Canada

Toronto-based Blockchain Firm Emerge to Provide DLT-enabled App to Help Track Coronavirus-related Activities in Latin America

A Canada-headquartered firm is using blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in the Latin American region. Toronto-based blockchain firm Emerge has introduced a public safety system app, known as Civitas, in order to help local authorities in many… Read More

Interlapse Technologies Acquires BuyBitcoinCanada, Merges with Coincurve

Interlapse Technologies Corp. (TSXV: INLA) (OTCQB: INLAF), the company that operates Bitcoin exchange Coincurve, has acquired BuyBitcoinCanada in a move to further consolidate its position as Canada’s top virtual currency operator. BuyBitcoinCanada was operated by Bitaccess Inc. Interlapse is a micro-cap currently trading at around… Read More

iComply Announces $2 Million COVID-19 Relief Grant

Canadian regtech company iComply Investor Services announced earlier this week the launch of its new $2 million COVID-19 relief grant, the iComply for Good Services Grant.  According to iComply, iComply for Good‘s purpose is to strengthen the resilience, continuity, and remote operations capacity of our community organizations… Read More

Digital Banking Challenger NorthOne to Waive Account Fees for Customers Most Affected by the Coronavirus

Canada-based NorthOne, an established digital bank for small businesses, has decided to waive all account fees for thousands of its customers that have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. NorthOne’s management confirmed that it will be offering free banking services to all businesses in… Read More

Canadian Securities Administrators Caution on COVID-19 Scams

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is the latest regulatory group to caution against the rise in Coronavirus, or COVID-19, scams. Nefarious actors and fraudsters are always looking for another angle to fleece the unsuspecting. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. The CSA… Read More

Canadian Fintech WealthyPlanet Announces Seed Funding Round With Mercanti Management

WealthyPlanet, a Canada-based online financial planning company, announced on Wednesday it has closed a seed funding round with Mercanti Management Inc. Founded in 2018, WealthyPlant states it gives Canadians “confidence” in their financial future by offering a free online planning tool with low-fee products and… Read More

Canadian Insurtech PolicyMe Secures $3.3 Million Through Latest Investment Round Co-Led by Consorcio – HCS Capital & Westdale Properties

PolicyMe, a Canada-based insurtech startup, recently announced it secured $3.3 million through its latest investment round, which was co-led by Consorcio – HCS Capital and Westdale Properties. Founded in 2018, PolicyMe is on a mission to simplify life insurance, offering customized, and automated advice for… Read More

Canadian Crypto Mining Firm Bitfarms Announces Resignation of CEO Wes Fulford

Bitfarms, a Canada-based crypto mining firm, announced on Wednesday the resignation of its CEO, Wes Fulford. The company reported that its Chief Strategy Officer and Director, Emiliano Grodzki, will act as interim CEO and will oversee the execution of the company’s plans in the near-term…. Read More

Brex Opens First International Office In Vancouver

U.S. fintech Brex announced on Wednesday the opening of its new office in Vancouver. The company reported that the location is its first-ever international office and will staff around 40 employees. The initial focus of the location will be software engineering and customer experience functions…. Read More

Coronavirus: National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association Annual Event is Postponed

Dozens of events around the world have been canceled or rescheduled. This includes Fintech focused events. Yesterday, the annual Paris Blockchain Week pushed the event to December. Today, the National Crowdfunding and Fintech Association (NCFA) annual conference, FFCON20, has been postponed to at least June… Read More

Fintech Firm Neo Financial to Offer Canadian Customers New Savings Accounts with “Instant Rewards”

Canadian residents will soon have the option to open a new savings account, which will be introduced by Fintech firm Neo Financial. The banking challenger is currently working on a 2020 product launch. Neo Financial has been established by two of the co-founders of SkipTheDishes,… Read More

Canada: Securities Administrators Propose Harmonized Securities Crowdfunding Rules

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is seeking comment on proposed harmonized rules for start-up securities crowdfunding, according to a note from the CSA. Online capital formation platforms and industry supporters have long chafed under fragmented investment crowdfunding rules. A call to action by certain thought… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Canada Is Considering Introducing its Own Virtual Currency

The Bank of Canada might not have any concrete plans for introducing a digital currency anytime soon, however, the nation’s reserve bank says it’s not completely ruling out the idea of issuing its own virtual currency. It might become necessary to issue a central bank… Read More

Online Lender Lendified Raises Capital on FrontFundr & DealSquare, Seeks $4 Million

Lendified, a Canadian online lending platform, is cross-listing a securities offering on crowdfunding platform FrontFundr and DealSquare.  Peter-Paul Van Hoeken, founder and CEO of Silver Maple Ventures, labeled the offering a “ground-breaking development for the private markets.” DealSquare is a new platform created by NEO… Read More

Great Hill Completes Acquisition of VersaPay

Growth-oriented private equity firm Great Hill announced on Friday it has completed its acquisition of VersaPay (TSXV: VPY),  a provider of cloud-based invoice-to-cash solutions including electronic invoice presentment and payment. Great Hill reported that under the Arrangement, each VersaPay shareholder will receive cash consideration of… Read More

Square Announces Acquisition of Dessa

Payments platform Square recently announced it has acquired Dessa,  which is described as a Toronto-based company building machine learning applications that address significant “real-world challenges” for all types of businesses.  According to Square, the acquisition of Dessa will help the platform further boost its machine… Read More

Quantum Computing: Canada’s Third-Largest Bank, Scotiabank, Is Exploring Ways to Upgrade Systems to Make them Quantum-Resistant

The field of quantum computing, which breaks away from the traditional binary computing model, has made considerable advancements in the past 20 years. The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), the third-largest bank in Canada in terms of market capitalization and deposits, has been exploring different… Read More

Canadian E-Commerce Platform Lightspeed Teams Up With Stripe to Launch New Integrated Payment Capabilities in North America

Lightspeed, a Canada-based e-commerce platform, announced on Thursday it has launched new integrated payment capabilities in North America. The expansion is through Lightspeed’s partnership with Stripe. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed provides customers with a way to build, manage, and grow retail, restaurant, or commerce business… Read More

CIBC’s Mobile Banking App Turns 10 Years Old, Marking the Moment When Bank Became First in Canada to Offer the Service

CIBC’s mobile banking app recently turned 10 years old, notably marking a decade since the institution became the first large Canadian financial institution to provide an innovative mobile banking app to customers. In a February 2 press release, CIBC reflected on the key milestones the… Read More

Canada and Open Banking: Second Phase of Review is Announced

Open Banking means different things for different people – depending on the regulatory jurisdiction where you are standing. First championed by the UK, in brief, Open Banking can mean mandated APIs for financial services firms to facilitate interoperability and choice in a very secure manner…. Read More

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