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FIRST HOME SAVINGS ACCOUNT

Learn how an FHSA helps you save for a mortgage faster
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Taking advantage of tax-free accounts is a great way to accelerate your savings potential. A First Home Savings Account (FHSA) might be just the right tool to help you on the journey to buying your dream home.

 

What is an FHSA?

The FHSA is a registered plan designed to help first-time home buyers save for a down payment, tax-free. It combines the very best features of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) and tax-free savings account (TFSA).

Who's eligible for an FHSA?

An FHSA is available to individuals who meet all the following requirements:

  • Is a first-time home buyer
  • Is a resident of Canada at the time of purchase
  • Is between the ages of 18 to 71
  • Has a valid SIN

 

Benefits of the FHSA

  Tax-sheltered Savings

  Tax-deductible Contributions

  Transfer to RRSP or RRIF

  Combine with Home Buyers' Plan for the same qualifying home

  Compound Growth

 

What are the FHSA contribution limits?

Every year the account holder gains contribution room in the FHSA and unused contributions can be carried forward. It’s important to make sure you don’t over-contribute.

  • $8000 per year
  • $40,000 lifetime limit

FHSA contribution limits

Open your First Home Savings Account

First Home Savings Account (FHSA) is available from our trusted financial partner, Aviso Wealth.

Online

Open a self-directed trading account with Qtrade Direct Investing to choose and manage your own investments within your First Home Savings Account.

Advisor

Get personalized service from our advisors who will guide you through your home buying journey and answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Not sure if this account is right for you?

We can help. Visit a branch or call us at 1-888-597-1083, and let's find the right solution together.

 
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Tax-Free First Home Savings Account, Explained

Through the new First Home Savings account, prospective home buyers can build their savings up to $40,000 tax-free for the purchase of their first home. The FHSA is packed with powerful benefits that can help you save faster than ever before.
 

Featured Mortgage Rates

5-Year Fixed Closed - Insured**

4.84

5-Year Fixed Closed*

5.29

5-Year Variable Closed - Insured**

6.20

5-Year Variable Closed*

6.65

*The fixed mortgage rate is only available to members with greater than 20% down payment, purchasing a residential, owner occupied property valued at under $1,000,000, and who meet other conditions. A premium may be applied to the rates for all other mortgages. Please visit a branch or call us at 1-888-597-1083 for further details.

**This insured mortgage rate is only available to members with less than 20% down payment, purchasing a residential property valued at under $1,000,000, who are eligible for and purchase mortgage default insurance and meet other conditions. Mortgage default loan insurance is required by lenders when homebuyers make a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price. Mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default, and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment. The premium is calculated based on a percentage of the amount borrowed. Your premium can be paid upfront in a single lump sum payment, or it can be added to the total balance of your mortgage and included in your monthly payments – in this case, interest will apply to the premium as well. The minimum down payment requirement for mortgage default insurance depends on the purchase price of the home. For a purchase price of $500,000 or less, the minimum down payment is 5%. When the purchase price is above $500,000, the minimum down payment is 5% for the first $500,000 and 10% for the remaining portion. Mortgage default insurance is available only for properties with a purchase price or as-improved/renovated value below $1,000,000.

†Mortgage rates are subject to changes without notice and are available O.A.C. Fixed mortgage rates are compounded semi-annually; variable mortgage rates are compounded monthly. Mortgage rates are based on a 25 year amortization. Terms and conditions may apply. Mortgage funds must be advanced within 12 days of the application date. These rates are discounted and cannot be combined with any other rate discounts, promotions or offers. Additional fees may apply. For specific Annual Percentage Rate (APR) rates, please contact us.

FAQ
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You are a first-time home buyer for the purpose of opening an FHSA if, when you open the account:

  • You did not live in a qualifying home (or what would be a qualifying home if located in Canada) as your principal place of residence that you owned or jointly owned in this calendar year

AND

  • You did not live in a qualifying home (or what would be a qualifying home if located in Canada) as your principal place of residence that your spouse or common-law partner owned or jointly owned in this calendar year or in the previous 4 calendar years
    or
  • You do not have a spouse or common-law partner at the time you open the account

Yes, the home you're buying or building must be located in Canada.

Yes, FHSA contributions are generally tax deductible. The maximum lifetime limit is $40,000 and the yearly limit is $8,000 but any unused contribution can be carried forward and contributed in future years. For example, if you contribute only $4,000 in year 1, your contribution limit for the next year is your newly gained $8,000 plus your carry over of $4,000 from the year(s) prior.

No, the only the holder of the FHSA can make a contribution to their FHSA plan.

It depends which investment vehicle you select for your FHSA and your advisor will help you determine the best option that fit your needs.

You have until the end of the year you turn the age of 71 to participate in this program. You should close your FHSA accounts at this point to avoid tax consequences.

You can transfer your FHSA to your RRSP or RRIF's without any tax consequences as long as it is a direct transfer.

Yes, you can transfer from your RRSPs to your FHSA., the transfer will reduce your unused FHSA participation room. You can also transfer from your spousal/ common-law partner RRSPs to your FHSAs.

No, the account is meant for a first time home buyer to save for a down payment and can only be used by the individual holding the plan.

No, the funds in your FHSA are meant to go towards the purchase of a home only.

Mutual funds and other securities are offered through Aviso Wealth, a division of Aviso Financial Inc. Online brokerage services are offered through Qtrade Direct Investing, a division of Aviso Financial Inc.