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LCUC Credit Unions Participate in CBDC Consultation

Recently, several LCUC credit unions participated in a government consultation organized by the Bank of Canada (BoC), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), regarding the introduction of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The consultation aimed to gather feedback from various stakeholders, including credit unions, on the interest and potential implications of introducing a CBDC in Canada.

The BoC did not present a clear plan or guidelines for the implementation of a CBDC. Instead, the intention was to gauge general interest and opinions from the participants. This approach indicates that the BoC is still in the early stages of exploring the potential of a CBDC and is seeking input from various stakeholders before making any decisions.

If a CBDC were introduced in Canada, it would be linked to the Canadian Dollar, similar to how traditional fiat currency operates. This means that the value of the CBDC would be tied to the Canadian Dollar, providing stability and assurance for users.

The current focus of the consultation is on retail use cases, such as making everyday transactions and payments. This means that the CBDC would be primarily aimed at individual consumers rather than commercial use cases, such as corporate transactions or international remittances.

Credit unions are an important part of the financial system in Canada and play a significant role in serving local communities. As such, their participation in the government consultation is essential, as it ensures that their opinions and concerns are taken into account when making decisions about the potential implementation of a CBDC.

About the LCUC

The Large Credit Union Coalition (LCUC) represents Canada’s largest credit unions with over 2.8 million members and $150 billion in assets, with credit unions in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The goal of the LCUC CIO group is to use their collective knowledge and national presence to provide technology leadership and innovation to enrich the financial lives of their members and strengthen the competitiveness of Canadian credit unions.

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