The Bank of Nova Scotia has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus, and a prospectus supplement) with the SEC
for the offering to which this pricing supplement relates. Before you invest, you should read those documents and the other documents relating to this offering that we have filed with the SEC for more complete information about us and this
offering. You may obtain these documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov, or accessing the links above.
If the Notes have not been called by us, as described elsewhere in this pricing supplement, we will pay you the Principal Amount of your Notes on the Maturity Date, plus
the final Interest Payment.
In the event that the stated Maturity Date is not a Business Day, then the relevant repayment of principal will be made on the first following Business Day under the Following Business Day Convention.
We describe payments as being based on a “Day Count Fraction” of “30/360, unadjusted, Following Business Day Convention”.
This means that the number of days in the Interest Payment period will be based on a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months
(“30/360”) and that the number of days in each Interest Payment period will not be adjusted if an Interest Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day (“unadjusted”).
If any Interest Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day (including the Interest Payment
Date that is also the Maturity Date), the relevant Interest Payment will be made on the first following Business Day under the Following Business Day Convention.
An investment in the Notes involves significant risks. In addition to the following risks included in this
pricing supplement, we urge you to read “Risk Factors” beginning on page S-2 of the accompanying prospectus supplement and on page 6 of the accompanying prospectus.
You should understand the risks of investing in the Notes and should reach an investment decision only
after careful consideration, with your advisers, of the suitability of the Notes in light of your particular financial circumstances and the information set forth in this pricing supplement and the accompanying prospectus and prospectus
Your Investment is Subject to Reinvestment Risk in the Event We Elect to Call the Notes.
We have the ability to call the Notes prior to the Maturity Date. In the event we decide to exercise the
Call Provision, the amount of interest payable would be less than the amount of interest payable if you held the Notes until the Maturity Date. There is no guarantee that you would be able to reinvest the proceeds from an investment in the Notes
at a comparable return for a similar level of risk following our exercise of the Call Provision. We may choose to call the Notes early or choose not to call the Notes early, in our sole discretion. In addition, it is more likely that we will call
the Notes prior to maturity if a significant decrease in U.S. interest rates or a significant decrease in the volatility of U.S. interest rates would result in greater interest payments on the Notes than on instruments of comparable maturity,
terms and credit worthiness then trading in the market.
An Investment in the Notes are Subject to Interest Rate Risk and May be More Risky Than an Investment in Notes with
a Shorter Term.
The Notes are an investment in a fixed interest rate. Fixed interest rate instruments are generally more sensitive to market interest rate changes. The
prices of long-term debt obligations generally fluctuate more than prices of short-term debt obligations as interest rates change. Generally, when market interest rates rise, the prices of debt obligations fall, and the value of a longer-term
debt obligation will generally fall more quickly than that of a shorter-term debt obligation. This risk may be particularly acute because market interest rates are currently at historically low levels. You will not have the right to redeem the
Notes early if market interest rates begin to rise, and the Interest Rate on the Notes may be less than the interest you could earn on other investments with a similar level of risk available at such time. Therefore, an increase in market
interest rates will adversely affect the value of your Notes.
The Notes are Not Ordinary Debt Securities.
The Notes have certain investment characteristics that differ from traditional fixed income securities. For example, the performance of the Notes will not
track price movements as traditional interest rate products may. A person should reach a decision to invest in the Notes after carefully considering, with his or her advisors, the suitability of the Notes in light of his or her investment
objectives and the information set out in the above terms of the offering. The Bank does not make any recommendation as to whether the Notes are a suitable investment for any person.
Your Investment is Subject to the Credit Risk of The Bank of Nova Scotia.
