Best High Interest Savings Account In Canada Feb. 2024

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This is post contains a list of the best high interest savings account (HISA) in Canada for 2024. If you’re tired of the measly 0.05% – 0.35% savings rate on big banks’ regular savings account, you should consider one of the offerings below.

We’ll start off with a ranking of the banks by their HISA rates, then a short profile and the key features of their savings account.

Best Savings Interest Rates (Non-registered accounts)

You can get the best high interest savings accounts rates from the banks and credit unions in the table below.

The table excludes banks with promotional savings rate like the current 6% from Simplii Financial ($50 sign-up bonus and $400 chequing account offer)

Financial Institution HISA Rate (%)Deposit Insurance
Saven Financial4.15FSRAO
Motive Financial4.10CDIC
Steinbach Credit Union4.05DGCM
Neo Financial 4.00CDIC
Canadian Tire Bank3.70CDIC
Ideal Savings3.65DGCM
Hubert Financial3.65DGCM
Achieva Financial3.60DGCM
Outlook Financial3.60DGCM
Bridgewater Bank3.60CDIC
Maxa Financial3.55DGCM
Peoples Trust3.40CDIC
Entegra (Assiniboine) Credit Union3.20DGCM
EQ Bank3.00CDIC
Parama Credit Union3.00CDIC
Alterna Bank2.25FSRAO
Equity Credit Union2.25FSRAO

Tangerine also has one of the highest promotional high interest savings account rate I could find in Canada at 6.00%.

But overall, EQ Bank has the best high interest savings account offering in Canada. Though its rate is lower than Tangerine and Oaken Financial, it offers more account offering including TFSA, RRSP, USD Savings and more.

Also, it is available across Canada and the account serves as a hybrid account so you can use it for bills payment with no fees.

The table only covers banks with at least 2.00% HISA rates. There are several other credit unions and banks with rates below 1% or that offers higher rates for high amounts.

Also, Simplii has a promotional rate of 6% on its HISA – a great option for short term savings.

Check here for the Best TFSA High Interest Savings Account Rates.

list of the top high-interest savings accounts in Canada

Best High Interest Savings Accounts in Canada

The ranking above is based on just the interest rates on offer at each bank. But there are other factors you should consider because the account with the highest interest rate is not necessarily the best one.

Account opening process, minimum balance, transaction charges, monthly fees, website user experience and the overall customer service are some of the other things to consider.

Luckily, many of the savings account offerings at the banks below have no monthly maintenance fees. However, watch out for fees for withdrawals, Interac e-transfers and so on.

With that out of the way, here is a short profile on some of the best high-interest savings accounts in Canada.

Canadian Tire Bank Savings

Canadian Tire Bank has the highest savings rate in this ranking with a very impressive 3.70% HISA interest rate.

However, a big drawback with the account is the account opening process. It is painfully slow! It is not unusual for a new account to take more than a month. After completing the online form, an instruction package will be mailed to you and you’ll need to mail your cheque in.

All of these add up to days or months in some cases. Compare this to a day or two at other online banks.

Plus the website looks like it was last updated a decade ago. But if you can look beyond these cons, you’ll get an account with:

  • A competitive savings rate
  • No monthly fees and no minimum balance

Registered accounts: TFSA

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 3.70%

Related Post: Canadian Tire TFSA Review

EQ Bank Savings Plus

EQ Bank is one of Canada’s most popular high interest savings account providers. It has consistently offered a non-promotional competitive rate with no-fee banking.

The EQ Bank Savings Plus account is a hybrid account with the features of a chequing and savings account, so it’s perfect for everyday banking. With no fees for debit transactions, you can use the account for bill payments, send Interac e-transfers and so on:

Other features include:

  • No minimum balance and no monthly fee
  • Free unlimited debit transactions (bill payments, Interac, EFTs etc)
  • Joint accounts

Registered accounts: FHSA, TFSA and RRSP

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 4.00% (3.00%) registered accounts

Learn more:

Motive Financial Savings

Motive financial is a division of Canadian Western Bank, a CDIC-insured Schedule I bank. The bank has 2 savings account variants:

  • Motive Savings Account (1.00%): Free unlimited monthly withdrawals but Interac costs $1 and withdrawals at non-Exchange Network ATMs cost $1.50
  • Motive Savvy Saving Account (4.10%): More restrictive but you get an higher rate in return

Here are the key features of the Motive Savvy Savings account:

  • No minimum balance and no monthly fee
  • 2 free withdrawals monthly ($5 afterwards)
  • Interac e-Transfer fee of $1

While the account offers a competitive savings rate, it is not suitable for your everyday banking needs. If you need to carry out regular debit transfers, you’re better off going with other banks with free unlimited transactions.

