Money Mart

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National Money Mart Company
IndustryFinancial Services
FoundedEdmonton, Alberta, Canada (1982)
FounderSteve Adam
Area served
Canada, United States[1]
Key people
Glen Wakeman
ProductsPayday loans
Prepaid credit card
RevenueIncrease$ 995 million (2012)
Increase $ 480 million (2012)
Total assetsIncrease $ 1.6 billion (2012)
OwnerLone Star Funds
Number of employees
ParentDollar Financial Group
Money Mart in Toronto

National Money Mart Company, commonly known as Money Mart, is a Canadian financial services company that provides payday loans, cheque cashing, and money transfer services to the underbanked. It was founded in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982, and by 2010 it had 412 stores across Canada with an additional 53 franchised stores.[2] The head office is located in Victoria, British Columbia.


National Money Mart Company began as an entrepreneurial venture in 1982 in Edmonton, Alberta. At the time, the company’s founders recognized a growing trend towards convenience in the financial services industry. To fully accommodate this trend, branches were opened in easily accessible locations outside regular business hours. In 1996 the founders sold the business to US based Dollar Financial Group.

Growth for Money Mart has been continuous. By 1994, there were over 100 franchised and corporate branches, and by 2000 Money Mart had over 200 outlets.



On Dec. 23, 2003, a $515 million Ontario class action lawsuit was started against Money Mart by Margaret Smith of Windsor, Ontario.[3] The action alleges that Dollar Financial and Money Mart caused the plaintiffs to pay interest at a criminal rate contrary to section 347 of the Criminal Code.[4]

The lawsuit was settled on June 5, 2009, with no admission of wrongdoing from Money Mart. Money Mart agreed to pay approximately $120 million in cash, legal fees, debt releases and "transferable transaction credits".[5][6]

In March 2010, Money Mart settled a similar lawsuit in British Columbia — MacKinnon v. National Money Mart — for $24.75 million, consisting of $12.375 million in cash and $12.375 million in vouchers.


  1. ^ "Find a Store". Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Dollar Financial's Canadian unit buys 9 stores". The Associated Press November 10, 2010, 9:57AM ET.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2010-12-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) The Edmonton Journal,January 6, 2007
  4. ^ Ontario Superior Court of Justice claim document
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  6. ^ "Why lawyers' fees at centre stage in Money Mart case". The Globe and Mail. April 12, 2011.