How your business can start doing big business

Accept American Express exactly the same way as other card types and open your doors to what could be your best customers.

With Global Payments  and American Express, your business will benefit from

Attracting new customers

Did you know Canadian American Express® Cardmembers reported spending an average of 118% more1 than non-Cardmembers? Displaying acceptance signage is a great way to let them know they’re welcomed at your business.

Streamlined workflow & cashflow

Global Payments is now your single point of contact for all card acceptance and technology needs. Receive one statement and one deposit for all card transactions, helping to simplify your back end process.

Competitive pricing

With the roll out of the OptBlue program for American Express Card® acceptance in Canada, your pricing will be comparable to the other networks.

Accepting American Express

When you accept American Express Cards at your business, you become a member of a powerful network that can help your business thrive. From higher-spending Cardmembers to complimentary signage, we’re committed to supporting businesses like yours.

More Benefits


Capture unplanned purchases


MORE Canadian American Express Cardmembers report they will buy something they like even if it was unplanned, compared to Non-Cardmembers2


Increase customer spend


118% more spend reported by Canadian American Express Cardmembers vs. Non-Cardmembers4

Let them use their card of choice


MORE Canadian American Express Cardmembers report they could spend more if a merchant accepted American Express across all sales channels, compared to non-Cardmembers3


Capture business spend


MORE Canadian Cardmembers report using a credit card for business purchases, compared to Non-Cardmembers5

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1. Canadian American Express Cardmembers who reported making a purchase using their American Express Card in the prior 6 months report spending an average of $2,406CAD on total purchases in the prior month using any payment method, relative to an average of $1,099CAD total spend reported by Canadian Non-Cardmembers who reported making a purchase in the prior 6 months. Source: American Express commissioned Internet panel survey conducted in January – February 2014 based on purchases made in the 6 months prior to the survey. Definition of American Express® Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they have an American Express Card and that they used that card to make purchases in the prior 6 months. Definition of non-Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they do not have any type of American Express Card and that they used another form of payment to make purchases in the prior 6 months. 

2. 33% of Canadian American Express Cardmembers who reported making an online retail purchase using their American Express card in the prior 6 months report they strongly agree if they see something they like they will buy it even if it wasn’t planned, relative to 21% of Canadian Non-Cardmembers who reported making an online retail purchase in the prior 6 months using a different payment method and gave the same response. Source: American Express commissioned internet panel survey conducted in January-February 2014 based on purchases made prior to the survey. Definition of American Express Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they have an American Express Card and that they used that card to make online retail purchases in the prior 6 months. Definition of Non-Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they do not have any type of American Express Card and that they used other modes of payment to make online retail purchases in the prior 6 months. 

3. 36% of Canadian American Express Cardmembers report they would spend more if a merchant accepted American Express across all sales channels, relative to 16% of Canadian Non-Cardmembers who gave the same response about their most frequently used payment method. Source: American Express commissioned internet panel survey conducted in September-November 2014 among individual who made B2B purchases in the 6 months prior to the survey and who reported their general purchasing behaviour over the 12 months prior to the survey. Definition of American Express Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they have an American Express Card and that they used their American Express Card to make B2B purchases in the prior 6 months. Definition of Non-Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they do not have any type of American Express Card and that they used another form of payment to make B2B purchases in the prior 6 months. 

4. Canadian American Express Cardmembers who reported making a purchase using their American Express card in the prior 6 months report spending an average of $2,406CAD on total purchases in the prior month using any payment method, relative to an average of $1,099CAD total spend reported by Canadian Non-Cardmembers who reported making a purchase in the prior 6 months. Source: American Express commissioned internet panel survey conducted in January-February 2014 based on purchases made prior to the survey. Definition of American Express Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they have an American Express Card and that they used that card to make online retail purchases in the prior 6 months. Definition of Non-Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they do not have any type of American Express Card and that they used other modes of payment to make online retail purchases in the prior 6 months. 

5. 93% of Canadian American Express Cardmembers report using a credit card for business purchases in the prior 6 months, relative to 68% of Canadian Non-Cardmembers who gave the same response. Source: American Express commissioned internet panel survey conducted in September-November 2014 among individuals who made B2B purchases in the 6 months prior to the survey and who reported their general purchasing behaviour over the 12 months prior to the survey. Definition of American Express® Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they have an American Express Card and that they used their American Express Card to make B2B purchases in the prior 6 months. Definition of Non-Cardmembers: Respondents who reported that they do not have any type of American Express Card and they used another form of payment to make B2B purchases in the prior 6 months.

6. ®: Used by Amex Bank of Canada under license from American Express.