First Home Savings Account (FHSA)
What is it?
A First Home Savings Account (FHSA) is a new kind of registered savings plan that was specifically designed to help you save for the purchase of your first home, tax-free! It combines the best features of a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) with the benefits of a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) to help you reach your home-ownership goals faster.
With an FHSA, your contributions are tax-deductible, like an RRSP, and your eligible withdrawals are generally non-taxable, just like a TFSA. In addition, eligible withdrawals do not have to be paid back (like they do if you withdraw funds from your RRSP).
What can I use it for?
Use your FHSA to save up to $40,000 ($8,000 annually), to put toward the down-payment of your first home.
Why invest in an FHSA?
Grow your savings
Since your investment earnings aren’t taxed, your savings will have the opportunity to grow faster in an FHSA than they would in other types of savings accounts.
Get tax benefits
All contributions are tax-deductible, so investing in an FHSA can reduce your taxable income.
Your FHSA can be held in a variety of qualified investments such as a mutual fund and more. We will work with you to find the right investment to match your needs.
How does it work?
Canadian residents who are at least 18 years of age, hold a valid social insurance number (SIN), and are first-time homebuyers are eligible to open an FHSA. Account holders can contribute up to $8,000 annually, to a lifetime maximum of $40,000.
Contribution room begins the year you open your FHSA. Any unused contribution amounts can be carried forward to the following year. All eligible contributions are tax-deductible (except on transfers from your RRSP to your FHSA).
Withdrawals for a qualifying first-home purchase can be made tax-free and do not need to be paid back. To be eligible for tax-free withdrawal from your FHSA, you must:
Be a Canadian resident and first-time homebuyer at the time of the withdrawal
Have a written agreement to buy or build a qualifying home with the acquisition or construction completion date before Oct. 1 of the year following the date of the withdrawal; and
Intend to occupy the qualifying home as your principal place of residence within one year of buying or building it
Funds may be withdrawn from your FHSA for purposes other than first-time home purchase, however these withdrawals would be considered taxable income.
Account holders must use FHSA contributions within 15 years of opening the account, or by the age of 71 (whichever occurs sooner).
FHSA by the numbers
The maximum annual contribution limit
The maximum lifetime contribution limit
The number of years you get to use your FHSA funds
Is this right for you?
✔ Right for you if you:
You’re planning to purchase your first home. FHSAs were specifically designed to help first-time home buyers achieve their home-ownership goals.
You want to grow your savings faster. Since any earnings made on your investments aren’t taxed, you’ll see those balances grow more quickly – and who doesn’t want that?
May not be right for you if you:
You’ve previously owned a home. FHSAs are not available to anyone who has owned a home at any time in the four years prior to applying for the account.
You plan to purchase property outside of Canada. FHSA funds can only be used to purchase a home or housing unit located in Canada.
You want to move funds from a TFSA or RRIF. While you can transfer funds from an RRSP to your FHSA, you cannot transfer funds from your TFSA or RRIF into your FHSA.
Products for an FHSA
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