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Retail Payment Activities Act (RPAA) – Canada MSBs

Retail Payment Activities Act (RPAA) – Canada MSBs

Canadian Money Service Businesses (MSBs) with international operations are setting their sights on Montana due to the upcoming “Retail Payment Activities Act (RPAA).” The RPAA is bringing stricter regulations for MSBs, including registration with the Bank of Canada.

While the RPAA aims to enhance oversight, it also translates to more compliance paperwork and potential licensing requirements. For MSBs navigating international markets, these changes can add complexity and cost.

Montana offers a simpler path. As the only US state without state-level MSB licensing, it relies solely on federal oversight by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN). This streamlined approach is attractive to Canadian MSBs seeking to avoid the more burdensome requirements of the RPAA.

The long-term impact on both financial systems is yet to be determined. Canada might see a decline in the number of regulated MSBs, while Montana could experience an increase in activity. This could necessitate adjustments to oversight in both countries.

The RPAA is prompting a regulatory shift for MSBs. Montana’s approach has emerged as a potential solution for Canadian MSBs seeking a more efficient regulatory environment.

For further details, see www.montanamsb.com

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