Apple Pay to reportedly support MasterCard in Canada later this year

Igor Bonifacic

February 29, 2016 6:58pm

MasterCard will roll out support for Apple Pay in Canada later this year, reports Apple-focused website MacRumours.

The caveat here is that this information comes from an internal MasterCard document MacRumours has been unable to verify as authentic. The document, an outline of the company’s 2016 roadmap, says MasterCard plans to extend support for Apple Pay in Brazil, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore — as well as Canada — over the course of 2016.

In Canada, both MasterCard and Visa credit cards are issued by the country’s largest financial institutions. If the information in the document obtained by MacRumours is accurate, it means at least one major Canadian bank has come to terms with Apple.

According to a recent IDC report, mobile payments won’t become mainstream in Canada before 2019.

  • McNucklefuts

    I wonder if MasterCard would ever go the way of Amex and issue cards directly versus through the banks. They must be semi-iritatted that they have support in the US but can’t get it here because of those relationships.

  • bmccull

    Could also be an American bank that issues Canadian MasterCards.

  • Brad Fortin

    At this rate we’re going to get HBO Now in Canada before we get OEM mobile payments.

  • jay

    Bo that takes long. Will wait for the bunny pay in Timbuktu

  • Tom Adams

    I got an amex to use it with Apple Pay but Amex support is so bad in Canada its very irritating. Some places that accept Amex don’t accept it for tap to pay is the biggest issue, and of course many places don’t accept it at all. And also many of the places that do accept it, and do accept it for tap to pay, still doesn’t work with Apple Pay…very irritating.

    • neo905

      They don’t accept it because the fees Amex charges vendors is much higher relative to Visa and Mastercard. Amex cards are really a waste of time having because of this. Your frustration will continue.

  • Robert T. Desjardins

    It could also be third party MC like Capital1 or another.

    • It’s Me

      Possible. Or maybe a credit union. I’d open an account with a credit union if they supported it before the banks.

  • If they don’t get bank support, it will be just like the current Apple Pay. Where stand alones work with Apple pay but not bank issued ones.

    So maybe the Wal-Mart MC but nothing else?

  • Rumble and Sway

    I would tend to think the first bank to get MasterCard support in Canada would be Capital One. They support it in the U.S. and as a standalone entity up here like AMEX I’m kinda surprised they don’t already.

  • versamtl

    Banks need to pay more attention to what their consumers want and stop think only about the bottom line.