The Notes are senior unsecured debt obligations of The Bank of Nova Scotia and are not, either directly
or indirectly, an obligation of any third party. As further described in the accompanying prospectus and prospectus supplement, the Notes will rank on par with all of the other unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of The Bank of Nova
Scotia, except such obligations as may be preferred by operation of law. Any payment to be made on the Notes, including the return of the Principal Amount at maturity or on the Call Payment Date, as applicable, depends on the ability of The Bank
of Nova Scotia to satisfy its obligations as they come due. As a result, the actual and perceived creditworthiness of The Bank of Nova Scotia may affect the market value of the Notes and, in the event The Bank of Nova Scotia were to default on
its obligations, you may not receive the amounts owed to you under the terms of the Notes.
The Price at Which the Notes May Be Sold Prior to Maturity will Depend on a Number of Factors and May Be Substantially Less Than the Amount for Which They
Were Originally Purchased.
The price at which the Notes may be sold prior to maturity will depend on a number of factors. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to:
(i) volatility of the level of interest rates and the market’s perception of future volatility of the level of interest rates, (ii) changes in interest rates generally, (iii) any actual or anticipated changes in our credit ratings or credit
spreads, and (iv) time remaining to maturity. In particular, because the terms of the Notes permit us to redeem the Notes prior to maturity, the price of the Notes may be impacted by the Call Provision feature of the Notes. Additionally, the Interest Rate of the Notes reflects not only our credit spread generally but also the Call Provision feature of the Notes and thus may not
reflect the rate at which a note without such call feature might be issued and sold.
Depending on the actual or anticipated level of interest rates, the market value of the Notes may decrease and you may
receive substantially less than 100% of the issue price if you sell your Notes prior to maturity.
The Inclusion of Dealer
Spread and Projected Profit from Hedging in the Original Issue Price is Likely to Adversely Affect Secondary Market Prices.
Assuming no change in market conditions or any other relevant factors, the price, if any, at which SCUSA or any other
party is willing to purchase the Notes at any time in secondary market transactions will likely be significantly lower than the original issue price, since secondary market prices are likely to exclude underwriting commissions paid with respect
to the Notes and the cost of hedging our obligations under the Notes that are included in the original issue price. The cost of hedging includes the projected profit that we and/or our affiliates may realize in consideration for assuming the
risks inherent in managing the hedging transactions. These secondary market prices are also likely to be reduced by the costs of unwinding the related hedging transactions. In addition, any secondary market prices may differ from values
determined by pricing models used by SCUSA as a result of dealer discounts, mark-ups or other transaction costs.
The Notes Lack Liquidity.
The Notes will not be listed on any securities exchange or automated quotation system. Therefore, there may be little or
no secondary market for the Notes. SCUSA or any other dealer may, but is not obligated to, make a market in the Notes. Even if there is a secondary market, it may not provide enough liquidity to allow you to trade or sell the Notes easily.
Because we do not expect that other broker-dealers will participate significantly in the secondary market for the Notes, the price at which you may be able to trade your Notes is likely to depend on the price, if any, at which SCUSA, if they
choose to make a market in the Notes, is willing to purchase the Notes from you. If at any time SCUSA or any other dealer were not to make a market in the Notes, it is likely that there would be no secondary market for the Notes. Accordingly, you
should be willing to hold your Notes to maturity.
We, our Subsidiaries or Affiliates may Publish Research that Could Affect the Market Value of the
Notes. We also expect to Hedge Our Obligations under the Notes.
We or one or more of our affiliates may, at present or in the future, publish research reports with respect to movements
in interest rates generally. This research is modified from time to time without notice and may express opinions or provide recommendations that are inconsistent with purchasing or holding the Notes. Any of these activities may affect the market
value of the Notes. In addition, we or one or more affiliates expect to hedge our obligations under the Notes and may realize a profit from that expected hedging activity even if investors do not receive a favorable investment return under the
terms of the Notes or in any secondary market transaction.
There Are Potential Conflicts of Interest Between You and the Calculation Agent.
