Project Description

How can I open bank account?

To open a bank account, you need to book an appointment and go to the bank in person with complete acceptable identification.

Acceptable Identification

For acceptable form of IDs you may choose any of the following 3 choices:

  • Show 2 pieces of ID from List A; or
  • Show 1 piece of ID from List A and 1 piece from List B; or
  • Show 1 piece of ID from List A and have someone, who the bank knows, confirm that you are who you say you are.
  • A drivers’ licence issued in Canada;
  • A Canadian passport;
  • A Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Certification of Naturalization;
  • A Permanent Resident Card;
  • A birth certificate issued in Canada;
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) card issued by the Government of Canada;
  • An Old Age Security card issued by the Government of Canada;
  • A Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada;
  • A provincial health insurance card; or
  • A document or card with your signature and photograph from:
    • The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia;
    • Alberta Registries;
    • Saskatchewan Government Insurance;
    • The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations;
    • The Department of Transportation and Public Works of the Province of Prince Edward Island;
    • Service New Brunswick;
    • The Department of Government Services and Lands of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador;
    • The Department of Transportation of the Northwest Territories; or
    • The Department of Community Government and Transportation of the Territory of Nunavut.
    • Service Ontario
  • An employee identity card with a photograph from an employer well known in the community;
  • A signed automated banking machine (ABM) card or client card issued by a member of the Canadian Payments Association;
  • A signed credit card issued by a member of the Canadian Payments Association;
  • A signed Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) client card with a photograph; or
  • A foreign passport.