Scotiabank StartRight Program for Newcomers makes moving easier

Before you move to Canada, you want to be as ready as possible. The Scotiabank StartRight® Program1 can help. With StartRight you can apply for an account before you move and feel more prepared to start your new life right.

Ready to get started?

It's quick and easy to complete.

Open your account Live HelpChat with us Your approximate wait time is less than 1 minute.

If you prefer you can vist one of our partner banks - China Everbright Bank, the Bank of Beijing
or the Bank of Xi'an to apply for a Scotiabank account in person.

Be sure to bring your Canadian Visa/Landing Document Number IMM 1000, IMM 1442 or IMM 5292/ 5688
and another piece of acceptable identification.

Great reasons to open an account before you arrive

You want to be fully prepared when you move. By applying for a bank account now you can cross one task off your list. With the Scotiabank StartRight Program, you can:

  • Transfer up to $50,000 CAD into your new account2 before you move so you don't need to worry about traveling with large sums of money.
  • Get peace of mind knowing you have proof of funds when you land in Canada.

When you arrive in Canada, just visit your preferred Scotiabank branch to complete account activation and enjoy full access to your funds.

How do I activate my account?


Either before or as soon as you arrive in Canada, contact your preferred Scotiabank branch and make an appointment to activate your account.

You will need to bring two forms of identification such as your:

  • Passport
  • Permanent Resident card
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada Form IMM 1000, IMM 1442, IMM 5688 or IMM 5292

If you're an international student, you must also bring proof of enrolment from your Canadian Educational Institution.

Ready to get started?

It's quick and easy to complete.

Open your account Live HelpChat with us Your approximate wait time is less than 1 minute.