Ontario Securities Commission

Ontario Securities Commission is a regulatory agency that administers and enforces securities legislation and contributes to the health and performance of Ontario’s economy. As a public organization, they protect investors, deter misconduct, and regulate participants involved in capital markets. They also regulate public companies, investment funds and marketplaces, including the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Evolving Web launched a complete rebuild and redesign of the website on Drupal in February 2021. Performance, accessibility, and security are top priorities for this project, and we have a mandate to maintain and support their website for the subsequent four years.

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The OSC Website

The OSC website serves a wide and diverse audience, including market participants, investors, media, government and regulatory bodies, OSC staff and the general public. It is content-rich and complex, comprising tens of thousands of documents and pages, more than half of which relate to proposed and final policy and regulation. The website is available in English and French.

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Project Goals

Our goal was to replace the Ontario Securities Commission’s legacy website with a completely redesigned and rebuilt platform. The priority was to improve the website’s security and meet Ontario’s new AODA accessibility standards.

We wanted to make it easier for users to find content and create a more engaging interface for a very content-heavy website. We also wanted to drastically improve the ease of use for content editors and empower each department to take ownership of their digital content.

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Solution and Results

Evolving Web was brought on to redesign and redevelop the OSC website. Key requirements for the new site included:

  • Offer a user-friendly experience with mobile-first design and development
  • Comply with WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards
  • Provide robust enterprise-level intelligent search functionality
  • Be easy to update by staff
  • Be cost-effective to maintain, manage, and grow
  • Provide efficiencies and workflow functionality for certain work tasks

To achieve this, Evolving Web was asked to recommend and implement a robust enterprise-level CMS that met the OSC's requirements of affordability, scalability, extensibility, adaptability, and maturity, in addition to being able to support all required features. Open-source and infinitely flexible, Drupal was chosen for this complex redesign.

Read more about Drupal's benefits here.

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