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Moving to Canada?

Simplify your banking with the Scotiabank StartRight® Program and get up to $1,800* in value the first year as a newcomer.
*Potential value in 1st year. Conditions and assumptions apply.

Scotiabank is here to support you and help you navigate through your unique journey to Canada. From understanding banking basics, providing tailored advice and setting financial goals geared to help newcomers succeed financially and more – the StartRightTM Program is designed to help make banking in Canada easier.

New to Canada? Get up to $1,800 in savings, benefits & offers* when you bank with Scotiabank.
*Potential value in 1st year. Conditions and assumptions apply.

Mobile Transfer

Earn up to $400 with a Preferred Package and an eligible investment plan.◊1

no fee

No monthly account fees on a Preferred Package chequing account for the first year2 – a value of $203.40.*

money transfer

For a limited time apply for a Scotiabank PassportTM Visa Infinite** credit card and earn up to 30,000 bonus Scene+TM* with minimum spend (a value of $300) plus get a $150 primary card fee waiver for the first year.3

Credit Card

Unlimited no-fee4 international money transfers – an average savings of $280 compared to in-branch Swift wire transfers.*

Investment

Get 10 free equity trades when you invest a minimum of $1,000 in a new Scotia iTRADE® account5 – a value of $99.90.*

Plan your future with Scotiabank

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Scotiabank is one of Canada’s international banks with close to 24 million customers and over 2,700 branches around the world. 

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Access to over 941 Scotiabank branches and 3,725 ABMs across Canada.

Security

Safe and secure online and mobile banking 24/7.

Tailored banking packages and products designed for you

The StartRightTM Program

Earn up to $1,800* in value the first year with the Scotiabank StartRight® Program designed for newcomers.

Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GIC)

Choose the worry-free investment and get easy access to your money to help pay for living expenses while studying in Canada.

International Students

Planning to study in Canada? Book an appointment with a Scotiabank expert and set up an account specifically for international students.

Credit Cards

Get up to a $15,000 credit on an unsecured credit card as soon as you arrive — even without a credit history.

Newcomers can get a credit limit up to $15,000* with StartRightTM.

*Subject to credit approval. Conditions apply.

Tailored advice on all things Canadian

Your one-stop shop for personal stories, articles, and resources about life in Canada

Have questions? We’re here to help.

‡Scotiabank StartRight® Program is available only for Canadian Permanent Residents from 0-5 years in Canada and Foreign Workers.

  • *Value of up to $1,800 is calculated as follows: i) up to $583.30 first year value with the StartRightTM Program + ii) Up to $1,241 in welcome offer value, first year point earn potential and foreign transaction fee savings:
    1. Value of up to $583.30 is an annual potential value for the first year based on the following benefits and savings available to StartRightTM customers as of March 1st, 2024:
      • $203.40 in account fee savings for a Preferred Package chequing account ($16.95 monthly account fee waived for first 12 months);
      • $280 in fee savings when compared to in-branch Swift Wire Transfers (assumes an annual average of 7 in-branch Swift Wire Transfers at $40 per transfer);
      • $99.90 in fee savings for 10 free equity trades with iTRADE (10 free equity trades per year at $9.99/trade);

Actual value will depend on individual usage of the StartRight Program features and products. Conditions apply. All products and features are subject to change.

    1. Value of up to $1,241 in Scotiabank welcome offer value, first year point earn potential and foreign transaction fee savings includes the following as of March 1, 2024:
      • $400 ($350 cash offer for new Preferred and Ultimate Package clients who complete certain qualifying conditions plus an additional $50 when you open a new RRSP, FHSA, or TFSA and set up an eligible recurring PAC or deposit and maintain a minimum balance);
      • $300 value for new Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite customers who can earn up to 30,000 bonus Scene+TM* points plus $150 primary card fee wavier for the first year;
      • $287 in first year point earn potential (28,733 Scene+ points) on everyday purchases based on average annual first year spend per account with an average spend of 19% in 2x accelerator categories.
      • $104 in foreign transaction fee savings based on average first year annual foreign spend per account (save the 2.5% foreign transaction fee typically charged by other card issuers).

Actual offers and rewards earned will depend on individual card usage and eligibility for applicable offers. Conditions apply.

