Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase will suspend trading of Tether (USDT), DAI, and RAI stablecoins for Canadian users beginning August 31.

In an August 17 email notice to users, Coinbase said that “we regularly monitor the assets on our exchange to ensure they meet our listing standards,” and based on its review, trading of the aforementioned stablecoins will no longer be available to Canadian users starting September.

However, Canadian users can still deposit and withdraw the stablecoins after the proposed deadline. In a statement, the exchange wrote:

“Coinbase Canada, Inc. has filed an application for registration in certain Canadian jurisdictions but has not yet obtained registration. Until such time as Coinbase Canada, Inc. obtains registration, it has agreed to abide by the terms of an undertaking.”

<em>The August 17 notice to Canadian users</em>| <em>Source: Coinbase</em>

Earlier this year, fellow digital asset exchange delisted USDT for Canadian users. The Ontario Securities Commission banned USDT in 2021; it never explained the rationale behind the ban. 

On February 22, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a notice requiring registered crypto exchanges or those pending registration to sign legally binding undertakings with the regulatory body. Among other items, the undertaking requires:

“A prohibition on the part of the CTP [crypto asset trading platforms] in respect of clients buying or depositing Value-Referenced Crypto Assets (commonly referred to as stablecoins) through crypto contracts without the prior written consent of the CSA.”

Tether is a stablecoin backed by fiat reserves. Meanwhile, DAI exists as a hybrid between a fiat and algorithmic stablecoin. RAI, on the other hand, is an algorithmic stablecoin not pegged to any asset. Currently, the only stablecoin approved by the CSA for listing on centralized crypto exchanges is USDC (USD Coin). 

Citing the new regulations, crypto exchange OKX withdrew from Canada in June. Similarly, crypto exchange Binance is scheduled to withdraw from Canada by September. 

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