You are at: Home » Bitcoin Exchanges » Bitbuy Review

Bitbuy Review – A Beginner’s Guide

Last updated: 12/5/23

Bitbuy is one of the more popular services for buying Bitcoin in Canada. This post covers everything you need to know about it before using the service.

Bitbuy Review Summary

Bitbuy’s overall mission is to simplify the trade of digital assets for all Canadians. It is a convenient Canadian cryptocurrency exchange offering over the counter (OTC), brokerage and advanced trading options.

Fees are extremely reasonable compared to the competition and customer support seems to be doing a very good job. Overall a solid choice if you live in Canada.

That’s Bitbuy in a nutshell. For a more detailed review keep on reading, here’s what I’ll cover:

  1. Company Overview
  2. Bitbuy Services
  3. Currencies and Payment Methods
  4. Bitbuy Fees
  5. Buying Limits
  6. Supported Countries
  7. Customer Support and Reviews
  8. Conclusion

1. Company Overview

Bitbuy originally launched in Toronto as Instabit providing a simple way to buy bitcoin, way back in 2013. Since then it has rebranded to Bitbuy, widening the operation, acquiring venture capital funding and adding to the cryptocurrency selection.

A subsidiary of First Ledger Corporation, Bitbuy is a transparent company that does not appear to conceal information from customers. The release of a new pro-trade product was recently preceded by a proof of reserve and security audit.

“Bitbuy was extremely forthcoming in the information they provided, and this information was provided in a timely and complete matter. This commitment to transparency is something that should be both a consumer expectation and self-regulatory best practice.

A new dawn of higher expectations and accountability is something that will be great for both the Canadian space and blockchain industry in general.” Explains Rich Sanders, from cybersecurity experts CipherBlade, a company dealing with security and regulatory audits.

2. Bitbuy Services

Bitbuy’s cryptocurrency exchange operates both as a web-based platform and mobile app.

CAD Trading

The user interface is clean, fast and simple to navigate with three main features.

Express trade enables customers to buy and sell cryptocurrency with Canadian dollars. The feature is the easiest way for users to deposit funds and buy cryptocurrency, for competitive fees %0.2.

Pro trade was added in 2019 to offer traders a live trading view and advanced orders. This feature runs a traditional order book-style trading platform similar to Binance or Coinbase Advanced.

Pro trade uses Tradingview software, providing in-depth charting for technical analysis. Low-latency is joined by pop-out widgets allowing you to design your own trading screen.

Bitbuy pro trade platform

Wallets and Security

Bitbuy Wallets show you all current holdings across all currencies. The company claims to hold 95% of users funds in cold-storage (i.e. offline) to optimize security. Users are required to use 2 Factor Authentication to secure their account, this is compulsory during sign-up.

Bitbuy wallet screen

Another neat feature is that Bitbuy offers 1:1 insurance on all of its cold-storage holdings, at no added cost to the user. This is facilitated in partnership with Knox, a crypto custody firm also based in Canada.

Mobile App

Bitbuy is now also available on-the-go with their mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. The app allows users to access all of the features they use on the desktop web version, including buying, selling and transferring CAD and crypto.

It also harnesses the biometric capabilities of your device, for added security when using the app.

3. Currencies and Payment Methods

Bitbuy keeps its currency selection simple. The only fiat functionality is Canadian dollars (CAD).

Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin XLM and EOS make up the cryptocurrencies available to trade at the time of writing, with plans to add AAVE and LINK to the portfolio.

Deposits can be made in all of the above fiat and cryptocurrencies. To make purchases, users must first make a deposit into their account. CAD deposits have Wire Transfer, Interac e-Transfer and Express Interac e-Transfer.

No credit or debit card buys are available on Bitbuy.

4. Bitbuy Fees

Fees can quickly build on Bitbuy if you are not careful. Let’s break them down to show just how much you could be paying.

Express trade – Buy: 0.20% | Sell: 0.20%

Pro trade – Maker 0.10% | Taker: 0.20%

Deposits & Withdrawals  – Wire transfer (minimum $10,000): 1.00% | e-Transfer: 1.50%

For the average user looking to use e-Transfer combined with express trade, it works out as a total fee 1.70% for a deposit and purchase.

Withdrawal fees also apply, which are 0.00025BTC for any amount of Bitcoin or 0.005 ETH for Ether. You can see the complete fee structure here.

5. Buying Limits

The maximum express trade purchase is $25,000. Although if you would like to make a larger transaction the Bitbuy OTC desk is happy to help you personally. Or you can use the Pro trade feature.

Deposit maximums also exist. e-Transfers have a maximum of $10,000 per day, for anything higher it is wise to use a wire transfer with a cheaper fee and $500,000 maximum. Withdrawals also have these same limits.