 Customers must meet eligibility requirements to open a Scotia RSP, Scotia TFSA and Scotia FHSA by providing a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN). To open a Scotia FHSA customers must also be Canadian residents who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in the province and not turning 72 in the year the account is opened, and declare they meet the first-time home buyer criteria as defined in the Income Tax Act. While customers may open a Scotia RSP, Scotia TFSA or Scotia FHSA with an eligible Temporary SIN, customers must provide a valid permanent SIN or a new expiry date before the temporary SIN’s expiry date. Failure to do so will result in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) de-registering the account, which may have tax implications. Additionally, there are tax implications related to Scotia RSP, Scotia TFSA and Scotia FHSA when a customer becomes a non-resident of Canada. We suggest that customers consult with their tax advisors or visit CRA’s website for further information. If Scotia Securities Inc. is the dealer of your Scotia RSP, Scotia TFSA or Scotia FHSA, your account will be restricted should you become a non-resident of Canada, and any Pre-authorized Contributions (PACs) set up on the account will be cancelled.

  1. $400 Banking Package and Registered Account Bundle Offer Description and Conditions:
    The Scotiabank $400 Cash Bonus Bundle Offer (the “Offer”) is available between March 1, 2024 and July 31, 2024 (the “Offer Period”) to individuals who open new eligible accounts. Subject to the conditions below, eligible customers can earn $350 when they open a new Preferred Package or Ultimate Package and complete certain qualifying transactions and an additional $50 boost when they open a new eligible Registered Retirement Savings Plan, Tax-Free Savings Account or First Home Savings Account (each an “Eligible Registered Account”) with either The Bank of Nova Scotia or Scotia Securities Inc. (together, “Scotiabank”) and complete certain qualifying transactions.
    For the purposes of this Offer, the following Scotia registered accounts are eligible for the Offer: Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs, excluding locked-in plans such as LIRAs and LRSPs) (each an “RRSP”), Scotia Tax-Free Savings Accounts (each a “TFSA”) and Scotia First Home Savings Accounts (each a “FHSA”). Scotia RRIFs (including locked-in income plans), RESPs, RDSPs, and non-registered Scotia Investment Accounts are not eligible for the Offer.
    $350 Cash Bonus for Preferred or Ultimate Package Conditions:To qualify for the $350 cash bonus (the “Package Bonus”), you must:
    • Open a new Ultimate Package or new Preferred Package (the “Eligible Chequing Account”) during the Offer Period; and
    • Complete any two (2) of the following activities in your Eligible Chequing Account within 60 days of Eligible Chequing Account opening:
      • Set up and clear at least one eligible automated and recurring direct deposit, such as payroll or pension, which will recur monthly for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months, or
      • Set up and clear a minimum of two (2) separate eligible recurring pre-authorized transactions with a minimum value of at least $50 per transaction which will each recur monthly for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months, or
      • Make at least one (1) eligible online bill payment of at least $50 through the Scotiabank Mobile App or through Scotia OnLine.

† Click here for a list of eligible direct deposits, pre-authorized transactions and online bill payments. Notwithstanding a transaction may be included in these lists, certain exclusions may still apply and Scotiabank reserves the right to modify these lists and to determine whether a specific direct deposit, pre-authorized transaction or bill payment is eligible for the Package Bonus. Fund transfers initiated to other Scotiabank accounts (one time or recurring, e.g. credit card or savings account), to chequing or savings accounts held at other financial institutions, or to payment processing firms, are not eligible for the Package Bonus.
$50 Registered Account Bundle Conditions: To qualify for the $50 cash bonus (the “Bundle Bonus”), you must meet the conditions for the $350 Package Bonus, and:

    • During the Offer Period and within 60 days of opening your Eligible Chequing Account, open a New Eligible Registered Account; and
    • Complete any one (1) of the following activities in your Eligible Registered Account within 60 days of Eligible Registered Account opening:
      • Set up and clear a recurring pre-authorized contribution (PAC) from any Scotiabank personal bank account of at least $50 total per month into your new Eligible Registered Account, which must recur monthly for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months, or
      • Contribute or transfer in a minimum qualifying Investment amount of $3,000 into your new Eligible Registered Account and maintain that minimum qualifying investment amount for a minimum of six (6) consecutive months.

