For the most part, you’ll be able to use a single Terminal integration in all supported countries. However, due to local payment methods or regulations there are some country-specific requirements. After going through the sample integration, use this guide to learn about country-specific requirements for Terminal.
Refer to the following table to understand which readers and SDK platforms you can use in each country.
Integrate Terminal in Canada
Stripe supports Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Interac payments in Canada. All transactions must be made in Canadian dollars (CAD). To accept Terminal charges in Canada, either your platform account or connected account must be in Canada.
Create Locations for your business with addresses in Canada and associate your readers to them. This will ensure that they automatically download the configuration needed to properly process charges in Canada.
A valid address for a Location in Canada must contain the
curl https://api.stripe.com/v1/terminal/locations \ -u: \ -d "display_name"="HQ" \ -d "address[line1]"="3040 Bur Oak Ave" \ -d "address[city]"="Markham" \ -d "address[state]"="ON" \ -d "address[country]"="CA" \ -d "address[postal_code]"="L6B 0R1" \sk_test_4eC39HqLyjWDarjtT1zdp7dc
Reader software version
Verifone P400 readers operating in Canada must be using the reader software version
18.104.22.168 or later. Read about Verifone P400 software updates for details.
Similarly, BBPOS WisePad 3 readers must be using the reader software version
4.01.00.17.SZZZ.01_Prod_NA_off_v7_480001 or later. Read about BBPOS WisePad 3 software updates for details.
Language regulations require that services, including point-of-sale services, be provided in French unless English has been agreed upon by the cardholder and their card issuer. Terminal is built to help you comply with these requirements if they apply to your business.
Default reader language
The Verifone P400 interface displays text in both French and English if it is registered to a location with an address in Canada.
The BBPOS WisePOS E supports changing reader language in the Settings panel. Swipe right across the screen to access the Settings panel, and select your language.
The BBPOS WisePad 3 supports changing reader language directly in the reader interface. After you have registered your reader to a Location with an address in Canada, the reader installs a language pack relevant for your region if one isn’t already in place. To view available language options and to select a language, click the power / settings button and scroll down using the arrow keys until you reach the language selection menu. Highlight your desired language and press the green Enter key.
After the cardholder has presented their card, the reader determines the cardholder’s preferred language. Each screen after that point is translated according to the cardholder’s preferences.
If you’re required to provide services in French or would like to translate text into both French and English, ensure that any of your custom reader screens and receipts display the appropriate translations.
Interac is the interbank network that handles routing of debit payments in Canada. Consumer debit cards in Canada are branded with an Interac logo and may also be co-branded with another payment network’s logo. Even if the card is co-branded, however, all Interac debit transactions must be routed through Interac. To maximize card acceptance, you should build Interac support into your integration.
Create a PaymentIntent
To accept Interac transactions in addition to Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, you need to create your payments using the
interac_present payment method type, in addition to
PaymentIntent from your client using the iOS or Android SDK:
PaymentIntent on your server. For iOS or Android, you can create the
PaymentIntent on your server if the information required to start a payment isn’t readily available in your app.
curl https://api.stripe.com/v1/payment_intents \ -u: \ -d amount=999 \ -d currency=cad \ -d "payment_method_types"=card_present \ -d "payment_method_types"=interac_present \ -d capture_method=manualsk_test_4eC39HqLyjWDarjtT1zdp7dc
Collect and process a payment
After you call
collectPaymentMethod to begin reading a presented card and
processPayment to authorize it, the reader will determine whether to route the payment across Interac rails based on the profile of the card presented.
In cases where the Interac card is co-branded, the
payment_method_details.card.brand field on a PaymentIntent’s returned charge reports the co-brand. The type field on the
payment_method for an Interac transaction is always
There are further Interac requirements that Stripe handles automatically for you, without additional integration work on your side:
- Before a card is presented, on-screen prompts are in the default reader language. After the card information has been collected, the localization is based on the language preference specified by the presented card.
- The reader automatically prompts for PIN in cases where it is required.
- Interac Flash (contactless) payments are limited to 100 CAD and generally up to three consecutive transactions. Transactions higher than 100 CAD or the fourth contactless transaction in a row require the customer to insert their Interac card and enter their PIN.
Capture and reconcile
Unlike Visa, Mastercard, and American Express transactions, Interac transactions are authorized and automatically captured in a single step. Your application shouldn’t continue to capture the PaymentIntent – if you attempt to capture an
interac_present payment, the Stripe API returns an error. Be careful to prevent unintended and duplicate payments in your integration; if failures or declines occur while processing Interac, you can attempt to re-use the same PaymentIntent from the original transaction to safeguard against double-charging.
Refund an Interac payment
Interac refunds must be initiated in-person and processed using the Terminal SDK. We recommend you build a refund capability at the end of your checkout flow as additional protection against duplicate charges.
As a fallback, you can offer refunds to different payment methods such as store credit or cash.