Lynx APIs offer members access to new system capabilities

Published: February 23, 2021

In 2020, Payments Canada launched an API Developer Portal as a platform for users to test various payments platforms and environments. This API technology enables faster and easier to access the data and functionality of some of our services, connecting the ecosystem and advancing payments innovation. 

Payments Canada offers its members a safe and secure platform to test Lynx APIs, Canada’s new high-value payments system set to launch in August, 2021. Using a sandbox environment, users can send and receive test-data, and experience this new system first-hand, in advance of go live. 

At present, Payments Canada offers eight Lynx APIs to members which include Account Transfers, Participants, Fund Settlement, and more. Additional information can be found on Payments Canada’s API Developer Portal

The Developer Portal also offers API technology for multiple platforms. Included in the API catalogue are Corporate Creditor Identification Number (CCIN), and Financial Institutions File (FIF) APIs. New in 2020, Payments Rails APIs were added, to allow users a view into the future of real-time rail payments and beyond. These APIs include Account validation, Payments initiation, and Request to pay. 

Lynx APIs are available to members only. To access these APIs, please visit the Developer Portal.