g. that they are a convicted felon, or that they are the subject of a production order).

What is context?

Understanding the context of a financial transaction(s) that may be observed or acquired through:

This type of information is essential in determining what is suspicious. Context in regards to completing an STR is clarifying a set of circumstances or providing an explanation of a situation or financial transaction that can be understood and assessed.

If the context surrounding a particular transaction is unusual or suspicious, it could lead you to assess your client's current and past financial transactions.

A financial transaction may not appear suspicious in and of itself. However, additional context about the associated individual or their actions may create suspicion.

Your suspicion of ML/TF will most likely materialize out of an assessment of multiple elements that, when viewed together, will either inform or negate suspicion of ML/TF. For example, suspicion may materialize through:

  1. An individual:
    • asks several questions about their reporting obligations (fact)
    • wants to know how they can avoid their transaction being reported to FINTRAC (context)
    • structures their amounts to avoid client identification or reporting thresholds (context)
    • keeps changing their explanation for conducting a transaction or knows few details about its purpose (context)
  2. An individual making a deposit to a personal account, where that individual:
    • has a low salary (context) and has deposited an irregularly large amount of money (fact)
    • keeps changing their explanation for the deposit or cannot / will not provide an explanation (context)
    • exhibits nervous behaviour (context)
  3. Transactions to a business account with the following additional elements:
    • deposits to the account are made by numerous parties that are not signing authorities or employees (fact)
    • the account activity involves wire transfers in and out of the country (fact), which does not fit the expected pattern of that business (context)
    • multiple deposits are made to the account by third parties (fact)

What is an ML/TF indicator?

ML/TF indicators are potential red flags that could initiate suspicion or indicate that something may be unusual without a reasonable explanation. Red flags typically stem from one or more factual characteristics, behaviours, patterns or other contextual factors that identify irregularities related to financial transactions. These often present inconsistencies with what is expected or considered normal based on what you know about your client.

FINTRAC has published ML/TF indicators for each sector that were developed through a three-year review of ML/TF cases, a review of high quality STRs, published literature by international organizations such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Egmont Group, and consultation with reporting entity sectors. These ML/TF indicators do not cover every possible situation but were developed to provide you with a general understanding of what is or could be unusual or suspicious. On its own, a single indicator may not appear suspicious. However, observing an indicator(s) could lead you to conduct an assessment of the transaction(s) to determine whether there are further facts, contextual elements or additional ML/TF indicators that might require the submission of an STR.

Criminal organizations often combine various methods in novel ways in order to avoid the detection of ML/TF. ML/TF indicators can prompt your suspicion but it is the assessment of facts, context and ML/TF indicators that can help you determine if you have reasonable grounds to suspect that the transaction is related to the commission or attempted commission of an ML/TF offence. These ML/TF indicators may also be used to explain or articulate the reasons for your reasonable grounds to suspect in an STR.

3) What is reasonable grounds to suspect and when do you submit an STR to FINTRAC?

Reasonable grounds to suspect is a step above simple suspicion and is a conclusion you reach based on an assessment of facts, context, and ML/TF indicators associated with the financial transaction. Your suspicion must be reasonable, meaning, for example, that it cannot be biased or prejudiced.

It is through an assessment of information that you are able to demonstrate and articulate your suspicion of ML/TF in such a way that another individual reviewing the same material with similar knowledge, experience, or training would likely reach the same conclusion.

Reaching reasonable grounds to suspect means that you consider all the facts, context and ML/TF indicators related to a financial transaction and, after having reviewed this information, you conclude that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that this particular financial transaction is related to ML/TF. It is possible that you have one piece of information that was so compelling that it led you to start an assessment or submit an STR to FINTRAC.

Once you determine that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction is related to the commission of attempted commission of an ML/TF offence, you must submit an STR to FINTRAC.

