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Scotiabank account


Types of accounts

Chequing accounts

Chequing accounts from Scotiabank feature unlimited transactions per month. You can use such an account for everyday banking — say, when making a purchase.

Beware that chequing accounts involve no interest paid.

Savings accounts

With a savings account from Scotiabank, you can earn money for your goals. There are no monthly account fees, and your savings grow every time you use your debit card.

Bank accounts for seniors

Seniors can get either a chequing or savings account from Scotiabank. The eligible accounts in this category feature lower monthly fees.

Student accounts

Scotiabank offers chequing and savings accounts tailored specifically to students’ needs. These accounts feature unlimited debit and Interac e-Transfer transactions. As you make debit transactions, you can earn rewards.

Accounts for newcomers to Canada

Scotiabank has launched the StartRight® Program designed to meet the needs of newcomers to Canada. With this program, you can open an international account, even before you arrive in Canada. After that, you will be able to set up a chequing account for your banking needs faster.

How to open an account?

Whether you are a first-time or an existing client of Scotiabank, you can open a bank account of your choice quickly and easily.

Alternatively, you can open a bank account at your local Scotiabank branch.


To open a bank account at Scotia bank, you need to be at least 16 years old. You should also be either a Canadian resident or work or study here.

If you are opening a bank account in your name, you can do it online. But, opening an account for your child or adding someone else to the account requires your visit to a Scotiabank branch.

When applying for an account, be sure to have your address and proof of identity at hand. These can be your passport, national ID, voter’s card, driver’s license, Military ID card, or Permanent Resident Card.

Be ready to provide information about your occupation, business (if applicable), and your social insurance number (for interest-bearing accounts).

Pros and cons

What makes the accounts from Scotiabank attractive? Here are the definite cons:

  • Relatively low monthly fees

  • An opportunity to earn a welcome $300 bonus on certain accounts

  • Access to tips and advice from ScotiaAdvice+ Centre

  • Earning points on your transactions with the Scene+TM program

  • An opportunity for seniors to save on the monthly account fees

Still, there are some potential drawbacks to be aware of:

  • A low account balance won’t allow you to waive the monthly fee

  • Steep monthly fees if you fail to maintain the required minimum account balance

How to fund?

If you need to fund your account, there are several ways to do it:

  • By depositing a cheque in Scotiabank mobile app

  • By sign up for direct deposit with your workplace and the CRA to transfer any paycheques or government transfers and tax refunds right to your bank account

  • By transferring funds between your accounts online

  • By receiving funds from friends and family members through Interac e-Transfer†

  • By linking your Scotiabank account to an external bank account to deposit funds.


Which accounts qualify for a welcome bonus?

You can earn a $300 welcome bonus if you open any of the following banking packages:

  • An Ultimate Package 

  • A Preferred Package

How can I waive the monthly fee for my Scotiabank account?

If you maintain the required minimum daily closing balance, you can pay no monthly account fee. Here are the required minimum daily balances to waive the monthly fee by banking packages:

  • $5,000 for the Ultimate Package

  • $4,000 for the Preferred Package

  • $3,000 for the Basic Plus Bank Account

Can I open an account at Scotiabank from abroad?

Scotiabank has the StartRight® Program in place. With this program, you can open an international account through the Scotiabank website before actually arriving in Canada.

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