Eligibility and Exclusions: Individuals who are currently holders of, or who were previously holders within the last two (2) years of, a Scotiabank Chequing Account are not eligible for the Package Bonus. “Scotiabank Chequing Account” means any of the following accounts: Ultimate Package, Preferred Package, Scotia One Account, Basic Plus Bank Account, Basic Banking Plan, Basic Bank Account, Momentum Chequing, Power Chequing, Scotia One Service, Scotia Value, Student Banking Advantage Plan. Employees of Scotiabank are also not eligible for these Offers. In order to qualify for the Bundle Bonus the individual cannot have held the same type of Eligible Registered Account (as that opened during the Offer Period) with Scotiabank in the six (6) months preceding the Offer Period.
General Terms: Provided all Package Bonus conditions outlined above have been met, the $350 Package Bonus will be deposited to the Eligible Chequing Account within approximately nine (9) months from Account open date. Provided all the Bundle Bonus conditions outlined above have been met, the additional $50 Bundle Bonus will be deposited to your Eligible Chequing Account within approximately thirteen (13) months from the Eligible Registered Account open date. You have 24 months from the date you believe you have fulfilled the Offer conditions to notify us if you have not received the applicable cash bonus so that we may confirm your eligibility.

For either cash bonus to be fulfilled, the Eligible Chequing Account and the Eligible Registered Account, as applicable, must be open and in good standing until the time of payout of the cash bonus. The Eligible Chequing Account is not in “good standing” if any of the following conditions are not met: (i) it has a negative balance exceeding the authorized overdraft limit, (ii) it has been in continuous overdraft for a period of three (3) consecutive months, or (iii) the Account holder is in breach of the Account agreement with Scotiabank. For purposes of this Offer, an Eligible Registered Account is not in ‘good standing’ if the account holder is in breach of the Eligible Registered Account agreement. Customers are responsible to confirm their contribution limits noted on their most current Notice of Assessment issued by the Canada Revenue Agency prior to making any contribution to their Eligible Registered Account(s). Scotiabank is not responsible for any contribution over a customer’s limit in connection with this Offer. For a spousal RRSP, the Bundle Bonus will be paid into the Eligible Chequing Account opened by the contributor.

This Offer is non-transferable and may not be duplicated. Limit of one (1) Package Bonus and one (1) Bundle Bonus per customer, regardless of the number of Eligible Chequing Accounts or Eligible Registered Accounts opened. If multiple Eligible Chequing Accounts or Eligible Registered Accounts are opened, only the first Eligible Chequing Account or first Eligible Registered Account opened, as applicable, will qualify for the respective Package Bonus or Bundle Bonus. For joint accounts, only one (1) $350 Package Bonus and one (1) $50 Bundle Bonus, as applicable, will be applied to the primary account holder’s Eligible Chequing Account. All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change. This Offer may be changed, cancelled or extended at any time without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers.

