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Tax Free Savings Account | TFSA

Canadians need to save for many different purposes over their lifetimes. Reducing tax on savings can help. That is why the Government introduced the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) in 2009. It is the single most important personal savings vehicle since the introduction of the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) in 1957.

The TFSA allows Canadians to set money aside in eligible investment vehicles and watch those savings grow tax-free throughout their lifetimes. Your TFSA savings can be used for any purpose, such as maximizing your savings in a tax free environment or to purchase a new car, renovate a house, start a small business or saving to take a vacation. All Canadians can benefit using a TFSA.

Contact our office today, to connect with a financial advisor about opening a TFS that suits your personal goals.

TFSA Limit or Contribution Room

Year *Actiual Limit $ AmountAccumulated Contribution Limit**


* The TFSA annual contribution limit is indexed to inflation, and rounded to the nearest $500 unless government makes revisions.

** Anyone 18 or older and who has a valid social insurance number is eligible to open a TFSA. Contribution room begins accumulating in the year in which a person turns 18. 


Updated: November 2023

TFSA Account Holders who have withdrawn TFSAs, their crystallized gains and losses from withdrawals are factored in to their TFSA room. The formula is:

Unused TFSA contribution room to date + total withdrawal made this year + next year's TFSA dollar limit = TFSA contribution room at the beginning of next year (Jan 1st)


How the TFSA Works

  • Individuals who are 18 and older, and have a valid SIN, are eligible to save and set money aside tax-free throughout their lifetime.
  • Contributions into your Tax Free Savings Account accumulate and earn interest in a tax-free environment, income earned and capital gains in your TFSA are not taxed, even when it is withdrawn.
  • Your contributions to a TFSA are not deductible for income tax purposes
  • Your unused TFSA contribution room is carried forward and accumulates for future years.
  • You can withdraw funds available in your TFSA at any time for any purpose — and the full amount of withdrawals can be put back into your TFSA in future years. Re-contributing in the same year may result in an over-contribution amount which would be subject to a penalty tax.
  • Neither income earned in a TFSA nor withdrawals affect your eligibility for federal income-tested benefits and credits.
  • You can provide funds to your spouse or common-law partner to invest in their TFSA.
  • TFSA assets can generally be transferred to a spouse or common-law partner upon death.


TFSA Penalties

Where an investor (referred to as TFSA Account Holder) is non-compliant with the CRA TFSA rules, the holder will result in penalties, for reasons such as:

- TFSA Excess Contributions
- Tax payable on non-qualified or prohibited investments

The holder is subject to special tax on advantages, being 1% per month penalty for any month in which there is an excess amount in the TFSA at any time in the month. As a result, there is a tax payable even if the excess amount is withdrawn in the same month in which it is contributed. 

The TFSA unused contribution room is carried forward into the next year, there is no deadline for TFSA contributions. It is recommended to make withdrawals by December 31st in any year in order to have the amount withdrawn added back earlier to the accumulated TFSA contribution room in January of the following year. 


Investment income earned by, and changes in the value of TFSA investments will not affect your TFSA contribution room for the current or future years.

Global Pacific represents Financial Institutions including Banks, Credit Unions and Insurance Companies offering TFSA’s in the form of High Interest Accounts, GIC’s, Investment Funds, Segregated Funds, Equity Linked GIC’s and more.