How to buy Ethereum (ETH) from Canada

By   |   Verified by Andrew Boyd   |   Updated 29th August 2022

  • Ethereum is an open access, community-run digital platform that provides access to the cryptocurrency ether or ETH.
  • Ethereum is decentralized so you can trade ETH with another party without going through an intermediary such as a bank.
  • The platform is programmable so you can use it to buy other digital assets including Bitcoin, NFTs, or other cryptocurrencies.

This step-by-step guide will take you through the process of buying Ethereum from Canada today.

Where to buy Ethereum

Bitbuy

On Bitbuy's website

Highlights

  • Get $40 bonus when you sign up via Finty.
  • Trade quickly and easily on Bitbuy Express, or use the professional tools on the all new Bitbuy Pro.
  • Get low and transparent fees with live order books for advanced users.

Pros

  • You can earn a signup bonus.
  • Competitive trading fees.
  • Assets are insured and held in cold storage.
  • User-friendly website and mobile app.

Cons

  • Deposit and withdrawal fees apply.
NDAX

On NDAX's website

Highlights

  • Get $10 when you sign up and deposit at least $100 in your account.
  • Has the lowest fees in Canada.
  • Set up recurring buys for assets like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and 18 other coins so you can invest in cryptocurrency on your own schedule.
  • NDAX holds a majority of user funds in an offline, multi-signature wallet.

Pros

  • Competitive trading fees at 0.2% for both selling and buying cryptocurrencies.
  • Get 24/7 customer support.
  • Earn by referring a friend.

Cons

  • Other exchanges have a larger choice of digital assets to trade.
  • Only available to Canadian residents
CoinSmart

On CoinSmart's website

Highlights

  • Get $20 in BTC with your first deposit.
  • Trade the major coins and popular altcoins including Dogecoin, Cardano, Solana, Polkadot, and Polygon.
  • Fund your account with Interac e-Transfer, wire transfers, credit / debit cards, or crypto with access to trade funds the same day.

Pros

  • Low trading fees.
  • Deposits are cleared within the day.
  • Supports CAD, EUR, and USD.
  • Get 24/7 customer support.

Cons

  • Limited coins.
  • Fee applies to credit card and debit card deposits.
Coinberry

On Coinberry's website

Highlights

  • Register in just 60 seconds and start investing with as little as $50.
  • No CAD deposit and withdrawal fees.
  • Coinberry is insured, FINTRAC registered & PIPEDA compliant and is the only digital asset platform trusted by Canadian Government municipalities.

Pros

  • Easy sign-up process and instant verification.
  • No fees to deposit or withdraw fiat.
  • There is a $200 million crypto asset insurance.
  • Easy to use mobile app.

Cons

  • Limited choice of altcoins.
  • High trading spreads.
VirgoCX

On VirgoCX's website

Highlights

  • Get $10 when you sign up and get verified and an additional $20 when you deposit over $100.
  • Competitive buy and sell prices with excellent liquidity and tight spreads.
  • Enjoy commission-free trading and 24/7 live support.

Pros

  • 0% trading fees
  • Free cash deposits and withdrawals.
  • VirgoCX also offers NFTs.
  • FINTRAC registered.

Cons

  • Only accepts CAD and USD as fiat currencies.
  • Other exchanges offer more coin selection.

Step 1: Select an exchange that sells Ethereum

Ethereum is one of the biggest names in cryptocurrency and is listed on practically every crypto exchange. Finding one that sells Ethereum is not difficult — we've listed some good options above — but there are some points of differentiation to consider: account funding options, what they charge for trades, and also if they charge a fee on deposits and withdrawals.

Step 2: Register and verify your identity

After you've chosen an exchange, you'll have to register an account and prove your identity. What information is required will vary by the exchange. Typically you'll need to provide your name, date of birth, and address. Additionally, a copy of a government-issued form of ID may be required before your account can be verified and secured. In all, this process can be completed within a few minutes.

Step 3: Set your budget

Crypto is a volatile asset class that experiences bull runs and sudden drops, so it's important to decide how much to invest in Ethereum and stick to it. Only ever invest what you can afford to lose.

Step 4: Fund your account

You can send fiat currency or cryptocurrency to your exchange account.

Most exchanges accept fiat currency (CAD) transfers from a bank account, credit card, or debit card. Payments via Interac e-Transfer, PayPal, etc. may also be supported, but this varies widely between exchanges. Fiat deposits can take a few days to clear into your account at the exchange.

An alternative way to fund your account is to transfer cryptocurrency from a wallet you control, but this may incur processing charges.

A minimum amount may be required for your first deposit.

Step 5: Buy Ethereum

Various order types are available for buying, much like there are with a stock broker. More complex order configuration tends to be limited to exchanges that are more geared towards the intermediate to experienced trader.

If you are new to trading, a market order is the easiest option, i.e. buy Ethereum at the next available price. Some exchanges offer the ability to configure recurring buys, which means you can take advantage of dollar cost averaging over time.

Where to store your Ethereum

You can store Ethereum in the exchange wallet and third-party wallets.

If you want easy access to your coins, store your Etherum in a hot wallet (e.g. at the exchange). Hot wallets are very accessible, meaning you can trade more frequently. However, they have a greater risk of theft since they are connected to the internet.

A safer alternative is to store your Ethereum in a cold wallet. These offline storage devices can be manually connected to the internet when you want to access your crypto.