Apple Pay Goes Live In Canada With American Express

Ali Salman
Posted 11 months ago

Apple Pay is gradually being adopted as an alternate payment method for transactions. First launched in the United States followed by the United Kingdom, Canada is the third region in the world to receive mobile payment technology from Apple. Further notice from Apple announced that the mobile payment technology will soon land in Australia.

The Apple Pay in Canada is exclusive to Canucks with American Express cards. Furthermore, the service is also not designated with AmEx cards like the ones offered by the Bank of Nova Scotia. Now, users can make use of their American Express bank cards to transact with retailers featuring support for NFC technology across Canada.

Let’s dive in to see some additional details regarding Apple Pay and what are some major outlets that support it.

Apple Pay Support In Canada Features A Wide Range Of Retailers

In order to pay using Apple’s mobile payment method, you should have iPhone 6 lineup, constituting of iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the Apple Watch. Moreover, do make sure that your credentials integrate with your host Apple Pay device. While some had suggested that an update to iOS 9.2 is required to use Apple Pay in Canada, the update still remains in beta phase.


Nonetheless, there is no need for an update, you can easily setup Apple Pay from the Wallet app, present in iOS 9.1. To add card details to your Apple Pay, simply open the Wallet app on your iPhone and tap on ‘Add Debit/Credit Card’ button. To enable the ‘Add Debit/Credit Card’ option to show, make sure to change your region to the US, which can be done through Settings. This is a meantime procedure since it is rolling out before the official launch.

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Currently, there is no news whether Apple plans to provide its service to other Canadian banks. However, it does support Apple Pay in many retail stores such as Indigo, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Staples and Petro Canada. Even though Apple Pay is gradually being adopted as a medium of transaction, the consumer adoption rate are not up to the mark. According to stats by Forrester Research, only 6 percent of iOS users in the US use Apple Pay in a three-quarter period after its arrival.

This is it for now, folks. Do you guys use Apple Pay? To what extent is it an essential service to replace the primary source of payments? Let us know in the comments.

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