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October 29, 2018
Published: October 29, 2018 Payments Canada spoke with Brenda Gibson, Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis at Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company about the opportunities modernized payments can bring to insurance organizations and their... Read more about The drive for data in the insurance industry: Wawanesa Mutual Insurance awaiting benefits that ISO 20022 will bring
October 24, 2018
Ottawa, October 24, 2018 - Payments Canada announced today the selection of SIA as the application provider for the country’s new high-value payments system, Lynx. This payments Modernization milestone is the outcome of an extensive procurement... Read more about Payments Canada selects SIA as the application provider for Canada’s new high-value payments system, Lynx
October 22, 2018
TORONTO, October 22, 2018 – Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada, TMX Group, Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and R3 have published Jasper Phase III demonstrating the feasibility of clearing and settlement of securities using distributed ledger technology (DLT... Read more about New Report from Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada, TMX Group, Accenture and R3 Proves that Distributed Ledger Technology Can Enable Equity Settlement
October 18, 2018
OTTAWA, October 18, 2018 - Payments Canada announced today the appointment of Tracey Black to Executive Director, Modernization and Andrew McCormack to Chief Information Officer, effective November 1. Ms. Black joins Payments Canada from her role as... Read more about Tracey Black joins Payments Canada Executive Team; Andrew McCormack named CIO
October 17, 2018
On September 26, 2018, Payments Canada announced the go live of a new third daily exchange period for Canada, a collaborative effort with key industry stakeholders, including Canadian financial institutions . Today, we are pleased to share the... Read more about Modernizing batch payments: two-hour funds availability
September 26, 2018
Payments Canada introduces a third daily interbank period for financial institutions to exchange batch payments OTTAWA, September 26, 2018 – Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, today announced the go live of... Read more about Payments industry delivers next milestone on Modernization journey: faster, more convenient and flexible batch payments across all time zones
September 24, 2018
Payments Canada asked Kelly Latzel, VP Treasury & Operations at Central 1 to talk about the role her organization has played in engaging credit unions on the topic of payments Modernization, where she sees opportunities associated with this fall... Read more about Central 1 champions Modernized Payments
September 24, 2018
Payments Canada asked Victoria Cleland the Bank of England’s Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Financial Resilience to talk about the impact that a new generation Real‐Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system will have on transforming... Read more about The Bank of England on renewing RTGS and the impact of ISO 20022
September 5, 2018
Published: September 5, 2018 Payments Canada encourages engagement and participation in industry events to facilitate progress and collaboration. As payments evolves, external events and conferences help the entire industry advance. Connecting the... Read more about Payments Canada in the Field: Upcoming Industry Events
August 22, 2018
Moncton, New Brunswick is rising through the ranks as a hotbed for Canada’s financial sector. To find out what’s fueling this growth and how payments Modernization will help, we spoke with Richard Dunn, Economic Development Officer for the City of... Read more about Moncton and Modernization go hand-in-hand
August 22, 2018
Payments Canada asked Colin Hansen, President & CEO, AdvantageBC to talk about the role his organization played in building a case for extended settlement hours in Canada. He also discussed how Western-based businesses stand to benefit and how... Read more about Collaborating with AdvantageBC to raise awareness about the business benefits of modernizing Canada’s payment interactions
August 7, 2018
Cutting edge payment platforms such as Alipay, WeChat Pay and modern features such as token ID could drive fulfillment rates at point-of-sale OTTAWA, August 8, 2018 – Everything in the retail, service, sharing economy and hospitality business is... Read more about Businesses stand to lose customers from payment friction at check-out
July 31, 2018
As a public purpose organization, Payments Canada welcomed the opportunity to provide feedback on the Department of Finance Canada’s consultation on the Review of the Canadian Payments Act. In 2015, the Government made several changes to the... Read more about Payments Canada responds to the Department of Finance Canada’s consultation on the Review of the Canadian Payments Act
July 25, 2018
OTTAWA, July 25, 2018 – Payments Canada has elected Mike Henry and re-elected Eileen Mercier, Lib Gibson and Malcolm Knight to its Board of Directors, effective June 21, 2018. Adding to a roster of technology, transformation and payments experts,... Read more about Payments Canada elects four to Board of Directors
July 25, 2018
Published: July 25, 2018 Payments Modernization is an industry-wide program, shaped by the connection and collaboration of Canadian financial institutions, business, governments and consumers. Two important groups, Payments Canada’s Member Advisory... Read more about Payments Canada welcomes new Member Advisory Council and Stakeholder Advisory Council appointees
July 25, 2018
Published: July 25, 2018 Cathy Vigrass, Head of Canada at Square , recently sat down with Payments Canada to talk more about the appetite amongst small businesses to modernize payments and how Square is meeting this desire and helping Canadian... Read more about Modern payments for smaller businesses is simply good business, according to Square
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June 21, 2018
Published: June 21, 2018 Payments Canada asked Derek Vernon, Vice President and Head, Enterprise Payments Modernization at BMO Financial Group to talk about the work his team has been doing to get the organization ready to support the ambitious... Read more about Mod Blog: BMO’s Payments Modernization focused on value for Customers
