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Is It Legal to Own Bitcoin In Canada?

Jul 14, 2017 BitcoinRegulatory 0

Bitcoin is Legal to buy and transact in Canada and is regulated by anti-money laundering legislation and counter-terrorist financing legislation.

Given its popularity, it’s not surprising that Bitcoin got under Canada Revenue Agency’s radars. If you buy, hold and sell virtual currency, and make a profit in the process, you must claim that profit as capital gains.

Not reporting capital gain income is considered illegal. Interestingly, if you use Bitcoin as part of your personal business expenses, your deduction for the expense would be the Canadian Dollar equivalent amount, based on the exchange rate at the time.

See the link below for additional information from CRA website: What you should know about digital currency

Not only is Bitcoin legal to own and trade in Canada, the Canadian government and central bank are making significant steps to understand the merits of the blockchain, the technology powering Bitcoin and 800+ other digital currencies. As recent as in February, it was reported that Ottawa was exploring the feasibility of Canada becoming a global hub for the blockchain “revolution”. Senior government officials discussed the opportunity in a meeting with bankers, corporate executives, regulators, and experts in the Tech industry. The premise is to position Canada at the forefront of blockchain innovation and create a foundation for the Canadian economy to grow as industries undergo structural shifts.

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Davit K

Davit is a corporate development professional at one of Canada's largest FinTech companies, responsible for strategic planning and execution of M&A transactions. He spends his free time traveling and writing about new developments in blockchain and crypto currency world.

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