At the same time, it was revealed that Apple’s mobile payments option would make landfall in Canada with American Express, as an exclusive partnership out of the gate. That is indeed the case, as Apple Pay is now available in Canada for American Express card holders. This means that anywhere that has an NFC-equipped payment terminal, and officially accepts Apple Pay, can now be used to make payments.
That includes restaurants and businesses, ranging from Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Indigo, Sport Chek and many others.
Apple Pay in Canada is supported the exact same way it is in the United States and the United Kingdom. Meaning iOS users that are running newer iPhones, and the Apple Watch, will find their supported card within the Apple Wallet app. American Express cards are added the same way, too, either by tapping the “Add Credit or Debit Card” to add the card manually, or by scanning it.
While American Express cards are the only cards accepted by Pay at this point, Apple has confirmed that bank-issued AMEX cards, like those from Scotiabank, aren’t accepted as of right now. Apple is still said to be in talks with the major banks in Canada, from TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, and others, to bring Apple Pay support, but nothing has reportedly been finalized just yet. Indeed, in mid-October of this year a reference to Apple Pay appeared on TD Canada’s website for a brief stint, but was quickly pulled and support is not available just yet.
Canada isn’t the only new market, though. Apple has also confirmed with the Financial Post that its mobile payments option will arrive in Australia at some point this week, by way of American Express. Based on reports, it could launch on Thursday, November 19.
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