Where we began

In 1985, a group of financial advisors banded together around the principle that freedom to choose is vital for Canadian consumers. This founding belief remains at the core of everything Independent Financial Brokers does today. We seek to foster co-operative relationships with the public, governments, and other organizations associated with the delivery of financial advice and products.

Who we are
IFB is a federally-incorporated, not-for-profit professional association that represents licensed financial brokers from across Canada. We are a unified group of financial services professionals who adhere to a Code of Ethics and Statement of Principles that put consumers first. Our members do not work exclusively for one firm, and can sell the products and services of two or more companies.

What we do

IFB speaks on behalf of independent brokers on issues affecting how they conduct business and serve their clients. We maintain an active dialogue with government authorities and industry regulators. We provide our members with regulatory support, continuing education opportunities, workshops, and products and services that allow them to run compliant and productive practices.

We host education events and summits for financial advisors, IFB members and non-members alike. It's where you can earn continuing education credits, stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the financial industry, hear from leaders in the field, and meet other advisors like you. Come out to the IFB Education Event or Summit nearest you. IFB members enjoy reduced rates.

Alberta Spring Summit
Calgary Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre | April 21, 2016

BC Spring Summit
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel | May 10, 2016
Toronto Spring Summit
The International Centre | June 1-2, 2016

Winnipeg Regional Event
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre | September 20, 2016

The latest information from IFB for both advisors and consumers who care about the state of the financial services industry in Canada. We also post position papers to comment on developments in industry and policy changes, and articles aimed at ensuring our members stay current when it comes to regulations in their fields.

Taxation changes for insurance contracts in Newfoundland and Labrador
Apr. 20, 2016

New financial rules abroad could mean regulatory changes for Canadian advisors
Apr. 11, 2016

IFB responds to the Ontario Expert Committee’s financial advisory and financial planning policy recommendations
Apr. 6, 2016

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There’s an IFB professional in your area right now, who can work with you to craft financial strategies tailored for you. Find a local broker to meet with you by searching our listing of IFB members from across Canada.

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