Plan types

​Do you want to plan your retirement or save money to reach your financial goals? With registered savings plans, you’ll get tax benefits to help you achieve your goals—whatever they are!


A registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is for anyone up to age 71 who is earning taxable income and wants to save for retirement.



A tax-free savings account (TFSA) is for anyone 18 or over who wants to grow their savings tax-free.


  • Put away money in a tax-sheltered environment even if you've maxed out your RRSP.
  • Earn tax-free interest on your investments.
  • Make withdrawals without affecting your eligibility for income-tested credits or benefits (TFSA withdrawals aren’t considered income).
  • Withdrawn amounts are added back to your TFSA contribution room in the following year.
  • Continue to save during retirement—there’s no age limit for the TFSA.

RRSP vs. TFSA – Which is right for you?

The RRSP and TFSA are complementary plans, so choose the one that best meets your needs.

A TFSA can be a better option if you earn a modest income. When you earn more money, you’ll be able to transfer your savings to an RRSP and save more tax. Make an appointment with a representative Opens in a new window. who can help you determine the best strategy for you.

What do you want?RRSPTFSA
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To reinvest withdrawn amounts. Non inclus Inclus
To contribute to your spouse’s plan/account. Inclus Non inclus
To deduct your contributions from your taxable income. Inclus Non inclus
To withdraw money tax-free. Non inclus Inclus
To not pay tax upon the account holder’s death. Non inclus Inclus
To use a portion of your savings to go back to school (Lifelong Learning Plan), or to buy or build a home (Home Buyer’s Plan). Inclus Non inclus
To withdraw money without affecting your income-tested credit/benefit amounts and eligibility. Non inclus Inclus

LIRA and Locked-in RRSP

Are you quitting a job at a company where you have a pension plan? You can transfer the accumulated amounts to one of the following accounts:

  • Locked-in retirement account (LIRA)
  • Locked-in RRSP

In certain exceptional circumstances, you can make pre-retirement withdrawals from the locked-in accounts. Additional contributions cannot be made. The account type and the provisions that apply to you depend on which jurisdiction (provincial or federal) your employer’s plan was established under.


  • Keep managing the investments from your former employer’s pension plan.
  • Grow your investments tax-free.
  • Save specifically for retirement.


A registered retirement income fund (RRIF) is an extension of your RRSP. With a RRIF, you can convert your RRSP into retirement income. Each year, you’ll need to withdraw the minimum amount required by law.


  • Keep managing your investments during retirement.
  • Increase the amount and frequency of your withdrawals.
  • Grow your investments tax-free.

If you don’t want to convert your RRSP into a RRIF, you can:

  • Use the funds to purchase an annuity.
  • Cash out your RRSP savings (you’ll be fully taxed on this withdrawal).


You’ll need to convert your LIRA or Locked-in RRSP into a Life income fund (LIF) or Locked-in retirement income fund (LRIF) by December 31 of the year you turn 71. The LRIF is only available in some provinces.


  • Obtain guaranteed income
  • Grow your investments tax-free during your retirement.
  • Keep managing the investments from your former employer’s pension plan.

Meet a representative

They’ll assess your financial needs and help you find the right product for you.

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