National Bank of Canada 2009 Annual Report was posted today on its web site

Montreal, 10 December 2009 - 

National Bank of Canada (the “Bank”) (TSX: NA) announces that the 2009 Annual Report, including Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis, is available on its web site at www.nbc.ca/investorrelations

A printed copy of the 2009 Annual Report will be sent to registered holders who have not informed the Bank that they do not wish to receive it at the beginning of February 2010. Registered holders who do not wish to receive a copy of the 2009 Annual Report may contact by telephone the Bank’s registrar and transfer agent, Computershare Trust Company of Canada, at 1-888-838-1407.

A printed copy of the 2009 Annual Report will also be sent to beneficial owners who have informed the Bank that they wish to receive it at the beginning of February 2010.

Subsequently, paper copies of the Annual Report will be available from the Bank, upon request and free of charge, by contacting the Investor Relations Department either by telephone at 1-866-517-5455 or by email at investorrelations@nbc.ca

The documents related to the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be sent separately to shareholders towards the end of February 2010.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, 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 more than $132 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,747 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 numbers provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644

Hélène Baril                                      
Senior Manager, Investor Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-0296