Understanding the differences between the thresholds can help to clarify what reasonable grounds to suspect means for your organization and how it can be operationalized within your compliance program. See diagram 1: Threshold of suspicion, for a visual overview of the following thresholds.

Diagram 1: Threshold of suspicion

Diagram 1: Threshold of suspicion

Simple suspicion is a lower threshold than reasonable grounds to suspect and is synonymous with a “gut feeling” or “hunch”. In other words, simple suspicion means that you have a feeling that something is unusual or suspicious, but do not have any facts, context or ML/TF indicators to support that feeling or determine if there are reasonable grounds to suspect the occurrence of an ML/TF offence. Simple suspicion could prompt you to assess related financial transactions to see if there are additional facts, context or ML/TF indicators that would support/confirm your suspicion.

Reasonable grounds to suspect is the required threshold for submitting an STR to FINTRAC and is a step above simple suspicion, meaning that there is a possibility of an ML/TF offence. This means that you do not have to prove the facts that led to your suspicion. However, you do have the obligation to assess the facts, context and ML/TF indicators that led to your determination of reasonable grounds to suspect the occurrence of an ML/TF offence and include it in the narrative portion, Part G, of the STR. Multiple factors will most likely be present that will contribute to your assessment and conclusion to submit an STR. The decision as to whether an ML/TF offence has actually occurred is ultimately determined by the judicial system.

Reasonable grounds to believe is a higher threshold than reasonable grounds to suspect and is more than what is required to submit an STR. Reasonable grounds to believe means that there is a probability, supported by verified facts, that an ML/TF offence has occurred. In other words, there is enough evidence to support a reasonable and trained person to believe, not just suspect, that ML/TF has occurred. For example, law enforcement must reach reasonable grounds to believe that criminal activity has occurred before they can obtain judicial authorizations, including a production order. If you have reasonable grounds to believe that an ML/TF offence has occurred you should submit an STR as you have surpassed your reasonable grounds to suspect threshold for submitting an STR.

4) How does FINTRAC assess an RE's compliance in their determination of reasonable grounds to suspect?

FINTRAC conducts various activities to ensure that STRs are properly completed and submitted, including an evaluation of their quality, timing and volume. If you are reporting multiple suspicious financial transactions involving the same client(s) or account(s), you would periodically re-assess their level of risk and apply the appropriate measures determined by your risk-based approach. This assessment could include a review of transactional records to ensure that you are keeping a copy of the STR as required by the PCMLTFA and associated Regulations.

FINTRAC can use various assessment methods to ensure that you are detecting and submitting complete STRs in a timely manner. During an assessment, FINTRAC expects that you will be able to:

There may be times where you initially assessed transactions as suspicious, but as a result of your re-assessment, later negated the suspicions and determined the transactions reasonable. As a best practice, you may want to document the rationale and keep a record as to why the suspicion was negated. Keeping a record of these decisions is not required but may be helpful to you in the context of a FINTRAC assessment.

You can rely on ML/TF indicators, open source, media reporting or FINTRAC's operational briefs and alerts to help you identify suspicious financial transactions and determine reasonable grounds to suspect.

It is important to remember that your STR program is linked to the overall effectiveness of your compliance program. A timely and well-prepared STR could be crucial to Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime. To ensure that you have submitted an STR in a timely manner, FINTRAC will look at the date that you detected a fact that led you to reach reasonable grounds to suspect that an ML/TF offence had been committed (or attempted). FINTRAC will also look at your overall STR program to evaluate its effectiveness in terms of identifying, assessing and submitting STRs as per your policies and procedures.

You may decide to expedite the submission of STRs in certain situations involving time-sensitive information and threats to national security, such as suspected terrorist financing.

5) How can an RE assess its own compliance with its obligations to submit STRs?

