Connect with a Wealth expert on the First Home Savings Account
Fill out this form and an advisor will contact you within 2-3 business days.
Frequently asked questions
You can contribute up to $8,000 per calendar year, up to a lifetime maximum of $40,000. Your contribution room starts in the year you first open an FHSA. You can carry up to $8,000 of unused room forward to the next calendar year.
Your FSHA can stay open for 15 years or until you reach 71 years of age (whichever comes first). An FHSA must also be closed by December 31 of the year after the first withdrawal is made from the account.
You can hold the same investments in your FHSA that you can hold in your RRSP or TFSA, including:
- Mutual funds
- Guaranteed investment certificates (GICs)
- Securities listed on a designated exchange in Canada or internationally
- Exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
This helpful guide explains how to open, manage and close your FHSA with ATB Wealth.
Working with an advisor isn't required for opening an FHSA, but we can help determine if it's right for you. Sometimes it makes sense to have expert guidance, depending on the complexity of your unique goals and financial situation.
No, if you own a house, you cannot open an FHSA. If you wish to help a dependent open an FHSA for themselves, you would need to transfer the funds to the dependent and the dependent would need to open the FHSA in their own name. You also cannot open an FHSA if your current spouse or common-law partner owns a house.
Yes, you can have more than one FHSA, at more than one financial institution if you wish. However, it’s your responsibility to ensure that contributions made to all of your FHSAs do not exceed the contribution limits of $8,000 per calendar year and lifetime contribution limit of $40,000.
Learn more about the First Home Savings Account
What’s a First Home Savings Account?
Learn how this account can help you save for your first home—tax-free.Learn more
Gifting to your kids? Consider the new FHSA
The FHSA presents an opportunity to transfer wealth to the next generation.Learn more
Help your child purchase thier first home.
What to know when gifting money to your child to help them buy a home.Read more
ATB Wealth® (a registered trade name) consists of a range of financial services provided by ATB Financial and certain of its subsidiaries. ATB Investment Management Inc., and ATB Securities Inc. are individually licensed users of ATB Wealth. ATB Securities Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.
The information contained herein has been compiled or arrived at from sources believed to be reliable, but no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to their accuracy or completeness, and ATB Wealth (this includes all the above legal entities) does not accept any liability or responsibility whatsoever for any loss arising from any use of this document or its contents. This information is subject to change and ATB Wealth does not undertake to provide updated information should a change occur. This document may not be reproduced in whole or in part, or referred to in any manner whatsoever, nor may the information, opinions and conclusions contained in it be referred to without the prior consent of the appropriate legal entity using ATB Wealth. This document is being provided for information purposes only and is not intended to replace or serve as a substitute for professional advice, nor as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any investment. Professional legal and tax advice should always be obtained when dealing with legal and taxation issues as each individual’s situation is different.