AML Compliance in Canada: An Overview

Delve into the intricacies of Canada’s anti-money laundering regulations, governed by FINTRAC, as they work to ensure the nation’s financial systems remain robust and secure against threats.

How AML Regulations
are Handled in Canada

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulations in Canada are overseen by the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), the government agency responsible for detecting, preventing, and deterring money laundering and terrorist financing.

Who do AML regulations apply to?

In Canada, AML regulations apply to a broad range of businesses including:

Credit Unions

Financial Services


Real Estate

Accounting Firms





Community Banks


General Industries

What Business
Need for AML Compliance

Canadian organizations subject to AML regulation must develop and implement a compliance program that identifies and mitigates the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

performing due diligence on clients,

monitoring transactions for suspicious activity,

reporting suspicious transactions to FINTRAC, and

keeping detailed records of transactions and client data for at least 5 years.

How to Implement an Effective AML Program

Organizations can implement an effective AML program by:

conducting a risk assessment to identify areas of vulnerability,

developing policies and procedures to mitigate these risks,

designating a compliance officer to oversee the program, and
providing regular AML training to relevant employees.

Performing consistent reviews and updates to your AML program will help Canadian businesses maintain compliance with regulations and standard practices.

Reporting Suspicious Activity

If a business suspects any transaction or client is involved in money laundering or terrorist financing, the business is required to file a suspicious transaction report (STR) with FINTRAC. Failure to report suspicious activity can result in significant fines and legal consequences.

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Regulators + Regulations


is the Canadian government agency responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disclosing financial intelligence


FINTRAC is the Canadian government agency responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disclosing financial intelligence


This legislation combats the laundering of proceeds of crime and the financing of terrorist activities in Canada and


Canadian anti-fraud centre

Central agency in Canada that collects information and intelligence on fraud and identity theft, providing info to assist in the detection, prevention, and deterrence of all types of fraud.

royal canadian mounted police

Canada’s national police force and investigates complex and sophisticated cases of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Deparment of finance canada

Department responsible for developing and implementing federal government policies related to the economy, including those related to AML and terrorist financing.

anti-money laundering and anti terrorist financing regime strategy

Launched in 2023 to “respond to Canada’s greatest areas of money laundering and terrorist financing risk and ensure that all federal partners work collaboratively to achieve sustained results.”

In addition to the resources listed above, Canadian regulated entities should consult their respective industry associations and legal counsel for specific guidance on AML compliance requirements in their sector.

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How iComply helps Canadian
businesses stay compliant


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