Part of your regulatory obligations is the requirement to assess the effectiveness of your compliance program as a part of your two-year review. In support of this, below are some examples you may wish to consider for your own assessment:

  1. You may decide to assess STRs with similar scenarios to ensure that you are applying consistency. For example, if you found certain ML/TF indicators through your assessment that support your suspicions of ML/TF, you should be aware when the same ML/TF indicators appear elsewhere to ensure that you are not missing potential STRs that should be or should have been submitted to FINTRAC. This approach can help you build consistency within your organization.
  2. If you submitted an STR to FINTRAC in respect of a financial transaction(s) conducted by a client, you should continue to submit STRs as long as the suspicions of ML/TF continue. That being said, you should periodically re-assess the information to evaluate your grounds for suspicion. How often you perform this assessment can be documented as part of your policies and procedures. For instructions on submitting multiple STRs on the same client, refer to Reporting suspicious transactions to FINTRAC.
  3. You can work within your industry to identify how others are reaching the reasonable grounds to suspect threshold and to establish common baselines for what could be considered unusual or suspicious. Please consult FINTRAC's operational briefs and alerts for more information on ML/TF that has been observed within certain sectors or relating to specific criminality (e.g. human trafficking, fentanyl, etc.).
  4. Reasonable grounds to suspect means that you can explain the reasons for your suspicion in such a way that another individual with similar knowledge, experience and training would, based on the same information, likely reach the same conclusion. Applying this logic can direct your assessment of financial transactions that may fit some of the ML/TF indicators identified by FINTRAC. This will also help you determine if there are financial transactions that should be considered for further assessment and potential reporting to FINTRAC.
  5. To assess your timing for submitting an STR, you may wish to conduct a sample review to ensure that your STRs were sent in a timely manner. You can also assess the relevant aspects of your STRs (facts, context and ML/TF indicators) and determine when they became known to ensure that you are reporting them from the date you reached the reasonable grounds to suspect threshold.
  6. To assess the quality of your STRs, it is important that you consider the consistency and integrity of your KYC information and provide all relevant information that led to the determination of the reasonable grounds to suspect threshold.
  7. STRs have significantly fewer mandatory fields than other FINTRAC reports. This is intended to encourage reporting even in situations where you may not have information because the client did not provide any or where asking for details might ‘tip off' the individual to your suspicions. Double-checking the quality of your STRs before submitting them is important because FINTRAC cannot automatically reject reports that have missing information, unlike other report types. However, FINTRAC expects that if you can access the information in your institution, it must be reported.

Definitions

Administrative monetary penalties (AMPs)

Civil penalties that may be issued to reporting entities by FINTRAC for non-compliance with the PCMLTFA and related regulations. (pénalité administrative pécuniaire [PAP])

Affiliate

An entity is affiliated with another entity if one of them is wholly owned by the other, if both are wholly owned by the same entity or if their financial statements are consolidated. (entité du même groupe)

Attempted transaction

Occurs when an individual initiates a transaction and it does not result in the movement of funds or purchase of an asset because the transaction is not completed. For example, a potential client walks away from conducting a $10,000 cash deposit because they do not want to provide their identification. (opération tentée)

Beneficial Owner(s)

Beneficial owners are the actual individuals who are the trustees, and known beneficiaries and settlors of a trust, or who directly or indirectly own or control 25% or more of a corporation or an entity other than a corporation or trust, such as a partnership. The ultimate beneficial owners cannot be another corporation or entity; they must be the actual individuals who are the owners or controllers of the entity. (bénéficiaire effectif)

Beneficiary

A beneficiary is the individual or entity who will ultimately benefit from a transaction and be the final recipient of the funds. (bénéficiaire)

Branch

A branch is a part of your own business at a distinct location other than your main office. (succursale)

Clarification request

A clarification request is a method used to communicate with money services businesses when we need more information about their registration form. This request is usually sent by email. If they do not reply to a clarification request, their registration can be denied or revoked. (demande de précisions)

Client/customer

A person or entity that engages in financial transactions through your business. (client)

Completed transaction

Is a transaction initiated by a person or entity that results in the movement of funds or purchase of an asset. (opération effectuée)

