Bank of Nova Scotia, The

  • Date: 2016-01-28

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Pricing Supplement No. 244 to the Short Form Base Shelf Prospectus dated December 19, 2014 and the Prospectus Supplement thereto dated January 5, 2015. No securities regulatory authority has expressed an opinion about these securities and it is an offence to claim otherwise. This pricing supplement together with the short form base shelf prospectus dated December 19, 2014 and the prospectus supplement dated January 5, 2015 to which it relates, as amended or supplemented, and each document incorporated by reference into such prospectus, constitutes a public offering of these securities only in those jurisdictions where they may be lawfully offered for sale and therein only by persons permitted to sell such securities. The securities to be issued hereunder have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended and, subject to certain exceptions, may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States of America or for the account or benefit of U.S. persons. January 28, 2016

The Bank of Nova Scotia Senior Notes (Principal at Risk Notes) Index Linked Notes BNS S&P/TSX 60™ Booster Barrier Notes, Series 7 Maximum $15,000,000 (150,000 Notes) Due February 19, 2021 Principal at Risk Notes The Bank of Nova Scotia (the “Bank”) is offering up to $15,000,000 BNS S&P/TSX 60™ Booster Barrier Notes, Series 7 (the “Notes”). The Notes are designed for investors who are seeking an investment product with exposure to the S&P/TSX 60™ Index (the “Index”), which represents the large-cap segment of the Canadian equity market. Payment at maturity on the Notes will be based on the price performance of the Index. The Notes are designed to provide investors with the opportunity for a return of 27.50% (the “Booster”, equivalent to an annualized compound return of 4.98%) plus 100% participation in any Index Return in excess of the Booster. If the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level (which is 70% of the Initial Index Level), but the Index Return is less than or equal to the Booster, an investor will earn a return at maturity equal to the Booster (a Maturity Redemption Amount of $127.50 per Note). If the Index Return is greater than the Booster, an investor will earn the Booster plus 100% participation in any Index Return in excess of the Booster. If the Final Index Level is below or equal to the Barrier Level, an investor in the Notes will be fully exposed to any negative Index Return, meaning that substantially all such investor’s investment may be lost (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note). See “Suitability for Investment” in this pricing supplement (the “pricing supplement”). The Notes described in this pricing supplement will be delivered together with the Bank’s short form base shelf prospectus dated December 19, 2014 establishing the Bank’s senior (principal at risk) note program (the “base shelf prospectus”) and a prospectus supplement, which generally describes index linked Notes that may be offered under such program, dated January 5, 2015 (the “product supplement”). The Notes will not constitute deposits insured under the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act.

An investment in the Notes involves risks. The Notes are not designed to be alternatives to fixed income or money market instruments. The Notes are only appropriate investments for persons who understand the risks associated with structured products and derivatives. The Notes are considered to be “specified derivatives” under applicable Canadian securities laws. An investment in the Notes does not represent a direct or indirect investment in the Index or its constituent securities, and investors do not have an ownership or any other interest (including voting rights or the right to receive distributions) in respect of such constituent securities. A purchaser of Notes will be exposed to fluctuations and changes in the levels of the Index to which the Notes are linked. Index levels may be volatile and an investment linked to index levels may also be volatile. The Notes are linked to the price return version of the Index which reflects only the applicable price changes of its constituent securities and not the payment of dividends, distributions or other income or amounts accruing thereon. None of the Bank, the Investment Dealers or any of their respective affiliates, or any other person guarantees that investors in the Notes will receive an amount equal to their original investment or guarantees that any return will be paid on the Notes (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note) at or prior to maturity. The Maturity Redemption Amount will depend on the price performance of the Index. An investor could lose all or substantially all of his or her investment in the Notes (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note). See “Risk Factors”.

Price: $100.00 per Note Minimum Subscription: $5,000 (50 Notes) Price to Public Per Note ................................................................... $100.00 Total(1) ...................................................................... $15,000,000

Investment Dealer Fees(2)

Net Proceeds to the Bank

$2.50 $375,000

$97.50 $14,625,000

(1) Reflects the maximum offering size for the Notes. There is no minimum amount of funds that must be raised under this offering. This means that the Bank could complete this offering after raising only a small proportion of the offering amount set out above. (2) A selling concession fee of $2.50 per Note sold (or 2.50% of the Principal Amount) will be payable to the Investment Dealers, for further payment to representatives employed by the Investment Dealers whose clients purchase the Notes. A fee of up to $0.15 per Note sold (or up to 0.15% of the Principal Amount) will be payable directly by the Bank to Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. at closing for acting as an independent agent. The expected estimated value of the Notes as of the date of this pricing supplement is $[x] per $100 in Principal Amount, which is less than the price at which the Notes are being offered. The actual value of the Notes at any given time will reflect a variety of factors, cannot be predicted with accuracy and may be less than the estimated value. The estimated value was determined by the Bank on the pricing date of the Notes and is not an indication of actual profit to the Bank or any of its affiliates. See “Determination of Estimated Value” and “Risk Factors”.

