The Commission suggests being sensitive to staff who resist plain language.
The Ontario Securities Commission administers and enforces securities legislation in the Province of Ontario. It protects investors, and maintains public and investor confidence in the marketplace.
A Plain Language Directive
In 2001-02, all 300-400 staff members took plain language writing training. Two training streams were set up, with lawyers and accountants taking legal writing training, and communications and administration staff taking a more general workshop. Training for new staff and refresher courses are ongoing. The cost of initial training was approximately $90,000.
The Ontario Commission is adapting the British Columbia Securities Commission style guide. A plain language audit will result in templates to include in the Ontario guide. The Commission submitted 60 documents for its audit. This audit will also serve as a baseline for future evaluations of how well the Commission is doing in communicating with the public and investors.
The audit is costing between $10,000 and $20,000. The other major cost is the time dedicated by staff.
The Commission is looking at setting up mentoring and peer review programs in the coming year.
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