Tax Free Savings Account

Saving for your future goals, like a trip, a home, or retirement? The Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) can help. This flexible registered account allows you to put money in a variety of eligible investments – and reap earnings from those investments tax free.

A smarter way to save for your future

Let your assets grow, tax free

Like an RRSP or FHSA, any investment income, dividends, and capital gains earned in your TFSA are tax free.

Withdraw funds, tax free

TFSA withdrawals can be made at any time, for any purpose, and are tax free. In addition, amounts withdrawn from your TFSA are added back to your contribution room for the next year.

No age limit on contributions

You can contribute to and maintain your TFSA for as long as you like. Unlike RRSPs and FHSAs, there is no requirement to withdraw assets or collapse your account by a certain age. 

TFSA Basics

  • The TFSA is a registered account that allows Canadians to save and invest tax free.
  • You can open a TFSA if you are:
    • a Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number
    • at least 18 years old
  • For a given year, your TFSA contribution room is the total of:
    • your annual TFSA contribution limit
    • any unused contribution room from the previous year
    • any withdrawals made from your TFSA in the previous year
  • Like FHSAs and RRSPs, a tax on overcontributions to a TFSA would apply for each month (or part-month) that the account is over the limit. The tax applies at the rate of 1% of the highest amount of the excess that existed in that month.
  • TFSA contributions are made with after-tax income, which means that any withdrawals are non-taxable.
  • Withdrawals from your TFSA can be made any time. Amounts withdrawn are added back to your contribution room for the next year.
  • Unlike RRSPs, there is no maximum age for a TFSA.

How you invest is up to you

A self-directed TFSA allows you to choose and manage your own investments within the account. You can buy and sell stocks, bonds, GICs, and other securities, giving you greater control over the investment options and potentially greater returns. 

Learn more in our Beginners guide to investing online→

What's the best account option for me?

FHSA TFSA RRSP
A registered account that allows prospective first-time home buyers to save for a down payment on a tax-free basis A versatile and flexible registered tax-free investing account. A tax-deferred registered retirement account
Annual Contribution Limit: $8,000 Annual Contribution Limit: $7,000 Annual Contribution Limit: 18% of the previous years' income, up to $30,780
Contributions are tax-deductible and qualifying withdrawals are tax-free Withdrawals are tax-free Contributions are tax deductible. Withdrawals (except in the case of the Home Buyer’s Plan or Lifelong Learning Plan) are subject to withholding tax

Annual contribution deadline: December 31

Learn more about FHSAs

Annual contribution deadline:
December 31


Annual contribution deadline: February 29

Learn more about RRSPs

Open a Qtrade TFSA

  1. To set up an TFSA, complete the application to open a Qtrade TFSA account.
  2. If you have an existing TFSA account, it can be transferred from one provider to another without tax consequences. The transfer process involves opening a new TFSA account with Qtrade and initiating a transfer request from the existing account.
  3. You can open a TFSA if you are: a Canadian resident, have a Social Insurance Number, and are the age of majority in your province.

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Frequently asked questions

  • You can open a TFSA if you:

    • are a Canadian resident
    • are at least 18 years old
    • have a Social Insurance Number
  • For a given year, your TFSA contribution room is the total of:

    • your annual TFSA contribution limit
    • any unused contribution room from the previous year
    • any withdrawals made from your TFSA in the previous year

    If you have multiple TFSAs, your combined contributions to all of them cannot exceed your available contribution room for the current year. If you have never contributed to a TFSA, and you were at least 18 years old and had a valid Social Insurance Number in 2009, then as of 2024 you have accumulated $95,000 in contribution room.

  • Withdrawals from your TFSA can be made any time, and are tax free. Amounts withdrawn are added back to your contribution room for the next year.

    Since earnings in your TFSA and withdrawals from it are not included as income for tax purposes, they don’t impact your eligibility for Old Age Security, or for any other income-tested federal benefits.

  • No, a TFSA is an individual account. 

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