Now that you've finally arrived in Canada, it's time to set up your new life. Don't worry, our advisors are here to help! Various assistance programs are also available.
"A true friend afar brings a distant land near."
- Chinese proverb
You'll need to open a bank account to carry out transactions. The Offer for Newcomers to Canada allows you to open an account online from your country of origin. You can then transfer funds to the account so you can quickly access your money when you arrive.
You'll need to build a solid credit history in Canada. Your credit history affects your ability to rent housing or apply for a loan. One of the best ways to build a credit history is to make purchases on your credit card.
There are many organizations dedicated to helping newcomers get settled in Canada. For more information, click here. You can also call our free assistance service, which offers advice and support to newcomers like you.
When it comes to housing, you should ask yourself if it's a better idea to rent (which allows you to avoid paying taxes and other expenses) or buy (which allows you to invest over the long term). Use our Rent or buy calculator to find out which option is best for you.
Carry out transactions
Open a bank account online for your everyday banking needs.
+ enjoy up to three years without monthly banking fees
1. Our banking offer for newcomers is available to immigrants who have been living in Canada for less than 5 years. See the Details and conditions of the offer for the full terms and conditions. The offer may be modified, extended or withdrawn, without prior notice, at any time. The offer may not be combined or used with any other National Bank offer, promotion or benefit. Fees may apply for transactions not included in the banking offer for newcomers. For more information on transaction fees, see our Fee Guide [PDF].
2. Financing subject to credit approval by National Bank. Certain conditions apply. Eligible credit card: Platinum.
3. Financing subject to credit approval by National Bank. Certain conditions apply.