Igor Bonifacic, MobileSyrup:
Early this morning, Apple significantly expanded the number of payment options Apple Pay supports in Canada, and announced that it plans to add even more Canadian banks in the coming months.
Support for Bank of Montreal, TD Canada Trust and Scotiabank debit and credit cards will be added in the coming months, according to an Apple spokesperson. […]
While TD Canada Trust declined to provide a specific launch date for Apple Pay support, the financial institution said “we mean weeks away” in an email sent to MobileSyrup.
Shit. So close, yet still so far. (I use TD.)
Launching without the initial support of TD is a little weird — so many Canadians use TD that it would be like launching without support for Chase in the United States.
Even so, this represents a huge step forward for Apple Pay in Canada, where we already have loads of contactless terminals. It’s also significant in that Apple Pay will be supporting Interac cards, our bank consortium-led debit payment system. We use Interac all the time; not supporting it would have been a notable omission.