Deposit insurance protects Canadians’ savings in case a financial institution fails.
Most Canadian chartered banks are members of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). If your bank or financial institution is a CDIC member and it fails, your eligible deposits are insured, up to $100,000 per depositor. Be aware that deposits and products must be held in Canadian dollars at a CDIC member institution and that CDIC does not protect against fraud or theft.
As a consumer, you don’t have to apply or pay for deposit insurance. Eligible deposits up to $100,000 that are held with CDIC member institutions are automatically insured. CDIC insures most – but not all – savings. For example, deposits held in savings accounts and chequing accounts are eligible, but mutual funds and stocks are not eligible.
For a list of CDIC member institutions and more information, visit CDIC’s website.
Deposits in credit unions or caisses populaires are covered under provincial deposit insurance plans which vary between provinces.