The Calculation Agent will, among other things, determine the amount of your payment for any Interest Payment Date on the
Notes. Our affiliate, Scotia Capital Inc., will serve as the Calculation Agent. We may change the Calculation Agent after the Original Issue Date without notice to you. For additional information as to the Calculation Agent’s role, see
“Summary—Calculation Agent” herein. The Calculation Agent will exercise its judgment when performing its functions and may take into consideration the Bank’s ability to unwind any related hedges. Since this discretion by the Calculation Agent may
affect payments on the Notes, the Calculation Agent may have a conflict of interest if it needs to make any such decision.
SUPPLEMENTAL PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION (CONFLICTS OF INTEREST)
Pursuant to the terms of a distribution agreement, SCUSA, an affiliate of The Bank of Nova Scotia, has agreed to
purchase the Notes from The Bank of Nova Scotia for distribution to other registered broker-dealers or has offered the Notes directly to investors.
SCUSA or one of our affiliates has agreed to purchase the Principal Amount of the Notes and, as part of the distribution
of the Notes, has agreed to pay discounts and underwriting commissions of $8.75 (0.875%) per $1,000 Principal Amount of the Notes.
In addition, SCUSA or another of its affiliates or agents may use the accompanying prospectus and prospectus supplement to
which this pricing supplement relates and this pricing supplement in market-making transactions after the initial sale of the Notes. While SCUSA may make markets in the Notes, it is under no obligation to do so and may discontinue any
market-making activities at any time without notice. See the section titled “Supplemental Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” in the accompanying prospectus supplement.
The price at which you purchase the Notes includes costs that the Bank or its affiliates expect to incur and profits
that the Bank or its affiliates expect to realize in connection with hedging activities related to the Notes, as set forth above. These costs and profits will likely reduce the secondary market price, if any secondary market develops, for the
Notes. As a result, you may experience an immediate and substantial decline in the market value of your Notes on the Original Issue Date.
Conflicts of Interest
Because SCUSA is an affiliate of the Bank, SCUSA has a ‘‘conflict of interest’’ in this offering within the meaning of FINRA Rule
5121. In addition, the Bank will receive the gross proceeds from the initial public offering of the Notes, thus creating an additional conflict of interest within the meaning of Rule 5121. Consequently, the offering is being conducted in compliance
with the provisions of Rule 5121. SCUSA is not permitted to sell the Notes in this offering to an account over which it exercises discretionary authority without the prior specific written approval of the account holder.
SCUSA and its affiliates are full service financial institutions engaged in various activities, which may include securities trading,
commercial and investment banking, financial advisory, investment management, investment research, principal investment, hedging, financing and brokerage activities. SCUSA and its affiliates have, from time to time, performed, and may in the future
perform, various financial advisory and investment banking services for the Bank, for which they received or will receive customary fees and expenses.
In the ordinary course of their various business activities, SCUSA and its affiliates may make or hold a broad array of investments
and actively trade debt and equity securities (or related derivative securities) and financial instruments (including bank loans) for their own account and for the accounts of their customers, and such investment and securities activities may
involve securities and/or instruments of the Bank. SCUSA and its affiliates may also make investment recommendations and/or publish or express independent research views in respect of such securities or instruments and may at any time hold, or
recommend to clients that they acquire, long and/or short positions in such securities and instruments.
Additionally, because an affiliate of the dealer from which you purchase the Notes is to conduct hedging activities for us in connection
with the Notes, such affiliate may profit in connection with such hedging activities and such profit, if any, will be in addition to the compensation that the dealer receives for the sale of the Notes to you. You should be aware that the potential
to earn fees in connection with hedging activities may create a further incentive for the dealer to sell the Notes to you in addition to the compensation they would receive for the sale of the Notes.