Prospectus for Notes and Capitalized Terms The Notes described in this pricing supplement will be issued under the Bank’s senior (principal at risk) note program and will be unsecured and unsubordinated debt securities. The Notes are described in three separate documents: (1) the base shelf prospectus, (2) the product supplement, and (3) this pricing supplement which contains the specific terms (including pricing information) about the Notes offered, all of which, collectively, constitute the “prospectus” in respect of such Notes. Each of these documents should be read and considered carefully before a purchaser makes an investment decision in respect of the Notes. See “About this Prospectus for Notes” in the base shelf prospectus. A copy of the prospectus for the Notes will be posted at www.investorsolutions.gbm.scotiabank.com. Any capitalized terms used in this pricing supplement and not defined herein have the meaning ascribed to them in the product supplement or the base shelf prospectus, as the case may be. PS244-2

Documents Incorporated by Reference This pricing supplement is deemed to be incorporated by reference into the base shelf prospectus solely for the purpose of the Notes issued hereunder. Other documents are also incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference into the base shelf prospectus and reference should be made to the base shelf prospectus for full particulars. Any statement contained or contemplated in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the base shelf prospectus or in this pricing supplement will be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this pricing supplement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in the base shelf prospectus or in this pricing supplement modifies or supersedes such statement. The modifying or superseding statement need not state that it has modified or superseded a prior statement or include any other information set forth in the document that it modifies or supersedes. The making of a modifying or superseding statement will not be deemed an admission for any purpose that the modified or superseded statement, when made, constituted a misrepresentation, an untrue statement of a material fact or an omission to state a material fact that is required to be stated or that is necessary to make a statement not misleading in light of the circumstances in which it was made. Any statement so modified or superseded will not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this pricing supplement. Marketing Materials The marketing materials in respect of the Notes dated the date hereof and filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of Canada are specifically incorporated by reference into this pricing supplement. Any additional marketing materials (as defined in National Instrument 41-101 − General Prospectus Requirements) filed with the securities commission or similar authority in each of the provinces and territories of Canada in connection with this offering on or after the date hereof but prior to the termination of the distribution of the Notes under this pricing supplement (including any amendments to, or an amended version of, the marketing materials) are deemed to be incorporated by reference herein. Any marketing materials are not part of this pricing supplement to the extent that the contents of the marketing materials have been modified or superseded by a statement contained in an amendment to this pricing supplement. Forward-looking Statements The Bank’s public communications often include oral or written forward-looking statements. Statements of this type are included in this document, and may be included in other filings with Canadian securities regulators or the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or in other communications. All such statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and any applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements made in this document, the Bank’s 2015 Annual MD&A under the headings “Overview - Outlook”, for Group Financial Performance “Outlook”, for each business segment “Outlook” and in other statements regarding the Bank’s objectives, strategies to achieve those objectives, expected financial results (including those in the area of risk management), and the outlook for the Bank’s businesses and for the Canadian, U.S. and global economies. Such statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intent,” “estimate,” “plan,” “may increase,” “may fluctuate,” and similar expressions of future or conditional verbs, such as “will,” “should,” “would” and “could.” By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and the risk that predictions and other forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Do not unduly rely on forward-looking statements as a number of important factors, many of which are beyond the Bank’s control, could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the economic and financial conditions in Canada and globally; fluctuations in interest rates and currency values; PS244-3

liquidity; significant market volatility and interruptions; the failure of third parties to comply with their obligations to the Bank and its affiliates; the effect of changes in monetary policy; legislative and regulatory developments in Canada and elsewhere, including changes in tax laws; the effect of changes to the Bank’s credit ratings; amendments to, and interpretations of, risk-based capital guidelines and reporting instructions and liquidity regulatory guidance; operational and reputational risks; the risk that the Bank’s risk management models may not take into account all relevant factors; the accuracy and completeness of information the Bank receives on customers and counterparties; the timely development and introduction of new products and services in receptive markets; the Bank’s ability to expand existing distribution channels and to develop and realize revenues from new distribution channels; the Bank’s ability to complete and integrate acquisitions and its other growth strategies; changes in accounting policies and methods the Bank uses to report its financial condition and financial performance, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates (see “Controls and Accounting Policies – Critical accounting estimates” in the 2015 Annual MD&A, as updated by quarterly reports); the effect of applying future accounting changes (see “Controls and Accounting Policies – Future accounting developments” in the 2015 Annual MD&A, as updated by quarterly reports); global capital markets activity; the Bank’s ability to attract and retain key executives; reliance on third parties to provide components of the Bank’s business infrastructure; unexpected changes in consumer spending and saving habits; technological developments; fraud by internal or external parties, including the use of new technologies in unprecedented ways to defraud the Bank or its customers; increasing cyber security risks which may include theft of assets, unauthorized access to sensitive information or operational disruption; consolidation in the Canadian financial services sector; competition, both from new entrants and established competitors; judicial and regulatory proceedings; acts of God, such as earthquakes and hurricanes; the possible impact of international conflicts and other developments, including terrorist acts and war on terrorism; the effects of disease or illness on local, national or international economies; disruptions to public infrastructure, including transportation, communication, power and water; and the Bank’s anticipation of and success in managing the risks implied by the foregoing. A substantial amount of the Bank’s business involves making loans or otherwise committing resources to specific companies, industries or countries. Unforeseen events affecting such borrowers, industries or countries could have a material adverse effect on the Bank’s financial results, businesses, financial condition or liquidity. These and other factors may cause the Bank’s actual performance to differ materially from that contemplated by forward-looking statements. For more information, see the “Risk Management” section starting on page 66 of the 2015 Annual MD&A. Material economic assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are set out in the 2015 Annual MD&A under the heading “Overview - Outlook”, as updated by quarterly reports; and for each business segment “Outlook”. The “Outlook” sections in the 2015 Annual MD&A are based on the Bank’s views and the actual outcome is uncertain. Readers should consider the above-noted factors when reviewing these sections. The preceding list of important factors is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to the Bank and its securities, investors and others should carefully consider the preceding factors, other uncertainties and potential events. The Bank does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf.

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The Bank of Nova Scotia Senior Notes (Principal at Risk Notes) Index Linked Notes BNS S&P/TSX 60™ Booster Barrier Notes, Series 7 Maximum $15,000,000 (150,000 Notes) Due February 19, 2021 Principal at Risk Notes

Issuer:

The Bank of Nova Scotia (the “Bank”)

Investment Dealers:

Scotia Capital Inc. and Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. Laurentian Bank Securities Inc., a dealer to which the Bank is neither related nor connected, participated in the due diligence activities performed by the Investment Dealers in respect of the offering, but did not participate in the structuring and pricing of the offering or the calculation of, or reviewed the calculation of, the initial estimated value of the Notes. See “Plan of Distribution” in the base shelf prospectus.

