Compare VISA Credit Cards

Visa is the largest credit card company in Canada and, as such, has an extensive list of credit cards for you to choose from. Simply fill out your spending profile, figure out which type of credit card you’re looking for, then compare and find the best Visa card for you.

Some credit cards come with an annual fee and some do not. The general rule for this is that the greater the rewards, the larger the annual fee. The annual fee is charged once per year and is added to your credit card statement. If you don't mind paying an annual fee, select I don't mind. If you'd prefer not to pay to use a credit card, select None. Some rewards credit cards have an annual income requirement. Enter either your personal or household annual income here, as it may affect which credit cards you are able to apply for.

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What type of rewards do you want to earn for every dollar you spend? Is cash back important to you? Would you prefer gift cards or store credit? What about free flights and hotels? Think about what's most important to you and what would help your budget the most, then look for the best cards to offer that reward. Do you have a preference of whether you want a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card? Select which network you'd prefer, or select "All" if you don't have a preference.
There are a number of lenders and companies that issue credit cards - and they aren't just financial institutions. If you would prefer to get a credit card from one specific credit card issuer, choose the one you want. Otherwise, select All banks. There are generally three types of people who use credit cards: individuals, students and businesses. If you are an individual who uses their credit card for daily living expenses, select Personal. If you are in school and on living on a tight budget, select Student. And if you are someone who uses a credit card to pay for business expenses, select Business. There are many different credit card reward programs available. If you have a preferred reward program, such as Aeroplan Miles, select your choice using the dropdown. Note that each card only uses one reward program. Enter the dollar amount you spend each month on your credit card. Edit your monthly spend by each spending category in the 'monthly spending by category' tab below.

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Some credit cards come with an annual fee and some do not. The general rule for this is that the greater the rewards, the larger the annual fee. The annual fee is charged once per year and is added to your credit card statement. If you don't mind paying an annual fee, select I don't mind. If you'd prefer not to pay to use a credit card, select None. Some rewards credit cards have an annual income requirement. Enter either your personal or household annual income here, as it may affect which credit cards you are able to apply for.

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Do you carry a balance on your credit card each month? This isn't how much you spend on your card, but how much you typically carry over into a new month. If so, write that amount here, so we can calculate how much interest you'll be charged.

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There are a number of lenders and companies that issue credit cards - and they aren't just financial institutions. If you would prefer to get a credit card from one specific credit card issuer, choose the one you want. Otherwise, select All banks. There are generally three types of people who use credit cards: individuals, students and businesses. If you are an individual who uses their credit card for daily living expenses, select Personal. If you are in school and on living on a tight budget, select Student. And if you are someone who uses a credit card to pay for business expenses, select Business. Do you have a preference of whether you want a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card? Select which network you'd prefer, or select "All" if you don't have a preference.
Some credit cards come with an annual fee and some do not. The general rule for this is that the greater the rewards, the larger the annual fee. The annual fee is charged once per year and is added to your credit card statement. If you don't mind paying an annual fee, select I don't mind. If you'd prefer not to pay to use a credit card, select None. Some rewards credit cards have an annual income requirement. Enter either your personal or household annual income here, as it may affect which credit cards you are able to apply for.

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Do you have a preference of whether you want a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card? Select which network you'd prefer, or select "All" if you don't have a preference.
There are a number of lenders and companies that issue credit cards - and they aren't just financial institutions. If you would prefer to get a credit card from one specific credit card issuer, choose the one you want. Otherwise, select All banks. If you are currently carrying a balance on another credit card, you may want to take advantage of a balance transfer promotional offer with one of the credit cards listed below. Enter the amount you would transfer to the new card, to find out what the promotional interest rate and period are.

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Some credit cards come with an annual fee and some do not. The general rule for this is that the greater the rewards, the larger the annual fee. The annual fee is charged once per year and is added to your credit card statement. If you don't mind paying an annual fee, select I don't mind. If you'd prefer not to pay to use a credit card, select None. Do you have a preference of whether you want a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card? Select which network you'd prefer, or select "All" if you don't have a preference.
There are a number of lenders and companies that issue credit cards - and they aren't just financial institutions. If you would prefer to get a credit card from one specific credit card issuer, choose the one you want. Otherwise, select All banks.
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Credit card Interest Rate Balance transfer rate Annual fee Net reward (1st year) Monthly interest fee Monthly interest fee Required deposit
19.99% $39 $249 Get details
19.99% $120 $412 Get details
19.99% $19 $161 Get details
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19.99% $120 $262 Get details
19.99% $120 $435 Get details
19.99% $89 $201 Get details
19.99% $19 $161 Get details
19.99% $99 $246 Get details
19.8% $65 $115 Get details
19.99% $0 $90 Get details
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19.99% $110 $120 Get details
19.9% $110 $ Get details
19.99% $0 $200 Get details
19.99% $99 $101 Get details
19.9% $111 $ Get details
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19.9% $42 $ Get details
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19.99% $0 $402 Get details
19.99% $120 $470 Get details
19.99% $99 $510 Get details
19.99% $0 $152 Get details
19.99% $39 $266 Get details
19.99% $399 $190 Get details
19.99% $120 $582 Get details
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Visa credit cards overview

Visa is the largest of the three major credit card companies in Canada. Unlike American Express, Visa doesn’t issue credit cards on its site, nor does it offer any credit cards that are solely under the Visa name. Instead, your Visa will be issued by a bank, credit union or retailer, meaning you’ll see the issuer’s logo + the Visa logo on your card.