June 21, 2018
Published: June 21, 2018 Chinese visitors to Canada contribute more than $1 billion USD to the Canadian economy, supporting an estimated 7,400 jobs, according to Statistics Canada. It's predicted that by end of 2018, Canada will host a record number... Read more about Chinese Consumers Represent Biggest Growth Opportunity for Canadian Businesses, says Alipay
June 18, 2018
OTTAWA, June 18, 2018 – Payments Canada today announced the appointment of Andrew McCormack to Vice President, Payments & Technology, joining Chief Risk Officer, Peter Dodic as newcomers to the organization’s executive leadership team. Mr... Read more about Payments Canada names Andrew McCormack Vice President, Payments & Technology
June 15, 2018
Published: June 15, 2018 New emails using Payments Canada's name or brand are circulating to the Canadian public, inviting users to click a link in order to receive and accept an Interac e-transfer. Please know that Payments Canada has no connection... Read more about Spam Emails & Phishing Notice
June 12, 2018
OTTAWA, June 11, 2018 – Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, today announced that Peter Dodic joins its Executive Leadership Team as Chief Risk Officer. Previously, Mr. Dodic held the position of Managing... Read more about Peter Dodic joins Payments Canada’s Executive Leadership Team
May 31, 2018
Payments Canada has much to be proud of in 2017. The organization built internal capabilities by growing its workforce and improving the resiliency of its systems, made great strides on its mission to facilitate payments innovation and set the stage... Read more about Payments Canada's 2017 Annual Report: Ushering in a New Era of Payments is Now Available 
May 29, 2018
Published: May 29, 2018 It’s no secret that there’s a lot of excitement around AI, regtech and blockchain. These transformative technologies are already being used to tackle some the financial industry’s biggest problems like fraud prevention and... Read more about IBM’s Vivek Bajaj on how new technologies and collaboration are transforming financial services
May 15, 2018
Data as Currency Paves the Way for Payments Modernization OTTAWA, May 11, 2018 – This week in Toronto, The SUMMIT , Canada’s largest payments conference, welcomed a record number of attendees (approximately 1,500) ready to engage, collaborate and... Read more about Payments SUMMIT Hosts Canada’s Top Payments, FinTech and Business Leaders to Talk Data, Modernization and Innovation
May 11, 2018
Proof of concept first to integrate cash and assets to enable settlement on distributed ledger technology TORONTO, May 11, 2018 – Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada, TMX Group and Accenture have demonstrated that the instantaneous clearing and... Read more about Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada, TMX Group, Accenture and R3 Demonstrate Feasibility of Instantaneous Equity Settlement through Distributed Ledger Technology
May 7, 2018
TORONTO: May 7, 2018 - Project Jasper has made headlines since the announcement of the Canadian distributed ledger technology (blockchain) pilot by Carolyn Wilkins, Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, at the Payments Canada SUMMIT in 2016... Read more about MEDIA ADVISORY: Bank of Canada, Payments Canada, TMX Group and Accenture set to present initial findings of third phase experimental blockchain research project
May 2, 2018
LoyaltyOne’s Bryan Pearson joins other notable headliners including con-man turned cyber security expert Frank Abagnale – the subject of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ OTTAWA, May 2, 2018 – Bryan Pearson, President & CEO of LoyaltyOne Co. , leading a... Read more about President & CEO of LoyaltyOne Co. – parent company of The AIR MILES Reward Program – to headline Payments Canada SUMMIT in Toronto
April 26, 2018
Published: April 26, 2018 In this edition of the Director’s Cut, Jan Pilbauer, ‎Executive Director, Modernization & CIO, sits down with Sue Whitney, Head of Industry Relations to speak about the benefits of payments modernization, and how you... Read more about The Director's Cut - Sue Whitney, Head of Industry Relations
April 25, 2018
Published: April 25, 2018 Payments Canada recently sat down with André Lyver, Director of Engineering at Shopify , to discuss his perspective on the benefits and challenges associated with adopting new payments technology, the importance of... Read more about Shopify Weighs-in on Payments Modernization
April 4, 2018
Published: April 4, 2018 February 23, 2018 marked the close of Payments Canada’s public consultation on the Modernization Target State , an in-depth view of the target end state for payment system Modernization in Canada. The public consultation... Read more about Payments Canada Concludes Consultation on Modernization Target State
March 23, 2018
Canadian ‘Disruptor’ and former dragon to host Canadian financial sector event TORONTO, ON, March 23, 2018 — Canadian entrepreneur, former Dragon’s Den dragon and current host of The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, Bruce Croxon will host Canada’s largest... Read more about Bruce Croxon to host the 2018 Payments Canada SUMMIT
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March 21, 2018
Published: March 21, 2018 The mass adoption of real-time payment systems around the world is creating a new norm for the way we pay and get paid. Today, consumers, businesses and public institutions expect faster settlement periods, better reporting... Read more about Fast, simple and smarter payments - Australia steps into the real-time space with the launch of the New Payments Platform
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March 21, 2018
By Andrew McCormack, Senior Director, Technology, Payments Canada. Published: March 21, 2018 It’s hard to ignore the buzz around cryptocurrencies, when on a daily basis we’re captivated by headlines that talk about the booms and busts of this new... Read more about Mod Blog: Preparing Canada’s payments systems for the blockchain revolution, and why you should be paying attention
