Canadian Derivatives Exchange*

Connection and Testing

Thank you for your interest in trading on MX.

Throughout the certification and connection process, the Market Access Manager will be your resource to answer any questions or to review the available options related to your requirements. You can contact the Market Access Manager at 514 871-3581 or via email at mxconnect@m-x.ca.

Test and certification documentation

The test and certification documentation is designed to facilitate development and certification to MX SOLA® services.

Technical specifications

To obtain the technical specifications, customers must sign a one-way Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Once the NDA signed, the Market Access Manager will provide the required specifications and other documentation designed to assist customer's development, connectivity and testing.

Contact the Market Access Manager to obtain the NDA.

Access to the general test environment (GTE)

The testing environment is designed to improve the customer development and testing experience. Customers must complete the GTE Access Form for access to the test environment and email a scanned version of the completed form at mxconnect@m-x.ca.

Certification

The certification environment mirrors production functionality and customers can use it to perform:

  • certification testing for SOLA core functionality;
  • maintenance testing;
  • development testing for new system features or functionality in production-like conditions.

External applications using SAIL or an industry standard protocol (FIX or STAMP) for order routing, the High Speed Vendor Feed (HSVF) for market data dissemination and the Clearing API will require certification before activation of the production connection. The Market Access Manager will provide customers with required test cases and support during this phase.

Contact the Market Access Manager to schedule an appointment when ready to certify.

Development support and testing

Application testing and support is available Mondays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. ET to 4:30 p.m. ET. After-hours testing is available without support Mondays through Fridays, from 4:30 p.m. ET to 10:30 p.m. ET.

MX reserves the right to deny access to the development systems for any reason at any time without notice. We recommend that customers confirm with the Market Access Manager the availability of the system.

Support during development and testing is available by contacting the Market Access Manager.

Access to the production environment

Before requesting access to production environment, the following steps are prerequisites:

  • MX approved participant status has been granted (which includes becoming a member of the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation or having a clearing agreement with one of its members).
  • Certification of any applications requiring certification has been granted.
  • Sign off is provided by the Market Access Manager.

Complete the TMX service request form for access to the production environment and email a scanned version of the completed form at mxconnect@m-x.ca.

To obtain access to the production environment, the following connections are available:

Direct connection

  • MX co-location services: The SOLA Trading engine is located in Markham, Ontario. MX co-location services provide the opportunity for customers to optimize trading opportunities, achieve faster execution and maximize trading profits through low-latency trading and data access from within the TMX data centre. The co-lo facility is located in Toronto.
  • MX points of presence (POPs): A direct connection can be made to one or more of the MX POPs. Physical connectivity to the production network is provided by 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet connection. Customers are responsible for supplying the appropriate telecommunications lines and router at the POP. POPs are located in Toronto, New York, Chicago and London.

Indirect connection

  • Third-party network providers: Connectivity can be obtained via the TMX Atrium, BT Radianz, Frontline Technologies, Reliance Globalcom, NYSE Technologies Connectivity Inc. (SFTI), Savvis and Transaction Network Services (TNS) networks.
  • ISV network: CQG, Frontline Technologies, GL Net and TTNET

Production bandwidth requirements

Bandwidth requirements are determined by whether or not a client receives the market data feed and which information is read. The base requirement for all applications is 1.5 megabit. Refer to the following table for bandwidth required for the HSVF data feed.

Type of traffic Bandwidth requirement 
Futures only 1.5 megabit
Best limit only
(includes options & futures)
28 megabits
Full feed – 5 best limits
(includes options, futures & market depth)
55 megabits

Post-implementation support

Trading support
Market Operations Department
Telephone: 514 871-7871
Toll-free: 1-888-693-6366
Technical support
Technical Help Desk
Telephone: 514 871-7872
Toll-free: 1-877-588-8489
samsupport@m-x.ca