Getting ready to open your account

Discover our programs for newcomers in Canada

You should open a Canadian bank account as soon as possible, in order to easily access your funds and simplify your life in Canada.


In just a few simple steps: You can transfer funds from your country of origin to prepare for your arrival.

Open an account

At a branch

To open an account at a branch, you will have to schedule an appointment at the branch of your choice.

Find a branch

Simply come into the branch of your choice, where we will verify your identity and issue you a Client Card.

You can also take this opportunity to ask for more information on the Canadian banking system.

Which documents will you need?


To open an account, bring the following pieces of identification to the branch. You will then be able to use the account.

  • A valid passport
  • A document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (visa, work permit or study permit)

In order to be accepted, the above identity documents must be unexpired, legible originals in good condition.

Transfer funds from an account abroad 

To transfer funds from an account abroad to your new account, you will need to provide the following information to the transmitting bank.

SWIFT message: MT103
Bank code and branch transit: CC0006XXXXX*
Branch address: National Bank of Canada*
Canadian account number: XXXXXXX* 

*This information will be provided in the account opening confirmation email or by your advisor in branch.