Issue Size:

Maximum $15,000,000 (150,000 Notes). The Bank reserves the right to change the maximum Issue Size in its sole and absolute discretion.

Principal Amount:

$100.00 per Note (the “Principal Amount”).

Issue Date:

The Notes will be issued on or about February 19, 2016, or such other date as may be agreed between the Bank and the Investment Dealers.

CUSIP:

064151HH9

FundSERV Code:

SSP1050 Notes may be purchased through dealers and other firms that facilitate purchase and related settlement through a clearing and settlement service operated by FundSERV. See also “Listing and Secondary Market”.

Issue Price:

100% of the Principal Amount.

Maturity Date:

February 19, 2021 (approximately a 5 year term) (the “Maturity Date”). See “Description of Index Linked Notes – Maturity Date” and “Description of Index Linked Notes – Amounts Payable” in the product supplement.

Minimum Investment:

$5,000.00 (50 Notes)

Status/Rank:

The Notes will be direct unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Bank and will rank equally with all other present and future unsecured and unsubordinated indebtedness of the Bank, subject to certain priorities under applicable law.

Credit Rating:

The Notes have not been and will not be rated by any credit rating organization. As of the date of this pricing supplement, the Bank’s senior deposit liabilities were rated AA by DBRS Limited, A+ by Standard & Poor’s, AA− by Fitch Ratings and Aa3 by Moody’s Investors PS244-5

Services Inc. There can be no assurance that if the Notes were specifically rated by these rating agencies that they would have the same rating as the other deposit liabilities of the Bank. A rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold investments, and may be subject to revision or withdrawal at any time by the relevant rating agency. Index:

Return linked to the price performance of the S&P/TSX 60™ Index(referred to in this pricing supplement as the “Index”). See “Description of the Index Linked Notes – Indices” in the product supplement. See Appendix D to this pricing supplement for summary information regarding the Index. The Notes do not represent an interest in the Index or in the securities of the companies that comprise the Index, and holders will have no right or entitlement to such securities including any dividends or other distributions paid on them. The Index level reflects only the price appreciation or depreciation of the securities of the companies comprising the Index and does not reflect the payment of dividends on such securities. The annual dividend yield on the Index as of December 30, 2015 was 3.26%, representing an aggregate dividend yield of approximately 17.40% annually compounded over the 5 year term of the Notes on the assumption that the dividends paid on the securities comprising the Index remain constant. There is no requirement for the Bank to hold any interest in the Index or in the securities of the companies that comprise the Index.

Initial Valuation Date:

Issue Date

Final Valuation Date:

The second Business Day prior to the Maturity Date, provided that if such day is not an Exchange Business Day, then the Final Valuation Date will be the immediately preceding Exchange Business Day, subject to the occurrence of a Market Disruption Event.

Barrier Level:

70% of the Initial Index Level

Maturity Redemption Amount:

The amount payable on the Notes at maturity (the “Maturity Redemption Amount”) will be calculated by the Calculation Agent in accordance with the applicable formula below: 

If the Index Return is greater than the Booster, the Maturity Redemption Amount will equal: o



If the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level, but the Index Return is less than or equal to the Booster, the Maturity Redemption Amount will equal: o



Principal Amount + [Principal Amount x (Booster + Participation Rate x (Index Return - Booster))]

Principal Amount + (Principal Amount x Booster)

If the Final Index Level is less than or equal to the Barrier Level, the Maturity Redemption Amount will equal: o

Principal Amount + (Principal Amount x Index Return)

The Maturity Redemption Amount may be less than the Principal Amount invested by an investor. The Maturity Redemption Amount will be subject to a minimum principal PS244-6

repayment of $1.00 per Note. All dollar amounts will be rounded to the nearest whole cent. See Appendix A to this pricing supplement for a graphical depiction of the return profile for the Notes and Appendix B for sample calculations of the Maturity Redemption Amount. Note Return:

Means an amount expressed as a percentage calculated by the Calculation Agent in accordance with the following formula: Maturity Redemption Amount – Principal Amount Principal Amount

Index Return:

Means an amount expressed as a percentage calculated by the Calculation Agent in accordance with the following formula: Final Index Level – Initial Index Level Initial Index Level

Booster:

27.50% applied only if the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level.

Participation Rate:

100% of any Index Return in excess of the Booster.

Closing Index Level:

The closing level or value of the Index on a given day as calculated and announced by the Index Sponsor on an Exchange Business Day.

Initial Index Level:

The Closing Index Level on the Initial Valuation Date, provided that if the Initial Valuation Date is not an Exchange Business Day, the Initial Index Level will be determined as of the first succeeding day that is an Exchange Business Day.

Final Index Level:

The Closing Index Level on the Final Valuation Date.

Fees and Expenses:

A selling concession fee of $2.50 per Note sold (or 2.50% of the Principal Amount) will be payable to the Investment Dealers for further payment to representatives including representatives employed by the Investment Dealers whose clients purchase the Notes. A fee of up to $0.15 per Note sold (or up to 0.15% of the Principal Amount) will be payable directly by the Bank to Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. for acting as independent agent. The payment of these fees will not reduce the amount on which the Maturity Redemption Amount payable on the Notes is calculated.

