National Bank Offers Bursary and Summer Employment Program for Students with Physical or Sensory Disabilities

Montreal, 11 January 2006 - 

For the 17th year in a row, National Bank is offering a Bursary and Summer Employment Program for university and CEGEP students with physical or sensory disabilities. 

The Program was established to provide financial support to students with physical or sensory disabilities so that they can pursue their education, while allowing them to obtain practical work experience related to their field of study.

Under the Program, the Bank awards two $2,000 bursaries together with a paid 12-week summer job for university students in Quebec, Ontario or New Brunswick, and one $1,000 bursary together with a paid 10-week summer job for CEGEP students in Quebec.

The Bursary and Summer Employment Program demonstrates National Bank’s commitment to being a leader in employment equity and diversity.  Every effort is made to ensure that no qualified person, regardless of his or her status, is denied employment opportunities.

Since its creation in 1989, the Bank’s Bursary and Summer Employment Program has enabled 49 CEGEP and university students with physical or sensory disabilities to develop their skills. The Program also serves to make Bank employees more aware of persons with disabilities and the challenges they face.

Students are invited to apply before February 10, 2006 on National Bank’s website at www.nbc.ca/bursaries or by filling out an application available from their CEGEP, university, or certain other specialized organizations.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has close to $108 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,890 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

Information (The telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644