Registered Retirement 
Savings Plans (RRSPs)1



An efficient way to save for your retirement

Using Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) is a very effective way to save for retirement, primarily due to their tax treatment. Your RRSP contributions may be tax deductible, meaning that money earned in your plan could grow tax-deferred until you retire, which means your retirement savings can grow faster.

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What Scotia iTRADE offers

At Scotia iTRADE, you can choose from three RRSP accounts, and invest in a variety of investment types, including equities, mutual funds, ETFs and bonds.

  • Individual RRSP account registered in your name. The investments held within this account, and any associated tax benefits, belong to you.
  • Direct some or all of your RRSP contribution to a spousal RRSP. You still get the tax deduction, but the plan is registered in your spouse's name.
  • LIRAs & LRSPs (Locked-in Retirement Accounts or Locked-in RRSPs) are usually opened following the transfer of a company pension and account holders cannot access funds prior to the age of 55.

RRSPs at a glance

  • Your savings and any interest, capital gains and dividends grow on a tax-deferred basis
  • Contributions may be tax-deductible
  • The annual contribution limit for 2020 is 18% of your previous year's earned income up to a limit of $27,230
  • All three types of RRSPs are available with a U.S. dollar side – ideal if you wish to trade and hold U.S. securities and cash in your registered accounts
  • RRSP investment options include equities, bonds, mutual funds, treasury bills, savings accounts and term deposits

RRSPs remain one of the best ways to save for retirement

RRSPs were created to help Canadians achieve more comfortable and financially secure retirements. But there is a powerful benefit to enjoy along the way to that goal: RRSP contributions are generally tax deductible, reducing your taxable income.

The annual contribution limit is 18% of your previous year's earned income, up to a limit of $27,230 for the 2020 tax year. Check your Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) account or CRA Notice of Assessment for details.

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