Determination of Estimated Value:

The Notes are debt securities, the return on which is linked to the performance of the Index. In order to satisfy its payment obligations under the Notes, the Bank may choose to enter into certain hedging arrangements (which may include call options, put options or other derivatives) on the Issue Date with Scotia Capital Inc. or one of the Bank’s other subsidiaries, or with a third party, but is under no obligation to do so. The terms of any such hedging arrangements would, if entered into, take into account a number of factors, including the creditworthiness of the Bank, interest rate movements, the volatility of the Index, and the tenor of the Notes. The Issue Price of the Notes also reflects the selling concession fee payable to the Investment Dealers and the Bank’s expected profit (which may or may not be realized) based on an estimate of costs the Bank may incur in creating, issuing, maintaining and potentially hedging its obligations under the Notes. These factors result in the estimated value for the Notes on the date of this pricing supplement being less than the Issue Price of the Notes. See PS244-7

“Risk Factors”. The Bank has adopted written policies and procedures for determining the estimated initial value of the Notes which include: (i) the methodologies used for valuing each type of component embedded in the Notes, (ii) the methods by which the Bank will review and test valuation to assess the quality of the prices obtained as well as the general functioning of the valuation process, and (iii) conflicts of interest. Early Trading Charge:

The Notes are designed for investors who are prepared to hold the Notes to maturity. Any sale of Notes in the secondary market prior to the Maturity Date will be subject to an early trading charge, deductible from the sale proceeds of the Notes and determined as follows: If Sold Within

Early Trading Charge (% of Principal Amount)

0-90 days of Issue Date

4.00%

91-180 days of Issue Date

3.00%

181-270 days of Issue Date

2.00%

271-360 days of Issue Date

1.00%

Thereafter

Listing and Secondary Market:

Nil

The Notes will not be listed on any exchange or marketplace. Scotia Capital Inc. will use reasonable efforts under normal market conditions to provide a daily secondary market for the sale of the Notes but reserves the right to elect not to do so, in its sole and absolute discretion, without prior notice to investors. See “Risk Factors Relating to the Secondary Market” in the product supplement and “Secondary Market for Notes” in the base shelf prospectus. The sale of a Note in a secondary market (if any such secondary market exists at such time) prior to the Maturity Date will be effected at a price equal to (i) the bid price on the sale date, less (ii) any applicable Early Trading Charge, less (iii) any transaction charges that may or may not be levied by the relevant selling agent. See “Early Trading Charge”. Notes may in certain circumstances be transferable through CDS and not the FundSERV network. There is no guarantee that the bid price at any time will be the highest possible price available in any secondary market for the Notes, and the actual price received by an investor and the selling terms for such secondary market sales may be varied by the relevant selling agent.

Special Circumstances:

See “Special Circumstances” in the product supplement for a description of certain special circumstances, including a Market Disruption Event and a Special Circumstance, which may result in an adjustment to the calculation or timing of payments due on the Notes.

Calculation Agent:

Scotia Capital Inc.

Eligibility for Investment:

Eligible for RRSPs, RRIFs, RESPs, RDSPs, DPSPs and TFSAs. See “Eligibility for Investment” in Appendix C of this pricing supplement.

Additional Tax Information:

This income tax summary is subject to the limitations and qualifications set out under the heading “Certain Canadian Federal Income Tax Considerations” in Appendix C. Resident Initial Investors Subject to the CRA’s review referred to below, a Resident Initial Investor should not be PS244-8

required to include amounts in income in respect of a Note prior to the determination of: (i) the Maturity Redemption Amount payable on the Note at maturity, or (ii) an Accelerated Value upon the occurrence of a Special Circumstance. Absent the occurrence of a Special Circumstance, a Resident Initial Investor will be required to include in its income for the taxation year in which the Maturity Redemption Amount becomes determinable, the amount, if any, by which the Maturity Redemption Amount exceeds the Principal Amount of the Notes to the extent that such excess was not included in the Resident Initial Investor’s income for a preceding taxation year. If the Maturity Redemption Amount is less than the Principal Amount of the Notes, the Resident Initial Investor will generally realize a capital loss on the redemption of the Notes. Although not free from doubt, except in circumstances where the Maturity Redemption Amount or an Accelerated Value (as applicable) has been determined, a Resident Initial Investor who disposes of, or is deemed to dispose of, a Note should, subject to the CRA’s review noted below, realize a capital gain (or capital loss) to the extent that the proceeds of disposition exceed (or are less than) the aggregate of the Resident Initial Investor’s adjusted cost base of the Note and any reasonable costs of disposition. The CRA is reviewing whether the existence of a secondary market for obligations such as the Notes should be taken into consideration in determining the income tax treatment to holders of a linked-debt obligation in such circumstances. There can be no assurance that the administrative policies or assessing practices of the CRA upon completion of their review will be consistent with the absence of a requirement to accrue interest in respect of a potential Maturity Redemption Amount in respect of the Notes or with the characterization of proceeds received on the disposition of the Notes on capital account. Resident Initial Investors who dispose of Notes prior to the Maturity Date, including Resident Initial Investors who dispose of Notes shortly prior to the Final Valuation Date, should consult their tax advisors with respect to their particular circumstances. Non-Resident Initial Investors A Non-Resident Initial Investor should not be subject to Canadian non-resident withholding tax in respect of amounts paid or credited or deemed to have been paid or credited by the Bank as, on account of or in lieu of payment of, or in satisfaction of, interest. Prospective investors who are non-residents of Canada should consult their own tax advisors as to the tax consequences to them of acquiring, holding and disposing of the Notes. Performance Disclosure:

Ongoing information about the performance of the Notes will be available on the Bank’s structured products website (www.investorsolutions.gbm.scotiabank.com).

