RRSP, TFSA, RRIF and Other Plans
Before investing, the first step is to choose a plan. Plans are made up of segregated funds or guaranteed interest accounts (GIAs). They must be selected in accordance with your investor's profile and the source of your savings.
Are you saving up for retirement or for another project? Do you want your investments to be sheltered from taxes or do you want to start receiving retirement income payments right now?
To Save for Retirement and Take Advantage of Tax Benefits
The registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) is an individual savings plan for your retirement.
- Contributions to your RRSP help you reduce your taxable income when you file your annual income tax return.
- The investments in your RRSP generate returns that are tax free.
How the RRSP Works
- All withdrawals from an RRSP are regarded as income and as such are taxable, whether before or after retirement.
- The maximum annual contribution amount is based on your income. This amount is indicated on your notice of assessment issued by Canada Revenue Agency.
- The amounts accumulated in your RRSP must be converted to a RRIF the year in which you turn age 71.
To Round out your Savings Portfolio
The tax-free savings account (TFSA) is a registered plan that allows you to save for retirement or any other project.
- The investments in your TFSA generate returns that are tax free.
- Withdrawals are non-taxable, whether before or after retirement.
How the TFSA Works
- Investments in the TFSA cannot be deducted in your annual income tax return.
- For 2018, the maximum contribution to a TFSA is $5,500 per person.
- The unused contribution room may be carried forward to subsequent years.
To Invest Locked-in Amounts
Locked-in RRSPs are used for transferring accumulated amounts out of a group pension plan, as when, for example, you leave an employer who offered a pension fund.
To Set Aside Additional Savings
The non-registered savings plan (NRSP) lets you invest additional savings for retirement or for another project when the maximum contributions have been reached in your RRSP, TFSA, individual pension plan (IPP) or pension plan.
To Maximize the Retirement Capital of Business Owners
Individual pension plan (IPP) allows for higher contributions than the traditional RRSP for business owners.
- Company contributions are tax deductible
- Returns are tax sheltered
- Pension may be enhanced at retirement
To Receive an Income
Maintain Investment Flexibility at Retirement
A registered retirement income fund (RRIF) is the easiest way to use the savings accumulated in an RRSP to obtain a retirement income.
- The amounts are invested in your choice of segregated funds or GIAs so they can continue to generate returns.
- The investments in your RRIF generate returns that are tax free.
How the RRIF Works
- Different withdrawal options are offered to satisfy your income needs at retirement: minimum income, level income, fixed income.
- All withdrawals are taxable as income.
To Obtain an Income from Locked-in Amounts
A locked-in registered retirement income fund (RRIF) converts the savings accumulated in your employer's pension plan or in your locked-in RRSP in order to obtain an income at retirement.
Contact your financial security advisor or call us to discuss:
- Withdrawal options to satisfy your income needs at retirement: minimum, maximum and fixed income
- Locked-in plans for each Canadian province
To Plan a More Secure Retirement
An annuity is a contract where you give a sum of money to an insurance company and, in turn, it agrees to pay you a regular income.
SSQ Insurance offers 3 annuities:
- Life annuity
- Term certain annuity
- Fixed capital annuity
The life annuity guarantees an income for life. The amount of the life annuity will depend on various factors and the options that you selected when you signed the contract.
Term Certain Annuity
The term certain annuity is payable for a determined period of time. The amount of the annuity depends on the duration selected. Annuity payments to you or your beneficiary are guaranteed for this duration.
Fixed Capital Annuity
The fixed capital annuity is a contract where the annuity payments correspond to the interest generated by the capital.
This annuity is payable for a determined period of time.
At the end of the annuity, the capital is renewed or reimbursed depending on what you've requested.