Where is American Express Accepted in Canada?

Have you ever taken out a credit card at the cash register only to be told, “We don’t accept that card here?” While you may find another way to pay, missing out on valuable rewards points for your purchases can put a damper on your trip to the store.


Fortunately, American Express is accepted throughout Canada at a variety of stores, restaurants, and service providers: over 90,000 places in Canada started accepting American Express® Cards in 2019 alone. But if you are heading out to buy something special with your American Express Card, it can help to check American Express Maps so you can see when a store is open and whether the business offers contactless payments.


Below you can view the key benefits that make using your American Express Card essential for every shopping trip.

July 24, 2020 in Benefits

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Find merchants near you using American Express Maps

Perhaps you’re wondering where your American Express Card will be accepted across Canada. Leveraging American Express Maps is the simplest way to see if the merchant you’ll soon be visiting accepts your American Express Card. With American Express Maps, you can look up your preferred stores and see whether they are open for business and whether they offer contactless payment.

Which online companies accept American Express

To view a full list of businesses that accept American Express for online purchases, our online merchant directory can point you to many of the Canadian places that you love, including filters for eating, shopping, entertainment, service providers and small businesses.

Benefits of using American Express Cards everywhere

There are some amazing benefits that go along with being a Cardmember of American Express, and there is a card for every lifestyle. From the American Express CobaltTM Card to the American Express SimplyCashTM Cards, American Express has a Card to fit your lifestyle. Benefits like welcome bonuses are one of the reasons people will choose a card issuer like American Express.

Membership Rewards®

One of the most lucrative ways to earn and redeem Membership Rewards points is to spend in the categories that your American Express Card offers an accelerated earn rate.


For example, the American Express Cobalt Card offers 5 points for every $1 spent on eligible eats and drinks purchases in Canada1 using the Card. Membership Rewards points can be redeemed in a variety of ways.

Shopping Coverage and Insurance

Many American Express Cards come with insurance coverage that can protect your eligible purchases. Review your coverage to see what insurance benefits are included on your Card.

Outstanding Service

American Express’ reputation is built on superior service to help make every purchase simple.

How is American Express expanding its acceptance

American Express continues to be widely accepted across Canada and is committed to expanding its reach across the country. American Express offers numerous programs that help businesses and Cardmembers earn the maximum benefits of joining our growing network:

Amex Offers

With the Amex Offers program, Cardmembers can enjoy exclusive offers such as statement credits, or Membership Reward points for making qualified purchases To see the Amex Offers that may be available to you, log in to your account or download the Amex App.

Shop Small

Our Shop Small program encourages Cardmembers to connect with small and local businesses in their local neighborhood. Support these businesses by checking the Shop Small page to see which offers are available today.

Benefits to Merchants

From complimentary merchant signage to customer insights, American Express provides Canadian businesses with benefits.


Not yet an American Express Merchant? Sign up to accept our Cards and you could be part of complimentary marketing programs dedicated to promoting local businesses2 to our Cardmembers.

What to do if a merchant doesn’t accept American Express

Come across a business not yet accepting American Express? Let us know at takeamex.ca.


In addition to this, you can always leverage the American Express Maps to find out where your card is accepted.

Explore Our Cards

American Express offers a range of Cards with different rewards and benefits tailored to your lifestyle and interests.