Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation notice

Deposits with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Canadian Branch are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Designated offices

In compliance with the Support Orders and Support Provisions (Banks and Authorized Foreign Banks) Regulations, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch has designated the following offices for the service of enforcement notices in respect of the below noted provinces.

Province of Alberta
308 4th Ave SW, Suite 2711
Calgary, AB T2P 0H7

Province of British Columbia
200 Burrard Street, Suite 330
Vancouver, BC V6C 3L6 

Province of Ontario
22 Adelaide Street W, Suite 2200
Toronto, ON M5H 4E3 

Province of Quebec
1250 Rene-Levesque Blvd West, Suite 2100
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4W8

Tied selling

The Bank Act requires banks to inform customers in plain language that coercive tied selling is illegal. To comply with the law, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch has created this web page explaining what coercive tied selling is.

What is coercive tied selling?

Section 576.1 of the Bank Act prohibits banks from practicing coercive tied selling. It is against the law for a bank to "impose undue pressure on, or coerce a person to obtain a product or service from a particular person, including the bank and any of its affiliates, as a condition for obtaining another product or service from the bank." Customers cannot be unduly pressured to buy a product or service that they do not want from a bank or one of its affiliates, to obtain another bank product or service.

The following is an example that helps to explain coercive tied selling and what is not allowed.

Your bank's mortgage specialist tells you that you qualify for a home mortgage. However, you are also told that the bank will approve your mortgage only if you transfer your investments to the bank or its affiliates. You want the mortgage, but you do not want to move your investments.

You are advised that you qualify for a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) loan. However, you are also told that the bank will approve the loan only if you use the money to buy the bank's mutual funds. You want the loan, but you want to invest the money elsewhere.

The above practice is against the law. A banking representative is not allowed to excessively pressure you to buy another unwanted product or service as a condition of obtaining the product you want.

What is not coercive tied selling?

Most businesses, including Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Canadian Branch, look for tangible ways to show their interest in your business and appreciation for your loyalty. Sales practices, such as preferential pricing and bundling of products and services, offer potential and existing customers better prices or more favourable terms. These practices should not be confused with coercive tied selling, as defined by the Bank Act. Many of these practices will be familiar to you in your dealings with other businesses.

Preferential pricing

Preferential pricing means offering customers a better price or rate on all or part of their business. For example, a printer offers a lower price for each business card if you buy a thousand cards instead of a hundred. A shoe store offers a second pair of shoes at half price.

Similarly, a bank may be able to offer you preferential pricing — a higher interest rate on investments or a lower interest rate on loans — if you use more of its products or services. The following two examples will help to explain preferential pricing in banks.

After approving your application for a home mortgage from the bank, your bank's mortgage specialist tells you that this mortgage would be available at a lower interest rate if you transferred your investments to the bank or its affiliates.

After approving your application for an RRSP loan, your bank's credit officer offers you a lower interest rate if you use the loan to buy the bank's mutual funds.

The above practices are acceptable. The approval of your mortgage and RRSP loan is not conditional on your taking another bank product or service. Rather you are offered preferential pricing to encourage you to give the bank more business.

What is bundling of products and services?

Products or services are often combined to give consumers better prices, incentives, or more favourable terms. By linking or bundling their products or services, businesses are often able to offer them to you at a lower combined price than if you bought each product on its own. For example, a fast-food chain advertises a meal combination that includes a hamburger, fries, and a drink. The overall price is lower than if you bought the three items separately.

Similarly, banks may offer you bundled financial services or products so that you can take advantage of package prices that are less than the sum of the individual items. The following example will help to explain the bundling of bank products and services.

You plan to open a bank account that charges you for individual transactions. The banking representative offers you a package of services that includes a comparable bank account, a credit card with no annual fee, and a discount on purchasing traveller's cheques. The total price for the package is less than if you purchased each part of the package separately.

Bundling products in this way is permitted because you have the choice of buying the items individually or in a package.

Resolving complaints

Who to contact with questions or complaints

Customers with questions, concerns or complaints about Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch ("Wells Fargo Canada Branch") should take the following steps: 

  1. First, customers should contact their Wells Fargo Canada Branch Relationship Manager with respect to questions or concerns regarding any Wells Fargo Canada Branch product, service or account. 
  2. Customers with concerns that remain unresolved following consultation with their Relationship Manager may contact the Wells Fargo Canada Branch Complaints Liaison and provide all pertinent information:

    Complaints Liaison
    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch 22 Adelaide Street W, Suite 2200
    Toronto, ON M5H 4E3
    Toll-free telephone: 1-866-876-8688
  3. If, within 90 days of the Wells Fargo Canada Branch Complaints Liaison review, you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint, you may contact the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments:

    Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments
    401 Bay Street
    Suite 1505, P.O. Box 5
    Toronto, Ontario M5H 2Y4
    Toll-free telephone: 1-888-451-4519
    Toll-free fax: 1-888-422-2865
    Toronto area telephone: 416-287-2877
    Toronto area fax: 416-225-4722

For reasons of confidentiality and security, do not send confidential information via email.

