“Two major Canadian banks have signed on to Apple Pay, marking a significant expansion of the tech giant’s mobile wallet service in Canada,” Josh McConnell reports for The Financial Post. “Starting Tuesday, Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology, which allows users to load cards onto their iPhones and Apple Watches and make in-store purchases using their devices. Two other financial institutions, ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services, are also part of Tuesday’s build-out, with the other three big banks rounding out Canada’s Big Five expected to join in the coming months.”
“CIBC and RBC are supporting MasterCard, VISA and American Express credit cards as well as debit cards, while ATB’s debit capability will come at a later date. Canadian Tire Financial will only support credit,” McConnell reports. “Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia have also agreed to support the service in the coming months, according to the tech giant, but don’t have a specific launch date.”
“Bailey says Apple has been pleased with how Apple Pay has been received since it’s initial launch in the U.S. Since then, the service has been available in six countries in various forms,” McConnell reports. “‘Consumers have spent billions of dollars in Apple Pay,’ she said. ‘We are adding one million new users per week.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Finally!
Apples’ revolutionary Apple Pay expands to Canada and Australia – November 17, 2015
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Hiram” for the heads up.]