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Newcomers to Canada Resource & Advice


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Newcomers to Canada Resource & Advice



Moving to Canada? Open a BMO bank account before your move

Select a BMO branch in Canada to mail these five completed forms to:


  1. Complete with your current bank: Letter of Direction — Banker — Certificate of Identity Request
  2. Complete with your current bank: Certificate of Identity — Banker — Newcomers to Canada Account Open Request
  3. Complete with your lawyer: Letter of Direction — Lawyer/Solicitor — Certificate of Identity Request
  4. Complete with your lawyer: Certificate of Identity — Lawyer/Solicitor — Newcomers to Canada Account Open Request
  5. Complete the form: Request to Open New Personal Primary Chequing Account at BMO Bank of Montreal

After you mail these forms, the BMO branch you selected will mail back your new account documentation, new account number and all BMO Bank of Montreal Agreements. You will need to bring these documents with you to the branch you selected once you arrive in Canada.



Ways to Send Money

Western Union®** Money Transfer


Send $10-$999.99 CDN to recipients for pick up at their closest Western Union location using your online banking account.


Interac e-Transfer®†


Use your mobile or online banking account to send money across Canada to the recipient’s email address instantly.


Wire Transfers


To send larger amounts overseas, simply visit your BMO branch with the recipient’s name, address and account number along with the name and address of their financial institution.



BMO Mobile Banking

Quickly and easily manage your money with our BMO Mobile Banking app. With the BMO® Mobile Banking app, completing everyday transactions is quick and easy so you can get on with your day, your way. Plus, BMO Mobile Banking is safe and secure, so you can confidently bank on the go.