Canada's CSA Labels Stablecoins as 'Securities and/or Derivatives'

Tuesday, 13/12/2022 | 11:34 GMT by Arnab Shome
  • Regulated crypto platforms cannot offer 'securities and/or derivatives'.
  • The CSA is strengthening oversight of the crypto industry.
Canada

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is strengthening its oversight of the cryptocurrency industry following the collapse of FTX. It has expanded its requirements for crypto platforms operating in Canada.

The regulator will directly contact registered crypto platforms to discuss the new conditions while setting a deadline for registering unregistered platforms. Revamped conditions were justified, citing "recent events in the crypto market."

A previous regulatory notice issued last August already requires unregistered crypto platforms offering services in Canada to provide the regulators with pre-registration undertakings that essentially commit them to comply with the terms and conditions being followed by registered firms.

"Crypto trading platforms giving these undertakings agree to comply with expanded terms and conditions that will include, among other things, requirements to hold Canadian clients' assets with an appropriate custodian and segregate these assets from the platform's proprietary business, as well as a prohibition on offering margin or leverage for any Canadian client," the CSA stated in the release published on Monday.

All of these rules will apply to Canada-based crypto companies, as well as overseas platforms that are offering services to Canadians. This condition will bring several small and large overseas platforms under the purview of the Canadian regulator's jurisdiction.

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Stablecoins

Additionally, the CSA is concerned with the circulation of stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies pegged to fiat or other assets. The regulator is now considering stablecoins as "securities and/or derivatives."

The situation for the crypto exchanges onboarding Canadians gets complicated as the regulator stated: "Crypto trading platforms that are registered or that have entered into a pre-registration undertaking are reminded that they are prohibited from permitting Canadian clients to trade, or obtain exposure to, any crypto asset that is itself a security and/or a derivative."

These crypto platforms are expected to scrutinize all listed digital assets to determine their clients' exposure to "a security and/or derivative."

"Even with the adoption of these measures, crypto assets or financial products relating to crypto assets are high-risk investments," the CSA added. "Canadian investors are urged to exercise caution and consider seeking advice from a registered investment advisor before investing in crypto."

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is strengthening its oversight of the cryptocurrency industry following the collapse of FTX. It has expanded its requirements for crypto platforms operating in Canada.

The regulator will directly contact registered crypto platforms to discuss the new conditions while setting a deadline for registering unregistered platforms. Revamped conditions were justified, citing "recent events in the crypto market."

A previous regulatory notice issued last August already requires unregistered crypto platforms offering services in Canada to provide the regulators with pre-registration undertakings that essentially commit them to comply with the terms and conditions being followed by registered firms.

"Crypto trading platforms giving these undertakings agree to comply with expanded terms and conditions that will include, among other things, requirements to hold Canadian clients' assets with an appropriate custodian and segregate these assets from the platform's proprietary business, as well as a prohibition on offering margin or leverage for any Canadian client," the CSA stated in the release published on Monday.

All of these rules will apply to Canada-based crypto companies, as well as overseas platforms that are offering services to Canadians. This condition will bring several small and large overseas platforms under the purview of the Canadian regulator's jurisdiction.

Check out the recent London Summit session on the question "Will Crypto Fizzle Out or Here to Stay?"

Stablecoins

Additionally, the CSA is concerned with the circulation of stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies pegged to fiat or other assets. The regulator is now considering stablecoins as "securities and/or derivatives."

The situation for the crypto exchanges onboarding Canadians gets complicated as the regulator stated: "Crypto trading platforms that are registered or that have entered into a pre-registration undertaking are reminded that they are prohibited from permitting Canadian clients to trade, or obtain exposure to, any crypto asset that is itself a security and/or a derivative."

These crypto platforms are expected to scrutinize all listed digital assets to determine their clients' exposure to "a security and/or derivative."

"Even with the adoption of these measures, crypto assets or financial products relating to crypto assets are high-risk investments," the CSA added. "Canadian investors are urged to exercise caution and consider seeking advice from a registered investment advisor before investing in crypto."

About the Author: Arnab Shome
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About the Author: Arnab Shome
Arnab is an electronics engineer-turned-financial editor. He entered the industry covering the cryptocurrency market for Finance Magnates and later expanded his reach to forex as well. He is passionate about the changing regulatory landscape on financial markets and keenly follows the disruptions in the industry with new-age technologies.
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