Changes to Canada’s anti-money laundering laws

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In 2022, there have been new modifications to Canadian anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws. In this article, you can learn more about them.

Transformation of Canada’s AML laws

The PCMLTA and the Criminal Code are two examples of the important national AML in Canada, ATF, and relevant laws that will be strengthened as a result of new rules and modifications announced in 2022. Additionally, the administration is undertaking a thorough evaluation of the AML and ATF framework to forward legislative measures to close any holes that may have been found.

To support the FINTRAC, Canada’s primary AML and ATF commissions, and to speed up the plan to develop an available beneficial right register for national firms in Canada, 89.9 million dollars over 5 years is suggested to be added to existing pledges.

Before it was revoked, the order mandated that some fintech and crowd-funding platforms sign up with FINTRAC if they had ownership of or in the regulation of an estate that was owned, held, or governed by or on behalf of an authorized officer as defined by the limitations.

Even though signing up with FINTRAC is often not a burdensome process for firms, the fact of registration entails that organizations submitting to FINTRAC have to adhere to a huge number of submission conditions delineated in the Act and its related ordinances. Reporting organizations have four primary responsibilities under PCMLTA:

  • create a submission program,
  • list and check clients,
  • keep certain documents in order,
  • and register specific dealings.

Crowd-funding platforms

Crowd-funding platforms are now classified as MSBs under the revised laws.

Since April 5, 2022, all CPSs that are based in Canada or abroad that conduct and supply their service activities to people or organizations in Canada must be registered as Money Services Businesses. Due to this system, the state AML/ATF frameworks will impose submission necessities, such as the necessity to keep records, abide by KYC regulations, and detect suspected and large dealings.


Payment service and fintech providers have significantly changed the legal standards for commercial remittances. The authorities removed some exemptions from the list of options that qualify as “electronic money transfers”. This change is important and profound.

The abolition of this provision makes it clear that anybody who conducts commercial activities must now enrol as a Money Services Business under FINTRAC restrictions. Such companies have a submission policy in place, report suspected activities, and follow all other pertinent AML and ATF rules.

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