Ontario Securities Regulator Approves TokenFunder ICO

The Ontario Securities Commission is allowing startup Token Funder to launch a regulated initial coin offering (ICO) next month.

Oct 25, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 7:04 a.m. UTC

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has given its blessing to an initial coin offering set to launch at the start of next month.

In a decision posted online Oct. 23, the OSC approved the token sale organized by TokenFunder, which is developing a platform for projects aiming to raise funds through coin sales of their own. The company is aiming to raise roughly $10 million, with the sale set to commence on Nov. 1.

Though not the first ICO in Canada to receive the blessing of a regulator, it is the first for the province of Ontario. It's also one that comes months after the OSC issued a public statement on the blockchain use case, declaring that that some offerings would trigger the agency's oversight.

In a statement to CoinDesk, the agency struck an optimistic tone about the approval, remarking:

"It is important that we continue to foster innovative new ways to raise capital and invest, and this announcement is a testament to the dedicated support we are providing in this space."

As part of the legal framework surrounding the campaign, TokenFunder will be treating its coin offering as a security. Similarly, the token management platform the company will launch will be classifying future offerings as securities.

TokenFunder follows Quebec-based Impak Finance as one of the first companies in Canada to launch an ICO under the oversight of a provincial regulator.

Canadian flag on keyboard image via Shutterstock

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