Scotiabank in the Caribbean and Central America

Scotiabank has been part of the Caribbean and Central American region since 1889. We opened our first office in Kingston, Jamaica to support the thriving trade of rum, sugar, and fish. Our Kingston branch was the first Canadian bank office to open outside the U.K. or the U.S. In fact, we opened our first branch in Kingston before our branch in Toronto, Canada, where our executive offices are now located.

More than a century later, Scotiabank is the leading bank in the Caribbean and Central America, with operations in 25 countries, including affiliates. We’re also the only Canadian bank with operations in four of the seven Central American countries — Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, and El Salvador.



Facts about Scotiabank in the Caribbean and Central America:


  • We employ 10,000 people and serve more than 2 million customers
  • About 99 per cent of our employees are hired locally
  • We have 294 branches and more than 655 ATMs throughout the region

As part of our international strategy, we focus on investing in markets where we anticipate solid, long-term economic growth. We pride ourselves on leveraging Canada’s best sales and service practices to retain and attract high-value customers abroad. We’re committed to helping you become financially better off by providing the right solutions for your unique needs.