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How to buy, sell & trade ZCash (ZEC) in Canada

A beginner buyer’s guide to Zcash (ZEC): Learn how it works, where to buy it and what to consider before buying.

Zcash (ZEC) is a decentralized open-source cryptocurrency that offers transaction privacy through the use of zero-knowledge cryptography. This means that every transaction is shielded, and it hides the sender, the recipient and the amount of the transaction on the blockchain. However, ZEC is not completely anonymous. Every payment is visible on the public blockchain – only the participants in the transactions and the amounts are hidden.

If you want to learn more about ZEC, read on. Our simple guide will show you where it is available in Canada, steps to buy and sell ZEC as well as things to consider when buying it.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade.

Where can I buy Zcash (ZEC)?

You can buy ZEC with a credit card on Changelly or you can buy it on some exchanges using fiat currencies. You can also buy ZEC with cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH).

Exchanges listing ZEC include the following:

Name Product Deposit methods Fiat Currencies Supported Cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrency
BTC, XRP, USDT, ETH, NEB, XVG, TRX, NEBL, ETH, NEO, FUN, ETC, BCC, POE, DASH, ELF, & 80+ more
Trade an extensive range of reputable coins on this world-renowned exchange, popular for its high liquidity and multi-language support.
Cryptocurrency
Bank transfer (SEPA)
SWIFT
Wire transfer
Faster Payments Service
GBP, EUR, USD, CAD, SGD, AUD, JPY, MXN
BTC, ETH, BCH, XRP, LTC, EOS, XLM, USDT, ADA, XMR, TRX and 50+ more
BC Bitcoin is a UK-based cryptocurrency brokerage that buys and sells more than 100 different cryptocurrencies.
Credit card
Cryptocurrency
Debit card
Bank transfer (SEPA)
SWIFT
USD, EUR, RUB, GBP
BTC, BTG, BCH, LTC, DASH, ETH, XRP, ZEC, XLM, GUSD
Disclaimer: Highly volatile investment product. Your capital is at risk.
Use your USD, EUR or RUB to buy and sell cryptocurrency at competitive exchange rates and with high maximums for verified accounts.
Credit card
Cryptocurrency
USD
BTC, BCH, MIOTA, XVG, NEO, ADA, XRP, TRX, ONT, ZIL, GAS, LTC, ZRX, QTUM, ETH, ETC, VET, ICX & 300+ more
CoinSwitch allows you to compare and convert over 250 cryptocurrencies across all exchanges.
Credit card
Debit card
USD, EUR
BTC, BCH, ETH, XMR, ZEC, DASH, XRP, ETC, LTC, DOGE, XLM,1ST, ADX, AMP, ANT, BAT, & 75+ more
Access competitive crypto-to-crypto exchange rates for more than 35 cryptocurrencies on this global exchange.
OKEx Cryptocurrency Exchange
Bank transfer
Cryptocurrency
WeChat
USD, CNY
BTC, ETH, LTC, EOS, TRX, ETC, BCH, TRUE, XRP, ABT, HSR, MITH, BTM, AUTO, IOST, & over 119+ more
Listing over 100 cryptocurrencies, OKEx offers its users a variety of payment methods and coins to choose from.
Huobi Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
-
BTC, ETH, HT, LTC, PAI, BCH, XRP, DASH, IOST, EOS, TRX, ETC, OCN, ONT, ELF, ABT, CMT, ELA, & 78+ more
Huobi is a digital currency exchange that allows its users to trade more than 190 cryptocurrency pairs.
Bithumb Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
Wire transfer
KRW
BTC, BTG, BCH, DASH, ETC, LTC, EOS, XRP, ETH, QTUM, TRX, ICX, VET, XMR, ZEC, MITH, WAVES, WTC, ITC, LINK
A global platform where users can make KRW and cryptocurrency deposits to purchase up to 15 popular cryptocurrencies.
Kraken Cryptocurrency Exchange
Electronic Funds Transfer
Bank transfer (SEPA)
Wire transfer
USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, CAD
BTC, BCH, ETH, ADA, QTUM, ETC, XMR, DASH, LTC, XRP, XLM, REP, MLN, ZEC, USDT, GNO, EOS
Disclaimer: Highly volatile investment product. Your capital is at risk.
