Registered Retirement Savings Plan
What Is An RRSP?
A Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) is a government-registered plan that lets you defer income tax until after retirement when you are typically earning less income and are likely in a lower tax bracket.
Anyone in Canada that has a valid SIN, files a tax return and earns employment income can open an RRSP. The age limit for RRSP is 71. You can contribute until December 31 of the year you turn 71.
What Investment Products Can I Put In An RRSP?
Your RRSP can contain the following investment products and accounts, where the tax on any gains will be deferred until the money is withdrawn:
Guaranteed investment certificates (GICs)
Cash (Investment Account*)
Exchange traded funds
High-interest savings account
How Do I Invest?
Below are ways to invest your funds either as a self-directed investor or with professional assistance.
An in-branch advisor can help you get started. Book an appointment online, by phone, or in-person at a branch.
Our dedicated wealth advisors will provide personalized financial plans to keep your financial goals on track.
Self-manage your investments through Qtrade Direct Investing™ or get them professionally managed through VirtualWealth®.
Kick-start your RRSP contributions and gain important tax breaks with an RRSP.
Contribution limit for the 2021 tax year: $27,830
Contribution limit for the 2022 tax year: $29,210
Contribution limit for the 2023 tax year: $30,780
Contribution limit for the 2024 tax year: $31,560
Unused contribution room can be carried forward.
The contribution limits are 18% of previous year's income to the maximum contribution limit for each year.
Your Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) can be converted into a retirement income at any time, but no later than the end of the calendar year in which you turn 71.
A Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) lets you make withdrawals as you need and the remaining balance is still tax‑sheltered. While you are required to make a minimum withdrawal each year, there are no other limits on withdrawals and the balance of your savings can continue to grow tax-free (until withdrawn).
A Spousal RRSP is a retirement savings tool that a married or common‑law couple can use to save for retirement and lower their taxes. It lets couples split their income after they retire.
By contributing to a Spousal RRSP, the higher‑earning spouse receives a tax deduction that could lower their personal tax bill for the year, while the lower‑earning spouse would get taxed at a lower marginal tax rate when the money is withdrawn from the Spousal RRSP. When the lower‑income spouse retires and begins to draw on the income, their lower tax rate can be helpful in managing your tax burden as a couple. At the same time, the tax deduction on contributions made by the higher-income spouse may allow for more immediate tax relief.
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No matter where you are in your journey, we provide access to a diverse group of mutual funds through Credential Asset Management Inc. that can help you match your savings goals.
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