Buy 0x in Canada

A free beginner guide on how to buy 0x in Canada.

What is 0x?

0x is an infrastructure protocol that allows users to easily trade ERC20 tokens and other assets on the Ethereum blockchain without relying on centralized intermediaries like traditional cryptocurrency exchanges.

0x achieves this decentralized exchange functionality using a collection of open-source, publicly auditable smart contracts that work together to produce a flexible, low-friction trading protocol that developers can easily weave into their products.

The protocol is powered by an ERC20 utility token known as ZRX. Nodes that (also known as relayers) host an off-chain order book and offer user-facing applications that present this information and allow users to make, fill and cancel transactions are paid in ZRX tokens (as trading fees). ZRX can also be used to participate in platform governance, helping holders suggest and vote on changes to the protocol.

In 2019, 0x announced an overhaul of the ZRX token, adding extra functionality, allowing ZRX holders to delegate their stake to a market maker to earn passive rewards while retaining their voting capacity.

0x was founded in 2016 by Will Warren and Amir Bandeali. The two co-founders continue to serve the platform, with Will Warren as 0x's CEO, whereas Amir Bandeali is CTO.

The platform launched following a successful initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017, during which it raised a total of $24 million — with support from prominent investment firms including Polychain Capital, Pantera Capital and FBG Capital.

Prior to the sell-out ICO, Warren worked in several research roles and briefly held the role of technical advisor to Basic Attention Token (BAT). Bandeali, on the other hand, graduated from the University of Illinois with a BSc in Finance and held several trading positions before co-founding 0x.

Now the team is composed of more than 30 individuals, including engineers, researchers and designers who work to update the platform and keep it running smoothly.

1. Create accounts

Good news. 0x is one of the easier cryptocurrencies to buy in Canada. Certain local exchanges can sell you 0x directly. Which is not common for most cryptocurrencies.

If you want to directly buy 0x currently we recommend Newton. They have a trading pair which allows you to buy it directly with Canadian dollars.

Another way you can gain access if you do not want to get a Newton account is with Shakepay and a Binance account.

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

This step is not needed if you create a Newton account. You can buy 0x directly on Newton.

If you are using Shakepay or another service which does not offer 0x you will need a Binance account or a another global exchange account.

For a more comprehensive guide and comparison of the various exchanges, see the Exchanges Guide.

In order to fund your account you will need to verify your identity. This often involves sending in copies of your drivers license, a utility bill, and in many cases a selfie of you holding your ID. This is normal ask for verification.

As for verification on global exchanges, the verification is usually faster and less intense, as long as you are strictly using cryptocurrencies and not doing fiat transactions. For example on Binance you do not need to verify if you are withdrawing 2 BTC or less.

2. Buy 0x

This step will depend on which accounts you have. If it is Newton, then it is pretty simple. If it is Shakepay (or similar) and Binance there are a few more steps.

Once you have an account, 0x offered directly through Newton. Just go ahead an place a order, it is that easy.

If you are consistantly buying and selling 0x want to save a bit of money, consider opening a Binance account. It will give you the closest to market price, has the lowest fees, and the most advanced trading platform.

This process is if you don't have a Newton account, or want a more efficient way to actively trade 0x.

Step 1: On Shakepay buy BTC. On Newton buy XRP. On another service, review withdrawal fees and minimums, pick the cheapest.

Step 2: Login to your Binance account and goto the "Fiat and Spot" wallet. Find the currency you bought on the other service and click Deposit.

Step 3: On the service you used in Step 1, withdraw the cryptocurrency and send it to the Deposit address from step 2.

Step 4: Wait for the transaction to complete. Once you see the funds appear in your global exchange account you are ready to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Trade for 0x on Binance. ZRX/BTC trading pair. ZRX/USDT trading pair.

3. Storing your 0x

If you just bought some 0x you are currently storing it on the exchange you bought it on. This is OK if the value is small. However, if you own a significant amount it is best practice to transfer your cryptocurrencies to a wallet that is not an exchange.

If you are just getting started you will probably want to use a software wallet. They are typically free and are considered more secure than leaving 0x on a exchange.

Feel free to do a google search to research what wallets are available and know what the options are. Consider looking for "decentralized" wallets.

The safest way to store 0x, or any cryptocurrency, is with a hardware wallet that is not connected to the internet. This is to prevent it being stolen or hacked from a exchange or a wallet connected to the internet.

Consider looking at the Ledger line of hardware wallets. They have been in the industry a number of years and offer one of the widest selections of devices.

Make sure you take the time and save your recovery information! Many people have lost small fortunes not doing this.

Once you have decided on a wallet, follow the instructions to get it setup then withdraw your 0x from your exchange account. Newton will cover the first $5 in network fees.

This is generally not recommended. However, you might want to do this if you are actively trading 0x. Be aware you are taking an extra risk. Exchanges have been known to get hacked or disappear, search QuadrigaCX scandal.

The main advantage of doing this is instant access to your 0x, and saving the fees associated with transactions and withdrawing.

Always consider the reputation and size of the exchange if you are storing a cryptocurrency asset on it.

Generally speaking, I do not keep a balance on any of the local exchanges. If I am going to hold a balance of a cryptocurrency coin/asset on an exchange it will be Binance as they have the most robust platform. However, use this information at your own risk. The safest place for your crypto assets is a hardware wallet like Ledger.

Regardless of the exchange, if you are holding assets on the exchange, make sure you enable two factor authentication and use a separete secure password on the account.

Summary

  1. Create an account on Newton or similar
  2. Buy or Trade for 0x
  3. Consider storing 0x in a private wallet