  1. To qualify for the 1-Year No Monthly Account Fee Offer (the “Offer”), open a new Preferred Package account under the StartRightProgram (the “Account”). During the first 12 months, your monthly Account fee will be waived and will not appear as a charge on your Account. The Account must be open and in good standing at the time of the waiver. All applicable service charges on the Account will continue to be applied monthly. After the first 12 months, you will begin to see the monthly Account fee charged to your Account unless you maintain a minimum daily closing balance of $4,000, in which case the monthly Account fee will be waived per the Account terms and conditions. Employees of Scotiabank and individuals who are currently or were previously holders/joint holders of a Scotiabank chequing account within the last 2 years are not eligible for this Offer. This Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers except as otherwise permitted. Maximum one Offer per customer. All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change. Offer may be changed, cancelled, or extended at any time without notice.
  2. Offer Description and Conditions:The 30,000 Bonus Scene+ Points and First Year Annual Fee Waiver on First Supplementary Card Offer (the “Offer”) applies only to new Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite credit card accounts (“Accounts”) that are opened by July 1, 2024 subject to the conditions below. Offer may be changed, cancelled or extended at any time without notice and cannot be combined with any other offers.
    Plus, as a Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite credit cardholder you are always eligible to earn an annual 10,000 Scene+ point bonus when you spend at least $40,000 in everyday eligible purchases annually on your Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite account. Conditions apply – see below for further details.
    30,000 Bonus Scene+ Point Offer Description and Conditions: To qualify for the 30,000 bonus Scene+ points (the “Bonus Offer”), you must have at least $1,000 in eligible purchases posted to your new Account within the first 3 months of the Account open date. Eligible purchases include purchases (less any refunds, returns or other similar credits) but do not include payments, cash advances (including balance transfers or cash-like transactions), interest, fees or other charges. The 30,000 Bonus Offer points will be credited to the primary cardholder’s Scene+ account within approximately 2-3 business days following the qualifying $1,000 in eligible purchases being posted to your Account within 3 months from the Account open date, provided the Account is open and in good standing. The Account is considered in good standing if it is not past due or over limit and the Cardholder(s) is not in breach of the Revolving Credit Agreement that applies to the Account. Bonus Offer applies to new Accounts only opened by July 1, 2024.
    10,000 Annual Bonus Scene+ Point Conditions: As a Scotiabank Passport Visa Infinite credit cardholder you can earn an annual Scene+ point bonus starting at 10,000 Scene+ points when you make at least $40,000 in eligible purchases annually on your Account each year (12-months). Annual period starts from the Account open date and resets every 12 months thereafter. You will earn 2,000 bonus Scene+ points for every additional $10,000 in eligible purchases thereafter in that same year, after the $40,000 annual spend has been reached. Eligible purchases include purchases (less any refunds, returns or other similar credits) but do not include payments, cash advances (including balance transfers or cash-like transactions), interest, fees or other charges.
    The Annual bonus Scene+ points will be credited within approximately 2-3 business days after you have met the $40,000 annual spend threshold on the Account and within approximately 2-3 business days after you have met each additional $10,000 annual spend threshold on the Account, provided your Account is open and in good standing (as defined above).
    First Year Annual Fee Waiver on First Supplementary Card Offer Description and Conditions: We will waive the annual fee for the first supplementary card issued before July 1, 2024 on the Account for the first year only.
    First Year Annual Fee Waiver Offer Description and Conditions: We will waive the annual fee for the primary card issued before July 1, 2024 on the Account for the first year only.
    Offer Eligibility and Exclusions: Individuals who are currently or were previously primary or secondary cardholders of a Scotiabank personal credit card in the past 2 years, including those that switch from an existing Scotiabank personal credit card, as well as employees of Scotiabank, are not eligible for the Offer. Subject to the above exclusions, Scotiabank small business credit cardholders are also eligible for the Offer.
    Rates and Fees: The current annual fee is $150 for the primary card, $0 for the first additional card and $50 for each additional card thereafter.
    The current preferred annual interest rates for this Account are: 20.99% on purchases and 22.99% on cash advances (including balance transfers and cash-like transactions). All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change.
  3. For customers onboarded as a part of the Scotiabank StartRight®Program we do not charge a service fee for the transfer, however, foreign currency exchange rates apply. A transfer needs to be made from an eligible Scotiabank Chequing or Savings account. Subject to daily limits and additional terms and conditions as set out in the Scotiabank International Money Transfer Agreement found at https://www.scotiabank.com/international-money-transfer.
  4. Conditions apply. Offer valid for new Scotia iTRADE®accounts, excluding Cash Optimizer Investment accounts, opened by new Scotia iTRADE clients who do not already have an existing account with Scotia iTRADE. If you open one or more new Scotia iTRADE account(s) (each, a “New Account”) and fund the New Account(s) within 60 days of opening the New Account(s) with at least CAD $1,000 in cash or in Net Equity (cheque deposit, electronic funds transfer or transfer of assets) (“Minimum Amount”), from an account that is not held at Scotia iTRADE, (1) the commissions associated with the first 10 online commissionable trades of Equities, Options and ETFs placed within 365 days of the date when you funded your New Account(s) with the Minimum Amount will be credited back to the corresponding New Account within 30 days of each order fill, to a maximum amount of $9.99 per trade in the currency of the account (maximum total commission rebate of $99.90), (2) the amount of the transfer-in fee charged by another Canadian broker will be credited to your New Account (up to $150 per client) subject to Scotia iTRADE’s receipt of the documentation evidencing such transfer-in fee. Scotia iTRADE reserves the right to charge you all or part of the commissions associated with the first 10 online trades completed within 365 days of funding your New Account(s) (when such commissions were previously credited back to your New Account(s)) if the conditions of the offer are not complied with. Scotia iTRADE reserves the right to modify and/or cancel this offer at any time without notice in its sole discretion. Clients must enter the promotional code SRPE15 (English) or SRPF15 (French) when submitting the New Account application to qualify. To qualify for this offer, you must satisfy Scotia iTRADE’s Canadian residency requirements, have a valid Social Insurance Number, be eligible to open a Scotia iTRADE account, maintain all of your accounts at Scotia iTRADE in good standing, not be in a disallowed debit position and not have any outstanding margin calls due. This offer has no cash redemption value. This offer cannot be transferred or combined with any other promotional offer (excluding Refer-a-Friend). Limited to one offer per client. In case of joint account only one account holder will be entitled to receive free equity trades.

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Scotia iTRADE® (Order-Execution Only Accounts) is a division of Scotia Capital Inc. (“SCI”). SCI is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Scotia iTRADE does not provide investment advice or recommendations and investors are responsible for their own investment decisions. ® Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under license.