Registered investment accounts
TFSAs, RRSPs, RESPs, and RRIFs offer specific benefits, including tax deferrals or grants, based on your needs, goals, contributions and personal circumstances. Each registered account can hold a variety of financial products, including investments and deposits.
Tax-Free Savings Account1
An account that lets your savings grow tax-free.
- An ideal all-purpose investment account, suited for short- and long-term financial goals
- Can also be used to supplement retirement and education savings with tax-free income
- Contributions are subject to an annual contribution limit of $6,000 for 2021. Lifetime limits also apply
- Unused contribution room from prior years may be carried forward indefinitely, and prior year withdrawals may be re-contributed
- Consider setting up a plan to invest regularly and maximise your contributions each year
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Consider opening a non-registered account if you’ve maxed out your contribution room in registered accounts or are not eligible to open one.
Non-registered accounts may be held jointly with two or more account holders. They are suitable for a variety of investment objectives and have no contribution limits.
Generally, you pay taxes on income and capital gains and may be able to deduct certain costs associated with investing. Consult your personal tax adviser for more information.
Open a non-registered account online with HSBC Wealth Compass or HSBC InvestDirect.
Published by HSBC Investment Funds (Canada) Inc., March 2021.
1 Investment income and capital gains earned in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) are generally not subject to Canadian taxes. However, contributions in excess of allowable TFSA contribution room will be subject to a tax. Taxes of other countries may apply. Contributions to TFSA are subject to limits, which may vary depending on your situation and can be found on your CRA MyAccount webpage. Generally, the maximum contribution room for a year is equal to the total of unused contribution room from the previous year, plus withdrawals made in the previous year and the TFSA dollar limit for the year (annual limit of $5,000 for 2009 through 2012, $5,500 for 2013 and 2014, $10,000 in 2015, $5,500 for 2016 through 2018 and $6,000 in 2019 to 2021, with the limit to be adjusted to the nearest $500 to account for inflation in subsequent years). The maximum annual contribution applies to all of your TFSAs held with HSBC Bank Canada or any other financial institution. Only Canadian residents, who are over 18 years of age and have a valid Social Insurance Number, can make contributions to a TFSA. The age of majority is 19 for residents of Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, which may delay the opening of a TFSA. However, the accumulation of contribution room will start at age 18. For full details about TFSAs and how the relate to your own income tax and financial situation, please consult your personal tax advisor.
2 HSBC Investment Funds (Canada) Inc. (“HIFC”) is a direct subsidiary of HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited (“AMCA”) and an indirect subsidiary of HSBC Bank Canada, and provides its services in all provinces of Canada except Prince Edward Island. AMCA is a wholly owned subsidiary of, but separate entity from, HSBC Bank Canada. HIFC has not independently verified the information and makes no guarantee or representation of, and accepts no responsibility or liability for, its accuracy or completeness.
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™ HSBC Wealth Compass is a trademark of HSBC Group Management Services Limited. HSBC Wealth Compass is an online service offered by HIFC which allows clients to discover their investor profile, receive a personalized investment recommendation and apply to start investing in mutual funds.
3 HSBC World Selection® Portfolio is a portfolio investment service offered by HSBC Investment Funds (Canada) Inc. ("HIFC"). In this service, a client’s assets are invested in model portfolios. The model portfolio is comprised of investments in the HSBC Mutual Funds and/or HSBC Pooled Funds, which are mutual funds managed by AMCA and distributed by HIFC. AMCA provides discretionary investment management services to the portfolios in the HSBC World Selection Portfolio service.
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4 HSBC InvestDirect offers self-directed on-line access to North American and global equities from 30 domestic and global markets, options, third-party and proprietary mutual funds, and fixed income products.
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