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At a glance

What is a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)?

A TFSA is a government-registered account that allows you to grow your savings tax-free, whatever your annual income. You pay no tax on interest income or withdrawals.

Perfect if you are looking to:

  • Save for your medium- and long-term projects
  • Access your investments whenever you need them
  • Save for retirement beyond the RRSP contribution limit
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Not sure where to invest? Put your money in a TFSA cash account now and choose your investments later.

Access to funds

No restrictions

Withdraw from your TFSA any time, for any reason.


Set up systematic savings and save hassle-free.

Minimum age

18 years

TFSAs are available to all Canadian residents over the age of 18.


Under 18 years old? Put your money in a high-interest savings account or an RESP.

Annual contribution limit


Your unused contribution room can be carried forward.


Hit your contribution limit? Keep saving tax-free with an RRSP.

Perfect if you're looking to:

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Build a financial cushion

Your family

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Buy a home

Your home

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Which products should you hold in a TFSA?

Choose products based on your investor profile, transfer your savings and start earning interest tax-free.

Eligible products

Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)

Grow your savings and protect your initial investment.

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Managed solutions and investment funds

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Self-directed investments

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Little details that matter

Non-eligible products

The following GICs cannot be held in a TFSA:

  • Evoluterm GIC
  • Extra GIC
  • Monthly Cash Management GIC
  • TermNote Plus GIC
  • Redeemable Escalarater GIC
  • Redeemable Without Penalty GIC

Looking to invest in one of these GICs? Choose an RRSP or non-registered plan instead.

Fees and other information

For information on fees related to TFSAs, refer to our brochure: Fees – Your Guide to Personal Banking Solutions, under "Registered Plans."

For information on rate increases or our new fee notification procedure, refer to our brochure: Fees – General Information and Agreement, under "Notice of Changes to Fees Listed in Your Guide to Personal Banking Solutions."

Also see the procedure for settling complaints about TFSA fees.

TFSA cash account

Quick contributions to your TFSA cash account can be transferred to an investment solution at any time, leaving your options open.

Type    Guaranteed principal
Term    No fixed term, transferable at any time
Risk level    Low
Minimum investment    N/A
Rate*    0.65%

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*Rates subject to change without notice. Interest is calculated on the daily balance and paid on the first Friday after the 16th of each month. If the 16th is a Thursday or Friday, interest is paid on the Friday of the following week.

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