The Top Banks & Credit Unions in Saskatchewan That Flatlanders Love

Banks in Saskatchewan
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    In the heart of Canada’s big-sky country, one province will always feel like home to me – even though my time there wasn’t long enough. Saskatchewan is where I kicked off my career in finance, but more importantly, it’s where I learned the value of a people-before-profits banking philosophy. That’s why certain banks in Saskatchewan are especially beloved by residents.

    Saskatchewan’s banking scene is a blend of large, national institutions and smaller local credit unions, each providing a wide range of services to the wonderful people of the prairies. Here, we have ranked the top banks and credit unions based on things like the number of branches, ATMs, fees, and their contributions to the local communities they serve. 

    Banks and Credit Unions
    Best For
    Free Online Banking
    Its High-Interest Savings Accounts
    Cash Back Rewards Program
    Scene + Points Program
    Its Mobile Banking App
    Large Investments in Saskatchewan Community Initiatives 
    Its High Interest Savings Account
    Its No-fee Chequing Account 

    Best digital banks in Saskatchewan

    This prairie province is characterized by many smaller towns and rural communities, many located hours from the nearest city or township. So let’s kick off our list with the top digital banks in Saskatchewan that you can access anytime, anywhere from the palm of your hand. 

    These institutions exist entirely online with no physical branches and often offer significantly lower fees, or no fees at all – a particularly attractive value proposition for any green-blooded Roughrider looking to keep it simple and save money. 


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    Customers: 2 Million +
    Known for:
    Free accounts with $0 daily banking fees
    $9 Billion + in interest paid to customers
    Special recognition:
    Award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Midsize Retail Banks in 2022

    Tangerine is Canada’s most popular digital bank, and it’s owned by Scotiabank. It operates without traditional brick-and-mortar branches, instead offering a diverse scope of financial services entirely online. While this means there are no physical Tangerine branches in Saskatchewan, you can use Scotiabank ATMs for cash transactions without being charged additional fees. 

    Tangerine is best known for its free chequing and savings accounts that offer unlimited everyday transactions, and its two Mastercard products are among the best cash back credit cards in Canada. Their other services like investment accounts, GICs, loans and mortgages offer competitive rates and lower fees as well. 

    While it might not invest directly in local Saskatchewan communities due to its online nature, it does contribute to national initiatives like: 

    EQ Bank

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    Customers: 250,000 +
    Known for:
    Best high-interest savings account
    Earn 250x more interest on deposits than traditional banks
    Special recognition:
    Named Top Bank in Canada by 2023 Forbe’s Best Banks

    EQ Bank was the first-ever 100% digital bank in Canada and a fan favourite coming in a close second to Tangerine. It offers many of the traditional banking services you are used to, but without ever having to leave the house.

    Like Tangerine, there are no physical branches or ATMs. However, the EQ Bank Card gives you easy access to your money through any ATM in Canada without charging you any fees, and they will reimburse you any network fees charged by Canadian ATM service providers. 

    EQ Bank is known for its high-interest Savings Plus Account and zero fees for everyday banking transactions, which can make it an attractive option if you’re looking for an easy way to save money. As a digital bank, EQ’s community investment is usually focused on about 10 nationwide or digital initiatives as well as these community-focused organizations:

    Neo Financial

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    Customers: Rated them 4.8 stars on the app store
    Known for:
    Best cash back rewards program
    Customers earn an average of 5% cash back & up to 15% cash back at Neo Partners
    Special recognition: Rewards program supports small local businesses

    From the creators of the Calagary-based SkipTheDishes app, Neo Financial is a fintech company born on the prairies that also provides a completely digital banking experience for most of your daily banking needs. Neo is fairly new to the scene, so the customer count is low, but it has earned praise from happy Flatlanders. 

    While it doesn’t have physical branches or ATMs in Saskatchewan, Neo offers a high-interest money account that comes with a free prepaid Mastercard. They also offer a standard credit card called Neo Credit, which stands out as the best credit card in Canada in Hardbacon’s 2024 ranking.

