Apple Pay Coming to Canada's Banks Starting With RBC and CIBC Today
Apple Pay has expanded to two major Canadian banks today in RBC and CIBC, with TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, and BMO expected to follow in the "coming months" (June?) to complete the rollout across the country's "Big Five" financial institutions. ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Bank also support Apple Pay as of today.
The expansion includes varying support for Visa, MasterCard, and Interac, covering most major debit and credit cards in Canada. Supported cards can be scanned or added manually to Apple Pay by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option in the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later on compatible devices.
Apple Pay can be used virtually anywhere contactless payments are already accepted in Canada, including at Apple Stores, Canadian Tire, Chapters, Coles, Indigo, London Drugs, Mark's, McDonald's, On The Go, Petro-Canada, Pizza Hut, Staples, Tim Hortons, and many other retailers nationwide.
Apple Pay support is also coming soon to Air Canada, Aldo, Domino's, Pizza Pizza, Zulily, and the TTC transit system in Toronto. Additionally, the payments service can be used in apps such as Apple, Delta, Etsy, Fancy, Groupon, Kickstarter, Priceline, Starbucks, Ticketmaster, Uber, and Zara starting in June.
Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone SE, in addition to the Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later, for in-store payments, while the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad mini 3 support in-app purchases only.
Apple Pay was previously only available in Canada for non-bank-issued American Express cardholders since last November.