In the complaints handling process for Canadian financial institutions, including Wells Fargo Canada Branch, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada is responsible for ensuring that all financial institutions comply with federal consumer legislation and will investigate any complaint or concern that relates to a possible breach of that legislation.

Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Enterprise Building, 6th Floor
427 Laurier Avenue
West Ottawa, ON K1R 1B9

As required by Section 627.47 of the Bank Act (Canada), Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch confirms that no complaints were received in 2023.


At Wells Fargo Bank we are committed to protecting customer privacy and safeguarding personal information in every transaction, at every level of our organization. To learn about Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., visit Canadian Branch Customer Privacy Policy.

Voluntary commitments and codes of conduct

Voluntary codes of conduct are non-legislated commitments, voluntarily made by companies, associations and other organizations to influence or control behaviour, for the benefit of both themselves and their communities. Voluntary codes and commitments can address the needs of consumers, workers, and citizens while helping companies remain competitive.

The banking industry has developed and is committed to voluntary codes designed to protect consumers. The Model Code of Conduct for Bank Relations with Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses and Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada are applicable to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Canadian Branch.

Model Code of Conduct for Bank Relations with Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (1994) (PDF) — Model code of conduct for bank dealings with small- and medium-sized businesses. The key elements of the model code are incorporated into individual bank codes.

Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada (2015) (PDF) — Code of conduct that sets principles for business practices related to the issuance and acceptance of payment cards and operation of payment card networks.

Terms of use

The information posted on this web site is for information purposes only. This information does not constitute (i) an offer, invitation or recommendation to purchase or sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, any product or service to any person in any jurisdiction or to dispose or acquire assets, (ii) an opinion, invitation or recommendation to enter into a transaction, including, without limitation, any public or private offering of product or service, nor (iii) any form of legal, financial, investment or tax advice, opinion or recommendation. Recipients are entirely responsible for making their own decision to purchase or sell product or service or enter into an investment transaction. The information posted here is not intended to form the basis of any future or present contract or arrangement or a fiduciary relationship with, or fiduciary duty to, the recipient. This information is subject to change without notice and does not purport to be comprehensive or contain all the information necessary to evaluate the subject matter discussed here. No representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is or will be made or given and no responsibility or liability is or will be accepted in relation to the accuracy or completeness of this information made available here. Any responsibility or liability for any such information is expressly disclaimed.

Accessibility at Wells Fargo

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in business and in the workplace.

We are committed to eliminating barriers so that persons with diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, have fair access to business and employment opportunities in the Canadian jurisdictions served by Wells Fargo and a fair chance to succeed in those opportunities.

Among other things, we are focused on complying with legislation relating to disability access, including, but not limited to, Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the Accessible Canada Act.

A copy of the Accessibility Plan for Wells Fargo Canada (PDF) is attached. Copies of Wells Fargo’s Accessibility for Customers and Employees with Disabilities Policy, Accommodation of Disability Guidelines, Persons with Disabilities Feedback Process and any other required documents are available upon request.

Wells Fargo will make available accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities, upon request.

In the event of a disruption of services or facilities, Wells Fargo will provide notice of the disruption, its anticipated duration and a description of alternative facilities or services, if any, that are available, along with a description of the steps to be taken to address the temporary disruption, upon request.

Wells Fargo welcomes feedback regarding the Accessibility Plan and the manner in which it provides services and facilities to persons with disabilities. Feedback can be provided in the following ways and/or, such accommodation as is necessary will be provided upon request in order to facilitate access to the feedback process. Feedback can also be provided directly to a Wells Fargo manager. Feedback will be acknowledged and a reply to the feedback will be provided in a timely manner, if requested. Anonymous feedback is also accepted. We will consider feedback and consult our internal partners to ensure we are appropriately addressing accessibility barriers.

To provide feedback, please contact:

Canada Accessibility
Wells Fargo Canada
22 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2200
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5H 4E3
Toll-free telephone: 1-866-876-8688

Wells Fargo provides such training on disability access as is required by applicable disability access legislation, shortly after hiring and annually thereafter. The training provides instruction on how to interact and communicate with persons with disabilities, including what to do if such a person is having difficulty accessing Wells Fargo services or facilities. The training includes a review of the purpose of AODA, its standards, and applicable human rights legislation.