    The Neo Mastercard rewards program indirectly supports the local economy by encouraging spending at local businesses. From the app, you can find partner merchants near you to maximize your cash back and discover local gems. Neo’s business model revolves around partnerships with local businesses, reflecting a different kind of investment in the local community by helping small businesses thrive.

    Best big banks in Saskatchewan

    In Saskatchewan, the “Big Six” Canadian banks – Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), TD Canada Trust, Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Scotiabank, and National Bank of Canada (NBC) – all have a substantial presence.

    These banks are recognized for their expansive branch networks and ATMs, wide-ranging financial services, and strong customer service. But, during my time here, certain banks stood out as particularly popular among the people I engaged with. 


    Customers: 10 Million +
    Known for: Scene + Points Program
    Benefit: Debit and credit card purchases can earn free movies, merchandise, travel, and more
    Special recognition: Awarded 2022 Bank of the Year by The Banker

    Scotiabank offers a vast network of 941 branches and 3,697 ATMs across Canada, providing the people of Saskatchewan with flexible and accessible banking solutions. The bank’s fees are competitive with other major banks and offer a range of financial products from daily banking accounts, to their beloved Scene+ and travel credit cards, investment solutions, lending services, and more.

    When you open an account with Scotia, you’re money is helping fellow Canadians. Their philanthropic efforts are notable, with significant contributions to diverse causes across Canada through the ScotiaRISE program – a commitment to invest $500 million into community initiatives by 2030 to empower disadvantaged groups. 

    Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

    Customers: 17 Million in Canada & abroad
    Known for: Best online banking platform in Canada
    Benefit: Avion rewards program for travel lovers
    Special recognition: Name one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2022

    As Canada’s largest bank by market share, RBC is the most accessible of the Big Six and maintains a strong presence in Saskatchewan. They offer over 1,200 physical branches and the largest ATM network in the country with over 4,200 RBC bank machines. This gives their customers unparalleled access to various banking services. 

    RBC offers a wide array of financial products, but fees and perks vary depending on the type of account and how you use it. In addition to daily banking accounts, RBC also provides savings and investing products, lending and mortgage solutions, credit cards, and more.

    If you’re looking to do business with a bank in Saskatchewan that gives back, RBC is a strong community supporter investing in programs that advance education, health, and various social services at home and abroad. They’ve committed to giving $500 billion in sustainable and ethical financing by 2025. 

    TD Canada Trust (TD)

    Customers: Over 27 Million worldwide
    Known for: Best mobile banking app in Canada
    Benefit: & Starbucks rewards partnerships
    Special recognition: The only Canadian bank listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

    TD Bank is another top bank in Saskatchewan and a particularly popular choice among millennials. It operates over 1,000 branches and over 2,500 TD ATMs across Canada, providing excellent coverage for those on the prairies. TD’s fee structure is comparable to the other Big Six banks, with various options for both personal and business banking. 

    In line with its peers, TD provides a full scope of financial services from daily banking accounts, savings products & investment services, mortgages, personal loans, credit cards, and more. 

    TD is also known for its commitment to the well-being of communities across North America through the TD Ready Challenge. The challenge is a fund that will invest $10 million in total grants to support community organizations that develop innovative solutions for positive social and environmental change.

    Best credit unions in Saskatchewan

    Credit unions in Saskatchewan hold a special place in the hearts of the incredible people who live there. These member-owned institutions are beloved for their people-centred service, competitive rates, and demonstrable commitment to their local communities. These three credit unions are especially popular and have earned the trust of their members. That loyalty continues to reinforce the enduring appeal of the people-before-profits approach to financial services in Big Sky country.  

    Conexus Credit Union

    Customers: 137,000+
    Known for: Large investments in Saskatchewan community initiatives 
    Benefit: Tailored products & services for those in the agricultural industry
    Special recognition: 2023 winner of the Best Banking Service Level Experience by Surviscor

    As the largest credit union in Saskatchewan, Conexus is a powerful alternative to the big banks. With 30 branches and several ATMs in the province, Conexus provides its members with easy access to banking services tailored to the unique prairie lifestyle. 

    Their fees are generally lower than those of the big banks, making them an attractive option if you want to save more while keeping your money in the local economy. Conexus offers an extensive selection of both traditional and innovative banking services tailored to the needs of Saskatchewan families, farmers and others in the agricultural sector.

