The Bank of Canada said the global health crisis had hastened the urgency of the development of its state-backed digital currency.
Central bank officials have indicated progress has been made on launching a digital currency, citing the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst.
The project had moved beyond proof-of-concept and was approaching being ready for a wider rollout, according to the central bank head.
The candidate’s duties will include monitoring developments on CBDCs, digital payments and financial technologies around the world, as well as researching the technology.
The Canadian central bank said the “particular” risks of central bank digital currencies pose challenges for issuers planning to launch a CBDC.
The Bank of Canada is aiming to develop a central bank digital currency that could mimic bank notes on the blockchain.
The Bank of Canada has put up a job posting for a project manager for its CBDC project. The posting revealed more details about the regulator’s CBDC plans.
The reason for developing this digital currency will be to create a higher degree of control by the Canadian government, according to reports.