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National Bank will donate up to $100,000 to assist earthquake victims in South Asia

Montreal, 14 October 2005 -

National Bank will donate up to $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to support the organization’s relief efforts for earthquake victims in South Asia.

The Bank’s contribution will consist of a $50,000 corporate donation and an additional amount of up to $50,000 to match donations made by Bank employees and clients.  National Bank branches are now accepting donations from the public.

All donations made at National Bank branches will be sent to the Canadian Red Cross and used to provide immediate relief and basic necessities to the victims.  National Bank branches will accept public donations until November 14, 2005.  The Canadian Red Cross will issue tax receipts for all donations of $10 or more.

In 2004, the Bank and its subsidiaries, through corporate donations, sponsorships, in-branch fundraising activities and various benefit events, gave $12 million to hundreds of Canadian education, health care, cultural and community organizations.

More information on the many causes and projects the Bank supports as part of its commitment to the communities it serves can be found in the Bank’s Social Responsibility Report on its website at www.nbc.ca.

About National Bank
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 customers elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including 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 $110 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,049 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):

Josée Lagacé
Public Relations Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-6500