First Home Savings Account (FHSA)

The First Home Savings Account (FHSA) is a type of registered savings plan introduced by the federal government in 2022. An FHSA is designed to help you save for your first home, tax-free and help you reach your vision of owning a home faster!

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What is a First Home Savings Account (FHSA)?

An FHSA combines some of the features of an RRSP and TFSA. Contributions will generally be tax-deductible, and when a qualifying withdrawal is made, the amount withdrawn is not-taxable1.


Am I eligible for an FHSA?

To open a First Home Savings Account, you must be:

  • A Canadian resident
  • 18 years or older2
  • A first-time home buyer3

How does an FHSA work?

  • Annual contributions are capped at $8,000 up to a $40,000 lifetime contribution limit.
  • A maximum of $8,000 unused contribution room can carry forward to the following year.
  • The account can stay open for a maximum 15 years4 or until the end of the year you turn 71

Why should I open an FHSA with TD?

  • Saving for Home Ownership is Easier 

    Individuals may claim an income tax deduction for eligible FHSA contributions. 

  • Flexible Investments

    Your FHSA can hold a variety of qualified investments, including cash, Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) and Mutual Funds.

  • Personalized Advice

    Using TD Goal Builder, a TD advisor can help define your investing goals and recommend products to help you move towards your dream of home ownership with confidence.

  • Tools to plan for your mortgage 

    What size down payment and mortgage will you be comfortable with? Use our Mortgage Affordability Calculator to find out.

FHSA vs. Other Plans
How is the FHSA different from the Home Buyers’ Plan?

With the current Home Buyers' Plan, Canadians can withdraw up to $35,000 from their RRSP subject to eligibility and conditions. The funds must be paid to the RRSP over 15 years.

With an FHSA, eligible withdrawals do not need to be paid back.

Comparing FHSA to RRSP and TFSA

The FHSA is a registered plan that combines some of the features of an RRSP and a TFSA to help save towards your first home!




How does it help me buy a house?

Invest your eligible contributions and use them for purchasing a qualifying home.

Withdraw from your RRSP and use the amount towards your qualifying home purchase under the Home Buyers’ Plan.5 You can borrow up to $35,000 from your existing RRSP, but the borrowed funds must be paid back within 15 years.

Invest your eligible contributions and use them for a home purchase (or anything else you want). Amounts withdrawn from a TFSA create additional TFSA contribution room beginning in the year following withdrawal. 

What are the contribution rules?

$8,000 is the annual contribution limit. Carry-forward rules apply.6 $40,000 lifetime contribution limit during the Maximum Participation Period.

The lesser of 18% of your previous year's income and the current fixed contribution limit $30,780 for 2023.  You can carry forward any unused contribution room from previous years.7 No lifetime contribution limit.

$6,500 is the annual contribution limit for 2023. You can carry forward unused contribution room from the year you turned 18 and was a Canadian resident for tax purposes. No lifetime contribution limit. 

Who's eligible to open an account? 

Canadian residents 18 years or older but not more than 71 years on December 31 of the year you open an FHSA, who have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) and are considered a first-time home buyer.2

Canadian residents (for tax purposes) up to the end of the year you turn 71, who have earned income and filed an income tax and benefit return. Some financial institutions may require customers to be the age of majority.

Canadian residents 18 years or older2 who have a valid SIN. There is no upper age limit to hold a TFSA, unlike an FHSA or an RRSP.

Will I get a tax deduction on eligible contributions?

Eligible contributions are tax-deductible (except on transfers into your FHSA from your RRSP, although these transfers do use up FHSA contribution room).

Eligible contributions are tax-deductible (except on transfers into your RRSP from your FHSA). 

No. Contributions are not tax-deductible. 

Key Advantages

Funds in the account grow tax-free, which could mean more money for a qualifying home purchase. You may also be able to transfer funds tax-free from your FHSA to an RRSP or RRIF in your name.8

Funds can be used towards the purchase of a qualifying home under the HBP. Investments can grow within the plan tax-deferred.  

Funds in the account grow tax-free and you can use the value of the account for anything you like, including towards the purchase of a home.


An FHSA can only be held until December 31st of the year in which the earliest of the following occurs: the 15th anniversary of opening your first FHSA, the year you turn 71 or the year following your first qualifying withdrawal.

Non-qualifying withdrawals (not made to purchase a qualifying home) are taxable income.  

Under the HBP, any RRSP withdrawal used to buy or build a qualifying home must be returned to your RRSP within 15 years and repayment begins in the second year after the year when you first withdrew funds. If you fail to repay the required amount within the required time frame, that amount will be considered as taxable income in that year. 

Contributions made to a TFSA are not tax-deductible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can transfer funds from your RRSP to your FHSA on a tax-free basis. These transfers are subject to FHSA annual and lifetime contribution limits. Such transfers are not deductible from income.
  • Transfers from an RRSP to an FHSA do not restore your RRSP contribution room.
  • In-kind transfers will not be available for the FHSA at this time

  • Funds withdrawn from your FHSA that are not used to purchase a qualifying home are subject to income tax8.
  • Alternatively, the balance in your FHSA not used to purchase a qualifying home could be transferred to an RRSP or RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund) on a non-taxable transfer basis, subject to applicable rules4.
  • Transfers from your FHSA to your RRSP or RRIF do not impact your available RRSP contribution room.
  • The funds transferred to an RRSP or RRIF will be taxed upon withdrawal.

  • You must be a first-time homebuyer and a resident of Canada at the time of the withdrawal for the acquisition of your qualifying home.
  • A "qualifying home" is defined as a housing unit located in Canada. It also includes a share of the capital stock of a cooperative housing corporation, where the holder of the share is entitled to possession of a housing unit located in Canada.
  • You must have a written agreement to buy or build a qualifying home located in Canada before October 1 of the year following the year of withdrawal.
  • You must also intend to occupy the qualifying home as your principal place of residence within one year of buying or building it.

How much mortgage can I afford?

What size down payment and mortgage will you be comfortable with? Use our Mortgage Affordability Calculator.

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