Canada

TD Bank Releases Progress Report; Secures $22 Billion in First Year

TD Bank announced on Friday it has released a progress report on advancing towards a transition to a low-carbon economy in North America. The banking group also reported it secured CAD$22 billion during its first year. In December 2017, TD set a target of a total of CAD$100 billion in… Read More

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance Publishes Americas Report: Sector Grows by 26% as US Market Leads with 97% of Market Share

“Reaching New Heights” The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has published their annual report on alternative finance covering the Americas. According to Reaching New Heights: the 3rd Americas Alternative Finance Industry Report covering data for 2017, across the Americas alternative finance grew by 26%… Read More

OnDeck Partners With Evolocity Financial Group to Combine Canadian Operations

OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK), a small business online lending platform, announced last week it has entered into a definitive agreement to combine its Canadian lending operations with Evolocity Financial Group (Evolocity), a private Montréal-based online small business lender. According to OnDeck, The combined enterprise, to be branded OnDeck… Read More

Court: Cryptocurrency Sent to Wrong Address Must Be Returned

The world of cryptocurrencies has often been compared to the Wild West or some other “every man for himself” situation. Users are repeatedly admonished to protect their “private keys” (passwords, essentially) and maintain custody of them whenever possible. “No keys, no crypto” is a popular… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission Now Seeking Applications for Fintech Advisory Committee

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced last week it is seeking applications for membership on its Fintech Advisory Committee (FAC). The OSC reported the FAC advises the OSC LaunchPad staff on developments in the fintech space and the challenges faced by start-ups in the securities industry. It… Read More

Noted Columnist Discusses Contraction at ConsenSys, Ethereum’s Largest Consortium

Laura Shin, an independent journalist known for breaking an important story about deception by “blockchain” scions in Toronto, recently spoke to her former colleague at Forbes, Jeff Kauflin, on a podcast convened to discuss layoffs and business structure problems at ConsenSys, one of Ethereum’s biggest spin-off companies…. Read More

ICOx will List on TSX Venture Exchange

ICOx Innovations (TSXV and OTC: ICOX) plans to list on the Canadian TSX Venture exchange. ICOx is a company that “designs and creates blockchain economies for established companies to benefit and grow their businesses through blockchain technologies and branded cryptocurrencies.” In a release, the company… Read More

Kik Announces Launch of Peer-to-Peer Transactions Feature

Kik, a Canada-based chat platform, announced on Thursday the launch of its new peer-to-peer transaction feature, which is powered by Kin. According to Kik, the feature will allow users who are participating in public group chats to reward group administrators for facilitating positive and meaningful user interactions inside… Read More

Crypto Miners Request 5000 Megawatts of Power from BC Hydro

BC Hydro, the semi-privatised crown corporation that manages most of the power infrastructure and supply in the Canadian province of British Columbia, says in the last year, cryptocurrency mining farms have requested to add up to 5000 megawatts of load to the province’s electrical systems,… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

Sesame Credit Accepted for Canadian Visa Application This week, the Canadian Immigration Department (IRCC) announced that Chinese tourists can choose to submit his/her Sesame Credit Visa report (≥750 points) as financial proof for Canadian visa application. Sesame Credit is credit-assessment service offered by Ant Financial,… Read More

Vancouver-Based Crypto Mining Firm Reports $1.5 Million in Third Quarter Losses

A Vancouver-based firm mining Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash has reported a Q3 loss of $1.5 million, thanks mainly to very high levels of mining “difficulty” (competition) in relevant networks coinciding with a “significant decline in the price of Bitcoin.” The report offers a rare glimpse… Read More

Accenture Opens Canada Innovation Hub in Toronto

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) announced earlier this week it opened its new Canada innovation hub in the heart of Toronto’s business and technology district to help clients grow, compete and transform in the digital economy. Accenture reported that as part of its investment in Canada, it… Read More

Trading of Novogratz $GLXY Crypto Shares Halted in Toronto After 18.6% Drop

Yesterday was a tough one at Galaxy Digital, the cryptocurrency-focussed merchant bank started late last year by former Goldman Sachs partner and legendary hedge fund operator Mike Novogratz. At 11:25 am ET yesterday, November 27th, the Toronto Stock Exchange halted trading of Galaxy Digital’s $GLXY… Read More

Paysafe Teams Up With Paytm Canada To Extend Payment Options Through Fully Integrated Mobile Payment Processing Solution

Paysafe Group, a global payments provider, announced on Tuesday it is partnering with Paytm Canada to extend the payment options their customers have to securely and easily use their smartphones to pay for goods and services. According to Paysafe, Paytm Canada launched its first consumer-facing mobile application allowing… Read More

House Finance Committee Urges Canadian Government to Regulate Cryptocurrencies

After holding a series of 18 meetings to review Canada’s Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA), the House Finance Committee has recommended that the Government of Canada regulate cryptocurrency businesses to prevent criminal use, iPolitics reports. The committee has been conducting meetings to… Read More

HSBC Canada Forms New Partnership With Biz2Credit to Give Canadian Small Business Owners Financing Quicker & Easier

Biz2Credit announced on Monday it is working with HSBC Bank Canada to give Canadian small business owners quicker and easier access to apply for business financing through HSBC eCredit. According to the duo, HSBC eCredit is a digital-first approach to lending, which will allow small business… Read More

Bank of England, Bank of Canada & Monetary Authority of Singapore Join in Publishing Report on Payments and Possible Use of Blockchain

CROSS-BORDER INTERBANK PAYMENT AND SETTLEMENTS: Emerging opportunities for digital transformation Three governmental agencies have collaborated on a report pertaining to payments and settlements seeking to join in a push for a unified approach to this sector of Fintech. The Bank of England, Bank of Canada… Read More

Robo-Advisor d1g1t Raises CDN $9 Million Series A

Toronto based Fintech dig1t Inc. has closed on a CDN $ 9 million series A funding round. The Robo-advisor provides wealth management tools powered by advanced analytics and risk management tools. The d1g1t platform offers portfolio management services to professional advisors and their individual investors…. Read More

Montreal Mobile Payment Startup Mobeewave Closes Series B Round Led by NewAlpha, Mastercard & Forestay Capital

Mobeewave, an in-person contactless payment acceptance platform, has closed a US$16.5M Series B funding round, led by NewAlpha Asset Management, Mastercard and Forestay Capital. The strategic funding will enable Mobeewave to continue to deploy in global markets and develop new product offerings. “We are delighted… Read More

Canadian University Network Shut Down for Four Days to Fend Off “CryptoJacking” Attack

St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada had to shut down its entire network for four days last week to fend off a crypto-mining malware attack, Global News reports. Campus email, Wi-Fi, debit transactions, online course selection, cloud storage, and drives on the… Read More

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