Setting up credit card processing for new merchants

The PCI DSS Compliance Office at Financial Resources is your first point of contact if you need to create a merchant account, obtain POS terminals, or set up an e-commerce platform.

Point-of-sale (POS) terminals

To obtain a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, merchants must first be approved by Financial Resources.  

All University merchants with POS terminals must comply with University measures in place to meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). 

To create a merchant account, obtain POS terminals, or get information about POS terminals, contact the PCI DSS Compliance Office. 


Business owners and their dedicated IT leads who are looking to purchase an e-commerce application or service from a service provider will need to anticipate, plan for, and advocate for a security assessment during the procurement phase. Such security assessments will involve a complete PCI DSS review of the service provider. Financial Resources reserves the right to reject merchant account applications if the PCI Compliance Office cannot confirm the service provider’s compliance with PCI DSS and their proposed payment transaction process.   

Before a contract can be signed with, or awarded to, a service provider, the uOttawa business owner will need to ensure that any new or renewed master agreement between uOttawa and the service provider includes clauses governing PCI DSS.