Angelika Welte is a Senior Economist in the Economic Research and Analysis group of the Currency Department at the Bank of Canada. She joined the Bank of Canada in 2011. Her interests include applied econometrics, industrial organization and monetary policy. Angelika holds a Master’s degree in economics from Carleton University and a PhD in mathematics from University of Ottawa.
Recent data show that the use of credit cards in Canada has been increasing, while the use of cash has been declining. At the same time, only two-thirds of small or medium-sized businesses accept credit cards.
This study provides insight into the costs of cash, debit card and credit card payments made at the point of sale in Canada in 2014. For each payment method, it examines the total resource costs, which capture the overall use of resources by society as a whole.