6. Supported Countries

Technically speaking the web-based platform will work anywhere in the world, but it is only of use to Canadians. To sign-up, you require a North American telephone number plus the only fiat currency support is the Canadian dollar.

7. Customer Support and Online Reviews

Bitbuy’s customer service is one of the best in the cryptocurrency industry. The first notable element is a customer support phone line which is usually a scarcity. Adding to this, email support is quick and responsive, replying to queries in under 12 hours, even on a weekend.

The online reputation is strong across all boards, some regard it as the number one Canadian cryptocurrency exchange. Reddit and other forums are filled with happy customers. It makes for happy reading, these places are usually breeding grounds for disgruntled users.

bitbuy reddit

Social media account present plenty of activity, helpful information, quick replies and complete company information. All indicators of a reliable, legitimate operation.

8. Conclusion

Bitbuy offers a convenient streamlined service, it concentrates on fulfilling its mission rather than trying to deliver too many services. It makes buying and selling cryptocurrency simple for Canadians, with free insurance as well.

Awesome customer support, top cryptocurrencies and moderate fees backup a user-friendly platform. Its expertise and popularity have been built over years working in the Bitcoin industry. Now, Bitbuy enjoys a growing userbase providing decent 24-hour trading volumes and liquidity against Canadian dollars.

Have you had any experience with Bitbuy? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.



Ease of use




Customer support





  • Great customer support
  • Good reputation
  • Reasonable fees
  • Insurance on cold-storage funds via Knox


  • No credit card support
  • Charges fees on deposits

Free Bitcoin Crash Course

Learn everything you need to know about Bitcoin in just 7 days. Daily videos sent straight to your inbox.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
We hate spam as much as you do. You can unsubscribe with one click.
We hate spam as much as you do. You can unsubscribe with one click.

31 comments on “Bitbuy Review”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Absolutely terrible customer service. I have used Bitbuy before and it was ok (Canadian exchanges are definitely not on the level of others) however I never ran into issues.

    This time I tried to fund the account but could only put $3000 in due to transaction limits. I received a page saying upgrade free to gold to increase limits so I thought why not and did it.

    I then bought XLM so I could cheaply transfer to Binance and trade back to Tether.

    WELL, the second I bought the XLM they LOCKED my account to ‘upgrade it’ WITHOUT notice. I tried to get support however they had no chat and was at the mercy of a ticket system. About 5 hours later, the whole while watching the coin drop, my account was unlocked, I transferred the coins and lost about $150. I then asked support for a reimbursement or at least wave the funding fee as I feel it was their fault and the answer was:
    “I apologize for the situation, but certain reviews can take sometime to complete. I must inform that we can not determine or reimburse in this situation. ”
    “I apologize to hear that you feel this way. I must inform that we do not wave off the deposit / withdrawal fees. ”

    Horrendous customer service IMO. I told them to close my account and will be moving to CoinSmart who FYI has live chat

  2. My account has been frozen by Bitbuy with no warning. I have received emails asking for information to protect “my privacy”? For example, they want details on why I have purchased crypto and how I will use crypto? How is this protecting my privacy and how is their business?

    1. This sounds like a huge red flag. It may be in your best interest to get law enforcement involved in this so that you can potentially see about getting your funds released.

    2. You can give vague answers. I had to do the same thing, I gave very short ambiguous answers. It went through in a few days with no issue and I got the rest of my money.

  3. Worst customer service, want to know information that doesn’t concern them. Will freeze your account with no advance notice and overall terrible. STAY AWAY!

  4. Major issues…tried to apply for wire transfer capability and now everything is locked. Says 24 hours. It’s been a WEEK. Not impressed! Sent a ticket no reply. Sent one marked URGENT. No reply. My money is tied up and I can’t move it around. Will be withdrawing all and moving to another platform.

    1. same here , they locked my account because my us number , now i have no response from them , with my money locked there.

  5. Having issues with Bybit!! They lost my market order for BTC saying I canceled it and to top it off they lost $8600!! You cannot place an order without money to cover your buy order. Customer service has no idea of what’s going on. Can’t reach them by phone and their email replies are STUPID responses. It takes them 9 hours to get back to you. I trusted them in the beginning but not now!! 👎

  6. Holy crap a lot of you people are stupid. READ disclaimers before you do stupid crap and then blame everyone else. The only crappy thing about BitBuy is their fee’s are pretty thick and dynamic. All of the problems in these comments are because people get click-happy and don’t read. Really ? You get excited over a few hundred bucks of BTC? lol Go play slot machines please.

    1. they are freezing accounts for no reason dummy. they just froze mine saying an upgrade to gold membership is required and I cannot withdraw funds

Scroll to Top