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    News about the NFC market in Canada — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Study shows Canadians’ growing enthusiasm for mobile payments

    September 21st, 2016

    Cash purchases will make up only 10% of money spent in Canada by 2030, claims research released by Moneris. Compared to 35% of overall transactions in 2014, the 70% decline in cash usage will see… More

    Walmart to stop accepting Visa in Manitoba

    September 19th, 2016

    Retail giant Walmart is to stop accepting Visa credit cards at its 16 stores in the Canadian province of Manitoba, beginning 24 October 2016. Walmart Canada ceased to welcome Visa credit cards in Thunder Bay, Ontario in July. The decision follows the supermarket chain’s filing of a lawsuit against Visa in May for “allegedly forcing the retailer to let customers use signatures when paying with chip cards”.

    Toronto Film Fest gets VR and NFC payments with Visa

    September 13th, 2016

    Visitors to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are being given the opportunity to embark on a virtual shopping experience that enables them to enter a wardrobe studio to try on iconic costumes from famous… More

    Amex enables loyalty points for purchases

    September 9th, 2016

    American Express Canada is enabling cardmembers to use rewards points to pay for purchases charged to their card. “To use points for purchases, eligible cardmembers login to their account, either through the mobile app or online, and simply click to view recent charges,” American Express says. “To select eligible transactions, they simply click ‘use points for purchases’. Once membership rewards points are used, cardmembers will get a credit applied to their account within 48 hours.”

    Mobile QuickPass launches in Canada

    August 17th, 2016

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization-based mobile payment service in Canada. “The merchants accepting mobile QuickPass this time are mainly restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, supermarkets and convenience stores,” the company says. More than 20 commercial banks signed up to support mobile QuickPass when it made its launch in Beijing in December 2015. It launched in South Korea in June 2016.

    Scotiabank gives Apple Pay users 10% cashback

    July 25th, 2016

    Canada’s Scotiabank is offering its customers a 10% cashback on everyday purchases of up to US$20 whenever the payment is made using Apple Pay. “This offer is available to our first 50,000 customers who make Apple Pay purchases,” an email sent to a Red Flag Deals forum member reveals. The promotion will run until the end of September 2016. Scotiabank began supporting Apple Pay in June this year.

    Apple Pay adds 13 US banks

    July 20th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 13 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “The system now supports over 1,200 individual banks and credit unions in the US alone,” iMore reports. “This is in addition to the more than 30 financial institutions supported across Australia, Canada, China, Singapore and the UK.” The mobile payment service launched in France earlier this week as well as in Hong Kong.

    Videotron launches SIM-based NFC mobile payments

    July 18th, 2016

    Customers of Canadian mobile network operator Videotron with a Desjardins Visa card can now use their mobile phones to make NFC payments of up to $100 (US$77) at any contactless terminal. “Customers who want to make mobile payments can go to the Videotron Customer Centre to check whether the function is supported by their device and their SIM card,” Videotron says. “If their phone supports NFC but their SIM card does not, they can pick up a compatible SIM card free at any Videotron location.”

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet SureTap to close down

    July 15th, 2016

    The SIM-based NFC Canadian mobile wallet SureTap is to be discontinued in August 2016 due to “ongoing changes in the market”, the mobile wallet provider has announced. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Brazil this month

    July 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will begin rolling out across Brazil on July 19, Samsung has confirmed, making it the first market in South America to introduce the mobile payment service. It will be supported by both MasterCard and Visa as well as Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander. More

    TfL to license contactless ticketing system across the globe

    July 13th, 2016

    Transport for London (TfL) is to begin licensing its contactless ticketing system to other major cities across the globe as part of a deal worth up to £15m with Cubic Corporation’s business unit Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). More

    Samsung Pay launches in Puerto Rico

    July 13th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Puerto Rico with support from Banco Popular, the country’s largest bank. The service is supported by MasterCard and Visa and is available from mobile network operators AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro. More

    Canadian credit unions go live with Mobile Pay

    June 30th, 2016

    Canadian credit unions Affinity and Conexus in Saskatchewan, First West in British Columbia and Meridian in Ontario have become the first to launch Mobile Pay, the host card emulation (HCE) mobile payment service developed by trade body the Canadian Credit Union Association. The four credit unions revealed that they would be the first to launch the service — which makes use of a tokenization platform by Interac — in February 2016.

    Starwood expands keyless entry to hotels worldwide

    June 29th, 2016

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in November 2014 has been extended to select Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels, with “many additional properties” expected to go… More

    MintChip launches for in-store and P2P payments in Canada

    June 21st, 2016

    Canadians can now use the MintChip virtual currency to send and receive money through a P2P mobile app and make payments at participating merchants in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood by scanning a barcode. A partnership with… More

    Apple Pay to launch in France, Switzerland and Hong Kong and head to the web

    June 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expanding to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong in the “next few months” and will be made available for online payments via an Apple Pay button that uses Touch ID for authentication, the company has announced during a keynote at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). More

    Walmart Canada to stop accepting Visa due to high fees

    June 13th, 2016

    Retail giant Walmart will stop accepting Visa credit card transactions in Canada from mid-July due to “unacceptably high” transaction fees. “Visa and Walmart have been unable to agree on an acceptable fee for Visa transactions,” Walmart Canada says. “We will no longer accept Visa in our stores across Canada, starting with our stores in Thunder Bay on July 18, 2016. This change will then be rolled out in phases across the country.” The decision follows Walmart filing a lawsuit against Visa last month for forcing the retailer to let customers use signatures when paying with chip cards.

    BankAxept to use Interac for NFC mobile solutions in Norway

    June 10th, 2016

    Canadian debit network Interac has partnered with Norwegian domestic debit network BankAxept to help accelerate the rollout of NFC mobile debit solutions in Norway. “The licensing agreements will help enable BankAxept to deliver a secure and cost-effective contactless POS solution in Norway as well as provide documentation and software that will position BankAxept to offer a broad range of mobile payment solutions,” Interac says. “BankAxept is the first client to license Interac payment solutions internationally.”

    Contactless on the increase in Canada

    June 2nd, 2016

    The value of contactless payments made by Canadian consumers increased by around C$30bn (US$22.8bn) in 2015, on the back of more than 1.2bn transactions, Technology Strategies International reveals. “Only about one in six people who own contactless payment options do not use them,” says the company’s president Christie Christelis. “People are using their contactless payment cards more and more frequently, approaching three times a month on average.”

    Canadian banks go live with Apple Pay

    June 1st, 2016

    Customers of Canada’s TD Bank, Scotiabank and BMO Bank of Montreal can now make in-store and in-app payments using Apple Pay. TD Bank and Scotiabank announced that they would be supporting Apple Pay last month, but “the three major banks’ launch is coming sooner than anticipated,” says the Financial Post. Apple Pay launched in Canada with the support of American Express alone in November 2015.

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