Coinbase accelerates international expansion with official launch in Canada

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Coinbase accelerates international expansion with official launch in Canada
Coinbase accelerates international expansion with official launch in Canada

Coinbase is now providing Integration of Interac e-Transfers makes cryptocurrencies easily accessible to millions of Canadian customers

Coinbase announced its Canadian expansion with a series of new offerings that demonstrate its commitment to Canada as a priority Go Deep market.

Through its partnership with Peoples Trust Company, part of Peoples Group, the cryptocurrency platform is now providing access to Interac e-Transfers to 100% of Canadian users, making it secure and simpler than ever to move money in and out of your account. This will make cryptocurrencies more accessible to millions of Canadians.

Interac availability was the most requested feature by Canadian users, and today’s news demonstrates Coinbase’s plan to build a platform that is for Canadians, by Canadians. Depositing funds to the cryptocurrency platform using Interac is free and almost instant. In the last month, over 50% of deposits have been made through Interac e-transfer.

Starting today, Canadian users can also maximize the full potential of crypto with the best of the cryptocurrency platform through membership with Coinbase One. Free for all users for 30 days, Canadians now have access to zero trading fees, boosted staking rewards, priority 24/7 support, and more.

“Canada is well positioned to be a global leader in the cryptoeconomy thanks to the high levels of crypto awareness, a passionate local tech ecosystem, and the progress towards a strong regulatory framework,” said Nana Murugesan, Vice President, International and Business Development, Coinbase. “As Coinbase’s next Go Deep Market, we are making significant investments to help Canadians access the benefits of cryptocurrency.”

Coinbase sees Canada as its next Go Deep Market. Canada is the second-most crypto-aware country across Coinbase’s international markets, and an Ontario Securities Commission survey found that over 30 per cent of Canadians said they will buy cryptocurrency within the year, more than double those who say they currently own crypto assets. This presents a significant opportunity for growth in the Canadian market.

These announcements are the latest of several commitments Coinbase has made to grow in Canada.

  • In March, the cryptocurrency platform signed an enhanced Pre-Registration Undertaking (PRU), and continues working with regulators and policymakers on a strong digital currency regulatory framework for Canadians.
  • Hired Lucas Matheson as Coinbase’s Canadian Country Director. Lucas is passionate about the potential of cryptocurrencies to transform the financial landscape and wants to help make cryptocurrencies more accessible in Canada.
  • Built a tech hub with almost 200 full-time employees who are helping build Coinbase products. This makes Canada Coinbase’s largest tech hub outside the U.S. The cryptocurrency platform is also one of Canada’s largest crypto employers.
  • The Ventures has been active across Canada, investing in several Canadian start-ups to promote local innovation and entrepreneurship, and develop technology that will advance the global crypto economy. Canadian portfolio companies include Dapper Labs, Minerva AI, Axelar, Horizon Blockchain Games, and Zapper.

“At Coinbase, our mission is to update the financial system and bring greater economic freedom to the world,” said Lucas Matheson, Canada Country Director, Coinbase. “We’re thrilled to be leading this push and helping drive innovation in Canada’s financial system.”

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