Android Pay expands to Canada

Elizabeth Williams
May 31, 2017

Android Pay comes to Canada more than a year after Apple Pay became available in the country. Starting today Android Pay is available to Canadians with Mastercard cards issued by Alberta Treasury Bank Financial (ATB), BMO Financial Group (BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS), President's Choice Financial (PCF), and National Bank.

There is also a partnership with leading payment platforms, processors, and technology to help drive support for Android Pay in Canada.

Google says that the top banks will have access "over the next several days" and that like in the U.S., they'll continue to add more over time. Google also confirmed that support for American Express and Tangerine cards would follow soon.

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The mobile payments system now works with Interax, Mastercard and Visa issues from ATB Financial, BMO, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Desjardins, Banque Nationale, President's Choice and Scotiabank.

Google cites hundreds of thousands of stores across the country that will accept the contactless payment solution. The noteworthy absentees from this list of supporting financial institutions are RBC and TD, which are the largest of Canada's "Big Five" banks. Like, come on. It's Canada, Google, where's the poutine? To use it, once you register your card you simply wake your device, authenticate using one of your phone login methods, and tap it to a payment terminal.

Android Pay was launched in September 2015 in the United States. You'll now find Android Pay in some of your favorite apps as well.

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