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Financial Institutions

Financial Institutions 

Banks & Financial Institutions

It is important to open an account with a bank as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada. Banks and other financial institutions such as trust companies, caisses populaires (in Quebec and Ontario) and credit unions provide:

  • A safe place to keep your money
  • Services to help you manage your money
  • Loans and mortgages if you need to borrow money
  • Financial advice for budgeting and investments

Below are a few popular choices.


Canadian Visa specialists is proud to partner with HSBC for your Canadian banking needs. Enjoy a range of products and services with HSBC personal and online banking, including loans, mortgages, savings, investments and credit cards.

Visit their website here.

Currency exchange

Canadian Visa Specialists is proud to partner with Halo Financial for your currency conversion needs.

Halo Financial can assist you to transfer your GBP or Euros into Canadian dollars, either before or after you arrive in Canada. With the help and expertise of a dedicated currency expert watching the exchange rates for you, Halo can help you achieve the best exchange rate at the right time. It’s all part of Halo's award winning service.

To get your quote and keep up to date with the Euro and Canadian dollar exchange rates click here. You can also contact Geraldine Collett by email at Geraldine.Collett@halofinancial.com or by phone at +44 (0) 20 7350 5474.