About

In an industry known for hidden fees and complicated contracts, we put it all on the table with clear, honest, transparent information and a fresh approach.

Cutting-Edge Technology

Powered by First Data and its suite of point of sale solutions, we offer cutting-edge technology to improve your business and commerce transactions. Sona is founded on Ryan's years of industry experience having negotiated a unique arrangement with the world’s leading global payment processors; to control his own fees and pricing, while offering the global providers’ processing power, reliability, security, and state-of-the-art equipment.

Customer-focused approach with maritime hospitality.

Based in Nova Scotia with agents across the country, Sona brings an open and friendly spirit to our clients across Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland.Our customers come first. Period. We find the right solutions and respond to customer needs quickly for a frictionless experience from setup to maintenance.

Our strength is our people.

Our people are our currency and our agents take the time to understand your business. Our agents are the face of Sona. Proper support, training and offering a stake in the game means we have the most highly skilled and dedicated team in the business.

We are confident that our transparent, customer-focused approach will change how businesses view payment acceptance options. Contact us today to see how we can simplify your business operations and payment processing. 

We mean what we say and we say what we mean. No surprises.

Our CEO, Ryan O’Leary, spent 15 years in the Merchant Services Industry working for a couple Major Processors/Banks before he decided to start Sona. From working inside the industry, he started to see opportunities for more ethical ways for a merchant services company to operate. This vision was grounded in Ryan’s belief that business owners and CFO’s should see their merchant services company as a trusted partner versus just a ‘cost of doing business’. He wanted to build a company that would not just say they are transparent when explaining rates and fees but demonstrate this in their actions. Ryan also saw an opportunity to rise above his competitors by truly guaranteeing ‘Cost Certainty’ to his clients versus just simply following along with the competition.

Sona guarantees our rates for the life of the agreement and if you are not completely satisfied with our service, you can leave anytime without penalty!

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What people are saying

“I can say with absolute honesty, that in virtually every case, my comment to these members when I provided them with this information, was that I did not hesitate to recommend Ryan as he provided prompt, courteous, personal service. On top of that he was always motivated to find a solution that tended to be of great value for the customer.”

Dave Moffatt - iNova Credit Union

“Sona showed us how we could significantly cut costs and provided a high level of service that we are very happy with. They are an asset to our business and our membership.”

Amber Thomas-Johnson - Halifax Chamber of Commerce

“Sona provides a level of service unparalleled by any other payment processing companies I have dealt with in the past. As a small business person, navigating the fee structures of the big processors can be daunting, if not impossible, and dealing with a person and a business I can trust has immeasurable value.”

Mike Casey - Owner Operator

“For us, the big thing is creating benefits for our Members.   We want to save them money and make them more efficient in running their business.  Sona does both of those.”

Gordon Stewart - RANS