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Peoples Trust Review 2023

The Peoples Trust Company is a division of Peoples Group. They are popular for offering some of the best savings rates and GIC investment products in Canada.

Peoples Trust is also a top issuer of prepaid Visa and Mastercard payment cards, e.g. KOHO, Mogo, and STACK, through its subsidiary, Peoples Card Services.

This Peoples Trust review covers the various financial products it offers, how to open an account, and more.

What is Peoples Trust?

The Peoples Trust company was founded in Edmonton in 1985. It has offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary.

In addition to Peoples Trust, the Peoples Group also consists of Peoples Payment Solutions and Peoples Card Services.

Peoples Group is a part of the Triple Five Group conglomerate – the same group that operates the West Edmonton Mall and Mall of America.

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Peoples Trust Accounts

Peoples Trust offers personal residential mortgages, high-interest savings and GICs, and several commercial lending and mortgage products.

Their personal accounts services include:

Peoples Trust Savings Account

The Peoples Trust e-savings account has no monthly account fees or minimum deposit. You enjoy:

  • A high-interest savings rate (currently 3.00%* for both general, TFSA, and RRSP savings)
  • Interest is calculated daily and paid monthly
  • Online banking with easy transfers between financial institutions
  • CDIC deposit insurance

You can also save inside a Peoples Trust TFSA account.

Peoples Trust GIC

Peoples Trust offers a variety of GIC investment products you can hold in non-registered accounts, TFSA, and RRSP accounts. 

These GIC accounts require a $1,000 minimum deposit and offer:

  • Various terms ranging from 30 days to as long as 5 years
  • High-interest rates
  • No service or transfer fees
  • CDIC deposit insurance

Peoples Trust GIC Rates

The rates on Peoples Trust GICs as of December 2022 are:

  • 1 year: 5.10%
  • 2 year: 5.00%
  • 3 year: 4.90%
  • 4 year: 4.85%
  • 5 year: 4.75%

You can also get shorter-term GICs ranging from 30 days to 270 days.

*Confirm the current rates on the bank’s website.

Peoples Trust Mortgage Services

They provide residential mortgages with fixed rates on 1 to 5-year terms.

Peoples Trust also provides alternative mortgage lending through mortgage brokers.

How To Open an Account at Peoples Trust

New clients can open a Peoples Trust account online. by phone at 604-331-3465 between Monday – Friday (8 am – 4:30 pm PT).

For deposit services, you can also visit Suite 100, 888 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4.

For mortgage services, you can reach them at 604-683-2881 or visit Suite 1400, 888 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4.

Is Peoples Trust Safe?

Peoples Trust Company is a member of the federal Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, which means that your deposits are insured up to $100,000 per category.

It is also associated with the following organizations:

  • CMHC: Approved issuer under the Mortgage-Backed Securities Program
  • Registered Deposit Brokers Association
  • Mortgage Professionals Canada
  • Better Business Bureau Accredited Business
  • Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia

Peoples Trust vs. Other Online Banks

Peoples Trust offers competitive rates on its savings and GIC products similar to the likes of Tangerine, EQ Bank, Simplii Financial, and Oaken Financial.

How does it compare?

EQ Bank: EQ bank is an online bank operated by Equitable Bank. It offers a hybrid savings/chequing account and GICs. The bank’s savings rate is one of the best you will find in Canada.

EQ Bank Savings Plus Account

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2.50%* non-promotional interest rate

Unlimited debits and bill payments

Unlimited Interac e-Transfers

No monthly account fees

Simplii Financial: Owned by CIBC, Simplii also offers a wide variety of accounts similar to Tangerine, including savings, chequing, GIC, mortgage, and other accounts.

Simplii High-Interest Savings Account

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5.25%* rate until April 30, 2023

Unlimited debits and bill payments

Unlimited Interac e-Transfers

$400 cash bonus offer with a free chequing account

Tangerine Bank: Tangerine is the direct banking arm of Scotiabank. They offer a complete suite of financial products, including no-fee chequing, savings (0.10%), investments (both registered and non-registered), mortgages, personal loans, and more.

Tangerine Chequing Account

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No monthly account fees

Unlimited free transactions

Up to 0.10% interest on balance

Access to a no-annual-fee credit card

You can read more about the other online banks and competitors (like Oaken, Alterna, and motusbank) in this online banking guide.

Conclusion

Canadians can get better rates on their savings by looking at online banks. These digital financial institutions can save on overhead, and they pass on these savings to customers through higher savings and competitive mortgage rates.

Financial institutions that can only (or mostly) be accessed via online means have their own challenges, particularly if you make a lot of transactions that require in-person attendance at a branch.

For most people, however, they are just as good as their brick-and-mortar counterparts; secure, and you may get better returns on your deposit accounts.

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Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

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.

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1 thought on “Peoples Trust Review 2023”

  1. Gravatar for Sayo

    Nice one. Very enlightening.

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