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Canada to examine crypto, stablecoins and CBDCs in new budget

Canada to examine crypto, stablecoins and CBDCs in new budget

The Canadian federal government is set to launch a consultation on cryptocurrencies, stablecoins and as revealed in its new mini-budget.

The government’s “2022 Fall Economic Statement,” released on Nov. 3 by Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, works as a fiscal update in conjunction with its main yearly budget.

The statement included a small section on “Addressing the Digitalization of Money” that the government’s crypto plans.

It said the rise in cryptocurrencies and money digitalization is “transforming financial systems in Canada and around the world” and the country’s financial system regulation “needs to keep pace.”

The statement opined that money digitalization “poses a challenge to democratic institutions around the world,” highlighting cryptocurrencies’  and both domestically and abroad.

In the statement, the government said consultations with stakeholders on digital currencies, stablecoins, and CBDCs are being launched on Nov. 3, although exactly which stakeholders will be engaged remains unclear.

The announced consultations are understood to be part of the government’s intention to launch a “financial sector legislative review focused on the digitalization of money and maintaining financial sector stability and security,” which was part of the 2022 budget released on April 7.

This review will also examine the “potential need” of a Canadian CBDC in light of these risks.


In January, protests broke out in the nation’s capital of Ottawa regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and restrictions in Canada, with protestors platforms after being kicked off competing fiat fundraising platforms.

The province of Ontario declared a state of emergency on Feb. 11 due to the protestor’s road blockades resulting in its government freezing to protestors, at the time protestors raised around 21 Bitcoin (), worth $902,000.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb.14 for the first time in Canada’s history giving him the power to freeze protesters’ bank accounts and monitor “large and suspicious transactions,” including crypto.

Two days later, Canada’s federal police force demanding they stop processing transactions of more than 30 specific crypto wallet addresses linked to the ongoing protests.


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