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National Bank Donates $250,000 to The Lighthouse, Children and Families

Montreal, 14 December 2005 -

National Bank is proud to make a donation of $250,000 to The Lighthouse, Children and Families, a non-profit organization that offers palliative care for children with degenerative terminal illnesses, as well as support for their parents.

The donation will be used to build and furnish the Lighthouse Home, which is expected to open in the fall of 2006.  In addition to providing palliative care to children, the home will offer respite and support to their families.  It is the first free pediatric palliative and respite home in Quebec, and National Bank is proud to be associated with the initiative.  Every year, the Lighthouse Home welcomes up to 250 children and their families.

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.

A photo is available and may be obtained by contacting Public Relations.

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National Bank made a donation of $250,000 to The Lighthouse, Children and Families. In the photo (left to right): Réal Raymond, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank of Canada; Michèle Viau-Chagnon, General Director of The Lighthouse, Children and Families; Nicole Marcil-Gratton, Chair of the Board of Directors of The Lighthouse, Children and Families; and Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada and Chairman of the fundraising campaign for The Lighthouse Home.

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):

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