Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the Canadian investment fund industry has witnessed a flurry of action in connection with ESG investing. Rampant product development by most fund sponsors, regulatory guidance and multiple taxonomies introduced by industry groups were all part of the mix. The US and other global markets had a similar experience during this period. Fast forward to 2022, ESG investments—along with the rest of the industry—were navigating the choppy waters of a changing economic cycle. In an environment where most asset classes were in net redemptions, ESG remained one of the few bright spots thanks to growing advisor and client adoption.
This research feature examines the current landscape of Canadian ESG investing from multiple vantage points, including the evolution of product shelves for different fund sponsors, product structures, asset classes, investment performance, sector weightings, and other characteristics. The special feature focuses on trends in US advisor adoption.