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EQ Bank Quebec: High Rates on Savings, TFSA and GICs

EQ Bank, one of Canada’s best online banks, is now available in Quebec.

Residents of Quebec can open the popular EQ Bank Savings Plus Account and earn a competitive 2.50% interest rate on every dollar. They can also access Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSA) and Guaranteed Investment Certificates.

EQ Bank Accounts Available in Quebec

Quebecers can open these accounts online on the EQ Bank website:

  • EQ Bank Savings Plus Account
  • EQ Bank Joint Savings Plus Account
  • EQ Bank TFSA Savings Account
  • EQ Bank GICs

Overall, these accounts do not charge monthly fees, and you earn high-interest rates.

EQ Bank savings and GIC accounts are eligible for CDIC deposit protection.

EQ Bank Savings Plus Account

The Savings Plus Account is a high-interest account that includes several chequing account features, such as unlimited bill payments, Interac e-Transfers®, and mobile cheque deposits.

It pays 2.50% interest on your balance and does not require a minimum balance.

You can open this account with up to three other people if you need a joint bank account.

EQ Bank TFSA Savings Account

Save money in a tax-free savings account and keep the income for yourself.

If you are over 18, your contribution limit in 2023 is $6,500. And if you have been eligible to contribute since the TFSA was launched in 2009, your contribution room may be up to $88,000.

TFSAs are available to residents in all Canadian provinces and territories, including Quebec.

The EQ Bank TFSA account pays 3% interest.

EQ Bank GICs

With GICs, you earn guaranteed returns for a specific length of time.

EQ Bank GICs are offered with various terms, including 3-27 months and 1-10 year terms.

As of this writing, you could earn 5% interest with a 1-year GIC.

The minimum deposit for GICs is $100.

How To Open an EQ Bank Account in Quebec

EQ Bank does not have physical branches you can walk into.

You can open an account online by visiting the relevant web pages:

The online application takes about 5 minutes, and you will need your Social Insurance Number.

You can fund your new account by linking a bank account at another financial institution.

To withdraw funds, you can send money to a limited bank account or use Interac e-Transfer® or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

EQ Bank does not offer its US Dollar Account and RSP Savings and GIC accounts in Quebec.

EQ Bank Alternatives in Quebec

EQ Bank’s online banking competitors in Quebec include Tangerine and KOHO.

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Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch is passionate about helping others win with their finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. He has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, CBC News, Financial Post, Toronto Star, CTV News, Canadian Securities Exchange, Credit Canada, National Post, and many other personal finance publications. You can learn more about him on the About Page.

His top investment tools include Wealthsimple and Questrade. He earns cash back on purchases using KOHO, monitors his credit score for free using Borrowell, and earns interest on savings through EQ Bank.

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