Chip Cards and Contactless Payments FAQs

With Square in Canada, you can accept chip cards and contactless payments with the Square contactless + chip reader. Below are common questions asked about these EMV readers in Canada:

What types of payments can I accept?

The contactless + chip reader accepts chip credit cards (EMV) and contactless (NFC) payments and contactless debit transactions with a few limitations.

  • All Interac debit payments must be tap transactions.
  • Interac debit tap payments can't exceed $100.
  • Credit tap payments over $100 will require extra authentication, like thumbprint or signature.
  • Your customer may be prompted to enter their pin.

For more information, check out these resources:

How do I take a contactless payment?

It’s easy! Watch this video to learn how:

What are contactless payments and how are they different from NFC?

Contactless payments describe the act of paying without touching anything. NFC (Near-Field Communications) is a technology that allows for contactless payments. Using radio frequency, NFC allows payment cards and devices (e.g. smartphones) to wirelessly communicate at close range to do things like process payments. Apple Pay and Android Pay are both forms of NFC and types of contactless payments.

Are contactless payments secure?

Yes, they’re just as secure as accepting chip cards. In some cases because of additional verification methods (like Touch ID with Apple Pay), contactless payments can be even more secure. Learn more in Square’s comprehensive guide to Apple Pay.

Do I leave the chip card in the reader’s chip card slot while taking a payment?

Yes, you’ll need to leave the chip card in the reader until the transaction is complete. You’ll get a confirmation message in the app and see 4 green lights on your reader when it’s time to remove the card. If your customer’s card requires a pin, they’ll need to enter their pin directly on your screen to complete the transaction.

Can I take test contactless payments with the reader?

Not currently, but you can practise taking contactless payments by completing a $1 sale and immediately processing a refund.