Upon its big announcement, Apple Pay was not coming to Canada any time soon. We even tweeted about it last year indicating that it wasn’t expected, as Apple had given no mention of when or if it would come.
Apple Pay not expected in Canada any time soon http://t.co/qrqJLEgjEg
— Kubera Payments (@KuberaCC) November 7, 2014
Apple planning Apple Pay expansion into Canada as soon as March http://t.co/wkDzKM6tsn
— 9to5Mac (@9to5mac) January 9, 2015
In addition, March 2015 is the date when the Apple Watch is to be announced, but this is unconfirmed.
Canada has a lot going for it with Apple Pay. With the growing popularity of NFC and contactless payments in Canada, and Canada’s more advanced payments infrastructure than that of the US, Canada is actually quite an attractive market where Apple Pay could thrive.
With this news, we’re very interested to see who else will be accepting Apple Pay in the near future here in Canada.
Right now in the US, Apple Pay users can currently make purchases at Foot Locker, McDonalds, Office Depot, Nike, Walgreens, Toys “R” Us, Whole Foods and more.
To make purchases, customers hold their iPhone with their finger activating the Touch ID scanner on the contactless card reader the same way they would a contactless bankcard. Apple does not collect your purchase history therefore your information is quite secure according to Apple.
Canadian iPhone 6 and other Apple device users, get ready to tap and go with Apple Pay this coming March.