Tangerine - The free online bank in Canada

Tangerine has been around since 1997, has over 2 million customers and is part of Scotiabank.

Key features of Tangerine:

  • Free debit card
  • Free account forever
  • Free Interac e-Transfers
  • Free cash withdrawals at all Scotiabank ATMs
  • Free Cash Back Mastercard
  • No monthly or minimum balance needed
  • Interest on your balance in the chequing account, no other “Big Five” Bank offers this

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At Simplii you can earn an additional $350 sign up bonus. (Special Promotion)
For this you only need to add a direct deposit to your chequing account for at least $100 for 3 straight months.
Good example: Your pay from your employer.

Free Cashback Credit Card

  • Free credit card that pays money when you use it
  • Set the two most used categories and get 2% cash back
  • On all other categories there is 0.5% cash back
  • The cash back is not accumulated as with all other banks and credited once a year, at Tangerine you get it paid monthly into the bank account.

Where is the catch?

There isn’t really a catch. You can open a bank account as a newcomer. There is only a BUT.

In order to open an online bank account at Simplii you need to prove Canadian residency. This means you can only apply after you swapped the foreign drivers licence into a Canadian drivers licence.