How popular are mobile payments in Canada, anyway?

Only 12 per cent of Canadian smartphone owners have used their phones to make an NFC payment, according to Visa Inc. Numbers like that indicate mobile payment technology isn't catching on with Canadians

Published on: August 18th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood


Mastercard upgrades Canadian presence for Labs, Masterpass

Everyone is familiar with Mastercard's brand on their bank's credit card, but now Canadian executives will be able to look to the global payments company for help in kickstarting their internal innovation process.

Published on: July 26th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Now you can buy vending machine snacks using your phone, thanks to Mastercard

Consumers who consider fishing for change, or even a credit card, too cumbersome a price to pay for a vending machine treat will love Mastercard Inc.'s newest mobile payments partner. Starting this week,

Published on: May 3rd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Mastercard launches biometrics card in South Africa

Apple Pay already has Canadians using their fingerprint to authenticate payments at the till, but now Mastercard may soon allow them to do so by scanning their fingerprint right on the card itself.

Published on: April 20th, 2017 Brian Jackson

Retailers rejoice: Mastercard bringing mobile ordering platform to Canada

Mastercard Inc. announced at Mobile World Congress this week that it would be expanding its mobile ordering and payment platform, Qkr! with Masterpass, to six new markets including Canada. Aimed at retailers in

Published on: March 2nd, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Mastercard and BMO officially release Identity Check in North America

Canadian commercial clients of Bank of Montreal can finally check out Mastercard Inc.'s "selfie pay" technology for themselves. The financial services giant, which collaborated with BMO to launch its biometric-based online payment confirmation

Published on: October 25th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

MasterCard offers new details about Canadian MasterPass release

MasterCard Inc. unveiled a slew of new partners today for the U.S. version of its MasterPass digital payment program, but Canadian users will have to wait a bit longer to see equally widespread

Published on: July 14th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

“Strategic value” in supporting startups, MasterCard says

Two years after adding Toronto-based wearables firm Nymi to its first list of supported companies, MasterCard Inc.'s Start Path program returned to Ontario's capital yesterday, inviting startups from around the world to showcase

Published on: May 12th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Here’s why Canada was waiting for expanded Apple Pay support

Canadian banks may not have supported Apple Pay at its initial launch last November because the technology wasn't compatible with Interac Association's chip-and-pin contactless authentication method. Apple entered the Canadian market late last

Published on: May 10th, 2016 Brian Jackson

Apple Pay expands in Canada with support from major banks for debit and credit cards

Millions more Canadians could finally have access to Apple Pay, with the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant announcing today that the big five national banks, and payment networks Interac, Visa, and MasterCard have all pledged

Published on: May 10th, 2016 Brian Jackson

MasterCard partners with Bank of Montreal for soft launch of ‘selfie pay’

Bank of Montreal customers who use MasterCard to make online purchases will be taking selfies for a whole new reason this summer, as BMO becomes the first Canadian bank to support MasterCard's new

Published on: March 23rd, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

Mastercard to bring ‘selfie pay’ to Canada this summer

MasterCard will officially be rolling out its biometric payment service, MasterCard Identity Check - a smartphone app which allows users to verify purchases by taking a selfie instead of entering a password -

Published on: February 25th, 2016 Eric Emin Wood

UGO adds P2P feature to digital wallet app

Users of digital payment app Ugo Wallet can now use the program for peer-to-peer transfers, developer Ugo Mobile Solutions L.P. announced today. With the app's new P2P feature, Ugo Pay, consumers can load

Published on: February 1st, 2016 Eric Emin Wood