Ottawa adds credit- and debit-card data to economic monitoring amid pandemic

The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

Interac and Visa have been providing data about debit- and credit-card transactions to the federal finance department to assist its efforts in monitoring the economic impact of COVID-19. 

Ottawa’s use of the aggregated corporate information is part of a trend that’s seen governments and businesses seek out new sources of more timely data, as official statistics initially struggled to keep pace with the pandemic.

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