CDIC Coverage for Deposit Accounts in Canada

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What You Should Know

  • With CDIC deposit insurance, your deposits are protected in the event of a bank failure.
  • Up to $100,000 of eligible deposits, per insured category and per institution, can be covered by CDIC deposit insurance.
  • CDIC coverage is free to you, and covers deposits such as money in chequing and savings accounts, RRSPs, TFSAs, GICs, money orders, and bank drafts.
  • Some things aren’t covered by CDIC insurance, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

What is CDIC?

Established in 1967, CDIC (Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation) is a federal Crown corporation that provides deposit insurance to eligible depositors in Canadian banks and federal credit unions. It protects Canadians from possible financial risks posed by bank failures, and it has since become an important part of the financial system in Canada.

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CDIC Coverage

CDIC offers deposit protection of up to $100,000 per account holder, per insured category, per financial institution. Eligible deposits include chequing and savings accounts, term deposits and Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), as well as many others, which can be split between categories. There are nine CDIC insured categories. This means that you can have at least $900,000 insured at each institution with $100,000 in each category. Some categories allow multiple combinations for more than $100,000 per category, such as joint accounts. Let’s take a look at these nine insured categories to see what CDIC covers and what it doesn’t.

  • Deposits Held in One Name

    This is the category that would apply to you, unless your deposit can qualify to be considered for any of the other categories below. All eligible deposits held under your name are grouped into this category. This includes your chequing accounts, savings accounts, and any unregistered term deposits that belong to you.

  • Deposits Held in More Than One Name (Joint Accounts)

    Co-owned (joint) deposits are those held in the names of two or more people. The maximum coverage is $100,000 per set of joint owners. This means that the coverage limit is separate from your eligible deposits held in other insured categories. It also means that you can have more than $100,000 insured in joint accounts, if you have multiple joint accounts with different holders.

    For example, you can have up to $100,000 insured in a joint chequing account with your spouse, and have up to another $100,000 insured in a joint savings account with your child.

  • Deposits Held in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)

    Eligible deposits held in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) are protected under this category. It doesn’t include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other non-eligible deposits, even if you’re holding them in your RRSP. Non-eligible deposits do not count towards your CDIC coverage limit of $100,000 in this category.

    There are special types of RRSPs which the CDIC considers to be grouped into this category when calculating your coverage limit. These are:

    • LIRA – Locked-in Retirement Account
    • LRSP – Locked-in Retirement Savings Plan
    • RLSP – Restricted Locked-In Savings Plan

    This means that even if you have a separate LIRA and RRSP, your combined coverage limit between both accounts is still $100,000.

    For spousal RRSPs, the coverage is for the owner of the account, which may be different from who is making contributions to the account.

  • Deposits Held in a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF)

    Coverage for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) in this category also includes deposits in the following:

    • LIF – Life Income Fund
    • LRIF – Locked-In Retirement Income Fund
    • RLIF – Restricted Life Income Fund
    • PRIF – Prescribed Retirement Income Fund
  • Deposits Held in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA)

    Eligible deposits held in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) are protected under this category, up to $100,000.

  • Deposits in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

    Eligible deposits held in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) are protected up to a maximum of $100,000.

  • Deposits in a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

    Eligible deposits held in a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) are protected up to a coverage limit of $100,000.

  • Deposits Held in Trust

    For deposits held in trust, the coverage limit is up to $100,000 per beneficiary.

  • Deposits in a First Home Savings Account (FHSA)

    Added in April 2023 when the CDIC expanded their deposit protection, eligible deposits in a First Home Savings Account (FHSA) are protected up to $100,000.

How Does CDIC Work?

CDIC offers free deposit insurance coverage to ensure that Canadians can keep their savings safe in the event of a member institution's failure. No monthly fees or premiums are required from depositors, but instead the financial institutions, who are members of CDIC, pay varying premiums which depend on the type and amount of deposits they provide. This means that while you don't have to spend anything extra, your money is still protected by the CDIC!

CDIC’s main objectives are to protect eligible deposits, ensure the continuity of critical financial services, protect the economy, and reduce any risk that taxpayers may face.

What Banks Are Covered By CDIC Insurance?

CDIC insurance coverage applies to deposits held at Canadian banks and other CDIC members. Examples of CDIC members include major banks, such as CIBC, Scotiabank, RBC, TD, BMO, and National Bank. Federal credit unions, namely Coast Capital and UNI Financial Cooperation, are also CDIC members.

CDIC members are required to make it clear that they are members by showing the CDIC logo in branches, on their website, and in their mobile apps. The CDIC website has a full list of CDIC members.

Popular Banks Covered Under CDIC Insurance

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Bank of Montreal (BMO)
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Canadian Imperial Bank (CIBC)
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Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
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TD Bank (TD)
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Equitable Bank
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HSBC Bank Canada
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Manulife Bank of Canada
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Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
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Desjardins Group
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National Bank of Canada

What is an Eligible Deposit?

Eligible deposits include money held in a chequing, savings or high-interest savings account, term deposits (such as GICs), money orders, certified cheques, and bank drafts. Non-residents of Canada who make an eligible deposit are also protected by CDIC insurance.

Non-eligible deposits, which are not covered by CDIC insurance, include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and other securities. These non-eligible deposits may be covered by the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). Deposits at an institution that is not a CDIC member are also not eligible for CDIC coverage.

What Happens if the Bank Is Not Covered by CDIC?

Without CDIC coverage, customers' deposits will not be insured in case of bank failure. This may result in severe financial losses if depositors are not able to recover some or all of their money. It’s important for customers to research their chosen institution thoroughly before investing or storing money with them.

While provincial credit unions are not covered by CDIC, they may be covered by provincial equivalents. Some provinces might even insure all deposits with no coverage limits. The table below looks at how eligible deposits at credit unions are covered in each province.

Provincial Deposit Insurance Coverage

ProvinceProvincial Protection PlanCoverage Limits (Per Category)
AlbertaAlberta Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (CUDGC)100% of deposits (No limit)
British ColumbiaCredit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (BC CUDIC)100% of deposits (No limit)
ManitobaDeposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba (DGCM)100% of deposits (No limit)
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (NBCUDIC)$250,000
Newfoundland and LabradorNewfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (NL CUDGC)$250,000
Nova ScotiaNova Scotia Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (NSCUDIC)$250,000
Ontario Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO)$250,000 (No limit for registered accounts)
Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation (PEI CUDIC)$125,000 per credit union (No limit for registered accounts)
QuebecAutorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF)$100,000 per depositor
SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation (CUDGC)100% of deposits (No limit)
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