Buy IoTeX in Canada

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

What is IoTeX?

Starting as an open-source project in 2017, IoTeX has built a decentralized platform whose aim is to empower the open economics for machines — an open ecosystem where people and machines can interact with guaranteed trust, free will, and under properly designed economic incentives.

With a global team of over 40 research scientists and engineers, IoTeX has built their EVM-compatible blockchain from scratch using the innovative Roll-DPoS consensus and launched in 2019 April, which has been running by 100+ delegates worldwide and has processed more than 10 million transactions already. On top of the IoTeX blockchain, the team has built the essential blocks of infrastructures to connect with Ethereum, BSC, and Heco blockchains such as ioPay wallet (https://iopay-wallet.iotex.io/) and ioTube bridge (https://tube.iotex.io/), which serve ten thousands of users. IoTeX helps EVM-based DApps scale without concerning expensive gas fees!

Besides, middleware such as Decentralized Identity, Confidential Computing, and Secure Hardware has been built on top of IoTeX blockchain to enable self-sovereign devices such as Ucam real-world oracle such as Pebble. The former (https://ucam.iotex.io/) has been deployed to 3000+ households (http://iott.network/) and still proliferates. In contrast, the latter has been launched to 300+ developers initially and enables innovative Dapps that connect the physical world with the crypto world, such as real-world NFTs, weather derivatives, and machine learning-as-mining.

The founders of IoTeX are Raullen Chai, Qevan Guo, Xinxin Fan, and Jing Sun.

Besides being the co-founder of IoTeX, Raullen Chai is also an advisor at BootUP Ventures and is a member of the Industrial Distributed Ledger Task Group at Industrial Internet Consortium. He used to work as lead of crypto R&D and engineering security at Uber.

Qevan Guo is also a co-founder of Hyperconnect Lab. He used to be a research scientist and engineering manager at Facebook.

Before co-founding IoTeX, Xinxin Fan was a senior research engineer at Bosch Research and Technology Center, North America. He has also worked as a research associate and project manager at the University of Waterloo.

Jing Sun also works as a managing partner at Sparkland Capital. She is an LP investor at Polychain Capital and an angel investor at Rippling.

1. Create accounts

In order to buy IoTeX 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 IoTeX.

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 IoTeX 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 IoTeX. 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 IoTeX.

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 IoTeX.

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

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

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

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

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