March 15, 2018
Payments Canada survey reveals that small businesses want the payments industry to continue evolving OTTAWA, ON, March 15, 2018 – Small businesses in Canada are ready for more payment options, according to a new Payments Canada survey. Businesses... Read more about More than 80% of Canadian small businesses want more payment options
March 12, 2018
New credit risk model enhances safety and soundness of retail payments system OTTAWA, March 12, 2018 - Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, is implementing a new credit risk model for the country’s retail... Read more about Canada delivers first milestone on payments modernization program
March 5, 2018
Toomas Hendrik Ilves presided over Estonia's transformation to the world’s most digital country OTTAWA, March 5, 2018 – Blockchain and cyber-security will take centre stage at the Payments Canada SUMMIT 2018. Toomas Ilves, former President of... Read more about Former President of Estonia – the blockchain nation – to headline Payments Canada SUMMIT in Toronto
March 2, 2018
OTTAWA, March 1, 2018 -- Canada’s federal government recently announced Budget 2018, Equality and Growth: A Strong Middle Class, which focuses on four key elements: growth; progress; advancement; and reconciliation. Budget 2018 includes specific... Read more about Financial sector highlights from Budget 2018
February 26, 2018
OTTAWA, February 26 2018 – Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, today welcomed Sue Hutchison to its Executive Leadership Team as Chief Commercial Officer. Ms. Hutchison joins Payments Canada following 20+... Read more about Sue Hutchison joins Payments Canada Executive Leadership Team
February 22, 2018
It’s no secret that the world is ready for real-time payments. In the age of one-click purchases - mobile commerce is the fastest growing segment of e-commerce in North America - the need to build fast, flexible and secure payments systems is a top... Read more about Steve Ledford from The Clearing House on launching Real-Time Payments - the U.S’s first payments system developed in the digital age
February 6, 2018
Payments Canada / EY study begins to quantify benefits of payments modernization for business community OTTAWA, February 6, 2018 — The way Canadian businesses process payments costs them $2.9 to $6.5 billion annually, according to a new study by... Read more about Payments modernization could save businesses billions
January 29, 2018
Like many countries around the world, the United Kingdom is in the midst of modernizing their national payments infrastructure. In the next three to four years, the country expects to replace two of their major payments systems, amongst other... Read more about Introducing more benefits for end users and delivering more data - Lloyds Banking Group’s Otto Benz on the U.K.’s approach to modernizing payments
January 23, 2018
Have your say on the future of payments in Canada! Payments Canada is seeking the public’s feedback on the Modernization Target State . If you have not already shared your feedback, please submit before the consultation process ends on Friday,... Read more about Reminder: Payments Canada is seeking feedback on the Modernization Target State
December 21, 2017
National payments infrastructure and rule changes set to deliver fast, flexible and secure ways to pay OTTAWA, ON, December 21, 2017 - Payments Canada today issued an in-depth view of the target end state for payment system modernization in Canada,... Read more about Payments Canada releases detailed future view of Canadian payments
December 14, 2017
Payments Canada’s 2017 Methods and Trends Report shows credit cards leading the pack, the rise of mobile / online banking and the advent of social media payments OTTAWA, December 14, 2017 – Convenience and rewards are the dominant themes in this... Read more about Canadians motivated by convenience and rewards when it comes to payment choices
November 28, 2017
The growth of fintech is a global phenomenon that has big implications for the financial sector, and payments more specifically. In Canada, “Paytech” firms, as we call them, have emerged as both a cooperative and competitive force relative to... Read more about Payments Canada delivers feedback on the Competition Bureau’s Fintech Study
November 27, 2017
Payments Canada is now accepting nominations for 2018 appointments to the Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), effective April 1, 2018 for a term of up to three years. The Canadian economy depends on the exchange, clearing and settlement of billions... Read more about Join the Journey to Modernization: Payments Canada seeks nominees for its Stakeholder Advisory Council
November 22, 2017
OTTAWA, November 22, 2017 – The Women's Executive Network (WXN) today revealed the award winners for Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100. Eileen Mercier, Chair of the Payments Canada Board, is one of the 100 inspirational women who will be... Read more about Payments Canada Board Chair named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women
October 27, 2017
Payments Canada is leveraging the expertise of IBM for a proof-of-concept exercise currently underway with Scotiabank. The new service being piloted uses application program interfaces (APIs) to enable real-time updates to the Financial Institutions... Read more about Pilot project underway: leveraging APIs to enable real-time updates to the Financial Institutions File
October 26, 2017
Payments Canada convenes and collaborates with a host of stakeholders, across the payments ecosystem. Through formalized processes and regular interactions, we work with financial institutions, various levels of government, the Bank of Canada,... Read more about Payments Canada response to the Department of Finance Canada's consultation - A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework
October 17, 2017
OTTAWA, October 17, 2017 — Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada and TMX Group today announced a new collaboration to experiment with an integrated securities and payment settlement platform based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) as part of the... Read more about Payments Canada, Bank of Canada and TMX Group announce integrated securities and payment platform as next phase of Project Jasper
