Collaboration on the Regulatory Agenda

We help manage the benefits and risks of fintech at the international level through our work on the Financial Stability Board, the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements.

The Bank of Canada is not a banking regulator. We have oversight authority only for financial market infrastructures that are designated as systemically important or as prominent payment systems.

The Bank does not have regulatory authority over fintech startups looking to enter the market.

Financial Stability Board

October 18, 2019

FSB sets out work to consider regulatory issues of stablecoins

The FSB published an issues note on regulatory issues of stablecoins. The paper was delivered to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors for their meeting in Washington D.C. It responds to the G20 Leaders’ Osaka Declaration, which noted the importance of monitoring developments in crypto-assets and remaining vigilant to existing and emerging risks.
July 16, 2018

FSB report sets out framework to monitor crypto-asset markets

The FSB working group, chaired by Bank of Canada Advisor Stephen Murchison, published a report delivered to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on the work of the FSB and standard-setting bodies on crypto-assets.
December 12, 2016

FSB Regional Consultative Group for the Americas discusses fintech, correspondent banking and regional vulnerabilities

This press release, issued by the Financial Stability Board, announces that a regional consultative group co-chaired by Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn A. Wilkins discussed the benefits and risks of fintech developments, including the implications of distributed ledger technology and peer-to-peer lending.

International Monetary Fund

Bank for International Settlements

Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures

July 13, 2020

Enhancing Cross-Border Payments: Building Blocks of a Global Roadmap

This report issued by the Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures sets out the necessary elements to improve cross-border payments to make them faster, cheaper, more transparent and inclusive. It forms part of a three-stage process initiated by the G20.
October 18, 2019

Investigating the Impact of Global Stablecoins

This report was issued by the Group of Seven working group on stablecoins, chaired by Benoît Cœuré (Chair of the CPMI). It finds that stablecoins, regardless of size, have implications ranging from anti-money laundering efforts across jurisdictions to operational resilience (including for cyber security), consumer/investor and data protection, and tax compliance. Global stablecoins may amplify those challenges and could also pose challenges to competition policy, financial stability, monetary policy and, in the extreme, the international monetary system.
March 12, 2018

Central Bank Digital Currencies

A report issued by the Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures analyzes two types of central bank digital currencies and how central banks must carefully weigh the implications for financial stability and monetary policy of issuing digital currencies available to the general public.
November 8, 2016

Fast Payments—Enhancing the Speed and Availability of Retail Payments

A report issued by the Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures. So-called fast payment services make funds immediately available to the payee and can be used around-the-clock, on a 24/7 basis. As such, they overcome the limitations of traditional retail payment services, namely that usually the funds reach the beneficiary one or more days after the funds are debited in the payer's account, and that these can be initiated only in certain places at certain times.
November 23, 2016

Digital Currencies

A report issued by the Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures. Digital currencies, and especially those which have an embedded decentralized transfer mechanism based on the use of a distributed ledger, are an innovation that could have a range of impacts on various aspects of financial markets and the wider economy. These could include potential disruption to business models and systems, as well as facilitating new economic interactions and linkages.