Newcomers

Let’s help get your new life in Canada started right.

Let’s get your new life in Canada started right.

Banking in Canada made easier.

New country. New culture. New banking system. There’s a lot to figure out when you’re new to Canada. The Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 can help make your move easier.

Banking in Canada made easy.

New country. New culture. New banking system. There’s a lot to figure out when you’re new to Canada. The Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 can help make living and banking here easier.

Open an International Account online today.

Use it to transfer money and show proof of funds before you move – and get a chequing account faster once you’re here2.

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Set up your Scotiabank account today.

You'll get over $300 in banking benefits just for opening an account.

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What documents do I need to open an account?

If you’re a permanent resident

Your Permanent Resident Card or confirmation of Permanent Residence

One additional piece of government photo ID such as your passport or Canadian driver’s licence

If you’re also planning on applying for a credit card, you can do so with the documents outlined above.

If you’re a foreign worker

Your work permit

One additional piece of government photo ID such as your passport or Canadian driver’s licence

If you’re also planning on applying for a credit card, bring a letter from your employer in Canada stating your annual income.

Get over $300 in banking benefits with the StartRight® Program.

Here’s what you’ll get when you arrive in Canada:

Here’s what the program offers you:

Cash

$100 cash when you open an eligible chequing account32.

No Fee

No monthly fees on an eligible chequing account for a year43. A value of $165.

Safe Deposit Box

Free small safety deposit box for a year54. A value of $55.

Credit Card

Credit cards designed for newcomers65.

Mobile Banking

Safe and secure online and mobile banking 24/7.

The following accounts are eligible for the StartRight® Program.

Scotiabank Momentum Chequing Account

Best option if you plan on using your debit card daily

  • 1% back on all debit purchases – up to $300 back for the first year
  • Unlimited self service debit transactions76
  • $15.95 monthly fee
  • $11.95 after Seniors Discount (age 60+)
  • No interest is paid on this account

Scotia One Chequing Account

Best option if you tend to maintain a higher balance

  • No monthly fee with at least $4,000 daily closing balance
  • Unlimited self service debit transactions76
  • $13.95 monthly fee
  • $9.95 after Seniors Discount (age 60+)
  • No interest is paid on this account

Basic Banking Plan Chequing Account

Best option if you love movies and want to earn SCENE® rewards

  • No monthly fees with a minimum daily closing balance of $3000
  • 25 transactions every month76– including self-service and teller transactions
  • $10.95 monthly fee
  • $6.95 after Seniors Discount (age 60+)
  • No interest is paid on this account

More reasons to love the StartRight® Program…

  • Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank with close to 24 million customers and over 2,700 branches around the world.
  • Scotiabank is Canada’s only international bank with close to 24 million customers and over 2,700 branches around the world.
  • Access to over 1,100 Scotiabank branches and 4,000 ABMs across Canada.
  • Personalized support in the language that’s most comfortable to you.

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“Scotiabank was the only bank who let us transfer our money to Canada before landing. It made things very smooth.”

Wei StartRight® Program customer

“The Scotiabank employees I worked with were also Canadian immigrants, so they understood the challenges of moving to a new country and helped me in any way possible.”

Jian StartRight® Program customer

No credit history? No problem.

We can help you get an unsecured credit card with a limit of up to $5,000 as soon as you arrive65.

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A good credit history can make it easier for you to borrow money, while a bad credit history – or no credit history – can make getting loans for things like cell phones, credit cards, and housing more difficult.

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