September 28, 2017
From our geographical size to the lean structure of our banking systems, Canada and Australia share many similarities. We are also both on a payments modernization journey, so Payments Canada was pleased to have the opportunity to speak with the... Read more about ANZ’s Jo Spencer on modern payment systems around the world – A banker’s view
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September 28, 2017
By Anne Butler, Vice-President, Policy, Research, Legal and General Counsel Around the world, consumer demand for speed and convenience has sparked significant change in retail payments.Traditional financial institutions are innovating and... Read more about Mod Blog: Have your cake and eat it too - Fast, easy, and SAFE retail payments
September 5, 2017
In response to member feedback, we are in the pilot phase of a new service that will allow you to more efficiently onboard your corporate clients to ISO 20022. Payments Canada is leveraging XMLdation , the file validation service used to implement... Read more about Onboarding your corporate clients to ISO 20022: pilot project underway
August 31, 2017
In the newest edition of the Director’s Cut, Jan Pilbauer, ‎Executive Director, Modernization & CIO, sits down with Mike Hoganson, Director, Modernization, Lynx to discuss the competitive dialogue procurement process for our new high-value... Read more about The Director's Cut - Mike Hoganson, Director, Modernization, Lynx
August 30, 2017
On our journey to implement a new real-time clearing capability (RTR) in Canada, Payments Canada is speaking with industry experts about their faster payments experience around the world. Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Katja Lehr,... Read more about PayPal welcomes new real-time payments capability in Canada
July 27, 2017
OTTAWA, July 27, 2017 - Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, today announced new rules that will enhance automated funds transfer, a type of payment commonly associated with employee payroll and bill payments... Read more about Payments industry bringing faster, more convenient batch payments to Canadian businesses
July 26, 2017
Vivek Bajaj, VP, Global Financial Services Solutions, IBM Industry Platforms talks “The Cognitive Bank”, improving operations and services, data management, and the future of AI and machine learning. Read more about The Director's Cut - Vivek Bajaj, IBM
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July 26, 2017
By Neville Arjani, Principal Research at Payments Canada The research team at Payments Canada has been deeply involved in Modernization since the outset and it has been interesting to study the various initiatives going on around the world and their... Read more about Mod Blog: Partnering with an industry research leader to promote risk management and efficiency in Lynx design
July 10, 2017
OTTAWA, July 10, 2017 – Payments Canada, the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, welcomed Carolyn Burke, François Desjardins, Garry Foster, and Ernie Johannson to its Board of Directors, effective June 22, 2017. The new directors... Read more about Payments Canada Elects Four New Board Directors
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June 28, 2017
By Jan Pilbauer, Executive Director, Modernization and CIO and Antoinette Leung, Director, Regulatory Modernization As a financial market infrastructure, managing risk is foundational to what we do. It is also, understandably, a frequent topic of... Read more about Mod Blog: The Formalities and Informalities of Risk
June 28, 2017
Late last year, Canada’s largest financial institutions teamed up with authentication provider SecureKey to roll out an innovative digital identity network that would solve some of the authentication challenges facing Canadians. Payments Canada had... Read more about SecureKey: Collaboration Fundamental to Digital ID Conversion
June 27, 2017
We took the Director’s Cut to the SUMMIT and interviewed a series of thought leaders about the future of payments. President and CEO of NACHA, Janet Estep, talks supporting innovation, Canada's Modernization program and the future of payments. Read more about The Director's Cut - Janet Estep, NACHA
June 27, 2017
We took the Director’s Cut to the SUMMIT and interviewed a series of thought leaders about the future of payments. Andre Lyver, Director of Engineering at Shopify, talks friction-free checkout and Real-Time Rail opportunities. Read more about The Director's Cut - Andre Lyver, Shopify
May 30, 2017
Payments Canada’s 2016 Annual Report, Transforming Canadian Payments , is now available. The report provides an overview of the organization’s activities, and highlights our many significant achievements throughout the year. In 2016, Payments Canada... Read more about Transforming Canadian Payments: Payments Canada’s 2016 Annual Report now available
May 25, 2017
Project Jasper offers promise and challenges for the future of DLT TORONTO, May 25, 2017 – The Bank of Canada, along with Payments Canada, R3 and seven commercial banks, today disclosed the results of phase II of Project Jasper, an experimental... Read more about Public-Private Sector Digital Currency Experiment Releases Results of Phase II
May 24, 2017
OTTAWA, May 24, 2017 – Today in Toronto, The SUMMIT , Canada’s largest payments conference, welcomed a record number of attendees ready to engage, collaborate and partner in payments discussions. The morning sessions paved the way for what to expect... Read more about Media Advisory: Payments SUMMIT opens to record crowds ready to talk innovation, collaboration and protection for Canada’s payments industry
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May 18, 2017
By Jan Pilbauer, Executive Director of Modernization & CIO Since Canada set off on our Modernization journey, we have talked a lot about faster payments, a.k.a. the real-time rail. And, while I’m pretty sure the concept is quite familiar for... Read more about Mod Blog: A real-time what? Inspiration from across the pond(s)
May 17, 2017
