How to Open a Philippine National Bank Account in Canada

It wasn’t long ago when I wrote on how to open a Philippine bank account in Canada. After asking other bloggers and customer service, not surprisingly, I often received auto replies.

Then came a lot of impossibilities. OFWs should open a bank account before they leave.

OK so I learn from my mistake; what’s next other wallowing in regret?

Think positive . . .  and keep on asking.

Open a Philippine National Bank Account

Then the good news came from the Philippine National Bank which I asked on Facebook and here’s the reply:

Account opening is done at any of the PNB branches, with the following requirements:

  • 1 valid primary ID
  • 2 ID pictures (1×1 or 2×2)
  • Accomplished Account Opening Forms:
    • Client Information Form
    • Account Information Form
    • Signature Card
    • Conditions Form (which are available at the branch)
  • Initial deposit:
    • PHP 3,000 for a regular ATM Savings Account
    • PHP 10,000 for a regular Passbook Savings Account or a regular Checking Account

It’s not a lot of information but good enough to give me hope . . . to keep on researching for more information.

Proof: Open a Philippine National Bank Account Abroad?

Not fully convinced with the response I received through emails and social media, I looked for more proof.

Little did I know that I shouldn’t have searched too far.

Maria, the ex-OFW blogger, is writing on Pinas for Good since 2013. I’ve been following her blog for a year and was inspired to share my journey of financial freedom. (What I’m trying to say is for you to read her blog; you wouldn’t regret it.)

For some, trips are for relaxing; others like Maria, it meant more.

She went to Forth Washington, Maryland to open a Philippine National Bank account in USA. This was her second bank trip; the first was in New York to open a BPI account. (Click here for the overseas directory.)

Although it is not set in Canada, a proof is a proof. It really is possible and not yet too late to start saving on Philippine banks. I am motivated to have a bank trip like Maria. Not so fast though.

Trips can wait but not my curiosity, so I called the PNB offices in Canada. (I am always amaze how information is accessible online and calls cost nothing because of toll-free numbers.)

PNB Overseas Offices

The PNB Remittance Company (Canada) (PNBRCC) is a subsidiary of the Philippine National Bank. PNBRCC claims that it is number one when it comes to remittances to the Philippines.

Share the kind of service you’ve experienced with the following branches:

Corporate Office
Address: Unit 104, 3050 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga, ON L5B 3Z6
Tel No: 905-896-9743 / 905-896-4840 / 905-897-9600
Fax: 905-897-9601
Toll Free No: 1-866-922-7460
Email: pnbremittance@pnbrcc.com and info@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:  Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

I tried calling (toll free number) the branch in British Columbia but no one was answering so I called the corporate office. It didn’t take more than five minutes and I’m already getting the details on how to open a PNB checking account.

  • Processing fee is $30
  • Duration to receive PNB cheque: 8-10 weeks

I was so ecstatic have someone on the line to verify the information. Finally, I am satisfied for now.

For Filipinos living in Calgary, you can call this phone number (587) 969-8762 for inquiries. The staff at the corporate office in Ontario gave me the phone number. So it really pays off to ask questions to get first-hand information.

Good customer service. Check.

I’m more convinced to choose PNB among the Philippine banks whether located overseas or in the Philippines. Feel free to disagree or agree but don’t forget to find out the other branches of PNBRCC.

Ontario

Mississauga Branch
Address: Unit 104, 3050 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga, ON L5B 3Z6
Tel No: (905) 896-8010 and (905) 268-0580
Fax: 905-896-9338
Email: mississauga@pnb.com.ph
Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sherbourne Branch
Address: Unit 3, 545 Sherbourne St. Toronto, ON M4X 1W5
Tel No: 416-960-9231 and 416-960-8004
Fax: 416-960-8688
Email: sherbourne@pnb.com.ph and sherbourne@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 am – 7:00 pm

Wilson Branch
Address: Unit 101-333 Wilson Avenue Toronto, ON M3H 1T2
Tel No: 416-630-1400
Fax: 416-630-1406
Email: wilson@pnb.com.ph and wilson@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday to Saturday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Scarborough Branch
Address: 3430 Sheppard Avenue East Scarborough, ON M1T 3K4
Tel No: 416-293-5438 and 416-293-8758
Fax: 416-293-7376
Email: scarborough@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

British Columbia

Vancouver Branch
Address: 365 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P8
Tel No: 604-737-4944
Toll Free No: 1-877-762-1165
Fax: 604-737-4948
Email: vancouver@pnb.com.ph and vancouver@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Surrey Branch
Address: 13521-102 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3T 4X8
Tel No: 604-581-6762
Fax: 604-581-6299
Email: surrey@pnb.com.ph, surrey@rccmail.com, and surrey@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Manitoba

Winnipeg Branch
Address: 737 Keewatin St. Unit 7 Winnipeg, MB R2X 3B9
Tel No: 204-697-8860
Fax: 204-697-8865
Email: winnipeg@pnb.com.ph and winnipeg@pnbrcc.com
Business Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

I’ll let you know if I have my own account while not leaving Calgary or embark on a trip to Vancouver (the closest branch in Calgary). But wait. It should be on the top of my to-do list.

I am challenging myself to open a PNB checking account before going on a vacation. Skip the vacation but not the account. (Bring it on!)

Let us know in the comment if you were able to open a checking account while working abroad.

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Pwede Padala Gal is in charge of this blog. She loves to share tips on how to save here in Canada and the Philippines. Someday she'll walk her Aspins and finally teach them at least one dog tricks. Gardening seems to be one of her talents if cactus is not the topic. Let's connect on Facebook.

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