Suitability for Investment:

Investors should independently determine, with their own advisors, whether an investment in the Notes is suitable for them having regard to their own investment objectives and expectations. The Notes may be suitable for: 

investors who are seeking a medium-term investment and who have an investment strategy consistent with the features of the Notes;



investors seeking the opportunity for an enhanced return over other traditional equity or fixed rate investments and who are prepared to assume the risks associated with an investment linked to equity markets;



investors seeking exposure to the large-cap segment of the Canadian equity markets;

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Risk Factors:



investors who are comfortable with the return on the Notes being linked to the price return of the Index measured from the Initial Valuation Date to the Final Valuation Date only and willing to forego dividends, distributions or other amounts payable on the constituent securities represented by the Index;



investors willing to assume the risk of losing substantially all of their investment (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note) if the Final Index Level declines to or below the Barrier Level; and



investors who have carefully considered the risks associated with an investment in the Notes.

Risk factors relating to the Notes include but are not limited to the following: 

the return on the Notes is calculated using the price return of the Index only. As such, an investment in the Notes is not the same as making a direct investment in the Index or the securities of companies comprising the Index, including the right to receive dividends, distributions or other amounts payable on such securities;



there may be no return payable on the Notes at maturity (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note). There will be no interest or other payments made during the term of the Notes and there can be no assurance that the Note Return will be positive at maturity;



the Notes offer contingent downside protection based on the Closing Index Level on the Final Valuation Date. If the Closing Index Level declines to or below the Barrier Level on the Final Valuation Date, an investor will sustain a loss equal to the actual Index Return (which could be substantial) on his or her investment in the Notes (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note);



the Notes have not been rated and will not be insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other entity and therefore the payments to investors will be dependent upon the financial health and creditworthiness of the Bank:



the estimated initial value of the Notes indicated on the cover page of this pricing supplement was determined on the pricing date of the Notes, does not represent a minimum price at which the Bank, Scotia Capital Inc. or any of the Bank’s affiliates would be willing to purchase the Notes in any secondary market (if any exists) at any time, and is not an indication of actual profit to the Bank or any of its affiliates. If an investor attempts to sell the Notes prior to Maturity Date, the market value of the Notes may be lower than the price paid for them and the estimated value. This is due to, among other things, changes in the level or value of the Index, the inclusion in the Issue Price of the selling concession fee payable to the Investment Dealer and the estimated costs relating to any hedging activities the Bank may decide to undertake in respect of the Notes. The Notes are not designed to be short-term trading instruments. Accordingly, an investor should be able and willing to hold the Notes to the Maturity Date; and



the estimated value of the financial instrument components (plus the costs incurred by the Bank in connection with the issuance of the Notes) that combined would replicate the return on the Notes is equal to the estimated value of the Notes indicated on the cover page of this pricing supplement. The Bank’s estimated value of the Notes is based on a variety of assumptions, including expectations as to PS244-10

dividends, interest rates and volatility, the Bank’s internal funding rates (which may differ from the market rates for the Bank’s conventional debt securities), and the expected term of the Notes. These assumptions are based on certain forecasts about future events, which may prove to be incorrect. Other entities may value the Notes or similar securities at a price that is significantly different than the Bank. The value of the Notes at any time after the date of this pricing supplement will vary based on many factors, including changes in market conditions, and cannot be predicted by the Bank. As a result, the actual value an investor would receive if they sold the Notes in any secondary market should be expected to differ materially from the estimated value of Notes determined on the pricing date of the Notes. Investors should carefully consider with their advisors all of the information set out in the prospectus before making any potential investment in the Notes. In particular, investors should evaluate the key risks highlighted above as well as the risks described under “Risk Factors” in the base shelf prospectus and under “Risk Factors” in the product supplement.

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Appendix A Graphical Depiction of the Return Profile for the Notes The return profile below is provided for illustration purposes only. This graph demonstrates the Note Return based on a specific price return on the Index. There can be no assurance that any specific return will be achieved on the Notes. All examples assume that an investor has purchased Notes with an aggregate principal amount of $100.00, holds the Notes until the Maturity Date and that no Special Circumstance has occurred during the term of the Notes.

If the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level (which is 70% of the Initial Index Level), but the Index Return is less than or equal to the Booster, an investor will earn a return at maturity equal to the Booster (a Maturity Redemption Amount of $127.50 per Note). If the Index Return is greater than the Booster, an investor will earn at maturity the Booster plus 100% participation in any Index Return in excess of the Booster.

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If the Final Index Level is less than or equal to the Barrier Level (which is 70% of the Initial Index Level), an investor will be fully exposed to any negative Index Return, meaning that substantially all such investor’s investment may be lost (subject to a minimum principal repayment of $1.00 per Note). The table below shows the Maturity Redemption Amount an investor would receive on the Notes based on various hypothetical Index Returns: Index Return

Note Return

100.00% 90.00% 80.00% 70.00% 60.00% 50.00% 30.00% 27.50% 20.00% 10.00% 0.00% -10.00% -20.00% -29.00% -30.00% -40.00% -50.00% -60.00% -70.00% -80.00% -90.00% -100.00%

100.00% 90.00% 80.00% 70.00% 60.00% 50.00% 30.00% 27.50% 27.50% 27.50% 27.50% 27.50% 27.50% 27.50% -30.00% -40.00% -50.00% -60.00% -70.00% -80.00% -90.00% -99.00%

Maturity Redemption Amount $200.00 $190.00 $180.00 $170.00 $160.00 $150.00 $130.00 $127.50 $127.50 $127.50 $127.50 $127.50 $127.50 $127.50 $70.00 $60.00 $50.00 $40.00 $30.00 $20.00 $10.00 $1.00

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Annualized Return 14.87% 13.70% 12.47% 11.20% 9.86% 8.45% 5.39% 4.98% 4.98% 4.98% 4.98% 4.98% 4.98% 4.98% -6.89% -9.71% -12.94% -16.74% -21.40% -27.52% -36.90% -60.19%

