New Canadian rules for crypto trading platforms leave little room for stablecoins

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a notification on Feb. 22 explaining new dedications it anticipates from crypto possession trading platforms (CTPs) looking for registration in Canada. The CTPs will participate in a new variation of preregistration endeavors (PRUs), which are lawfully binding files. Registered CTPs will be gotten in touch with by their primary regulators about compliance with the new expectations. 

The new dedications represent financier securities due to the wave of CTP insolvencies that happened in 2022, the CSA composed. The new dedications discuss concerns that consist of partition of possessions, utilize, decision of capital, openness and others. The notification committed without a doubt the most area to:

“A prohibition on the part of the CTP in respect of clients buying or depositing Value- Referenced Crypto Assets (commonly referred to as stablecoins) through crypto contracts without the prior written consent of the CSA.”

The notification described that “CTPs are prohibited from permitting Canadian clients to enter into crypto contracts to buy and sell any crypto asset that is itself a security and/or a derivative. […] Staff are of the view that Fiat-Backed Crypto Assets generally meet the definition of ‘security’ and/or would meet the definition of “derivative” in numerous jurisdictions.” The CSA “would not expect to provide consent “ for other types of stablecoin, such as algorithmic stablecoin, either.

Nonetheless, exceptions can be made in writing by the CSA. The notice said, “We recognize that VRCAs may be […] as an on-ramp to deposit assets with the CTP, for the trading of other crypto assets, as a store of value during times of volatility in the crypto asset markets or to avoid converting their crypto assets into fiat currency, or […] as a means of payment.”

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Coinsquare, a CTP signed up in Canada, noted USD Coin (USDC) and Dai (DAI) stablecoins amongst its 40 offerings at the time of composing.

The CSA is an umbrella company of Canadian provincial regulators. Its Feb. 22 notification was the 2nd upgrade to a file that was presented in August.