Apple Pay added the final three holdouts of Canada’s “Big Five” banks to its support rolls this week, as BMO, TD and Scotiabank began offering Apple Pay compatibility to their credit and debit card customers.
The Toronto Star reports the latest additions come less than one month following the contactless payments system’s integration with systems from RBC, CIBC, and a number of smaller financial institutions.
Apple Pay first debuted in the Canadian market back in November, initially as an American Express-only offering. Wider support began appearing earlier this year, following a series of successful negotiations with Canadian banks, and Canadian interbank network Interac, which developed a new token service to process Apple Pay debit card payments.
Apple Pay can be used to make in-store payments for goods and services at a number of participating Canadian retailers, including: McDonald’s, Sport Chek, Tim Hortons, and hundreds of other merchants nationwide with NFC payment terminals that accept the Apple Pay touchless payments service.
Apple’s Vice President of Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, told TechCrunch last week that the company is working toward its goal of making the payments option available in “every significant market” the company is in. The service added five major banks in Singapore to its support rolls last week.
BMO, TD and Scotiabank customers with an iPhone and/or Apple Watch can add their compatible MasterCard or Visa debit and credit cards to Apple Pay, by doing the following:
- iPhone users running iOS 9 can go to the Wallet app and tap the “+” icon in the upper right-hand corner to begin, and then just follow the prompts. Users of iPads with Touch ID can add a card to the service to use in apps by going into “Settings” -> “Wallet & Apple Pay” to add a card there.
- Apple Watch users will need to enter the Watch app on their iPhone, Tap on the “Wallet & Apple Pay” option, and then tap the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option.