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

Rogers expands Suretap NFC wallet with support for prepaid and gift cards

April 14th, 2014

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has added support for multiple card types to its Suretap wallet service. The new NFC-enabled cards include a Rogers prepaid MasterCard and gift cards from a range of merchants including Swiss… More

EnStream picks Bell ID TSM for NFC in Canada

April 10th, 2014

Canadian carrier-owned TSM provider EnStream is to use Bell ID’s Trusted Service Manager platform to provision and manage secure applications on consumers’ NFC devices. The joint venture between Bell Mobility, Telus and Rogers Communications operates a… More

Royal Canadian Mint puts Mintchip digital currency up for sale

April 8th, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint is halting development of its MintChip digital currency and is now looking to sell the business. The company has been piloting the currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg… More

TagTalk crowdfunds NFC gift tags

April 1st, 2014

Canadian startup TagTalk has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a range of interactive gift tags that allow the sender to upload a voice note, photo or video that the recipient can access by tapping their… More

Royal Canadian Mint picks NFC for virtual currency pilot

February 20th, 2014

The Royal Canadian Mint is piloting its MintChip digital currency in the cafeterias at its Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities — and is using NFC technology to enable employees to make purchases with the Bitcoin alternative…. More

Telus staff to get NFC access control

February 11th, 2014

Canadian carrier Telus is to provide its employees with the ability to access buildings, log on to company networks and securely share sensitive data using an NFC phone. Telus employees’ smartphones will be equipped with… More

Telus launches NFC payments with CIBC

February 4th, 2014

Canada’s CIBC bank has expanded availability of its NFC payments service to customers of mobile network operator Telus. The service was originally launched in November 2012 in partnership with Rogers. The CIBC Mobile Payment App… More

CIBC expands NFC phone options

January 24th, 2014

Canada’s CIBC bank has expanded availability of its CIBC Mobile Payment app to include owners of Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, Note II and HTC One Android NFC phones, enabling a wider range of customers to make NFC payments. The service was launched in November 2012 with support for Blackberry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 NFC phones and expanded in October 2013 to include the Blackberry Z10.

Royal Bank of Canada launches NFC payments in the cloud

January 21st, 2014

Royal Bank of Canada has introduced an NFC mobile payments service that stores customers’ card details in the cloud. The new RBC Wallet is available to customers with a Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung… More

Tim Hortons launches NFC payments service using Host Card Emulation

December 13th, 2013

North American coffee chain Tim Hortons has launched an NFC mobile payments service using Host Card Emulation (HCE) at 3,500 locations in Canada and 800 in the United States. It is currently available to customers… More

Edmonton mall goes NFC

December 6th, 2013

Shoppers at the Southgate Centre mall in Edmonton, Canada, can now access a range of information and offers by tapping their NFC phone to interactive directory points provided by Visionstate. Coupons, product information, restaurant menus and competitions will all be available via the Virtual Customer Care Interface (ViCCi) points.

Rogers picks Sequent for NFC

November 19th, 2013

Canadian carrier Rogers Communications has chosen Sequent’s Wallet Management Platform for its recently announced Suretap wallet. The platform will enable Rogers to provide application developers with a way “to quickly enable NFC payment transactions in retail, transit, ticketing, vending, access control and other mobile applications.”

Rogers to offer Suretap open mobile wallet in Canada

November 7th, 2013

Canadian carrier Rogers is to make an open NFC mobile wallet available to its customers “in the coming weeks.” The new Suretap Wallet, which is separate from the Suretap payments service launched last November in partnership… More

Canadian banks to launch NFC mobile wallet

November 6th, 2013

Canadian banks President’s Choice Financial and TD Bank Group are to launch Ugo, an open NFC mobile wallet, in 2014. Loblaw, Canada’s largest retailer, has joined as Ugo’s first retail partner, bringing its PC Plus… More

CIBC adds Q10 NFC payments

November 4th, 2013

Canadian Bank CIBC has extended availability of its NFC payments service to BlackBerry Q10 owners. The service was first rolled out in November 2012 and expanded to include support for BlackBerry 10 phones in October 2013. Consumers must also have a Suretap NFC SIM from telco Rogers Communications to make NFC payments.

Telus prepares to launch NFC

October 9th, 2013

Canadian mobile network operator Telus is to begin making NFC SIMs available to subscribers on 10 October, according to an internal document seen by Mobile Syrup, marking the start of its NFC rollout. Subscribers will need a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or Samsung Galaxy S III to use the service at launch and will need to pay C$15 for an NFC SIM. “Additional details on eligible banks will be made available upon service launch,” the document says.

CIBC launches BlackBerry 10 NFC payments app

October 7th, 2013

Canadian bank CIBC has released a BlackBerry 10 version of its CIBC Mobile Payment app allowing BlackBerry Z10 owners to make NFC payments. To use the service, customers must also be Rogers Communications subscribers and have a “Suretap” NFC SIM card installed. The service was launched in November 2012 for BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Curve 9360 users.

Desjardins to offer NFC payments in Canada

August 12th, 2013

Canadian cooperative financial group Desjardins is to roll out NFC payments to members and clients in 2014, using a mobile payment application developed by Monitise. EnStream, a joint venture formed by Canada’s mobile network operators,… More

MasterCard CEO: NFC should be seen as “a longer term effort”

August 5th, 2013

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga has suggested that NFC should be seen as a longer term effort, while acknowledging that some markets have adopted NFC much faster than others. “I don’t think these are 12 and… More

Linkett transforms ordinary TVs into interactive ad panels

July 30th, 2013

Canadian digital signage network WestonExpressions has introduced Linkett, a device that plugs into a USB or HDMI connection to transform standard TVs into NFC-enabled interactive advertising displays. Linkett also contains a motion sensor that recognises… More

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