Square has now processed $16 billion in mobile transactions, plans to open a permanent office in K-W area

Ian Hardy

September 19, 2013 3:59pm

Adoption of this type of mobile payment in Canada has steadily increased over the past year, and so has Square’s stats. The last time we heard from the company was in April when they declared that have over 3 million users, thousands of merchants and successfully processed $12 billion in transactions – granted this number is made up of both the United States and Canada.

Today, Dorsey was in Toronto talking up Square, technology and entrepreneurship. Square currently has a small team of engineers in a co-working space at the Breithaupt Block in Kitchener, but Dorsey revealed in an interview with us that they’re planning to set up shop permanently in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in 2014, plus expand its workforce to employ a total of 30 in Canada.

An update of stats: Square has ‘millions of merchants’ across Canada, United States and Japan, but no specific number for Canada. The number of users has reportedly increased 5 times from the beginning of the year. More importantly, the number of transactions that Square has processed has risen to $16 billion.

As for Square Wallet – a feature that will allow you to potentially leave your physical wallet at home and simply pay with your name and face – is still on the plans to come to Canada. This has been ‘coming soon’ since October of 2012, but an official launch is nowhere in sight and working through the regulatory issues.

The Square Register point-of-sale platform, card reader dongle, and app (available on iPhone, iPad or Android) are all available free.

  • Yulet

    I signed up for this thingy (for my father) 2 days ago, let’s see when he’ll receive the reader.

    • It’s Me

      there is going to be some premium real estate coming up close to the universities soon. I say that without trying to be a dick, but there are some buildings that are already coming on the market..

  • TomsDisqusted

    Square also contributes a ton of stuff to the Android dev community. They are great corporation citizens, so I wish them well in Canada.

  • Liberal Phone Person

    cashing in on the ex-blackberry employees. smart

  • Avgvstvs

    Awesome, you’ll have plenty of workers trying to get work there soon. (Former Blackberry employees). Take your pick.