Shoppers won’t be able to use Cash Link Cards at North West Company stores soon.

The debit cards are used in many northern communities where there are no banks.

The North West Company, which runs many grocery stores in the North, is replacing them with prepaid Visa cards.

"The cash link cards will still be able to access your funds until the end of this month, until December 31. But after that we want everything moved over as quickly as possible and for this to be as seamless as possible for our customers," said Shawn Musseau, the finance manager at Iqaluit's North Mart.

Musseau said the new prepaid Visa cards will give customers more flexibility because they can be used for purchases in stores, to pay bills and also for online shopping.

Northern stores or NorthMart will transfer the funds from the Cash Link cards to the new cards at no extra cost.