The JNBS Canada Representative Office was opened in 1991 in Toronto, following overwhelming requests from the Jamaican Diaspora living in Canada, for the establishment of a centre to facilitate a banking relationship with a Jamaican financial institution. For Jamaicans living in Canada, JNBS represented “a little piece of Jamaica” outside of the island. Their desire to forge this relationship was also fuelled by the need to own a piece of Jamaica where they hoped to retire, along with a desire to access funds when they vacationed in the island. Additionally, they needed a convenient means of getting funds to their relatives and dependents.
Jerrold Johnson is the Chief Representative Officer for the Toronto Representative Office of the Jamaica National Building Society.