Ten Canadian startups to compete for cash prizes at the Payments Canada SUMMIT in Toronto May 17, 2017, Ottawa: The Payments Canada SUMMIT will again play host to a competition between some of Canada’s most innovative FinTech, PayTech, AI and... Read more about Media Advisory: Finalists announced for Canada’s FinTech Cup
May 16, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit speaker spotlight: Anatoly Kvitnitsky, VP of Growth, Trulioo
May 12, 2017
Payments Canada is now accepting nominations for 2017 appointments to the Member Advisory Council (MAC). The Member Advisory Council is a statutory body created under the Canadian Payments Act. It is broadly representative of Payments Canada’s... Read more about Call for Member Advisory Council Nominations
May 9, 2017
OTTAWA, May 9, 2017 – Dropping the $1,000 note and penny from our currency pales in comparison to the paperless, digital payment revolution that is underway. According to the Payments Pulse survey conducted by Payments Canada and Leger Marketing,... Read more about Are Canadians ready to drop cheques and cash for digital/mobile alternatives? Signs of a tipping point on emerging new payment technologies
May 8, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit speaker spotlight Tasneem Ali, Director, Consumer Insights, Neilsen
May 1, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The SUMMIT Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Guthrie, Chief Sales Officer, Moneris
April 26, 2017
OTTAWA, April 26, 2017 – Payments Canada has invited three suppliers to participate in a competitive procurement process for the country’s new core clearing and settlement system for payments, called Lynx. The short list of candidates - CGI, SIA and... Read more about Payments Canada initiates procurement of Canada’s new Core Clearing and Settlement System, Lynx
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April 25, 2017
By Robert Vokes Canadians are increasingly digital, and soon paying bills, transferring money and other digital transactions will be faster and more convenient. Recently, Payments Canada selected global consulting firm Accenture to support a multi-... Read more about Mod Blog: Faster, more efficient payments are on the way for Canadians
April 24, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit Speaker Spotlight: Bill Piggot, Vice President International Money Movement, ADP Canada Co
April 21, 2017
Payments modernization is more than a Payments Canada and Financial Institution initiative. We need the views of businesses, governments, consumer groups, universities, etc. to make sure we get it right. We are building a platform for innovation – a... Read more about Stakeholder survey and upcoming workshops: Have your say on the future of payments in Canada
April 18, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The SUMMIT Speaker Spotlight: Cyrielle Chiron, General Manager, North America and Latin America, RFi Group
April 10, 2017
Canada is abuzz with FinTech startups who offer highly attractive alternative financial solutions to consumers across Canada. With more than 80 FinTech companies attracting nearly $1 billion in investments since 2010, a growing number of FinTech... Read more about The Summit session spotlight: FinTechs: Taking a deep dive into the Canadian payments ecosystem
April 5, 2017
OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 – Canada’s largest payments conference will feature some of the biggest names and news in business, banking, digital ID and blockchain this May 24 – 26 in Toronto. The payments space, which is evolving rapidly thanks to new... Read more about Media Advisory: Don Tapscott, Joi Ito, and Brian Porter set to take center stage at Canada’s largest payments conference
April 3, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit speaker spotlight: Kris Hansen, Senior Principal, Financial Services, SAP Canada
March 28, 2017
It’s an exciting time to be part of the Canadian payments ecosystem. Payments were once the afterthought of business. But innovations over the past decade, including major changes in mobile, AI, security, and the emergence of blockchain technology,... Read more about Director of the MIT Media Lab and Author of Whiplash, Joi Ito, to deliver keynote address at The Summit
March 27, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit Speaker Spotlight: Martin Kyle, Director, Operational Risk and CISO, Central 1 Credit Union
March 21, 2017
OTTAWA, March 21, 2017 – Payments Canada has selected global consulting firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to help it lead Modernization — the multi-year initiative to transform the systems and rules essential to Canada’s payments ecosystem. Due to the... Read more about Payments Canada Selects Accenture to Support Industry-Wide Modernization Program
March 21, 2017
Jan Pilbauer, Executive Director, Modernization & CIO sits down with Janet Lalonde, Director of the AFT Enhancements Pillar to discuss the benefits of Automated Funds Transfer (AFT) Enhancements, ISO 20022, and the team’s recent successes. Video... Read more about The Director's Cut: Making Strides on AFT Enhancements
March 20, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit Speaker Spotlight: Andy Dharmani, Chief Executive Officer, Flo2Cash Payments Cloud
March 13, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about The Summit Speaker Spotlight: Firoz Patel, Global Executive Vice President, Payza
March 10, 2017
Payments Canada is bringing together some of the finest minds from start-ups, FinTechs and large financial institutions at this year’s Payments Canada Summit in May. In keeping with the cutting-edge content and dialogue of this year’s event, we are... Read more about Don Tapscott featured as a Keynote Speaker at Payments Canada Summit
March 7, 2017
Welcome to our Summit speaker spotlight series! Each week, learn more about one of our amazing speakers, then make sure you attend their session at The Summit, Canada’s premiere payments conference, May 24-26 in Toronto, ON. We’re proud to welcome... Read more about Speaker Spotlight: Joni Brennan, President of the Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)
February 22, 2017
Calgary-based ATB Financial recently underwent a major transformation – replacing its core banking system. Payments Canada had the opportunity to speak with John Tarnowski, Senior Vice President - Head of Customer Experience, to talk about the... Read more about Lessons learned from ATB’s core banking system revitalization
