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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.

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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.

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11 months ago
It's aboot time!
Rating: 15 Votes
11 months ago
This is all thanks to me getting an AMEX a couple of weeks ago after getting tired of waiting. You're welcome, Canada.

Successfully added an RBC Visa.
Rating: 11 Votes
11 months ago
All the slamming of Canadian banks for not offering Apple Pay - now we find out that hardly any Canadian MR people even have the correct iPhone to take advantage of it ... too funny.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago

Your phone doesn't support Apple Pay. Your phone doesn't have NFC. Do you even know the first thing about your phone or do you just blindly buy a phone because it's an iPhone?


That's a little harsh. Apple pay didn't exist when the 5s came out so it's not like he/she could have taken that into consideration at the time. Many people mistakenly believe that any of the models with TouchID support Apple Pay. Just because someone doesn't know every technical aspect of their phone doesn't mean that they just blindly bought it because of the brand name.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 months ago
About bloody damn time!

Still, I need to upgrade to use it. LOL :p
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago
This should actually be called the launch of Apple Pay in Canada. That exclusive crap that Apple did with Amex is BS. I know a bunch of people that went and got Amex cards, just so they could have this. We should have had this at least a year ago.
(happy though - both RBC and CIBC are my banks - already added my cards) :D
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago

There was no name-calling behind my comments. However, one who posts on here should know enough about their phone to the point where it doesn't have NFC.


No name calling, but asking if someone just blindly bought their phone because it's an iPhone definitely has insulting connotations. And I didn't realize there was a test you had to pass to be allowed to participate here.
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago

Can someone explain the difference between just using apple pay as an RFID payment option and when a retailer begins to accept Apple Pay? All of the businesses that take contactless payments said that they don't accept Apple Pay yet, but it would work just fine. This was the case with taxi's, grocery stores and pharmacies. Only recently have they started branding their registeres with the Apple Pay decals, but it has always worked. What's the difference?


Businesses that accept contactless also accept Apple Pay.

Don't ever ask a cashier at a store about payment advice... They never know what they're talking about.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago
AWESOME!!!! ONE!!!! ONE

Added my Credit Card and Interac :-) Looking forward to using it!
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago
Wait, is this for real? I almost can't believe it. FINALLY.
Rating: 4 Votes

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