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CSA Updates on Value-Referenced Crypto Assets Regulation

Crypto Regulation | April 25, 2024

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Canadian Regulators Extend Deadline for value-referenced crypto assets (VRCA) Compliance to October 31, 2024

Canadian securities regulators recently updated their interim approach to the regulation of VRCAs, which are designed to maintain stable values by referencing fiat currencies or other assets. This update, important for both crypto trading platforms and investors, underscores ongoing efforts to harmonize crypto regulation across Canadian territories and provinces.

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  • VRCAs aim to achieve stability through backing by fiat currencies or a combination of other assets. These include fiat-backed crypto assets (FBCAs), which replicate the value of currencies like USD or CAD through adequate reserve holdings by the issuer.
  • As per the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), registered crypto trading platforms, or those with a pre-registration undertaking, were initially set an April 30, 2024 deadline to comply with the terms allowing the trading of FBCAs. However, due to technical challenges expressed by platforms, this deadline has been extended to October 31, 2024.

In Closing

The CSA continues to caution investors about the inherent risks associated with crypto assets, even those meeting regulatory standards. They emphasize that compliance with interim terms does not equate to endorsement or a guarantee of safety​.

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