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February 22, 2017
Canada’s payments Modernization program is moving along quite nicely and, as outlined in our Roadmap & High-Level Plan , enhancements to Automated Funds Transfer (AFT) – or batch payments - will be first out of the gate. We are looking forward... Read more about Mod Blog: Long live the batch – Why modernizing AFT is the right move for Canada
February 21, 2017
Payments Canada is mapping its multi-year journey towards a modernized payments system that will enable significant improvements to the overall payments system through innovation, as well as convenient, safe and efficient payment options for... Read more about Canadian public weighs in on Payments Canada’s Modernization Roadmap & High-Level Plan
February 17, 2017
On February 21, Payments Canada CEO, Gerry Gaetz, will participate as a panelist in a FinTech workshop hosted by the Competition Bureau of Canada. During the workshop, Driving competition and innovation in the financial services sector , market... Read more about Panel participation by Payments Canada CEO Gerry Gaetz at Competition Bureau FinTech workshop
February 9, 2017
Payments Canada, the Bank of Canada, financial innovation firm R3 Lab and Research Centre and seven financial institutions have come together as an industry to investigate distributed ledger technology (DLT) – a shared database – for interbank... Read more about Payments Canada launches new research under Project Jasper
February 2, 2017
Each year, Payments Canada provides an engaging and enlightening forum for everyone in the payments ecosystem to come together to learn, to meet and to challenge. The Summit is the place to be for all things payments. Here are five reasons why you... Read more about Five reasons why you need to attend The Summit
January 24, 2017
Industry Interviews: Jan Pilbauer, Modernization Executive Director & CIO, kicks off a Modernization video interview series - featuring members, stakeholders and the Payments Canada team - with Amanda McKay, Program Director. Video of The... Read more about The Director’s Cut: Featuring Amanda McKay, Modernization Program Director
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January 16, 2017
Payments Canada is seeking the public’s feedback on the Industry Roadmap & High-Level Plan for Modernization. If you have not already submitted your feedback, please do so by Friday, January 20. In December, Payments Canada released far-reaching... Read more about Reminder: Payments Canada is Seeking Feedback on the Industry Roadmap & High-Level Plan
December 19, 2016
Payments Canada recently released its Industry Roadmap & High-Level Plan for modernization, which includes the roll out of the ISO 20022 payment messaging standard across future payments infrastructure. We had the chance to speak with Bill... Read more about ADP calls on Canadian banks to get active on ISO 20022
December 8, 2016
Payments Canada announces far-reaching plans to improve payments infrastructure and rules Ottawa, ON (December 8, 2016) - Payments Canada today released far-reaching plans to change the payments infrastructure and rules that underpin financial... Read more about Changes to Canada’s payments systems will create faster, more flexible and secure ways to pay
November 29, 2016
Payments Canada recently sat down with Christine Hunter, Vice President of Enterprise Payments and Brad Mowat, Senior Manager of Payments at TD Bank Group to discuss how their organization is setting up to support payments system Modernization. Read... Read more about TD Readies for Payments Modernization
November 16, 2016
Need for fast, flexible and secure payments system drives Modernization in Canada Ottawa, ON – (November 16, 2016) – Payments Canada has released new research that reveals the changing payment behaviours of Canadian consumers and businesses. The... Read more about Canadian Payment Methods and Trends Report finds cash is king, for now
November 1, 2016
Payments Canada The Canadian economy depends on the exchange, clearing and settlement of billions of dollars each day. Payments Canada underpins the Canadian financial system and is responsible for operating Canada’s core payment clearing and... Read more about Join the journey to modernization: Payments Canada seeks nominees for its Stakeholder Advisory Council
October 18, 2016
Payments Canada’s Brad Pragnell, a consultant on our modernization initiative, was brought into the project for his expertise in helping to develop a new infrastructure for fast, rich data payments in Australia. A Canadian with 20 years’ experience... Read more about Lessons learned from the modernization of Australia’s payments systems
October 11, 2016
Research by Payments Canada and the Bank of Canada has shown that countries around the world are making innovative changes to their systems to pave the way for faster payments. As Payments Canada moves forward with its modernization strategy, the... Read more about Speed Merchants: Clearing and settlement systems around the world becoming faster
September 2, 2016
Payments Canada has released a new discussion paper that promotes conversation about credit risk in the Automated Clearing Settlement System (ACSS), which isn’t widely understood. The paper, A Primer on Credit Risk in Payments Canada’s Automated... Read more about New Payments Canada discussion paper examines credit risk in the ACSS
August 31, 2016
Payments Canada made a submission to the Competition Bureau’s market study that will look at technology-led innovation and new services in the Canadian financial sector. The study, titled Technology-led Innovation and Emerging Services in the... Read more about Payments Canada makes submission to Competition Bureau study
July 19, 2016
June 20 marked the close of Payments Canada’s public consultation on the Vision for the Canadian Payments Ecosystem, which was developed with the support of McKinsey & Company. The Vision was developed in collaboration with more than 100... Read more about Payments Canada Concludes Consultation on Vision for Future Payments
June 18, 2016