Compliance officer

The individual you appoint to be responsible for the implementation of your compliance program. Your compliance officer should have the authority and the resources necessary to discharge his or her responsibilities effectively. (agent de conformité)

Compliance policies and procedures

Written methodology outlining all of your obligations applicable to your business under the PCMLTFA and associated Regulations and the corresponding processes and controls you have put in place to address your obligations. (politiques et procédures de conformité)

Compliance program

All elements that you, as a reporting entity, are legally required to have under the PCMLTFA and associated Regulations to ensure that you meet all of your reporting, record keeping, client identification, and know-your-client requirements. (programme de conformité)

Context

Clarifying a set of circumstances or providing an explanation of a situation or financial transaction that can be understood and assessed. (contexte)

Credit card acquiring business

A credit card acquiring business is a financial entity that has an agreement with a merchant to provide the following services:

  • enabling a merchant to accept credit card payments by cardholders for goods and services and to receive payment for credit card purchases;
  • processing services, payment settlements and providing point-of-sale equipment (such as computer terminals); and
  • providing other ancillary services to the merchant. (entreprise d’acquisition de cartes de crédit)
Current

A document or information that is up to date and must not have been expired when the ID was verified. (document ou renseignement à jour)

Disposition

With respect to a financial transaction, the disposition is what the funds were used for. For example, an individual arrives at a bank with cash and purchases a bank draft. The purchase of the bank draft is the disposition. (répartition de fonds)

Electronic funds transfer (EFT)

An electronic funds transfer (money transfer) means the transmission of instructions for the transfer of funds to or from Canada. An electronic funds transfer does not include the instructions for the transfer of funds from one place in Canada to another in Canada. (télévirement)

Entity

Can be a corporation, trust, partnership, fund, or an unincorporated association or organization. (entité)

Facts

Actual events, actions, occurrences or elements that exist or are known to have happened or existed. Facts cannot be opinions. For example, facts surrounding a transaction or multiple transactions could include the date, time, location, amount or type of transaction or could include the account details, particular business lines, or the client’s financial history. (faits)

Financial account

Refers to deposit, credit card or other loan accounts held by a financial entity. This does not include investment accounts such as Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs). (compte financier)

Financial entity

A financial entity includes:

  • a bank that is regulated by the Bank Act;
  • an authorized foreign bank, as defined in section 2 of that Act, in respect of its business in Canada;
  • a cooperative credit society, savings and credit union or caisse populaire that is regulated by a provincial Act;
  • an association that is regulated by the Cooperative Credit Associations Act;
  • a financial services cooperative, a credit union central, a company that is regulated by the Trust and Loan Companies Act;
  • a trust company or loan company that is regulated by a provincial Act; and
  • a department or an entity that is an agent or mandatary of Her Majesty in right of Canada or of a province when it is carrying out an activity referred to in section 45 of the PCMLTFR. (entité financière)
Independent

For the purposes of ascertaining client identity, the term "independent" means that the sources must be different; the information cannot be derived from the same source. (source indépendante)

Individual or person

A human being. (individu ou personne)

Institutional trust

An institutional trust is a trust that is established by a corporation, partnership or other entity for a particular business purpose and includes pension plan trusts, pension master trusts, supplemental pension plan trusts, mutual fund trusts, pooled fund trusts, registered retirement savings plan trusts, registered retirement income fund trusts, registered education savings plan trusts, group registered retirement savings plan trusts, deferred profit sharing plan trusts, employee profit sharing plan trusts, retirement compensation arrangement trusts, employee savings plan trusts, health and welfare trusts, unemployment benefit plan trusts, foreign insurance company trusts, foreign reinsurance trusts, reinsurance trusts, real estate investment trusts, environmental trusts and trusts established in respect of endowments, foundations and registered charities. (fiducie institutionnelle)

Inter vivos trust

Also known as a living trust, this is a trust that is not created by a will. This type of trust is established by a living individual for the benefit of another individual, such as a trust created by a parent for a child. Its assets can be distributed to the beneficiary during or after a settlor’s lifetime. (fiducie entre vifs)

Listed person

A listed person means anyone on a list published in the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism issued under the United Nations Act. You can consult that list of names on the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions' Web site: http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/fi-if/amlc-clrpc/atf-fat/Pages/default.aspx.

