The cost of credit card fees has increased dramatically since 2008. Aggressive advertising campaigns to market premium credit cards by banks and credit card companies have seen consumers significantly increase their use of credit cards, even for smaller purchases.

Retail Council of Canada anticipates the Government of Canada's announcement on credit card fees imminently.

Media, please contact: Michael LeBlanc, Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Digital Retail at [email protected] or 416-467-3748 to arrange an interview with Diane J. Brisebois, CEO and President, Retail Council of Canada, David Wilkes, Senior Vice-President or Karl Littler, Vice-President, Government Relations.

Credit card fees now cost merchants – and ultimately consumers – more than $5 billion annually. Interchange – the amount paid to banks – accounts for 80% or $4 billion dollars of this fee.

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