OTTAWA, June 18, 2016 – Today, Payments Canada welcomes four new directors to its Board. With the election of these four newest Board members, our path to a new governance model is nearly complete. Under the leadership of the Chair, Eileen Mercier... Read more about Payments Canada welcomes four new Directors to its Board
June 16, 2016
Analysis of 27 modern payment systems uncovers common features but varied paths to delivery Ottawa, ON (June 16, 2016) – Research released today by Payments Canada and the Bank of Canada exploring payment system modernization initiatives around the... Read more about Payments Canada, Bank of Canada Research Highlights Global Trend Towards Faster Payments
June 15, 2016
Payments Canada hosts more than 500 delegates for three days of discussion and investigation CALGARY, June 15, 2016 – Today, Payments Canada welcomed representatives from across the payments industry to Calgary where more than 500 delegates will... Read more about Blockchain, Fintech and the Future of Finance: Canada’s payments conference kicks off in Calgary
June 15, 2016
New name and visual identity signals change for a modernizing organization and industry OTTAWA, June 15, 2016 – The Canadian Payments Association (CPA), the country’s financial market infrastructure for payments, announced today it has changed its... Read more about Canadian Payments Association becomes Payments Canada
June 9, 2016
The CPA is seeking the public’s feedback on Vision for the Canadian Payments Ecosystem If you have not already submitted your feedback, the consultation process ends Monday, June 20. As a foundational step on our path to modernization, the CPA led... Read more about Reminder: The CPA Seeking Feedback on the Vision for the Canadian Payments Ecosystem
June 8, 2016
Five Canadian startups will compete for $25,000 in prizes on June 15 in Calgary Ottawa, ON - (June 8, 2016) - Five FinTech startups will compete for Canada's inaugural FinTech Cup on June 15 in Calgary at the 2016 Payments Panorama Conference. The... Read more about Finalists announced for Canada's FinTech Cup
June 7, 2016
The CPA has launched an initiative to modernize Canada's framework for point-of-service (POS) payments. The proposed framework, Enhancing the CPA's framework for point of service payments will support and enable alternative authentication... Read more about CPA seeks feedback on enhancements to point-of-service payments framework
June 7, 2016
Updated: June 7, 2016 The CPA Board of Directors approved amendments to the Automated Clearing Settlement System (ACSS) at its April 7, 2016 meeting. These amendments come in effect on June 7, 2016. The Rules section is updated on the day the... Read more about Changes to rules and standards
May 24, 2016
FinTechs compete for $25,000 prize purse (May 24, 2016) Five FinTech startups will compete for Canada’s inaugural FinTech Cup on June 15th in Calgary at the 2016 Payments Panorama Conference . In addition to the $25,000 prize purse, the FinTech Cup... Read more about Silicon Valley heading to Calgary for Canada's 1st Fintech Cup Startup Challenge
May 12, 2016
OTTAWA, May 12, 2016 – From the smallest FinTech startups to the biggest financial institutions, the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) is bringing together diverse payment perspectives to forge paths for future change at Payments Panorama 2016... Read more about Media Advisory: Canada’s largest payments conference set to bring together payments leaders on innovation, collaboration and change
May 2, 2016
OTTAWA, May 2, 2016 - (The Bank of Canada announced today) [http://www.bankofcanada.ca/2016/05/bank-canada-designates-automated-clearing-settlement-system/] that the Canadian Payment Association’s (CPA) “retail” payments system, the Automated... Read more about ACSS Designated a Prominent Payment System by the Bank of Canada
April 25, 2016
Canadian business community leaders and financial institutions endorse ISO 20022 adoption Ottawa, ON – (April 25, 2016) - Today, Canada joins a growing list of countries that have adopted ISO 20022, an important first step in the modernization of... Read more about CPA Leads Transition to Electronic Payments with Launch of Global Messaging Standard in Canada
April 20, 2016
Financial Institutions, Bank of Canada, government, new players and stakeholders share a common future view for payments in Canada April 20, 2016 The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) has uncovered a common vision for payments in Canada, working... Read more about CPA uncovers a common vision for progress in payments
March 28, 2016
Bank of Canada and the Canadian Payments Association Workshop on the Modelling and Simulation of Payments and Other Financial System Infrastructures: Ottawa, Canada, 27-28th October 2016 March 28, 2016 The workshop, organized jointly by the... Read more about Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers
March 23, 2016
March 23, 2016 The 2016 Federal Budget, released Tuesday, March 22, includes measures to enhance the financial consumer protection framework, the Bank Act, federal financial institution legislation and the management of systemic risk in Canada’s... Read more about Federal Budget 2016: Financial Sector Highlights
March 18, 2016
March 18, 2016 Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the Canadian Payments Association (CPA), spoke about creating positive change in the payments ecosystem in a presentation to Calgary treasurers, cash managers and corporate finance professionals on... Read more about Gerry Gaetz addresses Association of Financial Professionals of Calgary on creating positive change in the payments ecosystem
March 7, 2016
Payments Canada has collaborated with SWIFT on an information paper that outlines the expected benefits of ISO 20022 and ERI adoption in Canada. Adoption of ISO 20022 for Payments and Extended Remittance Data in Canada details the existing... Read more about Payments Canada partners with SWIFT to examine the benefits of ISO 20022
February 3, 2016
February 3, 2016 The program at Payments Panorama 2016 features: 90 + speakers 40 breakout sessions 13 hours of dedicated networking 13 keynote speakers 1 mobile app Plus a demo stage, exhibit hall, private rodeo and our host Amanda Lang! Join us... Read more about The Payments Panorama 2016 program is now available!