With that being said, Visa does divide its credit card products under four categories: Classic, Gold, Platinum and Infinite.

  • Visa Classic is an ideal first credit card for you to get, either as a student, young professional or someone trying to establish credit. They don’t typically come with many perks or rewards, but their benefits include zero liability and lost/stolen card reporting.
  • Visa Gold is the next step up in Visa card offerings. They typically have an annual income requirement and come with a $5,000 minimum credit limit. Visa Gold benefits include: zero liability, lost/stolen card reporting, car rental insurance, travel and emergency insurance policies, and emergency cash and card replacement.
  • Visa Platinum comes with the same income requirements and minimum credit limits as Visa Gold, as well as the same list of benefits. However, they often charge higher annual fees for greater rewards – and offer some extra prestige, if that’s what you’re looking for.
  • Finally, Visa Infinite offers all the same great benefits as both Visa Gold and Visa Platinum, but also includes exclusive offers and opportunities for its cardholders. Read more about the Visa Infinite program below.

Visa Infinite program

There are 11 Visa cards attached to its unique brand recognition program: Visa Infinite. Visa Infinite cardholders have access to special offers and unique opportunities, such as a long list of hotel upgrades, invitations to dinners hosted by renowned chefs, advance tickets and VIP lounge access at TIFF, discounts on tickets to sporting events and complimentary concierge services. They also come with travel insurance policies, travel medical insurance, zero liability, emergency card replacement and cash service, and more. Before you make a purchase with your Visa Infinite card, check out the Visa Infinite website to see if there are any offers you can take advantage of first!


Visa credit card partnerships

Aside from the Visa Infinite program, some of Visa’s current credit card partnerships include:

  • Aeroplan: CIBC and TD both offer 3 Aeroplan Visa travel rewards credit cards each (so 6 total). Each offers the Aeroplan Visa Platinum (smallest bonus and rewards offers), Aeroplan Visa Infinite (mid-level) and Aeroplan Visa Infinite Privileges (largest bonus and rewards offers) card.
  • Amazon: The Amazon.ca Rewards Visa card comes with a $20 Amazon.ca gift card, and lets you earn 2 points per $1 spent on Amazon.ca and 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else. Every time you reach 2,000 points, you’ll get $20 cash back on your statement.
  • Best Buy and Future Shop: Visa offers two store credit cards in Canada: the Best Buy Card and the Future Shop Card. Both give you the option to finance a purchase made in store and pay it off over several months.
  • British Airways: The RBC British Airways Visa Infinite card comes with a welcome bonus of 15,000 Avios, lets you earn double Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1 Avios for every $1 spent anywhere else. Avios can be redeemed for travel anywhere British Airways flies
  • Cathway Pacific: The RBC Cathway Pacific Visa Platinum card comes with a welcome bonus of 15,000 Asia Miles, complimentary Green Tier membership into the Marco Polo Club, and lets you earn double Asia Miles for every $1 spent on Cathway Pacific purchases and 1 Asia Mile for every $1 spent anywhere else. Asia Miles can be redeemed for flights, upgrades and more.
  • Esso: The RBC Esso Visa Card is a gas rewards credit card that comes with a sign-up bonus of 4,500 Esso Extra Points (worth $25 of free gas), and lets you earn 2 or more points for every $1 spent at Esso and 1 point per $1 spent everywhere else.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Credit Card from Chase comes with a first-purchase bonus of 30,000 points + 1 free night stay, and lets you earn 5 points per $1 spent at Marriott Hotels, 2 points per $1 spent on airline tickets purchased with the card and 1 point per $1 spent on everything else.
  • SCENE: The Scotiabank SCENE Visa Card comes with 4,000 SCENE points (worth 4 free movies), and lets you earn 5 SCENE points per $1 spent at Cineplex and 1 SCENE point per $1 spent everywhere else.
  • Tim Hortons: The CIBC Tim Hortons Double Double Visa card is two cards in one: a CIBC Visa card and a Tim Card. You get $20 in Tim Cash as a welcome bonus, after you spend $200, and earn 1% back in Tim Cash for every $1 spent on the card.
  • Remember that all of these credit cards will be issued by a bank, credit union or retailer – not by Visa itself. As well, some Visa credit cards may also help you earn points specific to a bank’s own branded rewards program (like CIBC Aventura or RBC Avion), of which there are too many to list here.


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Headquartered in Foster City, California, Visa is the largest credit card company in the world. In fact, The Nilson Report showed that Visa held 60.5% of the market share of purchase transactions made worldwide in 2013. Today, Visa operates in more than 200 countries, and is well known for both its Visa credit card and Visa debit card products.


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