Canada’s Regulatory Authority Sets Clear Stablecoin Rules for Exchanges and Issuers – In a move to bring clarity to the burgeoning stablecoin market, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the overarching body for securities regulators in the country, has released detailed guidance for both cryptocurrency exchanges and stablecoin issuers. This recent clarification outlines the CSA’s interim approach to handling value-referenced crypto assets, specifically focusing on stablecoins.
On October 5, the CSA published an official statement where it clarified the conditions under which trading and issuance of stablecoins would be permissible. These cryptocurrencies, whose values are pegged to fiat currencies, have been under scrutiny by the organization since February. At that time, the CSA suggested that stablecoins might be classified as securities and/or derivatives, thus falling under trading prohibitions applicable to Canadian cryptocurrency exchanges.
The new guidance offers a glimmer of hope for crypto exchanges and issuers in the nation. The CSA may consent to the trading of stablecoins that are pegged to the value of a single fiat currency, provided specific terms and conditions are met. One such condition is that issuers must hold an appropriate reserve of assets with a qualified custodian. In addition, exchanges that list stablecoins must publicly disclose certain information related to governance, operations, and asset reserves.
Stan Magidson, the Chair of the CSA and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission, highlighted the importance of the interim framework, stating that it introduces standards designed to inform investors about the assets they are acquiring, including the associated risks. “This interim framework, which we will build upon in the future, sets certain standards to help ensure that investors receive the information they need about the assets they are purchasing, including the risks associated with them,” remarked Magidson.
Despite meeting the CSA’s stipulated terms, stablecoins are still considered risky investments. The CSA warns that even fiat-backed crypto assets complying with the outlined conditions should not be perceived as either endorsed or risk-free by regulatory bodies.
This clarification from the CSA follows a series of guidance documents issued in recent months, including July’s directive on staking, which is allowed under specific constraints. These regulatory clarifications have reportedly spurred increased interest in cryptocurrency among institutional investors in Canada.
The stablecoin market, however, has experienced a decrease in capitalization over the last year and a half. Currently valued at approximately $123 billion, stablecoins represent about 11% of the total cryptocurrency market capitalization.
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This news article is based on information available as of October 6, 2023 and may be subject to updates and changes as more information becomes available.