3 Ways Ontario, Canada Is Leading the Charge in Mobile Payments

MasterCard ranked Canada as the second most prepared country in the world for widespread mobile payments adoption. Here are some of the reasons why.
September 27, 2013


Interac Moving to NFC

Another reason why Canadians are learning to use tap-and-go payments is that Interac, Canada's nationwide debit network, is moving to NFC payments with its Interac Flash product. Canadians use debit far more than Americans do; about 56% of point of sale transactions in Canada are done with debit cards. Interac is owned by the five major banks that dominate the Canadian market and has rolled out NFC chip Interac Flash cards with four of those banks, according to Avinash Chidambaram, Interac's director of mobile.

Making the jump to mobile payments, Interac has already piloted mobile NFC chip payments with Interac Flash. The pilot, conducted earlier this spring with RBC and McDonald's, delivered promising results. "We found that a lot of people are comfortable using tap-and-go mobile payments for small transactions," remarked Chidambaram.

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Interac, Canada's national debit network, is making the switch to NFC. Photo courtesy of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

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