Exchange multiple cryptocurrencies through a range of payment methods, including Electronic Funds Transfer, SEPA or wire transfer.
Bittrex Digital Currency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
Wire transfer
USD
BTC, ETH, BOXX, XVG, SC, XRP, DOGE, STRAT, XMR, ADA, OMG, ETC, BCC, XLM, DGB, UKG, & 128+ more
Buy from one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges with a selection of over 190+ cryptocurrencies and 3 USD pairings.
Poloniex Digital Asset Exchange
Cryptocurrency
-
BTC, ETH, XRP, DOGE, XLM, ETC, STRAT, LTC, SC, DGB, BCH, LSK, XMR, LOOM, BAT & 50 more
Trade various coins through a global crypto to crypto exchange based in the US.
Gemini Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
Electronic Funds Transfer
Wire transfer
USD
BTC, ETH, LTC, ZEC,GUSD
Trade bitcoin and Ethereum at a US-based exchange where payments can be made in USD.
Exmo Cryptocurrency Exchange
Credit card
Cryptocurrency
Debit card
Payeer
Perfect Money
Bank transfer (SEPA)
Wire transfer
USD, EUR, RUB, PLN, UAH
BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, XRP, KICK, DASH, WAVES, ZEC, XMR, LTC, DOGE, USDT, ADA, INK
A UK-based cryptocurrency platform that provides buyers with a wide variety of payment options.
YoBit Cryptocurrency Exchange
AdvCash
Cryptocurrency
Payeer
Perfect Money
USD, RUB
BTC, BTG, DASH, ETH, LTC, DOGE, WAVES, LSK, BCC, TRX, ABYSS, PAC, ZEC, XVG, EOS, ETC, & 404+ more
Pay in USD, RUB or trade crypto to crypto at this Russian-based cryptocurrency exchange with hundreds of coins listed.
BitBay Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
Express Polish Post Office 24/7
Express Zabka Market
Wire transfer
USD, EUR, PLN
BTC, BCC, BTG, LTC, ETH, LSK, GAME, DASH, KZC, XRP, XIN,ZEC,XMR
This Polish-based exchange offers a variety of accessible payment methods, including Express Polish Post Office 24/7 service and Express DotPay.
Mercatox Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
Payeer
Perfect Money
Yandex Money
USD, EUR, RUB
BTC, ETH, DCN, BCH, NIO, TRX, DASH, COB, DOGE, PRIX, DSR, XCPO, LTC, XRB, VERI, LOC, & 84+ more
Supporting over 100 coins, you can exchange a variety of cryptocurrency pairs on this peer-to-peer platform.
Cryptonit Cryptocurrency Exchange
Advance Cash
Wire transfer
EUR, USD
BTC, ETH, ETC, ZEC
Cryptonit is a secure platform for trading fiat currency for bitcoin, Litecoin, Peercoin and other cryptocurrencies which can be delivered to your digital wallet of choice.
ShapeShift Cryptocurrency Exchange
Cryptocurrency
-
BTC, BCH, BTG, ETH, ETC, FUN, 1ST, ANT, BAT, BNT, BLK, CVC, CLAM, DASH, DCR, DGB, DNT, GAME & 29+ more
Quickly swap between more than 40 cryptocurrency assets or use your credit card to instantly buy bitcoin.
Cointree Cryptocurrency Exchange - Global
Cryptocurrency
-
BTC, ETH, BCH, EOS, MIOTA, ZRX, AE, AION, REP, DGD, ICX, IOST, OMG, PPT, SNT, TRX, & 100+ more
Buy and trade 100+ cryptocurrencies on this global cryptocurrency exchange.

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A step-by-step guide to buying Zcash (ZEC)

Once you’ve decided to buy ZEC, here are some steps you could follow to buy it:

Step 1. Create an account at an exchange that offers ZEC

Compare exchanges listing ZEC to find your exchange of choice. In doing so, you are undertaking due diligence while empowering yourself to select the exchange that best suits your needs. Once you have chosen an exchange, sign up for an account at their website. Most of the accounts will be created using your email.

Some exchanges require that you submit ID documents for verification. After that, you will be able to deposit funds and trade.

Step 2. Deposit funds into your account

Most crypto exchanges accept only cryptocurrency deposits, so you would have to acquire cryptocurrency such as BTC first that can be paired with ZEC.