Appendix B Sample Calculations of Maturity Redemption Amount The following examples show how the Index Return and Maturity Redemption Amount would be calculated based on certain hypothetical values and assumptions set out below. These examples are for illustrative purposes only and should not be construed as an estimate or forecast of the performance of the Index or the return that an investor might realize on the Notes. The Index Return will be calculated based on the price return of the Index, which will not reflect the value of any dividends, distributions or other income or amounts accruing on the constituent securities of the Index. All dollar amounts are rounded to the nearest whole cent. Values for hypothetical calculations: Initial Index Level: 703.72 Booster: 27.50% Barrier Level: 70% of the Initial Index Level = 70% x 703.72 = 492.60 Example One Scenario: The Final Index Level is less than or equal to the Barrier Level. Assume that the Final Index Level is 457.42 

Calculate the Index Return: o (Final Index Level – Initial Index Level) / Initial Index Level o (457.42 – 703.72)/703.72 = -35.00%



Calculate the Maturity Redemption Amount o Since the Final Index Level is less than the Barrier Level, the Maturity Redemption Amount will be equal to: Principal Amount + (Principal Amount x Index Return) $100.00 + ($100.00 x -35.00%) = $65.00

In this example, an investor would receive the Maturity Redemption Amount of $65.00 per Note on the Maturity Date, which is equivalent to a compound annual return of -8.25% on the Notes. Example Two Scenario: Index Return is equal to or less than 0%, but the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level. Assume that the Final Index Level is 586.90 

Calculate the Index Return: o (Final Index Level – Initial Index Level) / Initial Index Level o (586.90 – 703.72)/703.72 = -16.60%



Calculate the Maturity Redemption Amount o Since the Index Return is less than 0%, but the Final Index Level is greater than the Barrier Level, the Maturity Redemption Amount will be equal to: Principal Amount + (Principal Amount x Booster) $100 + ($100 x 27.50%) = $127.50

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In this example, an investor would receive the Maturity Redemption Amount of $127.50 per Note on the Maturity Date, which is equivalent to a compound annual return of 4.98% on the Notes. Example Three Scenario: Index Return is greater than 0% and less than or equal to the Booster. Assume that the Final Index Level is 828.21 

Calculate the Index Return: o (Final Index Level – Initial Index Level) / Initial Index Level o (828.21 – 703.72)/703.72 = 17.69%



Calculate the Maturity Redemption Amount o Since the Index Return is greater than 0% and less than the Booster, the Maturity Redemption Amount will be equal to: Principal Amount + (Principal Amount x Booster) $100 + ($100 x 27.50%) = $127.50

In this example, an investor would receive the Maturity Redemption Amount of $127.50 per Note on the Maturity Date, which is equivalent to a compound annual return of 4.98% on the Notes.

Example Four Scenario: Index Return is greater than the Booster. Assume that the Final Index Level is 1,051.15 

Calculate the Index Return: o (Final Index Level – Initial Index Level) / Initial Index Level o (1,051.15 – 703.72)/703.72 = 49.37%



Calculate the Maturity Redemption Amount o Since the Index Return is greater than the Booster, the Maturity Redemption Amount will be equal to: Principal Amount + [Principal Amount x (Booster + Participation Rate x (Index Return Booster))] $100 + [$100 x (27.50% + 100.00% x (49.37% - 27.50%))] = $149.37

In this example, an investor would receive the Maturity Redemption Amount of $149.37 per Note on the Maturity Date, which is equivalent to a compound annual return of 8.36% on the Notes.

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Appendix C Certain Canadian Federal Income Tax Considerations In the opinion of Stikeman Elliott LLP, counsel to the Bank, the following is, as of the date hereof, a summary of the principal Canadian federal income tax considerations generally applicable to the acquisition, holding and disposition of the Notes by an investor who purchases the Notes at the time of their issuance (an “Initial Investor”). This summary is applicable only to an Initial Investor who, for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act”) and at all relevant times, deals at arm’s length with the Bank and the Investment Dealers and is not affiliated with the Bank. This summary does not apply to any Initial Investor who has entered into, or will enter into, in respect of the Notes, a “derivative forward agreement”, as that term is defined in the Act. This summary is based on the current provisions of the Act and the regulations thereunder as in force on the date hereof (the “Regulations”), counsel’s understanding of the current administrative and assessing practices of the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and all specific proposals to amend the Act and Regulations publicly announced by or on behalf of the Minister of Finance (Canada) prior to the date hereof (the “Tax Proposals”). This summary assumes that all Tax Proposals will be enacted substantially as proposed; however, no assurance can be given that the Tax Proposals will be enacted as proposed or at all. This summary does not, except for the Tax Proposals, take into account or anticipate any changes in law or the CRA’s administrative or assessing practices, whether by legislative, governmental or judicial decision or action. This summary is not exhaustive of all possible Canadian federal income tax considerations applicable to an investment in the Notes and does not take into account provincial, territorial or foreign income tax legislation or considerations, which are not addressed in this summary. This summary is of a general nature only and is not intended to be legal or tax advice to any investor. Investors should consult their own tax advisors for advice with respect to the income tax consequences of an investment in the Notes, based on their particular circumstances. Initial Investors Resident in Canada This portion of the summary is generally applicable to an Initial Investor who, at all relevant times, for purposes of the application of the Act, is an individual (other than a trust), is or is deemed to be resident in Canada and holds the Notes as capital property (a “Resident Initial Investor”). The Notes will generally be considered to be capital property to a Resident Initial Investor unless: (i) the Resident Initial Investor holds the Notes in the course of carrying on or otherwise as part of a business, or (ii) the Resident Initial Investor acquired the Notes as an adventure or concern in the nature of trade. Certain Resident Initial Investors whose Notes might not otherwise be considered to be capital property or who desire certainty with respect to the treatment of the Notes as capital property may be entitled to make an irrevocable election pursuant to subsection 39(4) of the Act to deem the Notes and every other “Canadian security” (as defined in the Act) owned by the Resident Initial Investor in the taxation year of the election and all subsequent taxation years to be capital property. Payment of the Maturity Redemption Amount or Accelerated Value In certain circumstances provisions of the Act can deem interest to accrue on a “prescribed debt obligation” (as defined for the purposes of the Act), such as the Notes. Based on counsel’s understanding of the CRA’s administrative practice and subject to the comments below, there should be no deemed accrual of interest on the Notes under these provisions prior to the taxation year of the Resident Initial Investor that includes the Final Valuation Date or the date on which an Accelerated Value is determined, as applicable. The CRA is reviewing whether the existence of a secondary market for linked-debt obligations such as the Notes should be taken into consideration in determining the income tax treatment, including the deemed accrual of interest, to holders of a linked-debt obligation in such circumstances.

