Alipay has announced that its partnership with Ottawa-based Motion Pay, which allows retailers to accept Chinese payments, has resulted in significant milestones.
Through the partnership, Alipay is now accepted in major cities in Canada including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Banff, and across several categories including retail, restaurants, hospitality, and luxury. Alipay’s over 520 million active users in China will be able to use their Alipay Mobile Wallet at POS with Motion Pay merchants, both in-store and online.
“Chinese consumers are a rapidly-increasing segment for Canadian merchants,” said Eric Paquet, president of Motion Pay. “We continue to drive Alipay’s Canadian market adoption in every major Canadian city from Halifax to Vancouver. Many Canadian merchants can already attest to Alipay helping their business expand Chinese commercial, tourism and trade opportunities.”
Launched in 2004, Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to allowing users to hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, and pay utility bills. In February 2018, Cadillac Fairview began supporting AliPay and WeChat Pay in its malls.
“We are thrilled with the success of our partnership with Motion Pay to date, which has played an instrumental role in our growth across Canada this past year,” said Souheil Badran, president of Alipay in the Americas. “As our first Canadian partner, Motion Pay has helped us to reach critical mass in acceptance points across Canada. We look forward to continuing our relationship and enabling even more Canadian brands and retailers to connect with the growing number of Chinese consumers seeking items they can’t find at home, and simplifying payments by offering Alipay’s familiar method.”