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AuthorBy Chris Cammack
Updated: September 10, 2021

Forex trading in Canada is popular and the industry is well-organised, though regulation is strict and it could be easier to get started.
All the brokers on this list are regulated either by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) or one of the three major international regulators, and have been selected based on their trading conditions and the care they show their customers. 

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The best Forex brokers in Canada 2021

Last updated on 10 Sep 2021
Updated 10 Sep 2021
by Editorial Director Chris Cammackby Chris Cammack
Chris Cammack
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AvaTrade
Min. Deposit
GBP 100
4.484.48
Min. Spread
0.90 pips
Fx Pairs
55
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.48/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.9 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. AvaTrade Group regulated by ASIC, FSCA, B.V.I FSC & FSA. 72% of traders lose money with this provider.
2
Pepperstone
Min. Deposit
GBP 5
4.614.61
Min. Spread
0 pips
Fx Pairs
60
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.61/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.69 pips with 0.0 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4, MT5 & cTrader platforms supported. Pepperstone is regulated by the FCA, ASIC, and the DFSA. 79.3% of traders lose money with this provider.
3
IG Markets
Min. Deposit
GBP 250
4.694.69
Min. Spread
0.60 pips
Fx Pairs
80
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.69/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.60 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4, ProRealTime and L2 Dealer platforms supported. IG Markets Group is regulated by FCA, ASIC, and the FSCA. 75% of traders lose money with this provider.
4
XM
Min. Deposit
GBP 5
4.254.25
Min. Spread
0.60 pips
Fx Pairs
57
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.25/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.60 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & MT5 platforms supported. XM Group regulated by CySEC, ASIC, and the IFSC. 77.19% of traders lose money with this provider.
5
FP Markets
Min. Deposit
GBP 100
4.284.28
Min. Spread
0 pips
Fx Pairs
60
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.28/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.10 pips with 6 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4& MT5. FP Markets is regulated by CySEC and ASIC.
6
Tickmill
Min. Deposit
GBP 100
4.484.48
Min. Spread
0 pips
Fx Pairs
62
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.48/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.00 pips with 4 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 platform support. Tickmill is regulated by CySEC, FCA, FSCA, and the FSA-Seychelles. 73% of traders lose money with this provider.
7
FXCM
Min. Deposit
GBP 50
4.134.13
Min. Spread
0 pips
Fx Pairs
40
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.13/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 1.30 pips on trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4 & Ninja Trader platforms supported. FXCM is regulated by FCA, ASIC, and the FSCA. 76.31% of traders lose money with this provider.
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IC Markets
Min. Deposit
GBP 200
4.464.46
Min. Spread
0.10 pips
Fx Pairs
64
REGULATED BY
Overall Rating
11110.54.46/ 5
AlertAccepts UK Clients. Average spread EUR/USD 0.10 pips with 7 USD commission round turn on the trading account with lowest minimum deposit. Max leverage 30:1. Islamic account available. MT4, MT5 & cTrader platforms supported. IC Markets is regulated by CySEC and ASIC.

    Forex Trading in Canada

    The Canadian Forex industry is one of the most tightly regulated in the world. The federal oversight body, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) regulates all locally registered Forex brokers and is in turn supervised by the Financial Institutions Supervisory Committee (FISC), a political body which provides policy direction and strategic leadership for all financial regulators in the country.

    In addition, each of the thirteen provinces has its own powerful financial regulatory bodies, the largest and most active being the Ontario Securities Commission, based in Toronto.

    A Tiered Leverage System

    IIROC regulated brokers are subject to strict limits on the amount of leverage they can offer. Maximum leverage available is dependent on where a currency pair sits in a tiered system of currency groups. These currency groups are set by the regulator and are pairs are generally assigned to a group based on market volatility for that pair. As volatility for individual currency pairs is always fluctuating, the minimum margin required for trading also changes frequently and the IIROC regularly updates the system with the new requirements. Leverage can vary from 1:4 to 1:100, though the maximum generally available to retail traders is 50:1.

    IIROC also enforces a strict Know Your Customer (KYC) process, which requires brokers to confirm not only your address, identity and social insurance number but also to complete a full background check to verify age, marital status, occupation, net worth, dependents, financial knowledge, and financial experience. You will also need to disclose any professional relationships with foreign governments and the source of all your trading funds must be independently verified.

    Stricter Regulations for 2020

    The IIROC recently indicated their desire to follow in Europe’s footsteps by imposing stricter regulations on the Forex market, and on the CFD market in general. A two-stage process has been started; stage one requires the pre-approval of any leveraged CFD products (including Forex) by the IIORC before it can be sold to Canadian consumers. This is more of a symbolic gesture at this point, as Quebec has required preapproval for some time and the IIROC already has the ability to ban any leveraged product it doesn’t feel meets regulatory criteria. While not a massive change for the industry, stage one has already been published for public comment.

    Stage two has yet to be discussed in detail but we do expect it to contain restrictions on leverage and possibly some of the other regulatory changes made by ESMA in Europe in 2018/19. These restrictions will be published by February 2020 and we will update this page when they are announced.

     

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