Prohibition of Sales to EEA Retail Investors
The Notes are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or
otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area (“EEA”). For these purposes, a retail investor means a person who is one (or more) of: (i) a retail client as defined in point (11) of Article 4(1) of Directive
2014/65/EU, as amended (“MiFID II”); (ii) a customer within the meaning of Directive 2002/92/EC, as amended, where that customer would not qualify as a professional client as defined in point (10) of Article 4(1) of MiFID II; or (iii) not a
qualified investor as defined in Directive 2003/71/EC, as amended. Consequently no key information document required by Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014, as amended (the “PRIIPs Regulation”), for offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them
available to retail investors in the EEA has been prepared and therefore offering or selling the Notes or otherwise making them available to any retail investor in the EEA may be unlawful under the PRIIPs Regulation.
The Bank (or its successor) may redeem the Notes, in whole but not in part, at a redemption price equal to the Principal
Amount thereof together with accrued and unpaid interest to the date fixed for redemption, upon the giving of a notice as described below, if:
as a result of any change (including any announced prospective change) in or amendment to the laws (or any regulations or rulings
promulgated thereunder) of Canada (or the jurisdiction of organization of the successor to the Bank) or of any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or therein affecting taxation, or any change in official position regarding
the application or interpretation of such laws, regulations or rulings (including a holding by a court of competent jurisdiction), which change or amendment is announced or becomes effective on or after the Pricing Date (or, in the case
of a successor to the Bank, after the date of succession), and which in the written opinion to the Bank (or its successor) of legal counsel of recognized standing has resulted or will result (assuming, in the case of any announced
prospective change, that such announced change will become effective as of the date specified in such announcement and in the form announced) in the Bank (or its successor) becoming obligated to pay, on the next succeeding date on which
interest is due, additional amounts with respect to the Notes; or
on or after the Pricing Date (or, in the case of a successor to the Bank, after the date of succession), any action has been taken
by any taxing authority of, or any decision has been rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction in Canada (or the jurisdiction of organization of the successor to the Bank) or any political subdivision or taxing authority thereof or
therein, including any of those actions specified in the paragraph immediately above, whether or not such action was taken or decision was rendered with respect to the Bank (or its successor), or any change, amendment, application or
interpretation shall be officially proposed, which, in any such case, in the written opinion to the Bank (or its successor) of legal counsel of recognized standing, will result (assuming, in the case of any announced prospective change,
that such change, amendment, application, interpretation or action is applied to the Notes by the taxing authority and that such announced change will become effective as of the date specified in such announcement and in the form
announced) in the Bank (or its successor) becoming obligated to pay, on the next succeeding date on which interest is due, additional amounts with respect to the Notes; and, in any such case, the Bank (or its successor), in its business
judgment, determines that such obligation cannot be avoided by the use of reasonable measures available to it (or its successor).
In the event the Bank elects to redeem the Notes pursuant to the provisions set forth in the preceding paragraph, it shall
deliver to the trustees a certificate, signed by an authorized officer, stating (i) that the Bank is entitled to redeem such Notes pursuant to their terms and (ii) the Principal Amount of the Notes to be redeemed.
Notice of intention to redeem such Notes will be given to holders of the Notes not more than 45 nor less than 30 days
prior to the date fixed for redemption and such notice will specify, among other things, the date fixed for redemption and, on or promptly after the redemption date, it will give notice of the redemption price.
MATERIAL CANADIAN INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES
The following is a summary of the principal Canadian federal income tax considerations generally applicable to a purchaser who acquires, as beneficial owner, Notes,
including entitlements to all payments thereunder, pursuant to this pricing supplement and who, at all relevant times, for purposes of the application of the Income Tax Act (Canada) and the Income Tax Regulations (collectively, the “Act”) is not, and is not deemed to be, resident in Canada, deals at arm’s length with the Bank and with any transferee resident (or deemed to be
resident) in Canada to whom the purchaser disposes of the Notes, does not use or hold the Notes in a business carried on in Canada, is not a “specified shareholder” and is not a person who does not deal at arm’s length with a “specified
shareholder” (as defined for purposes of subsection 18(5) of the Act) of the Bank and does not receive any payment of interest on the Notes in respect of a debt or other obligation to pay an amount to a person with whom the Bank does not deal
at arm’s length (a “Non-Resident Holder”). Special rules, which are not discussed in this summary, may apply to a Non-Resident Holder that is an insurer that carries on an insurance business in Canada and elsewhere.
