HSBC BANK CANADA'S CHARITABLE GIVING OUTLINED IN ANNUAL PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT

VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW/ - Clean Air Champions, the Power Trip Trail at the Kortright Centre in Ontario, Vancouver Community College, and the Ontario Science Centre's Adopt-a-Class program have all benefited from donations from HSBC Bank Canada and are among the organizations profiled in HSBC Bank Canada in the Community 2010. This Public Accountability Statement for HSBC Bank Canada, its subsidiaries and affiliates is now available.

The report also contains information on other educational, environmental and community organizations supported by HSBC Bank Canada as well as information on HSBC's commitment to its employees and customers.

Lindsay Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Canada, said:  "For thirty years HSBC Bank Canada has invested in the communities in which we have a presence both through our charitable giving and our employee volunteerism. At HSBC we focus the majority of our charitable donations on education and the environment because we believe they provide the fundamental building blocks for the development of communities. In this annual publication, HSBC Bank Canada in the Community, we are pleased to share some of the unique stories and successes of the programs and organizations we have supported."

The document is available online at hsbc.ca. Printed copies of this publication are also available at any branch of HSBC Bank Canada.

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, has more than 260 offices, including over 140 bank branches, and is the leading international bank in Canada. With around 7,500 offices in 87 countries and territories and assets of US$2,455 billion at 31 December 2010, the HSBC Group is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations.

SOURCE HSBC Bank Canada

For further information:

Media enquiries:

Ernest Yee
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
HSBC Bank Canada
604-641-2973
                      Sharon Wilks
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs
HSBC Bank Canada
416-868-3878


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