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The amount, if any, by which the Maturity Redemption Amount exceeds the Principal Amount of a Note that is payable to a Resident Initial Investor will be included in the Resident Initial Investor’s income in the taxation year in which the Maturity Redemption Amount becomes determinable to the extent that such excess was not included in the Resident Initial Investor’s income for a preceding taxation year. If as the result of the occurrence of a Special Circumstance, an Accelerated Value is paid to a Resident Initial Investor, the excess (if any) of such payment over the Principal Amount of a Note would be included in the Resident Initial Investor’s income for the taxation year in which the Special Redemption Date occurs to the extent that such excess was not included in the Resident Initial Investor’s income for a preceding taxation year. If the Maturity Redemption Amount or Accelerated Value (as applicable) received by a Resident Initial Investor on a disposition of a Note at maturity or on a Special Redemption Date (as applicable), is less than the Principal Amount of the Note, the Resident Initial Investor will generally realize a capital loss to the extent that the amount so paid is less than the Resident Initial Investor’s adjusted cost base of the Note and any reasonable costs of disposition. Disposition of Notes In certain circumstances, where an investor assigns or otherwise transfers a debt obligation (other than as a consequence of a repayment of the debt obligation), the amount of interest accrued on the debt obligation to that time, but unpaid, will be excluded from the proceeds of disposition of the obligation and will be required to be included as interest in computing the investor’s income for the taxation year in which the transfer occurs, except to the extent that it has been otherwise included in the investor’s income for that taxation year or a preceding taxation year. Based on the published administrative position of the CRA, other than in the event of a transfer or assignment of a Note at a particular time when the Maturity Redemption Amount or the Accelerated Value (as applicable) is determinable, there should generally be no amount in respect of the potential Maturity Redemption Amount or Accelerated Value (as applicable) that will be treated as accrued interest on an assignment or transfer of a Note prior to maturity. While the matter is not free from doubt, an amount received by a Resident Initial Investor on a disposition or deemed disposition of a Note, other than: (i) to the Bank, or (ii) after the Maturity Redemption Amount or Accelerated Value (as applicable) is determinable, should give rise to a capital gain (or capital loss) to the extent that the proceeds of disposition exceed (or are less than) the aggregate of the Resident Initial Investor’s adjusted cost base of the Note and any reasonable costs of disposition. The CRA is reviewing whether the existence of a secondary market for obligations such as the Notes should be taken into consideration in determining the income tax treatment to holders of such obligations in such circumstances. There can be no assurance that the administrative policies or assessing practices of the CRA upon completion of their review will be consistent with the characterization of proceeds received on the disposition of such obligations on capital account. Resident Initial Investors who dispose of Notes prior to the Maturity Date, including Resident Initial Investors who dispose of Notes shortly prior to the Final Valuation Date, should consult their tax advisors with respect to their particular circumstances. One-half of a capital gain realized by a Resident Initial Investor must be included in the income of the Resident Initial Investor. One-half of a capital loss realized by a Resident Initial Investor must be deducted against the taxable portion of capital gains realized in the year and may be deducted against the taxable portion of capital gains realized in the three preceding years or in subsequent years, subject to and in accordance with the rules in the Act. Initial Investors Not Resident in Canada This portion of the summary is generally applicable to an Initial Investor who, at all relevant times, for purposes of the Act, is not and is not deemed to be resident in Canada, does not use or hold the Notes in or in the course of carrying on business in Canada, is not an insurer that carries on business in Canada and elsewhere and who

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deals at arm’s length with any transferee resident (or deemed to be resident) in Canada to whom the Initial Investor disposes of Notes (a “Non-Resident Initial Investor”). A Non-Resident Initial Investor should not be subject to Canadian non-resident withholding tax in respect of amounts paid or credited or deemed to have been paid or credited by the Bank as, on account of or in lieu of payment of, or in satisfaction of, interest, including on a payment at maturity. Prospective investors who are non-residents of Canada should consult their own tax advisors as to the tax consequences to them of acquiring, holding and disposing of Notes. Eligibility for Investment The Notes, if issued on the date of this pricing supplement, would be “qualified investments” (for purposes of the Act) for trusts governed by registered retirement savings plans (“RRSPs”), registered retirement income funds (“RRIFs”), registered disability savings plans (“RDSPs”), registered education savings plans (“RESPs”), tax-free savings accounts (“TFSAs”) and deferred profit sharing plans (“DPSPs”), each within the meaning of the Act (other than a DPSP to which payments are made by the Bank or a corporation or partnership with which the Bank does not deal at arm’s length within the meaning of the Act). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Notes are “prohibited investments” (as that term is defined in the Act) for a TFSA, an RRSP or a RRIF, a holder of the TFSA, or an annuitant of the RRSP or the RRIF, as the case may be, (each a “Plan Holder”) will be subject to a penalty tax as set out in the Act. The Notes will not be a “prohibited investment” for trusts governed by a TFSA, RRSP or RRIF provided that the Plan Holder of such TFSA, RRSP or RRIF, as applicable: (i) deals at arm’s length with the Bank for purposes of the Act, and (ii) does not have a “significant interest”, as defined in the Act, in the Bank. Plan Holders should consult their own tax advisors with respect to whether the Notes would be “prohibited investments” in their particular circumstances.