This summary is based upon the current provisions of the Act and an understanding of the current administrative practices and assessing
policies of the Canada Revenue Agency published in writing prior to the date hereof. This summary takes into account all specific proposals to amend the Act publicly announced by or on behalf of the Minister of Finance prior to the date hereof
(the “Proposals”) and assumes that all Proposals will be enacted in the form proposed. However, no assurance can be given that the Proposals will be enacted as proposed or at all. This summary does not otherwise take into account any changes in
law or in administrative practices or assessing policies, whether by legislative, administrative or judicial action, nor does it take into account any provincial, territorial or foreign income tax considerations, which may differ from those
This summary is of a general nature only and is not intended to be legal or tax advice to any particular purchaser. This
summary is not exhaustive of all Canadian federal income tax considerations. Accordingly, prospective purchasers of Notes should consult their tax advisors with respect to their particular circumstances.
No Canadian withholding tax will apply to interest or principal paid or credited to a Non-Resident Holder by the Bank or to proceeds received
by a Non-Resident Holder on the disposition of a Note, including on a redemption, payment on maturity, repurchase or purchase for cancellation.
No other tax on income or gains will be payable by a Non-Resident Holder on interest or principal, or on proceeds received
by a Non-Resident Holder on the disposition of a Note, including on a redemption, payment on maturity, repurchase or purchase for cancellation.
MATERIAL U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS
The following discussion summarizes the material U.S. federal income tax consequences to U.S. Holders of the purchase, beneficial ownership and disposition of the Notes.
For purposes of this summary, a “U.S. Holder” is a beneficial owner of a Note that is:
an individual who is a citizen or a resident of the United States, for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
a corporation (or other entity that is treated as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes) that is created or organized
in or under the laws of the United States or any State thereof (including the District of Columbia);
an estate whose income is subject to U.S. federal income taxation regardless of its source; or
a trust if a court within the United States is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration, and one or more United
States persons, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, have the authority to control all of its substantial decisions.
An individual may, subject to certain exceptions, be deemed to be a resident of the United States for U.S. federal income tax
purposes by reason of being present in the United States for at least 31 days in the calendar year and for an aggregate of at least 183 days during a three year period ending in the current calendar year (counting for such purposes all of the
days present in the current year, one third of the days present in the immediately preceding year, and one sixth of the days present in the second preceding year).
This summary is based on interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), regulations issued
thereunder, and rulings and decisions currently in effect (or in some cases proposed), all of which are subject to change. Any such change may be applied retroactively and may materially and adversely affect the U.S. federal income tax
consequences described herein. In addition, this summary addresses only U.S. Holders that purchase Notes at initial issuance, and own Notes as capital assets and not as part of a “straddle,” “hedge,” “synthetic security,” or a “conversion
transaction” for U.S. federal income tax purposes or as part of some other integrated investment. This summary does not discuss all of the tax consequences (such as any alternative minimum tax consequences or any consequences to taxpayers subject
to special accounting rules under Section 451(b) of the Code) that may be relevant to particular investors or to investors subject to special treatment under the U.S. federal income tax laws (such as banks, thrifts or other financial
institutions; insurance companies; securities dealers or brokers, or traders in securities electing mark-to-market treatment; regulated investment companies or real estate investment trusts; small business investment companies; S corporations;
partnerships; or investors that hold their Notes through a partnership or other entity treated as a partnership for U.S. federal income tax purposes; U.S. Holders whose functional currency is not the U.S. dollar; certain former citizens or
residents of the United States; retirement plans or other tax-exempt entities, or persons holding the Notes in tax-deferred or tax-advantaged accounts; persons that purchase or sell the Notes as part of a wash sale for tax purposes; or
“controlled foreign corporations” or “passive foreign investment companies” for U.S. federal income tax purposes). This summary also does not address the tax consequences to shareholders, or other equity holders in, or beneficiaries of, a holder,
or any state, local or non-U.S. tax consequences of the purchase, ownership or disposition of the Notes. Persons considering the purchase of Notes should consult their tax advisors concerning the application of U.S. federal income tax laws to
their particular situations as well as any consequences of the purchase, beneficial ownership and disposition of Notes arising under the laws of any other taxing jurisdiction.
