Rumours are that Apple Pay could be coming to Visa & MasterCard in Canada as soon as May 10.
We’ve been seeing hints of this for the past year with Canadian Banks such as TD Canada Trust prematurely listing Apple Pay on it’s ‘Ways to Pay’ helpful website links. Bank representatives, in this case, one from the Royal Bank of Canada mentioned to a customer while chatting online that ‘RBC Canada will be supporting Apple Pay in the near future’. The list goes on….many Canadian Banks have in one way or another accidentally hinted at Apple Pay coming soon.
Passkit source code within iOS 9.2.1 contains references to “NetworkInterac”, which is definitely evidence Apple Pay support from Canadian banks may be coming soon. Interac was founded by RBC, CIBC, TD, and ScotiaBank, and is headquartered in Toronto. The group also includes the Bank of Montreal, Canada Trust, and Credit Union Central of Canada, which joined a year later.
We have heard recently that Credit Union Central of Canada may be launching it’s own Mobile Payment system and therefore, will not be partnering with Apple.
It’s possible that with WWDC coming this June 13 through 17, Apple may want a head start on the Apple Pay expansion in Canada before the conference, and officially announce it during the opening keynote.
We’ll keep you posted on any changes we see coming down the pipe.
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