A listed person includes an individual, a corporation, a trust, a partnership or fund or an unincorporated association or organization that is believed to:

  • have carried out, attempted to carry out, participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity; or
  • be controlled directly or indirectly by, be acting on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with any individual or entity conducting any of the above activities.(personne inscrite)
Minute book

A record that contains the corporate documents of a company. It can include documents such as the articles of incorporation, general operating by-laws, first director resolution, registers, forms, share certificates and minutes of shareholders and directors meetings. (registre des procès-verbaux)

Money laundering and terrorist financing indicators (ML/TF indicators)

Potential red flags that could initiate suspicion or indicate that something may be unusual in the absence of a reasonable explanation.[Indicateurs de blanchiment d’argent (BA) et de financement du terrorisme (FT) (indicateurs de BA/FT)]

Money laundering

The United Nations defines money laundering as "any act or attempted act to disguise the source of money or assets derived from criminal activity." Essentially, money laundering is the process whereby "dirty money"— produced through criminal activity— is transformed into "clean money," the criminal origin of which is difficult to trace. (recyclage des produits de la criminalité [blanchiment d’argent])

Money service business agent

An individual or organization that you have authorized to act on a money service business’s (MSB's) behalf. Do not mistake an MSB agent with a branch. If you are an MSB, an agent is a separate individual or organization that you authorize to deliver your services. (mandataire d’une entreprise de services monétaires)

No apparent reason

There is no clear explanation to account for suspicious behaviour or information. (sans raison apparente)

Occupation

The job or profession of a client. For example, in the case of a person who is a sales representative, the occupation recorded would reflect sales, but should also reflect the area of sales such as "insurance sales representative". (profession ou métier)

Organization

An organization is an entity such as a corporation, a trust, a partnership, or an association. It does not include an individual. (organisation)

Original

Original refers to any paper or electronic document as it is sent from the issuer directly to the client. (document original)

Possibility

In regards to completing a suspicious transaction report (STR), the likelihood that a transaction may be related to a money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) offence. For example, based on your assessment of facts, context and ML/TF indicators you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction is possibly related to the commission or attempted commission of an ML/TF offence. (possibilité)

Principal business

The nature of the primary business of an entity. For example, in the case of an entity in the field of insurance, the nature of the principal business should specify the type of insurance, such as "health insurance". (entreprise principale)

Probability

The likelihood in regards to completing an suspicious transaction report (STR) that a financial transaction is related to a money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) offence. For example, based on facts you have reasonable grounds to believe that a transaction is probably related to the commission or attempted commission of an ML/TF offence. (probabilité)

Production order

A judicial order that compels a person or entity to disclose records to peace officers or public officers. (ordonnance de communication)

Public body
  1. any department or agent or mandatary of Her Majesty in right of Canada or of a province;
  2. an incorporated city or town, village, metropolitan authority, township, district, county, rural municipality or other incorporated municipal body in Canada or an agent or mandatary in Canada of any of them; and
  3. an organization that operates a public hospital and that is designated by the Minister of National Revenue as a hospital authority under the Excise Tax Act, or an agent or mandatary of such an organization. (organisme public)
Purpose and intended nature (PIN) record

Record that documents the purpose and intended nature of a business relationship, and includes information that could help you anticipate the types of transactions and activities your client may conduct. (document sur l’objet et la nature projetée de la relation)

Reasonable measures

Reasonable measures means that you must take steps to collect certain information but it is not mandatory. For example, this can include doing one or more of the following:

