Deposit insurance

From: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

What is deposit insurance

Deposit insurance protects your savings if your financial institution fails.

You don’t have to apply or pay for deposit insurance. The Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) automatically insures your eligible deposits. This applies to deposits held at CDIC member institutions in Canada.

Find out if your financial institution is a member of CDIC.

What deposit insurance covers

CDIC insures eligible deposits separately up to $100,000.

Deposit insurance covers the following types of deposits:

  • savings and chequing accounts
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) and other term deposits
  • foreign currency (for example, USD)

If your financial institution fails, you don’t have to file a claim. CDIC will pay you automatically.

Find out more about coverage and categories of deposits.

What deposit insurance doesn’t cover

Deposit insurance doesn’t cover the following:

  • mutual funds
  • stocks
  • bonds
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
  • cryptocurrencies
  • losses due to fraud or theft

CDIC has tools to help you understand what its insurance does and does not cover.

Find more information about deposit insurance on CDIC’s website.

Provincial deposit insurers

Deposits in the following financial institutions are covered under provincial deposit insurance plans:

  • provincially regulated credit unions
  • caisses populaires
  • provincially regulated trust and loan companies

Deposit insurance plans vary between provinces. Contact your provincial deposit insurer or speak to your financial institution to find out how your deposits are protected.

Alberta - Alberta Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation

British Columbia - Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of B.C.

Manitoba - Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation

New Brunswick - New Brunswick Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation

Newfoundland - Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation

Nova Scotia - Nova Scotia Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation

Ontario - Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario

Prince Edward Island - Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation

Quebec - Autorité des marchés financiers

Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation

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