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Code of conduct to cover mobile payments


September 19, 2012
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Sept. 19, 2012, Toronto — The code of conduct governing Canada’s debit and credit industries will be expanded to include mobile payments.

An addendum to the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada will ensure the code’s principles of transparency and fairness are upheld for payments that access debit or credit accounts through a mobile device at the point of sale.

“Technology continues to evolve and transform our daily activities – including the way we buy items. More and more Canadians are using their smartphones to pay at stores and small business, and that trend will grow,” noted Ted Menzies, minister of state for finance. “While we support new and convenient payment options, small businesses and consumers should not be punished with new hidden fees or undisclosed conditions.”

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The code came into effect in August 2010 to help merchants and consumers clearly understand the costs and benefits of credit and debit cards. When it was initially developed, the code underwent extensive consultations with merchant and consumer associations, debit and credit card networks, payment processors, and credit card issuers across Canada.

The consultation delivers on a commitment to review the application of the code to mobile payments made in response to the Task Force for the Payments System Review’s final report, released in March 2012.

“Today’s actions are welcome. They show that the code can evolve and will address some of the reforms needed to continue to level the playing field between payments operators and small business,” said Corinne Pohlmann, vice-president of national affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

“As before, we will consult closely with small business, retailers and others to ensure the Code of Conduct continues to allow all parties to understand and manage the costs associated with various payment options,” said Menzies.

The proposed addendum is now being circulated for a 60-day comment period. During this period, all Canadians are invited to submit their views to codeconsult@fin.gc.ca.


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