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After you arrive in Nova Scotia, you should open a bank account. Debit and credit cards are common methods of payment in Canada.

To open an account, please bring:

  • your passport,
  • study permit and
  • your NSCC acceptance letter

It is best to call the bank ahead of time to make an appointment.

You can find banks near you by going to their individual websites. Here is a list of the major banks in Canada:

Bank of Montreal (BMO): www.bmo.com  

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC): www.cibc.com  

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC): www.royalbank.com

Scotiabank (Bank of Nova Scotia): www.scotiabank.com

Toronto Dominion Canada Trust (TD): www.tdcanadatrust.com