Square Brings Credit Card Readers to Shoppers Drug Mart Stores Across Canada

29 Apr 2014

TORONTO, ON – (April 29, 2014) - Today Square, the company helping Canadian sellers start, run, and grow their businesses with free point of sale software and card reader, announced its Square Reader is now available at 440 Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada with a full $10 rebate.

Square Reader enables anyone to accept credit card payments on a mobile device and has seen rapid adoption from individuals and business owners across Canada. Square Reader is free after rebate and works simply by plugging into the headphone jack of an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

In Canada, 69% of consumers expect to use a credit card where they shop and business owners are moving quickly to meet their customer’s demands. Square gives sellers of all sizes a simple way to accept customers’ payment and make more sales.

Square’s free card reader and free point of sale software enable anyone to safely and securely accept credit cards and run their business from their iPhone, iPad or Android device. Square offers one simple, low transaction rate of 2.75% per swipe, with no hidden fees. Funds from swiped payments are available the next business day, eliminating the wait for cash flow. Business owners across the country enjoy the benefits of using Square from increasing their sales to providing an improved customer experience.

For Laurie McKenzie, Hospitality Manager at Tawse Winery in Vineland, Ontario, Square has helped her employees break away from their old point of sale terminals to spend more time with their customers. “In our gift shop each of our employees have a tablet and a Square credit card reader, so they’re able to focus on our guests,” said McKenzie. “Our customers don’t like waiting in lines, and with Square we’re able to give them the one-on-one support they’re seeking.”

Earlier this year Square announced that it expanded the list of credit cards Canadian sellers could accept to include Discover and Diners Club. Square also eliminated holds and deposit limits on manually entered transactions in Canada. The move was an important step to further remove barriers to growth for local businesses, and made Square an industry leader in eliminating deposit limits and related holds for customers.

The Square Reader is also available at Apple, Best Buy, Future Shop, London Drugs, and Staples.


Square makes commerce easy for everyone. From accepting credit cards to managing a full point of sale, Square offers simple and affordable tools for businesses starting and growing. Square Reader, the free credit card reader for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, allows businesses to accept credit cards anywhere, anytime, for one low, transparent rate of 2.75% per swipe. Square's suite of business tools include Square Register, an analytics dashboard, and Square Stand. Founded in 2009, and headquartered in San Francisco, Square is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Japan. More information is available at square.ca.