American Express Canada Opt-Blue ® Discount Rates.

Amex is a popular card used by customers around the world. Customers using Amex tend to make larger purchases, with many Amex cards used for business and corporate purchases. By accepting Amex, your customers can pay in-person, by phone and online. Helcim makes it easier and more affordable for your business to accept Amex cards so you can offer your customers a fast, reliable and secure method of payment. We display Amex's OptBlue wholesale discount rates on our website as part of our transparent Interchange Plus pricing.

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Canada - OptBlue ® Discount Rates.

Industry Transaction Size Rate
RETAIL <= $500 1.60 %  
RETAIL > $500 2.00 %  
SERVICES <= $500 1.60 %  
SERVICES > $500 2.00 %  
RESTAURANT <= $200 1.60 %  
RESTAURANT > $200 2.40 %  
MAIL ORDER & INTERNET <= $500 1.60 %  
MAIL ORDER & INTERNET > $500 2.00 %  
HEALTHCARE Any 1.34 %  
UTILITIES <=$1,000 0 %  
UTILITIES >$1,000 1.88 %  
B2B/WHOLESALE <= $1,000 1.60 %  
B2B/WHOLESALE > $1,000 2.00 %  
T&E <= $1,000 1.60 %  
T&E > $1,000 2.40 %  
PREPAID <= $200 1.60 %  
PREPAID > $200 2.00 %  
OTHER <= $500 1.60 %  
OTHER > $500 2.00 %  
Assessments and Association Fees  
AMEX NETWORK FEESApplies to all transactions. 0.1356 %  
AMEX INTL CROSS BORDER FEEApplies to all international transactions. 0.678 %  
AMEX KEYED FEEApplies to all manually keyed transactions. 0.339 %  

*HST is charged to the acquirer/processor on network card-brand, association and cross-border fees. Because this is an absorbed cost by the acquirer who are not allowed to claim ITCs in Canada, the HST on the card-brand fee cannot be used as an ITC by the merchant. Does not apply to interchange, per transaction or cost+ fees.

Helcim Network Fees.

Acquirer Network Fees  
Acquirer Network Fees Applies to all transactions. 0.10% + 10 ¢  

The acquirer network fee above is not charged by American Express card-network, but instead is charged by Helcim's acquiring bank to access the American Express network. This fee is applied to all American Express transactions as part of our Interchange+ pricing model.


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If your business is looking for a better way to accept credit and debit cards online or in-person, then Helcim is the payments company for you. Helcim offers a wide range of payment tools and software solutions to make it faster and easier for you to get paid.

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For Visa, Mastercard, Amex and other card-brands, we offer Interchange Plus pricing to give you complete transparency and greater savings. By passing the base cost directly to you and only charging for a single markup, Interchange Plus pricing gives you significant savings. By knowing our cost as well as our markup, we promote a fully transparent partnership which means no surprises on your monthly statement!

To calculate your rates for in-person and online transactions, you can visit our pricing page.

Yes! And there is no need to call and renegotiate rates. Our Interchange Plus margin automatically decreases the more you process, helping you save even more.

You can view our complete volume discounts on our pricing page.

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Deposits will appear in your bank account within 2 business days, depending on the time of day that your transactions are settled. Transactions processed over the weekend or bank holidays are initialized for deposit on the following business day. Your daily transactions are batched together, and deposited to your bank account net of processing fees.

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Law firms and other businesses that require separate trust and operating bank accounts are able to customize the flow of deposits and fees to meet their needs.

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