Binance Still Not Authorized to Operate in Ontario, Securities Commission Says


Cryptocurrency exchange still isn’t registered under Ontario’s securities law, the province’s securities commission said in a -not-registered-ontario”>statement Thursday after said it had recently cooperated with regulators. The exchange later told CoinDesk Thursday that there has been a “miscommunication.”

told CoinDesk Thursday that there had been a “miscommunication” during the process, and that “it is our top priority to speak to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and will seek to remedy this misunderstanding as soon as possible,” a company spokesperson said in an email.

“continues to be committed to complying with the regulatory regime in Canada,” the exchange added. said it held talks with Canadian securities regulators on its intent to seek dealer registration in Canada, and then notified users in Ontario they could maintain their accounts.

The OSC was nonplussed.

is “not authorized to offer trading in derivatives or securities to persons or companies” in Canada’s most populous province, the OSC said in its statement.

The crypto exchange -to-continue-operating-in-ontario-after-cooperating-with-canadian-regulators/”>sent a memo to users Wednesday, saying it would be able to continue to operate in Ontario after successfully working with regulators and customers wouldn’t need to close their accounts by year’s end.

represented to OSC staff that no new transactions involving Ontario residents would occur after Dec. 31, 2021,” the OSC said in its statement. “ has issued a notice to users, without any notification to the OSC, rescinding this commitment. This is unacceptable.”

Read more: -to-continue-operating-in-ontario-after-cooperating-with-canadian-regulators/”> to Continue Operating in Ontario After Cooperating With Canadian Regulators

No entity in the group of companies holds any form of securities registration in Ontario, the commission said. Unregistered platforms operating in Ontario may be subject to action, including temporary orders, to ensure compliance which could affect their ongoing local business operations, the statement added.

The OSC listed six platforms that are registered in Ontario, including Wealthsimple, Coinberry, Netcoins, CoinSmart, Fidelity and Bitbuy.

UPDATE (Dec. 30, 22:20 UTC): Adds comments from spokesperson.

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