What makes blogging a rewarding side hustle (or full-time job, hopefully) is the opportunity to learn from you. It’s such a great way to start the year.
So the credit for this post goes to a reader who shared the information on how to open a Metrobank account in Canada on my post about opening a Philippine Bank account in Canada.
Kudos, kabayan. This must be the modern version of bayanihan.
Steps on How to Open a Metrobank Account in Canada
According to a tip from a reader, Filipinos can open a savings or passbook account in Canada. No chequing account.
If you live somewhere else, I’m sure the steps below are somewhat similar where you’ll open a Metrobank account.
Step 1: Locate the foreign Metrobank branches in North America. (Refer to the list later.)
Step 2: Gather and submit all the requirements. Call the Metrobank branch to make sure you have everything you need before personally submitting the requirements.
- Passport (Canadian or Philippine)
- Government issued ID (e.g. Driver’s license, health card, etc.)
- Paycheque or a pay stub in the last three months
- Dual citizenship certificate (if applicable)
- Birth certificate
- Fee (our kababayan can’t remember how much but said that it isn’t much)
Bring the original and photocopy of the requirements. The Metrobank office location of your choice in the Philippines will receive the complete requirements.
Step 3: Wait for the application to be completed. The processing time is three months.
Step 4: Claim your Metrobank passbook or ATM card. The latter is more convenient for OFWs because you can remit to the account and check your Metrobank account online.
Now that you’re aware with the steps, let’s go back to step 1 and find out the overseas branches.
Metrobank Overseas Offices
The foreign Metrobank branches are located in America, Asia, and Europe. But for this post I’ll only include the offices in Canada.
Address: 4292 Fraser Street Vancouver, BC V5V 4G2
Tel: 1 (604) 874 – 3373
Fax: 1 (604) 874-3374
Mondays to Saturdays – 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sundays – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Address: 569 St. Clair Ave. West Toronto, ON M6C 1A3
Tel: 1 (416) 532 – 9779 / 1 (416) 532 – 3223
Fax: 1 (416) 534 – 4040
Mondays to Saturdays – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sundays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
That’s not much list of offices in Canada. For Filipinos living in this areas, take advantage of the opportunity to open a Philippine bank account if you don’t have any yet.
There’s No Metrobank Office Where I Live
I know how frustrating it is. But you still have an alternative. You could check if opening a PNB account is possible in different branches.
- Ontario (Mississauga,
Sherbourne, Scarborough, and Wilson)
- British Columbia (Vancouver and Surrey)
- Manitoba (Winnipeg)
Tip: I was able to open a PNB account in Calgary, Alberta. Make a phone call and ask if there are agents in other areas that are not listed in the online list.
That’s all the trick I can share for this post. I can’t wait to learn and share more tips from our fellow kababayan.
If you are able to open a Metrobank account or other Philippine bank account in Canada or somewhere else, let us know in the comment.
Leah Nagen says
I just have a question, regarding sa nag open ng acct. dito sa Toronto. When you went to the Philippines and visit the Metro bank dala lahat ng mga remittance receipts, valid ID etc. Makaka withdraw ba agad ng pera or baka naman pahirapan pa ang pagwithdraw?