Money & Banking

In Canada, you have the right to open a bank account at a bank or a federally regulated credit union as long as you show proper identification.

You can open an account even if you:

  • don’t have a job
  • don’t have money to put in the account right away
  • have been bankrupt

To open an account, you usually have to:

  • go in-person to a financial institution
  • provide an acceptable form of identification

Opening a bank account if you’re not a Canadian citizen:

You may be able to open a bank account with the proper identification in Canada if you’re not a Canadian citizen, or if you live in another country.

You may need to go to the financial institution in-person to open a bank account.

Contact the financial institution for more information about opening a bank account if you’re not a Canadian citizen.

Click here to access information on banking in Canada.

The following is a list of locally available financial institutions:

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Last Modified: September 16, 2021