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Appendix D Summary Information Regarding the Index The following is a summary description of the S&P/TSX 60™ Index based on information obtained from the website of the Index Sponsor, Standard & Poor’s at www.indices.standardandpoors.com. All information regarding the Index contained herein, including its make-up, method of calculation and changes in its components, has been derived from publicly available sources and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. That information reflects the policies of, and is subject to change by, the Index Sponsor. General Description The S&P/TSX 60™ Index is a large-cap index comprising 60 actively traded Canadian companies. Launched in December 1998, the Index is market cap weighted, with weights adjusted for available share float, and covers ten economic sectors, representing approximately 73% of Canada’s equity market capitalization. The Index also represents the Canadian component of Standard & Poor’s flagship S&P Global 1200 Index. The Index is maintained by the S&P/TSX Canadian Index Committee, which comprises a team of seven, including four members from Standard & Poor’s, and three from the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”). The Index Committee draws on the significant experience in index management of its members at a local and global level. Each stock in the Index is evaluated for sector representation, liquidity, size, and positive company fundamentals. The Index value is determined by multiplying the price of the individual components by their corresponding free-float share amount. Free-float share amount adjusts the outstanding float for control blocks. The market capitalization of all the individual components are summed and divided by the Index divisor, which divisor may be adjusted for corporate actions and significant restructurings. Criteria for removal from the Index include a violation of one or more Index requirements, as well as mergers or acquisitions involving companies in the Index. Composition The 60 companies whose securities were included in the Index as of December 30, 2015 are set out below. The historical composition of the Index does not necessarily reflect the composition of the Index in the future. Company Weight (%) Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. 0.63% Agrium Inc. 1.37% Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. 2.06% ARC Resources Ltd. 0.45% Bank of Montreal 4.02% The Bank of Nova Scotia 5.50% Barrick Gold Corp. 0.95% BCE Inc. 3.72% BlackBerry Ltd. 0.48% Bombardier Inc. 0.20% Brookfield Asset Management Inc. 3.03% Cameco Corp. 0.53% Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 2.91% Canadian National Railway Co. 4.92% Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. 2.63% Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. 0.32% Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. 1.95% Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. 0.68%

Company Gildan Activewear Inc. GoldCorp. Inc. Husky Energy Inc. Imperial Oil Ltd. Inter Pipeline Ltd. Kinross Gold Corp. Loblaw Cos Ltd. Magna International Inc. Manulife Financial Corp. Metro Inc. National Bank of Canada Pembina Pipeline Corp. Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. Power Corp. of Canada Restaurant Brands International Rogers Communications Inc. Royal Bank of Canada Saputo Inc. PS244 D-1

Weight (%) 0.73% 1.05% 0.33% 0.91% 0.59% 0.23% 1.15% 1.74% 3.31% 0.76% 1.09% 0.88% 1.60% 0.85% 0.92% 1.37% 8.89% 0.69%

Company Cenovus Energy Inc. CGI Group Inc. Constellation Software Inc. Crescent Point Energy Corp. Dollarama Inc. Eldorado Gold Corp. Enbridge Inc. Encana Corp. First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Fortis Inc. Franco-Nevada Corp. George Weston Ltd.

Weight (%) 1.15% 1.23% 0.86% 0.64% 0.74% 0.24% 3.12% 0.45% 0.28% 0.84% 0.79% 0.41%

Company Shaw Communications Inc. Silver Wheaton Corp. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. Sun Life Financial Inc. Suncor Energy Inc. Teck Resources Ltd. TELUS Corp. Thomson Reuters Corp. The Toronto-Dominion Bank TransCanada Corp. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Yamana Gold Inc.

Weight (%) 0.75% 0.55% 0.50% 2.13% 4.10% 0.20% 1.85% 1.36% 8.08% 2.54% 3.60% 0.20%

Historical Performance The following graph illustrates the price performance of the Index during the period beginning on January 1, 2001 and ending on December 30, 2015.

The price performance of the Index shown above does not take into account dividends and/or distributions paid by the issuers of the constituent securities that comprise the Index. The annual dividend yield of the Index on December 30, 2015 was 3.26%, representing an aggregate dividend yield of approximately 17.40% compounded annually over the term of the Notes (assuming the dividend yield remains constant). Historical performance of the Index will not necessarily predict future performance of the Index or the Notes. License Agreement between the Index Sponsor and the Bank The Index Sponsor and the Bank have entered into a non-exclusive license agreement providing for the license to the Bank, and certain of its affiliates, in exchange for a fee, of the right to use the Index in connection with securities, including the Notes. PS244 D-2

The license agreement between the Index Sponsor and the Bank provides that the following language must be set forth in this pricing supplement: The Notes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Notes or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Notes particularly, or the ability of the Standard & Poor’s Index to track general stock market performance. Standard & Poor’s only relationship to the Bank is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of Standard & Poor’s and of the Standard & Poor’s Index which is determined, composed and calculated by Standard & Poor’s without regard to the Bank or the Notes. Standard & Poor’s has no obligation to take the needs of the Bank or the owners of the Notes into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Index. Standard & Poor’s is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of the Notes to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Notes are to be converted into cash. Standard & Poor’s has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Notes. STANDARD & POOR’S DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND STANDARD & POOR’S SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. STANDARD & POOR’S MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE BANK, OWNERS OF THE NOTES, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. STANDARD & POOR’S MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL STANDARD & POOR’S HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. “Standard & Poor’s®”, “S&P®” and “S&P/TSX 60™” are trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and have been licensed for use by the Bank. The Notes are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by S&P and S&P makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Notes.

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