December 18, 2015
Traditional payment methods still prevail, but cash and cheque decline accelerates as businesses and consumers adopt new technologies Ottawa, ON -- (December 18, 2015) – New research released today from the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) shows... Read more about CPA Releases Multi-Year Data on Canadian Payment Methods and Trends
November 20, 2015
You’re invited… to help shape Canada’s payments system! The CPA invites stakeholder organizations to nominate individuals for membership on our Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), one of the most important channels through which the Association... Read more about CPA seeks nominations for its Stakeholder Advisory Council
November 17, 2015
OTTAWA, November 17, 2015 – The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) has launched a multi-year initiative to modernize Canada’s core payments infrastructure which will ultimately use an internationally recognized payment messaging standard - ISO... Read more about The economic benefit of adopting the ISO 20022 payment message standard in Canada
October 1, 2015
During Cyber Security Awareness Month, we want to connect you with tips and tricks to help you and your loved ones remain safe when you’re online. How can you stay connected? Follow the CPA on Twitter and hashtags #CyberTalk and #CyberAware... Read more about October is Cyber Security Awareness Month
September 25, 2015
If you haven’t already, help the Canadian Payment Association create new payment opportunities in Canada by participating in the CPA’s public consultation on the ISO 20022 Payments Standard Initiative. All payment system users and stakeholders are... Read more about Time is running out! Have your say on the CPA’s ISO 20022 Payments Standard Initiative before September 30, 2015
September 17, 2015
Canadian Payments Association and Bank of Canada release research outlining areas of focus for the payment industry in developing a shared vision for the future Ottawa, ON -- (September 17, 2015) – As part of its initiative to modernize Canada's... Read more about Modernizing Canada's Payment System requires a holistic approach
September 8, 2015
The CPA responded to the Bank of Canada's consultation on the Proposed Criteria and Risk-management Standards for Prominent Payment Systems. Read the full CPA response to the Bank of Canada's consultation... Read more about Proposed Criteria and Risk-management Standards for Prominent Payment Systems – CPA submission in response to the Bank of Canada
September 4, 2015
The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) is seeking the input of Canadian corporates in a new online survey about payment processes, needs and preferences. The survey is part of the CPA’s comprehensive consultation on the roll out of an... Read more about Canadian Payments Association (CPA) seeks corporate input on Canadian Payments
August 10, 2015
August 10, 2015 The CPA has launched a multi-year initiative to modernize Canada's core payments infrastructure which will ultimately use a new internationally recognized payment messaging standard – ISO 20022. But ISO 20022 is more than just a... Read more about Creating new opportunities in Canadian Payments: CPA seeking feedback on its ISO 20022 Payments Standard Initiative
August 10, 2015
August 10, 2015 OTTAWA, August 10, 2015 - The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) announced today two key initiatives to support its multi-year project to modernize Canada's core payments infrastructure. The CPA has begun a process to create a... Read more about Canadian Payments Association Launches Initiatives to Support Modernization of Canada's Payments System
July 23, 2015
OTTAWA, July 23, 2015 - The Canadian Payments Association (CPA) today announced the election of a new Board of Directors pursuant to legislation adopted by Parliament last December. The new board will be chaired by Eileen Mercier , who will be... Read more about Canadian Payments Association (CPA) announces new Board of Directors and governance model to better serve Canada’s payment and financial systems
July 8, 2015
New research from the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) reveals compelling evidence of the strong relationship between the use of Automated Funds Transfer (AFT) payments and the declining use of cheques in Canada. In a newly released discussion... Read more about Compelling new evidence of strong link between AFT and Canada's cheque decline
July 2, 2015
July 6, 2015 On July 2, 2015, the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS) settled 56,553 payments, which is a new peak volume for a single day. This represents an increase of 6.3% compared to the previous peak day, on July 2, 2013. Peak volume days for... Read more about New peak volume day for the Large Value Transfer System
June 11, 2015
Canadian Payments Association Submission in Response to Finance Canada June 11, 2015 Note: This submission reflects the views of the Canadian Payments Association and not necessarily those of any one of its individual member institutions. 1... Read more about Oversight of National Retail Payments Systems – CPA Submission in Response to Finance Canada
June 1, 2015
The CPA is pleased to announce that on June 1, 2015, ICICI Bank Canada (institution number 340) began operations as a Large Value Transfer System (LVTS) direct participant. With the addition of ICICI Bank Canada, there are 17 direct participants in... Read more about ICICI Bank Canada begins operations as LVTS direct participant
April 27, 2015
In the cheque imaging world, duplicate payment items (duplicates) are risky business. As explained in Part 1 of this series, the CPA has opened industry dialogue on this issue to explore ways to manage the risk effectively. We believe a... Read more about What might need to change in the imaging environment? (Duplicate Items, Part 4)
April 2, 2015
The CPA welcomes and congratulates the newest appointees to its Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC) . SAC members are appointed by the CPA Board of Directors , in consultation with the Minister of Finance. The new appointees are: Brenda Gibson, Vice... Read more about CPA welcomes newest appointees to its Stakeholder Advisory Council
March 30, 2015
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the importance of understanding and managing the risk of duplicate payment items (duplicates) in the cheque imaging world, and how the CPA opened industry dialogue on this issue in Canada. In Part 2 , we shared... Read more about The current Canadian framework (Duplicate Items, part 3)
March 2, 2015
The CPA supports the introduction of new payment methods and technologies while carefully monitoring and managing related risks. In Part 1 of this series, we explained the importance of understanding the risk of duplicate payment items (duplicates)... Read more about Lessons learned from the U.S. experience (Duplicate Items Part 2)
February 18, 2015
As Canadians, we benefit from national payments systems designed with our best interests in mind. As technology advances, the Canadian Payments Association (CPA) is creating new opportunities for payment system users to send and receive payments... Read more about CPA leads industry dialogue on duplicate payment items in the imaging environment (Duplicate Items Part 1)