The Best TFSA Savings Accounts in Canada

Craig Sebastiano
by Craig Sebastiano September 29, 2016 / No Comments

Using a TFSA is a great way to avoid paying taxes. While you can put many different types of investments—like stocks and mutual funds—in a TFSA, it can also be used as a place to stash your cash.

If you’re looking for a TFSA savings account that’s similar to a high-interest savings account, we found a few that offer a good rate and provide great features (like free transfers). Here are the best TFSA savings accounts in Canada:

Alterna Bank TFSA eSavings Account

The Alterna Bank TFSA eSavings Account is similar to the Alterna Bank High Interest eSavings Account. It has an interest rate of 1.95% and offers both unlimited free withdrawals and debits. There’s also no minimum balance and no monthly fee.

Alterna is a subsidiary of Ottawa-based credit union Alterna Savings. You can live anywhere in Canada if you want to open an account.

Canadian Direct Financial KeyReach TFSA Savings Account

The rate on the Canadian Direct Financial KeyReach TFSA Savings Account isn’t as high as the one offered by Alterna but it still offers a great rate of 1.8%. The account only requires a minimum balance of $50. There are also unlimited free withdrawals and transfers.

Canadian Direct Financial is the online division of Canadian Western Bank, an Edmonton-based bank that caters primarily to Western Canada. But you don’t have to live in the west if you want to open an account.

Tangerine Tax-Free Savings Account

The Tangerine Tax-Free Savings Account doesn’t have the best rate on the market (it’s 0.8% for current clients; new clients get 2.4% for the first 182 days and 0.8% thereafter) but it does come with an unlimited number of free transfers, which many of its competitors don’t offer. The account has no fees and there’s no minimum balance required.

Tangerine (formerly ING Direct) is one of the country’s first digital banks and owned by Scotiabank.

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