Compliance with FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada) regulations is a critical responsibility for mortgage brokers in Canada. The FINTRAC regulations, established under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, aim to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing activities. 


This blog post will delve into the specifics of the act, the importance of compliance, and how Fintracking’s innovative solutions can help mortgage brokers meet their regulatory obligations.


Understanding the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act


The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) is a comprehensive piece of legislation designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Canada. The act imposes stringent requirements on financial institutions, including mortgage brokers, to identify, report, and keep records of transactions that may be indicative of illicit activities.


Identification Requirements


One of the key components of the PCMLTFA is the requirement for financial institutions to verify the identity of their clients. According to Section 6 of the Act, mortgage brokers must ascertain the identity of individuals or entities involved in financial transactions. This includes verifying government-issued identification documents, such as passports or driver’s licenses, to ensure the legitimacy of the parties involved.


Record-Keeping Requirements


Section 7 of the Act mandates that mortgage brokers maintain accurate records of all financial transactions. These records must include the names, addresses, and identification numbers of all parties involved, as well as detailed information about the transactions themselves. The records must be kept for at least five years, allowing FINTRAC to audit and review them if necessary.


Reporting Requirements


Mortgage brokers are also required to report any suspicious transactions to FINTRAC. Section 7.1 of the Act specifies that brokers must submit a suspicious transaction report (STR) if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction is related to money laundering or terrorist financing. Failure to comply with these reporting requirements can result in significant penalties.


Penalties for Non-Compliance


Non-compliance with FINTRAC regulations can lead to severe consequences. Penalties for failing to meet the identification, record-keeping, and reporting requirements are outlined in Section 73 and subsequent sections of the PCMLTFA. These penalties include substantial fines and possible imprisonment for severe breaches.


For example, failing to report a suspicious transaction can result in a fine of up to $2,000,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. Inadequate record-keeping can lead to fines of up to $500,000 for a first offense and up to $1,000,000 for subsequent offenses. These penalties underscore the importance of strict compliance with FINTRAC regulations to avoid legal repercussions and maintain the integrity of the financial system.


The Importance of Compliance


Compliance with FINTRAC regulations is not just a legal obligation; it is also crucial for maintaining the trust and confidence of clients and stakeholders. Mortgage brokers play a vital role in the financial system, facilitating transactions that can have significant economic implications. By adhering to FINTRAC regulations, brokers help prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, contributing to the stability and security of Canada’s financial sector.


Protecting the Financial System


Money laundering and terrorist financing pose significant threats to the integrity of the financial system. These activities can distort markets, undermine the legitimacy of financial institutions, and facilitate other criminal enterprises. By complying with FINTRAC regulations, mortgage brokers help safeguard the financial system from these threats.


Maintaining Reputation and Client Trust


Non-compliance with regulatory requirements can severely damage a broker’s reputation. Clients expect their financial service providers to operate with integrity and transparency. Adhering to FINTRAC regulations demonstrates a commitment to ethical practices and helps maintain client trust and loyalty.


Avoiding Legal and Financial Consequences


As previously mentioned, the penalties for non-compliance with FINTRAC regulations can be severe. By ensuring compliance, mortgage brokers can avoid costly fines and legal actions that could jeopardize their business operations. Proactive compliance measures also reduce the risk of regulatory scrutiny and audits.


How Fintracking Can Support Compliance


Fintracking offers a suite of innovative solutions designed to help mortgage brokers comply with FINTRAC regulations efficiently and effectively. Our products leverage advanced AI technology to streamline the identification, record-keeping, and reporting processes, ensuring brokers meet their regulatory obligations with ease.


AI-Driven ID Verification


Fintracking’s ID verification software utilizes cutting-edge AI technology to validate government-issued IDs against real-time images and videos. This advanced verification process helps brokers confirm the identity of their clients quickly and accurately, reducing the risk of fraudulent transactions. The software also cross-references government databases to identify potential fraudsters and terrorists, providing an additional layer of security.


Comprehensive Record-Keeping


Our software solutions are designed to create and maintain a FINTRAC-compliant repository of KYC (Know Your Customer) information. The system securely stores detailed records of all client transactions, including names, addresses, identification numbers, and transaction details. This comprehensive record-keeping ensures that brokers can meet their obligations under Section 7 of the PCMLTFA, providing the necessary documentation for audits and reviews.


Automated Reporting


Fintracking’s transaction monitoring software uses AI to detect suspicious activities in real-time. When a transaction is flagged as suspicious, the software automatically generates a suspicious transaction report (STR) and submits it directly to FINTRAC through our proprietary APIs. This automated process ensures that brokers comply with the reporting requirements of Section 7.1 of the PCMLTFA, reducing the risk of penalties for non-compliance.


Consulting Services


In addition to our software solutions, Fintracking offers consulting services to help mortgage brokers develop and implement robust policies and procedures for FINTRAC compliance. Our experts work closely with brokers to assess their current compliance practices, identify areas for improvement, and provide tailored recommendations. This proactive approach helps brokers stay ahead of regulatory changes and maintain compliance with ease.




Compliance with FINTRAC regulations is essential for mortgage brokers in Canada. The stringent identification, record-keeping, and reporting requirements of the PCMLTFA are designed to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing activities. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in severe penalties, including substantial fines and imprisonment.


Fintracking’s suite of innovative solutions, including AI-driven ID verification, comprehensive record-keeping, automated reporting, and consulting services, can help mortgage brokers meet their regulatory obligations efficiently and effectively. By leveraging these advanced tools, brokers can ensure compliance, protect the financial system, maintain client trust, and avoid the legal and financial consequences of non-compliance.


Investing in Fintracking’s solutions not only enhances compliance efforts but also demonstrates a commitment to ethical practices and the integrity of Canada’s financial sector. By staying compliant, mortgage brokers contribute to the stability and security of the financial system, ultimately benefiting their clients and the broader economy.