Buy Civic in Canada

A free beginner guide on how to buy Civic in Canada.

What is Civic?

Civic is a blockchain-based identity management solution that gives individuals and businesses the tools they need to control and protect personal identity information.

The platform is designed to change the way we think about identity verification by giving users more control over their personal data, while allowing them to access a wide range of services without needing to fork over excessive amounts of personal information.

Civic's identity verification solution uses distributed ledger technology to authorize identity usage in real time, and is used to sparingly share information with Civic partners after authorization by the user.

\ Unlike some other identity management services, Civic users store all their sensitive data on their mobile device. Users are able to authorize the sharing of specific personal data by providing a biometric signature through the Civic app.

The Civic ecosystem is enabled by a unique utility token known as the Civic token (CVC), which is used for the settlement of identity-related transactions between Civic participants — such as between a customer and service provider.

Users can earn CVC tokens for completing a variety of tasks, such as signing up for a service through the platform or introducing new users, while validators can earn CVCs for validating documents for service providers.

Civic was launched in 2018, following a sell-out initial coin offering (ICO) the year prior.

1. Create accounts

In order to buy Civic 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 Civic.

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 Civic 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 Civic. 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 Civic.

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 Civic.

Login to your local exchange and buy your desired amount of Civic 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 Civic. In your Binance (or similar) account place an order to trade the crypto currency for Civic.

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

The fastest way is to place a market order which buys Civic 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 Civic

If you just bought some Civic 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 Civic 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 Civic from your exchange account. It is common for a small network fee to be associted with the withdrawal.

The safest way to store Civic, 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 Civic. 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 Civic, 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 Civic
  5. Store your Civic, consider getting a software or hardware wallet.