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Filed Pursuant to Rule 433
Registration Statement No. 333-228614


Autocallable Market-Linked Step Up Notes Linked to the Russell 2000® Index
The Bank of Nova Scotia (“BNS”)
Principal Amount
$10.00 per unit
Approximately three years, if not called
Market Measure
The Russell 2000® Index (Bloomberg symbol: “RTY”)
Automatic Call
The notes will be called automatically on any Observation Date if the closing level of the Market Measure is equal to or greater than the Call Level
Call Level
100.00% of the Starting Value
Observation Dates
Approximately one year and two years from the pricing date
Call Amounts
[$10.85 to $10.95] if called on the first Observation Date and [$11.70 to $11.90] if called on the final Observation Date, each to be determined on the pricing date
Payout Profile at Maturity
     If the Market Measure is flat or increases up to the Step Up Value, a return equal to the Step Up Payment
     If the Market Measure increases above the Step Up Value, a return equal to the percentage increase in the Market Measure
     1-to-1 downside exposure to decreases in the Market Measure, with up to 100% of your principal at risk
Step Up Value
121.00% of the Starting Value
Step Up Payment
$2.10 per unit, a 21.00% return over the principal amount
Threshold Value
100.00% of the Starting Value
Investment Considerations
This investment is designed for investors who anticipate that the Market Measure will increase over the term of the notes, are willing to take full downside risk and forgo interim interest payments, and are willing to have their notes called prior to maturity.
Preliminary Offering Documents
Exchange Listing
You should read the relevant Preliminary Offering Documents before you invest. Click on the Preliminary Offering Documents hyperlink above or call your Financial Advisor for a hard copy.
Risk Factors
Please see the Preliminary Offering Documents for a description of certain risks related to this investment, including, but not limited to, the following:
If your notes are not called prior to maturity, your investment may result in a loss; there is no guaranteed return of principal.
Payments on the notes are subject to the credit risk of BNS, and actual or perceived changes in the creditworthiness of BNS are expected to affect the value of the notes. If BNS becomes insolvent or is unable to pay its obligations, you may lose your entire investment.
The initial estimated value of the notes on the pricing date will be less than their public offering price.
If you attempt to sell the notes prior to maturity, their market value may be lower than both the public offering price and the initial estimated value of the notes on the pricing date.
If called, your return on the notes is limited to the applicable Call Premium.
You will have no rights of a holder of the securities represented by the Market Measure, and you will not be entitled to receive securities or dividends or other distributions by the issuers of those securities.
The notes are subject to risks associated with small-size capitalization companies.
The COVID-19 virus may have an adverse impact on BNS.
Final terms will be set on the pricing date within the given range for the specified Market-Linked Investment. Please see the Preliminary Offering Documents for complete product disclosure, including related risks and tax disclosure.
The graph above and the table below reflect the hypothetical return on the notes, based on the terms contained in the table to the left (using the mid-point for any range(s)).  The graph and table have been prepared for purposes of illustration only, assume that the notes are not called on any Observation Date and do not take into account any tax consequences from investing in the notes.

Hypothetical Percentage
Change from the
Starting Value to the
Ending Value
Redemption Amount
per Unit
Hypothetical Total Rate
of Return on the Notes

This hypothetical percentage change corresponds to the Threshold Value.
This amount represents the sum of the principal amount and the Step Up Payment of $2.10.
This hypothetical percentage change corresponds to the Step Up Value.

The Bank of Nova Scotia (“BNS”) has filed a registration statement (which includes a prospectus) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the notes that are described in this Guidebook. Before you invest, you should carefully read the prospectus in that registration statement and other documents that BNS has filed with the SEC for more complete information about BNS and any offering described in this Guidebook. You may obtain these documents without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Website at BNS’s Central Index Key, or CIK, on the SEC website is 9631. Alternatively, Merrill Lynch will arrange to send you the prospectus and other documents relating to any offering described in this document if you so request by calling toll-free 1-800-294-1322. BNS faces risks that are specific to its business, and we encourage you to carefully consider these risks before making an investment in its securities.

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