As Canada’s most international bank – with branches and offices in over 55 countries around the world – our international outlook helps us understand the needs of new Canadians. We value the important role newcomers play in the Canadian workforce, economy and cultural mosaic.  We also understand the challenges of getting started and getting settled in a new country, and that is why we have developed with the Scotiabank StartRight® Program1. This program is uniquely designed to make settling in Canada easier by providing newcomers with financial solutions in one convenient package – from managing their day-to-day banking, building their credit history, to investing in their future.

We even have a dedicated StartRight website for newcomers – those coming to Canada and those who are already in Canada – with helpful resources for job hunting, starting a business, enrolling children in school, applying for government-issued identification, and housing options. The website is available in 8 languages: English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Punjabi, Arabic and Korean.

In order to locate your nearest Scotiabank branch, our branch locator tool ( on our website allows visitors to input their postal code and select from over 50 languages to find the closest branch where their language preference is spoken.

For more information or details about the Scotiabank StartRight Program, please visit our website at

® Registered trademarks of The Bank of Nova Scotia.1. The Scotiabank StartRight Program, created for Canadian Landed Immigrants from 0 to 3 years in Canada, International Students and Foreign Workers.

Disclaimer: This article for “The Wave” was prepared by Scotiabank to promote their specific banking services tailored for new immigrants to Canada. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council. We invite other organizations to submit ‘guest blogs’ that may provide tools or services that will assist newcomers in their integration to Canada.

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