Are you and your spouse planning to buy a home together, or take a dream vacation? Are you looking for an effective way to manage shared expenses? A joint account might be right for you. Learn more before you decide.
Use your chequing account for day-to-day transactions, such as bill payments and transfers between accounts or e-Transfers. It comes with a bank card and cheque book.
Use your savings account to put money aside for a specific goal, like an upcoming vacation, or to ensure you have an emergency fund in case the unexpected happens, for example you lose your job. With this type of account, you'll earn interest on your savings.
You'll need to go to a branch to finalize the account opening. Be sure to bring two pieces of ID (one with a photo).
If you're a newcomer to Canada, you'll need to bring a valid passport and a document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (like a visa, work permit or study permit).
Go to a National Bank branch so we can confirm your identity and issue you a debit card. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
Schedule an appointment online: Choose the branch location and time that work best for you.
You should only open a joint account with someone you trust. Your co-holder can carry out the same transactions as you, including purchases, withdrawals and deposits. They are not required to obtain your consent to use your joint account, even if you are the one who deposited the money in the account. The co-holder can even close the account without your consent.
Should you and your co-holder separate or divorce, the money in your joint account could be considered part of your family assets. The account could also be frozen if debt is involved, preventing you from accessing the funds. If either of you declares bankruptcy, the funds may be subject to creditors' rights.