Wire transfers


A wire transfer is an electronic transfer of funds locally or, to or from a foreign country.

Send a wire transfer from your Online Banking account to:

  • a non-HSBC account within Canada*
  • an account internationally

* Sending $5000 or less to another Canadian bank?
Use an INTERAC e-Transfer – it’s free!

Wire transfer limits

The daily limit is $50,000 (CAD equivalent). For wire transfers between $50,000 and up to $150,000 (CAD equivalent), you’ll need additional authorization: log on to your account, add your new wire transfer payee and then call Customer Service at 1-877-621-8811.

$0 Wire Transfer Fees

Take advantage of waived transfer fees, when sending an outgoing fx wire transfer valued under $10,000 (CAD equivalent) from HSBC Bank Canada personal accounts. An fx wire is when the outgoing currency is different from the originating account. The CAD equivalent and exchange rates will be applied at the time of transfer. Other fees on the transfer may include agency and/or other bank fees.

Before you send a wire transfer

Make sure you have:

  • Available funds – Is the money available (not on hold) in your account to cover the wire transfer and service charges?
  • Up to date contact information – Ensure your contact details (email and telephone) are up to date: log on to your account and from the top menu go to Banking > My profile > Update personal details.
  • Activated security device – To add a new wire transfer payee, you’ll need to generate a Transaction Security Code.
  • Reviewed service charges.
  • Complete information on the payee’s bank:

    • Does the payee’s bank accepts wire transfers?
    • Payee bank details:

      • Select the payee’s bank country, city and name from the menus in wire transfer page in Online Banking - see country specific requirements
      • Bank details not listed in any of the menus? Select Other and enter the information manually. Provide a Bank Identification Code (BIC) or SWIFT code for the bank in the Bank code field.
      • If a BIC or SWIFT code is not available, provide a local clearing code (e.g. Clearing Code for Canada, Fed Wire for the US, CLABE for Mexico, BRB for Australia, etc.) in the Bank code field.
      • If no BIC/SWIFT or clearing code is available, provide the bank’s name and full physical address (bank’s head office only).
  • Complete information on the payee:

    • Full name
    • Full physical address (no post office box):

      • building number/name and street
      • town/city
      • province/state
      • postal code
      • country
    • Bank account number or IBAN (mandatory for European banks and some other countries)

Additional information

Country requirements

Wire transfer terminology

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