  • asking the client,
  • conducting open source searches, or
  • consulting commercially available information. (mesures raisonnables).
Reliable

In reference to a source, the term "reliable" means that the source is well known, reputable, and is considered one that you trust to verify the identity of the client. (source fiable)

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is an analysis of potential risks and vulnerabilities that could expose your business to money laundering/terrorist financing (ML/TF) activities. This assessment will allow you to identify your inherent risk and will assist you and those authorized to act on your behalf in developing mitigation measures to deal with these risks. (évaluation des risques)

Senior officer

A senior officer of an organization can be:

  • a director who is also a full time employee;
  • a chief executive officer, chief operating officer, president, secretary treasurer, controller, chief financial officer, chief accountant, chief auditor or chief actuary, or any individual who performs these similar duties; or
  • any other officer who reports directly to the board of directors, chief executive officer or chief operating officer. (cadre dirigeant)
Service agreement

With respect to money services businesses (MSBs), a service agreement is an agreement between you and another organization for you to provide any of the following MSB services:

  • money transfers;
  • foreign currency exchange; or
  • issuing or redeeming money orders, traveller's cheques or anything similar. (accord de relation commerciale)
Settlor

A settlor is an individual or entity that creates a trust with a written trust declaration. The settlor ensures that legal responsibility for the trust is then given to a trustee and that the trustee is provided with a trust instrument document that explains how the trust is to be used for the beneficiaries. A settlor includes any individual or entity that contributes financially to that trust, either directly or indirectly. (constituant)

Source

The issuer or provider of information or documents for verifying identification. (source)

SWIFT

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) network is a global member-owned cooperative and an international provider of secure financial messaging services. (SWIFT)

Terrorist activity financing offence

A terrorist financing offence is knowingly collecting or giving property (such as money) to carry out terrorist activities. This includes the use and possession of any property to help carry out the terrorist activities. The money earned for terrorist financing can be from legal sources, such as personal donations and profits from a business or charitable organization or from criminal sources, such as the drug trade, the smuggling of weapons and other goods, fraud, kidnapping and extortion. (infraction de financement des activités terroristes)

Third party

Any individual or entity that instructs someone to act on their behalf for a financial activity or transaction. The third party is not the person who owns or benefits from the money, or who is carrying out the activity, but rather the entity or individual who gives the instructions to handle the money or conduct a particular activity. For example, a third party may instruct someone to deposit cash into an account. (tiers)

Training program

A written and implemented program for employees, agents or other individuals authorized to act on your behalf which outlines the ongoing training on your obligations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and associated Regulations. (programme de formation)

Trust

A right of property held by one individual or entity (a trustee) for the benefit of another individual or entity (a beneficiary). (fiducie)

Trustee

A trustee is the individual or entity authorized to hold or administer the assets of a trust. (fiduciaire)

Two year effectiveness review

A review of your compliance policies and procedures, risk assessment, and training program, conducted a minimum of every two years, to ensure that these are effective and that you are meeting all of your obligations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and associated Regulations. (examen bisannuel de l'efficacité)

Valid

Refers to a document or information that appears legitimate or authentic and does not appear to have been altered or had any information redacted. The information must also be valid according to the issuer, for example if a passport is invalid because of a name change, it is not valid for FINTRAC purposes. (document ou renseignement valide)

Verify client identity

To refer to certain information or documentation to identify a client and ensure that their information matches what you know about them. (vérifier l’identité d’un client)

Very large corporation

Has minimum net assets of $75 million CAD on its last audited balance sheet. The corporation's shares have to be traded on a Canadian stock exchange or on a stock exchange outside Canada that is designated by the Minister of Finance. The corporation also has to operate in a country that is a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). (personne morale dont l’actif est très important)

Working days

A working day is a day between and including Monday to Friday. It excludes Saturday, Sunday, and a public holiday. (jour ouvrable)

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