If you’re Canadian, you were probably disappointed to hear that Apple Pay would not be supported by Canadian Banks at launch. This month however Apple has joined with several Canadian banks to bring Apple Pay to Canada. There are five Canadian banks that support Apple Pay right now including CIBC, ATB Financial, Canadian Tire Bank, RBC, and American Express. BMO, Scotiabank, and TD are planned for the near future.
And there is no need for a software update. Since you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network to add a credit or debit card, you can just follow the instructions stated in the Wallet app and add your Canadian bank card just like any other bank card (since it’s server based). Apple Pay is featured in the following stores (Keep in mind that it also works with any NFC equipped terminal): Aldo, Apple, Canadian Tire, Chapters, Coles, Giant Tiger, Indigo, Jean Coutu, London Drugs, Mark’s, McDonalds, On The Go, Petro-Canada, Pizza Hut, Roasters, Rona, Staples, and of course, the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons.
Apple has more planned for the future including Air Canada, Domino’s, Pizza Pizza, Toronto Transport Commission, and Zulily.
You can also use Apple Pay in Canada within apps. You can go on the App Store to see apps that feature shopping support with Apple Pay.
If you don’t know already, Apple Pay works in stores with the iPhone 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 6S Plus, iPhone SE, and the Apple Watch. It works in apps with (along with the previously mentioned devices) the iPad Pro, both the 12.9 and 9.7 inch versions, the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4.
Are you excited about how Apple Pay is finally now in Canada? Had you been waiting for Apple Pay for a while? How has your experiences with Apple Pay been in general? Let us know in the comments below!