U.S. Federal Income Tax Treatment of the Notes as Indebtedness for U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes and
Payments of Interest
The Notes should be treated as indebtedness for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and the balance of this summary assumes that the Notes
are treated as indebtedness for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Under this treatment, Interest Payments on the Notes will be taxable to a U.S. Holder as ordinary interest income at the time it accrues or is received in accordance with the U.S.
Holder’s normal method of accounting for tax purposes. Pursuant to the terms of the Notes, you agree to treat the Notes consistent with our treatment for all U.S. federal income tax purposes.
Sale, Exchange, Early Redemption or Maturity of the Notes
Pursuant to this treatment, upon the taxable disposition of a Note, you should generally recognize taxable gain or loss equal
to the difference between (1) the amount realized on such taxable disposition (other than amounts attributable to accrued but untaxed interest) and (2) your adjusted tax basis in the Note. Your adjusted tax basis in a Note generally will equal
your cost of the Note. Because the Note is held as a capital asset, as defined in Section 1221 of the Code, such gain or loss will generally constitute capital gain or loss. Capital gain of a noncorporate U.S. Holder is generally taxed at preferential rates where such holder has a holding period of greater than
one year. The deductibility of a capital loss realized on the taxable disposition of a Note is subject to limitations.
Based on certain factual representations received from us, our special U.S. tax counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, is of the
opinion that your Notes should be treated in the manner as described above. However, the U.S. federal income tax treatment of the Notes is uncertain. We do not plan to request a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) regarding the
tax treatment of the Notes, and the IRS or a court may not agree with the tax treatment described in this pricing supplement. We urge you to consult your tax advisor as to the tax consequences of your investment in the Notes.
Medicare Tax on Net Investment
U.S. Holders that are individuals, estates or certain trusts are subject to an additional 3.8% tax on all or a portion of their
“net investment income,” or “undistributed net investment income” in the case of an estate or trust, which may include any income or gain with respect to the Notes, to the extent of their net investment income or undistributed net investment
income (as the case may be) that, when added to their other modified adjusted gross income, exceeds $200,000 for an unmarried individual, $250,000 for a married taxpayer filing a joint return (or a surviving spouse), $125,000 for a married
individual filing a separate return or the dollar amount at which the highest tax bracket begins for an estate or trust. The 3.8% Medicare tax is determined in a different manner than the regular income tax. You should consult your tax advisor as
to the consequences of the 3.8% Medicare tax with respect to your investment in the Notes.
Specified Foreign Financial Assets
Certain U.S. Holders that own
“specified foreign financial assets” in excess of an applicable threshold may be subject to reporting obligations with respect to such assets with their tax returns, especially if such assets are held outside the custody of a U.S. financial
institution. You are urged to consult your tax advisor as to the application of this reporting obligation to your ownership of the Notes.
Backup Withholding and Information
Interest paid on the Notes, and proceeds received from a taxable disposition of the Notes, will be subject to information
reporting unless you are an “exempt recipient” and may also be subject to backup withholding if you fail to provide certain identifying information (such as an accurate taxpayer number) or meet certain other conditions.
Amounts withheld under the backup withholding rules are not additional taxes and may be refunded or credited against your U.S.
federal income tax liability, provided the required information is furnished to the IRS.
