More specifically, the company put out a notice yesterday stating that the province of Ontario, Canada has become a “restricted jurisdiction effective 2021-06-26 at 3:59:59 AM (UTC).” What this means, is that trading on the exchange will no longer be available for Ontarians, with the company stating, “Regrettably, Binance can no longer continue to service Ontario-based users.”
Current users have until December 31, 2021, to close out all active positions, with the company stating that users based in Ontario are advised to take “immediate measures.”
The change in service is notable for Canadians, given that Ontario makes up roughly 38% of the country’s population. The change in service is believed to be in relation to a crackdown on crypto exchanges by the Ontario Securities Commission. Notably, the OSC is simply looking to bring exchanges into compliance with Canadian securities legal guidelines – meaning that Binance viewed the province as not being worth the effort of shoring up its compliance with regulations.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Commission was cracking down on crypto exchange Kucoin as well, with a report by The Crypto Daily News stating that the OSC simply stated that under new compliance measures, exchanges must register as securities exchanges or effectively go away. It appears that Binance has elected to do the latter.
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