If you have opted to buy ZEC from an exchange which only accepts cryptocurrency deposits and don’t have any crypto such as BTC, you can follow our guide on how to buy BTC.

Step 3. Buying ZEC

To buy ZEC, find a button that says “Exchange” or “Markets” depending on the exchange you selected. Find the relevant pairing from a list of currency pairs, for example ZEC/BTC if you are buying ZEC with BTC or ZEC/CAD if you are buying ZEC with CAD. You can then proceed to the “Buy” tab where you can enter in the amount you wish to purchase and hit a button to confirm this.


How can I sell ZEC?

You can sell ZEC on the same exchange where you buy it. This process is similar to Step 3 above, except this time you would reverse the pairing order (i.e. select “BTC/ZEC” if you wish to sell ZEC in exchange for BTC) and reverse the pairing order (i.e. select “BTC/ZEC” if you wish to sell ZEC in exchange for BTC) and use the Sell ZEC tab.


Which wallets can I use to hold ZEC?

There are multiple types of wallets you can use to store ZEC.

  • Desktop wallets. You can use the wallet included in the official Zcash client, which was designed for Linux, but it was recently modified to work on Windows and Mac OS X. You can also use the Jaxx desktop wallet for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
  • Mobile wallets. Freewallet app for Android and the Jaxx mobile app for Android and iOS. You can also choose the Bitpie or Coinomi app for Android and iOS.
  • Web-based wallets. You can use the Jaxx chrome extension.
  • Hardware wallets. You can choose either the Ledger Nano X, Ledger Nano S, or Trezor hardware wallets.

While wallets that support ZEC have private keys as a minimum layer of protection for your cryptocurrency, hardware wallets are usually considered the safest among all cryptocurrency wallets.

To learn more about wallets and storing your cryptocurrency, check out our comprehensive wallet guide.


How does ZEC work?

ZEC uses a zero-knowledge cryptography, known as zk-SNARK (zero-knowledge Succinct Non-interactive Arguments of Knowledge), developed by the team behind ZEC. Zero-knowledge proof works by allowing one party to prove to another that a statement is true without revealing any information beyond the validity of the statement. This allows the network to maintain a secured ledger while keeping sender, recipient and the amount transferred private.

ZEC also has the option to send public payments that work similar to BTC. Users can choose whether to send private or public payments. If you send a payment from a shielded to a transparent address, the received amount is public, while if you send payment from a transparent to a shielded address, the received amount is private.

Additionally, ZEC is a fork of bitcoin (BTC), and it works on the Equihash memory-oriented proof-of-work algorithm, which means mining is determined by how much RAM you have.

Find out more about how ZEC works in our introductory guide.


What should I consider if I’m buying ZEC?

If you are wondering whether to buy ZEC or any other cryptocurrency, it’s important that you are aware of the risks involved as prices are unpredictable. In addition to this, you should consider the points below if you want to buy ZEC:

  • Supply. According to CoinMarketCap, the circulating supply of ZEC at the time of writing in March 2018 is 3,398,219 tokens. The maximum supply of all coins is set to 21,000,000 tokens.
  • Use. ZEC is a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency which uses zero-knowledge cryptography. While transaction payments are visible on the public blockchain, participants and amounts are hidden.
  • Whitepaper. To find out more about ZEC and the aims of the company behind it, you could read its whitepaper.
  • Partnerships and developments. Keeping in mind that cryptocurrency is speculative and volatile, you can also consider recent significant developments for ZEC. The team behind ZEC has released a list of organizations and individuals accepting ZEC donations and it was announced in May 2017 that ZEC and JP Morgan would be collaborating on blockchain developments.
  • Availability. ZEC is one of the more popular cryptocurrencies and is available on a number of crypto exchanges. You can also buy ZEC with a credit card and with fiat currencies.
  • Market competition. ZEC is a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency but does not provide full anonymity. Cryptocurrencies similar to ZEC, some of which are completely anonymous, are Monero, Bytecoin, Dash, Verge, Spectrecoin, CloakCoin, Hush, NavCoin and PIVX.

Keeping this in mind and using the above as a starting point for your own research, you should be able to make a more informed decision about buying ZEC.


Frequently asked questions

Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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