You should start by opening a chequing account for your day-to-day transactions: deposits, bill payments, etc. When you open an account, you'll get a debit card so you can withdraw cash and make purchases in stores. To make online purchases, you'll probably need a credit card.
Use online banking and our mobile app to manage your finances. Enjoy a number of useful features: transfer funds with free Interac® e-Transfers, use your smartphone to deposit cheques and make mobile payments via Apple PayTM or Google PayTM, and much more!
To work in Canada, you need a social insurance number issued by the federal government. If you provide your employer with a specimen cheque, your salary can be deposited directly to your chequing account. You can get a sample cheque via National Bank online.
Taxes will be deducted from each of your paycheques, and you'll have to file a tax return by April 30 each year. You may get a tax refund, or be required to pay a balance. Need help? Contact an accountant or a specialized firm.
In Canada, sales taxes are not included in the prices shown in stores or online. Sales taxes vary from province to province.
For medium- and long-term projects (travel, children, retirement, etc.), a registered plan like an RRSP or TFSA will let you grow your savings interest free. N.B.: Funds held in some plans and investments cannot be accessed immediately.
You'll need a good credit score to rent an apartment, get a car loan or apply for a mortgage. How can you build your credit? Apply for a credit card and use it to make purchases. Some credit card types offer benefits such as cashbacks or rewards.
Check your credit card statement monthly and be sure to make the minimum payments before the deadline. Remember that interest will be charged on your unpaid balance. So the longer you take to pay off your balance, the more you'll owe! That's why it's best to pay your balance in full.
Are you planning to buy a house or a condo? To help you pay the purchase price, you can apply for a mortgage loan, which can be repaid over many years. The loan amount is equivalent to the value of the home, less your downpayment (an amount contributed by you and payable at purchase). You will also pay interest on your mortgage.
Before you buy a home, make sure you understand the associated expenses and responsibilities: property tax, professional fees, co-ownership fees, maintenance, renovations, insurance, etc. Knowledge is power!
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