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Once you arrive in Canada, you may want to open a bank account.

A bank account is a safe place where you can keep your money.

In Windsor-Essex County, we have many different banks for you to choose from.

If you are hoping to open a bank account, you will need to go to the bank and show identification. These pieces of identification need to be valid, original copies. When you open a bank account in Canada, you will need to provide the right kind of identification.

You can:

  1. Show two pieces of identification document (ID) from List A
  2. Show one piece of ID from List A and one piece of ID from List B.
  3. Show one piece of ID from List A and have someone that the bank knows confirm that you    are who you say you are.

List A

• A Canadian driver’s licence

• A Social Insurance Number (SIN) card

• An Old Age Security (OAS) card with your SIN

• A permanent resident card or a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) form IMM 1000, IMM 1442 or IMM 5292

List B

• An employee ID card with a photograph, from a known employer

• A debit card or bank card with your name and signature on it

• A Canadian credit card with your name and signature on it

• A Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) client card with your photograph and signature on it

• A valid foreign passport

You can learn more about this at Settlement.org(en Français).