McDonald's Canada announces plans to accept MasterCard(R) PayPass(TM) and MasterCard chip cards

    New payment options will bring greater convenience and speed to
    McDonald's customers

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. today
announced plans to accept two new payment options that will give its customers
a convenient alternative to cash. McDonald's will begin installing
MasterCard's PayPass readers and chip card terminals in some of its
1,400 restaurants across Canada as early as 2008.
    "We're excited about our plans to further enhance the customer experience
through these new payment options," said Laurie Laykish, Senior Vice-President
Marketing and Strategic Planning, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited.
"We are always listening to our customers and responding with new innovations
to meet the needs of their on-the-go lifestyles, whether it be with
drive-thrus, menu choices or, in this case, more convenient payment options."
    The PayPass system is designed to enable small-ticket purchases to be
completed quickly, securely, and easily. Customers simply tap a
PayPass-enabled MasterCard card on a PayPass reader to complete a transaction.
A PayPass transaction is faster than paying by cash and designed for busy
merchant environments like quick-service restaurants, concessions stands, and
    The chip card will allow customers to personally insert their card into a
chip-enabled terminal and then enter a private Personal Identification Number
(PIN) to complete the transaction.
    "We are pleased to be working with McDonald's to provide their customers
with the tap and go convenience of MasterCard(R) PayPass(TM)," said Kevin
Stanton, President of MasterCard Canada. "Over the next two years, the
majority of merchants across Canada will have upgraded their point-of-sale
terminals to be MasterCard chip enabled and, in the right environments,
PayPass compatible offering increased convenience and security."

    About McDonald's Canada

    McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's
Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate
more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 77,000 Canadians coast to
coast. Approximately 65 per cent of McDonald's Canadian restaurants are
locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. For more information
about McDonald's Canada, visit the company's web site at

    About MasterCard PayPass

    MasterCard PayPass is ideal for merchants in high-volume, small-ticket
purchase businesses where speed is essential, and has led the way in bringing
contactless technology to consumer categories such as quick serve restaurants,
gas stations, convenience stores and movie theatres. There are nearly
14 million PayPass cards and devices issued globally, and PayPass is currently
accepted globally at 51,000 merchant locations. For more information about
MasterCard PayPass please visit

    About MasterCard Worldwide

    MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical
economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and
merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard
develops and markets payment solutions, processes over 16 billion transactions
each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to
financial institution customers and merchants. Through its family of brands,
including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R), MasterCard serves consumers
and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more
information go to

For further information:

For further information: McDonald's Canada Media Line, 1-877-786-3342;
MasterCard Canada, Jennifer Reed, Julie Wilson (416) 365-6664, (416) 365-5594

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