    Conexus also invests heavily in local communities, providing millions in community grants and sponsorships each year. Their list of partner organizations is extensive with far too many to list them all here. A few include housing, food security, and education-focused groups, such as but not limited to: 

    • Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan
    • Regina Food Bank School Lunch Program
    • SOFIA House

    Affinity Credit Union

    Customers: 120,000 +
    Known for: High interest Investor Savings Account
    Benefit: Access to 1,800 + ‘ding free’ ATMs across Canada
    Special recognition: Employees get an annual $200 to donate to a local charity of their choice

    Affinity Credit Union is the second-largest credit union in Saskatchewan, providing 56 branches in 47 communities across the province. Affinity’s fees are relatively low compared to the big banks, and they offer a diverse range of financial products and services in line with their banking competitors. 

    Affinity has a strong community focus, with a unique Community Development program that reinvests a percentage of profits back into local programs. ‘Each One Teach One’ is a financial literacy mentorship program that enables certified Affinity employees to organize and lead personal finance workshops in their communities. 

    The credit union also gives hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to local causes focused on social and financial inclusion, environmental sustainability, local economic development, and community building. 

    Innovation Credit Union

    Customers: 58,000+
    Known for: No-fee chequing account 
    Benefit: Shares profits with members & they can earn additional cash dividends
    Special recognition: In the process of becoming the first federally regulated credit union based in Saskatchewan

    Innovation Credit Union stands out for its digital-first approach, offering a high-tech banking experience similar to the digital banks. It is currently in the process of becoming the first Saskatchewan-based, federally-regulated credit union. That means it will be able to expand its membership and operate across Canada. Eligible deposits would then fall under CDIC protection.

    While Innovation credit union has just 24 physical branches across the province, it boasts a free no-fee chequing account that resembles the free essential banking services provided by online-only banks. The account offers unlimited transactions and free ATM access across Canada. 

    Innovation’s fee structure is competitive and it prides itself on giving back to the community, contributing to local causes through the Innovation Credit Union Community Impact Campaign, as well as many other sponsorship, partnership, and grant programs. 

    FAQs About Banks in Saskatchewan

    On what days are banks and credit unions open in Saskatchewan?

    Most banks and credit unions in Saskatchewan operate from Monday to Friday, with some branches also open for limited hours on Saturdays. The exact hours can vary by location and institution. It’s always a good idea to check the specific hours of your local branch on the bank or credit union’s official website. Additionally, keep in mind that Canadian banks and credit unions are typically closed on federal and provincial statutory holidays.

    Are my deposits in Saskatchewan banks insured?

    Yes, deposits in Saskatchewan banks are insured. The Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) insures eligible deposits at each member institution up to a maximum of $100,000 per depositor per insured category.

    Credit unions in Saskatchewan have deposit protection provided by the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (CUDGC), which guarantees the full amount of deposits held in Saskatchewan credit unions.

    What Canadian banks do business in Saskatchewan?

    All of the Big Six Canadian banks do business in Saskatchewan, which includes Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD Canada Trust), Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), Bank of Montreal (BMO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), and National Bank of Canada (NBC).

    Credit unions like Conexus Credit Union, Affinity Credit Union, and Innovation Credit Union and many more offer financial services in Saskatchewan and are popular among residents. 

    There are also digital banks like Tangerine, EQ Bank, and Neo Financial that operate entirely online and are accessible to Saskatchewan residents too.

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    Heidi Unrau is a senior finance journalist at Hardbacon. She studied Economics at the University of Winnipeg, where she fell in love with all-things-finance. At 25, she kicked-off her financial career in retail banking as a teller. She quickly progressed to become a Credit Analyst and then Private Lender. This hands-on industry experience uniquely positions her to provide expert insight on loans, credit scores, credit cards, debt, and banking services. She has been featured in publications such as WealthRocket, Scary Mommy, Credello, and Plooto. When she's not chasing after her two little boys, you'll find her hiding in the car listening to the Freakonomics podcast, or binge-watching financial crime documentaries with a bowl of ice cream. Fun Fact: Heidi has lived in five different provinces across Canada and her blood type is coffee.