Canadian Securities Administration Year in Review: 16 Crypto-related Enforcement Actions

The Canadian Securities Administration (CSA) has published its year in review, and one of the sectors discussed is crypto. The CSA is the association that represents all of the country’s securities regulators, which operate largely independently of one another based on the province or territory.

The CSA noted that 16 crypto-related enforcement actions took place in the past year (June 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023). These actions were initiated to “protect the integrity of our capital markets.” Crypto firms are required to register in Canada. Some firms have decided to exit the market – one example being Binance.

At the same time, 758 investor alerts, cautions, and warnings were issued to help protect the public; the majority (422) were related to crypto.

The CSA states that it aims to ensure efficient and effective capital markets while reducing the regulatory burden of firms.

The organization explains:

“The CSA continues to adapt regulation to the evolving needs of Canadian market participants and find the right balance to maintain the competitiveness of our capital markets. This includes modernizing our regulatory regime to ensure disclosure is clear and meaningful and that requirements for companies and investment funds continue to be appropriate, necessary, and relevant.”

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