You should consult your tax advisor as to the federal, state, local and other tax
consequences of acquiring, holding and disposing of the Notes and receiving payments under the Notes, as well as any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or non-U.S. taxing jurisdiction (including that of the Bank).
USE OF PROCEEDS AND HEDGING
We will use the net proceeds we receive from the sale of the Notes for the purposes we describe in the accompanying prospectus supplement under “Use of Proceeds”. We or our
affiliates may also use those proceeds in transactions intended to hedge our obligations under the Notes as described below.
In anticipation of the sale of the Notes, we or our affiliates expect, but are not required, to enter into hedging
transactions involving purchases of securities or over-the-counter derivative instruments linked to the applicable reference rate(s) prior to or on the Pricing Date. From time to time, we or our affiliates may enter into additional hedging
transactions or unwind those we have entered into.
We or our affiliates may acquire a long or short position in securities similar to the Notes from time to time and may, in
our or their sole discretion, hold or resell those similar securities. We or our affiliates may close out our or their hedge on or before the Maturity Date.
The hedging activity discussed above may adversely affect the market value of the Notes from time to time. See “Additional
Risk Factors” and “Supplemental Plan of Distribution (Conflicts of Interest)” herein for a discussion of these adverse effects.
In the opinion of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, as special counsel to the issuer, when the Notes
offered by this pricing supplement have been executed and issued by the issuer and authenticated by the trustee pursuant to the indenture and delivered, paid for and sold as contemplated herein, the Notes will be valid and binding
obligations of the issuer, enforceable against the issuer in accordance with their terms, subject to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance, reorganization, moratorium, receivership or other laws relating to or affecting
creditors’ rights generally, and to general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in a proceeding at law or in equity). This opinion is given as of the date hereof and is limited to the laws of the State of New
York. Insofar as this opinion involves matters governed by Canadian law, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP has assumed, without independent inquiry or investigation, the validity of the matters opined on by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
LLP, Canadian legal counsel for the issuer, in its opinion expressed below. In addition, this opinion is subject to customary assumptions about the trustee’s authorization, execution and delivery of the indenture and, with respect to the
Securities, authentication of the Securities and the genuineness of signatures and certain factual matters, all as stated in the opinion of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP dated November 30, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission as Exhibit 5.3 to the Registration Statement on Form F-3 on November 30, 2018.
In the opinion of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, the issue and sale of the Notes has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate
action of BNS in conformity with the Indenture, and when the Notes have been duly executed, authenticated and issued in accordance with the Indenture, the Notes will be validly issued and, to the extent validity of the Notes is a matter
governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario, or the laws of Canada applicable therein, and will be valid obligations of BNS, subject to the following limitations (i) the enforceability of the Indenture may be limited by the Canada
Deposit Insurance Corporation Act (Canada), the Winding-up and Restructuring Act (Canada) and bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, moratorium, arrangement or winding-up laws or other similar laws affecting the enforcement
of creditors’ rights generally; (ii) the enforceability of the Indenture may be limited by equitable principles, including the principle that equitable remedies such as specific performance and injunction may only be granted in the
discretion of a court of competent jurisdiction; (iii) pursuant to the Currency Act (Canada) a judgment by a Canadian court must be awarded in Canadian currency and that such judgment may be based on a rate of exchange in existence on a
day other than the day of payment; and (iv) the enforceability of the Indenture will be subject to the limitations contained in the Limitations Act, 2002 (Ontario), and such counsel expresses no opinion as to whether a court may find any
provision of the Indenture to be unenforceable as an attempt to vary or exclude a limitation period under that Act. This opinion is given as of the date hereof and is limited to the laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of
Canada applicable thereto. In addition, this opinion is subject to customary assumptions about the Trustees’ authorization, execution and delivery of the Indenture and the genuineness of signatures and certain factual matters, all as
stated in the letter of such counsel dated November 30, 2018, which has been filed as Exhibit 5.2 to BNS’s Form F-3 filed with the SEC on November 30, 2018.