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

In order to buy 0x in Canada you will need both a Canadian (local) exchange account and a global exchange account. You will need to buy one of the main cryptocurrencies on the Canadian exchange and then transfer that to the global exchange you registered with which trades 0x.

The first step in this process is to gain the ability a mainstream cryptocurrency with Canadian dollars. For this you will need a local exchange account, currently we recommend Newton or Shakepay.

If you want to buy 0x right now, without going through the full verification process, and if you want to buy only a small amount ($375 CAD or less) consider using Coinbase.

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

Next, you will need to create an account on a global exchange. This will allow you to trade the cryptocurrency you bought in the previous step for 0x. Unfortunately, it's not possible yet to do it all on the same exchange. Which is why you need to use multiple exchanges.

We recommend using Binance

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

In order to fund your local exchange accounts 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 on exchanges.

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 your cryptocurrencies

Now that you have both a local exchange account and a global exchange account it's time to make your purchases. You need to buy XRP or ETH, transfer it to a Global exchange, and then place an order to trade it for 0x.

The first step is buy one of the main cryptocurrencies that you can trade for alt coins. If you are on Newton I'd buy XRP, if you are on Shakepay buy BTC.

If you are not using Binance, it is a important to verify that your global exchange will trade the cryptocurrency you are buying in this step for 0x.

Login to your local exchange and buy your desired amount of 0x in XRP or ETH. We currently recommend buying with XRP as it provides a faster network transfer time and cheaper network fees than Bitcoin/Ethereum. BTC is ok if you are using Shakepay as they will cover the network fees to transfer to Binance or another exchange.

The next step is to transfer your XRP or BTC from your local exchange account to a global exchange. For example, from your Newton or Shakepay account to your Binance account.

This involves getting the funding wallet address from Binance account and withdrawing to it from your Newton or Shakepay account.

You will need to 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.

The next step is to actually buy 0x. In your Binance (or similar) account place an order to trade the crypto currency for 0x.

Binance has a trading pair for both USDT and BTC.
- If you bought BTC originally you can now trade it for 0x at the ZRX/BTC trading pair.
- If you bought XRP originally, first you need to trade it for USDT and then you can trade it for 0x at the ZRX/USDT trading pair.

The fastest way is to place a market order which buys 0x for the current market price on the exchange. However, consider using a limit order to get a better price, but remember if the market price does not hit your limit price your order will not be filled.

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.

Once you have decided on a wallet, follow the instructions to get it setup then withdraw your 0x from your exchange account. It is common for a small network fee to be associted with the withdrawal.

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.

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 a local exchange.
  2. Create an account on a global exchange.
  3. First, buy XRP or BTC on the local exchange and transfer it to Binance.
  4. Next, trade XRP or BTC for 0x
  5. Store your 0x, consider getting a software or hardware wallet.