From pre-authorizing payments to getting paid, void cheques still come in handy… even though cheques are rarely used in Canada. The main reason you need an HSBC Canada void cheque is to share your banking information with someone else.
Understanding Your HSBC Canada Void Cheque
If you know what the numbers at the bottom of your HSBC Canada void cheque mean, you can probably just share them… without having to go looking for a Void Cheque in your banking portal every time someone asks for one.
So, here are the important features of a cheque in Canada that you should be able to recognize by looking at one :
1. Your home address
This is the information you don’t need to look at a void cheque to know. However, it is often needed by those who ask you for a void cheque.
2. Your branch address
This is the address of your HSBC Canada branch. Note that some HSBC Canada branches have more than one point of service.
3. Your branch transit number
This is a 5-digit number that identifies the HSBC Canada branch to which your bank account is associated.
4. Your bank Institution Number
The institution number is a three-digit number that identifies the financial institution you are dealing with, regardless of the branch you have chosen. HSBC Canada ’s institution number is 016.
5. Your account number (or folio number)
The account (or folio) number is the identifier for your bank account. Without the transit number and institution number, it cannot be used to transfer money. As a result, it is the most sensitive information you will find on your void cheque, as it is the number that is associated with your bank account. At HSBC Canada, this is a 9 digit number.
How to find your void cheque on the HSBC Canada online portal
Before the Internet, a void cheque was a paper cheque with “SAMPLE” or “VOID” written on it to ensure that the cheque could not be used. If you have a chequebook, you can still do this. In fact, a void cheque is a document that contains all the information displayed on a cheque, so you can still do it that way.
For those who don’t want to waste paper or who don’t have a chequebook, it’s possible to get a pre-filled direct deposit form from HSBC by logging in to their online banking portal. Follow the steps below to download your form as a PDF in just a few clicks:
- Log in to your HSBC Canada account here: https://www.security.online-banking.hsbc.ca/gsa/SECURITY_LOGON_PAGE/
- Once you have logged in, click the following link to download your pre-filled form with all the information you need, including an image of your void cheque: https://dco-ao.hsbc.ca/forms/void-cheque
- You can also download a blank form that you can download as a PDF and fill out electronically or print and fill out here: https://www.hsbc.ca/content/dam/hsbc/ca/online-and-mobile-banking/online-banking/online-and-mobile-banking–direct-deposit-automatic-payment.pdf
Now you know everything you need to in order to find your account information and understand your void cheque as a HSBC Canada customer! Furthermore, you should now be able to write a cheque.