SelectCore awarded multi-year government contract with the City of Toronto

TORONTO, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ - SelectCore Ltd (TSX-V: SCG), a pioneer and leader in prepaid payment solutions for underserved markets, has released the details of a multi-year contract with the City of Toronto for the issuance of prepaid payment cards. The contract award was first announced by the Company on March 14, 2012.

The term of the agreement is for 42 months plus two additional one-year extensions.  SelectCore expects this high-margin business to be worth between $15 million and $18 million for the initial period. Revenue from the contract will be earned primarily from fees charged to the City as well as interchange through the MasterCard network.  SelectCore won the contract through a competitive RFP bidding process.

The long-term contract encompasses multiple phases with the first phase launching today with Toronto Employment and Social Services (TESS) for the delivery of Social Assistance disbursements.

The City Services Benefit Card is the first of its kind prepaid card program to be launched in North America.  SelectCore's proprietary card solution will enable residents on Ontario Works to instantly receive their benefits through an EMV chip and PIN prepaid MasterCard® card that offers ATM access and can be used anywhere MasterCard® is accepted at over 29.4 million locations worldwide. The program offers card-to-card money share, mobile apps, text messaging for balance and transaction inquires, online account access and 24/7 multilingual customer care.

The introduction of the card will replace the need to produce paper cheques, resulting in significant cost savings for the City as well as for residents who will no longer have to incur expensive cheque-cashing fees.

"Governments are looking to modernize service delivery and do more with less - and Toronto is no exception," said Keith McKenzie, CEO of SelectCore. "What we have introduced is the most practical, secure and cost-effective means for the delivery of government disbursements."

"Under this contract, we have completed one of the most complex and sophisticated implementations of its kind," said Ryan Deslippe, President of SelectCore. "We successfully tailored our technology to meet the specific needs of Canada's largest city.  We now have the unique capabilities to provide turn-key cheque replacement card programs to other municipal, provincial and federal government agencies across Canada."

"More and more, governments, businesses and consumers are moving to a world beyond cash and cheques," said David E. Orzel, SVP, Market Development, MasterCard® Canada. "As a leader in payments innovation, we are proud to partner with SelectCore to help bring safe, simple and smart solutions like the City Services Benefit Card to clients of Ontario Works."

About SelectCore
SelectCore Ltd. (TSX-V: SCG) is a pioneer and leader in prepaid payment solutions for underserved markets. Founded in 1999, the Company offers a range of prepaid products and services from stored-value cards to mobile top-up that provide financial empowerment to a market of millions of under-banked consumers.  SelectCore has been ranked among Canada's fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine four times in the past six years and was included in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list of North America's fastest-growing technology companies. For more information visit

About the City of Toronto
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About MasterCard Worldwide
MasterCard (NYSE: MA),, is a global payments and technology company. It operates the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard's products and solutions make everyday commerce activities - such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances - easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.


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