Canadian Bank Institution Numbers

Canadian Financial Institution Numbers for All Banks

Across the globe, banks have specific and unique designations – names, numbers, monikers that precisely identify the institution and its place within the financial industry. This is the case in Canada where bank institution numbers work to distinguish banks from one another.

This bank institution number does not change and it’s necessary for things in the country such as funding transfers to or from a Canadian bank account. Unlike other accounting numbers, this banking code is typically attached to the entire institution (bank, credit union, etc.) rather than a specific branch or person. This is particularly true for larger banking conglomerates.

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Most banking destinations will share their specific institution numbers with you – simply ask a financial professional. But if you fail to request this number, it can be easily located on a Canadian check: banking institution numbers are 3-digit figures found at the bottom of checks following the five-digit transit number and preceding a person’s account number of up to 12 digits. They also can be found online, including within this article.

Canada has an abundance of banking institutions and, as noted previously, each has its own distinct code. 

Here is a listing of institution numbers (in easy-to-find alphabetical order) for the ten largest Canadian banks:

Bank Name Institution Number
Bank of Montreal (BMO) 001
Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) 002
Canadian Western Bank 030
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Caisses Desjardins du Quebec
Caisses populaires Desjardins de l’Ontario
Caisses populaires Desjardins du Manitoba
HSBC Bank Canada
Laurentian Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada (NBC)
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust) 004

But these are just a few of the financial spaces discovered across Canada. From sea to sea, from small to large, from national name to credit union, here is a comprehensive, alphabetical listing of all banks and their individualized institution numbers:

Bank Name Institution Number
Amex Bank Of Canada 303
ATB Financial 219
Bank Of America Canada 241
Bank Of Canada (Canadian Central Bank) 177
Bank Of China (Canada) 308
Bank Of Montreal (BMO) 001
Bank Of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) 002
Bank West 342
BofA Canada Bank 311
BNP Paribas (Canada) 250
Bridgewater Bank 347
Canada Post 127
Canadian Western Bank 030
Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce (CIBC) 010
Canadian Tire Bank 338
Caisses Desjardins Du Quebec 815
Caisses Populaires Desjardins Acadiennes 865
Caisses Populaires Desjardins De L’Ontario 829
Caisses Populaires Desjardins Du Manitoba 819
Capital One Bank (Canada) 323
Central One Credit Union – BC Region 809
Central One Credit Union – ON Region 828
Citibank Canada 260
Citibank, NA 328
Citizens Bank Of Canada 309
Comerica Bank 330
Credit Union Central Of Alberta 899
Credit Union Central Of Manitoba 879
Credit Union Central Of Saskatchewan 889
Credit Union Heritage (Nova Scotia) 839
CS Alterna Bank 608
CTC Bank Of Canada 315
Deutsche Bank AG 265
Directcash Bank 352
First Commercial Bank 332
First Nations Bank Of Canada 310
Bank Name Institution Number
Government of Canada
Habib Canadian Bank
Hollis Canadian Bank
HSBC Bank Canada
ICICI Bank Canada
Industrial and Commerce Bank of China (Canada)
Jameson Bank
JP Morgan Bank Canada
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Toronto Branch)
Korea Exchange Bank of Canada
Laurentian Bank of Canada
Manulife Bank
Mega International Commercial Bank Canada
Meridian Credit Union
Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. Canada BR
National Bank of Canada (NBC)
Pacific & Western Bank of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
SHINHAN Bank Canada
Societe Generale (Canada)
State Bank of India (Canada)
State Street
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp of CDA
Tangerine Bank
The Bank of New York Mellon
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada)
The Royal Bank of Scotland NV Canada
Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust)
UBS Bank (Canada)
United Overseas Bank Limited

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Marissa Anwar is a NYC and Toronto based executive with Ph.D in Genetics, and is the Managing Director of Thirty Six Montsh; one of the first personal finance sites in Canada. Her extensive corporate background includes stints in bio-tech, telecommunications, UNTWO, blockchain, (named one of the top 8 women in Blockchain in 2018), influencer marketing (launched influencer marketing projects for credit card companies and airlines). She most recently tackled the role of VP, Innovation and Marketing specializing in digital and broadcast media. She is also part of the Forbes Communication Panel.