Registered accounts: TFSA and RRSP

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 4.10%

Bridgewater Bank Savings

If you’ve not heard about Bridgewater Bank, you’re not alone. Bridgewater is a Schedule I chartered bank that was established in 1997. It is a subsidiary of the Alberta Motor Association and currently serves over 36,000 customers across Canada except Quebec.

As a federally regulated financial institution, Bridgewater Bank is a CDIC member. So your deposits are guaranteed up to $100,000.

Key Features:

  • One free withdrawal per month, $5 afterwards
  • Initial deposit requirement of $25
  • Joint accounts are available

Registered accounts: Not available

HISA Interest Rate: 3.60%


Neo Financial was launched last year with a high-interest savings account and a cash-back credit card. Deposits are held through Concentra, a CDIC member.

Some features are still lacking or under development such as mobile cheque deposit, internet banking and so on. It is available across Canada (Quebec is coming soon).

Registered accounts: Not available

HISA Interest Rate: 4.00%

Read More: Neo Financial Savings Account Review

Saven Financial High Interest Savings Account

Another recently launched online bank, Saven Financial is the virtual division of FirstOntario, one of the largest credit unions in Ontario.

At the moment, the bank only offers GIC and High-interest savings account to Ontario residents.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees or transaction charges
  • No minimum balance required
  • Deposit protection up to $250,000 through FSRA

Registered accounts: FHSA and TFSA

Savings Interest Rate: 4.15% (4.00% on TFSA and. 6.00% on FHSA)

Read More: Saven Financial Review

WealthOne Bank of Canada Savings

WealthOne Bank is a Schedule I bank that was setup in 2016 to serve the Chinese community. It operates virtually but also has retail locations in GTA, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Deposit guarantee is provided through CDIC.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees and no minimum opening balance
  • Free unlimited transactions between the account and your linked account
  • Ten free bill payment transactions per month, $5 afterwards
  • Interac e-Transfer®: Free to receive but $1.50 to send

Registered accounts: TFSA, RRSP and RRIF

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 4.00%

LBC Digital High Interest Saving Account

The bank is a virtual division of the Laurentian Bank financial group.  Laurentian Bank is one of the oldest banks in Canada. It is a Schedule 1 bank that was founded back in 1846 and has been serving Canadians for more than 175 years.

The interest rate on its LBC Digital High Interest Saving Account is tiered. You’ll earn 3.00% for balances up to $500,000 and 3.00% after.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees and no minimum opening balance
  • Free unlimited transactions between the account and your linked account
  • Ten free bill payment transactions per month, $5 afterwards
  • Interac e-Transfer®: Free to receive but $1.50 to send

Registered Accounts: Not available

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 3.00%

Read More: LBC Digital Bank Review

Peoples Trust Savings

Peoples Trust is a member of Peoples Group, a financial services company that has been serving Canadians since 1985. It has its headquarters in Vancouver, BC but serves clients across Canada.

You get a competitive interest rate through its high-interest savings account product, Peoples Choice e-Savings.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees and no minimum opening balance
  • Transfer to/from your HISA and linked accounts
  • Transaction charges: Bill payments: $0.50; Interac e-Transfer Send: $1
  • Deposit protection through CDIC

Registered Accounts: TFSA

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 3.40%

Read More: Peoples Trust Review

Steinbach Credit Union Regular Savings

Steinbach is one of Canada’s largest credit union and Manitoba’s largest. It currently serves over 90,000 members with over $6 billion in assets.

It has 4 savings account variants, but its flagship account is the Regular Savings account with a tiered interest rate starting at 4.05%.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees and no minimum opening balance
  • Tiered savings with higher rates for balances above $250,000
  • First monthly withdrawal is free but fees apply afterwards
  • Interest calculated monthly but paid annually
  • 100% deposit protection through DGCM

Registered Accounts: RESP, RRSP, RRIF, FHSA and TFSA

Savings Account Base Rate: 4.05% for $100,000 and below

Oaken Savings Account

Oaken Financial is a CDIC-insured virtual bank and a trademark of Home Bank, a subsidiary of Home Trust company.

Through its Oaken Savings account, the bank offers one of the best no-fees high-interest savings account in Canada.

Key Features:

  • No monthly fees
  • Unlimited free transactions
  • No minimum opening balance
  • Choose between Home Bank and Home Trust as the issuer of your account
  • Deposit guarantee from CDIC

Registered Accounts: RESP, RRSP, RRIF and TFSA

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 3.40%

Wealthsimple Cash

Wealthsimple Cash is a high interest savings account from Canada’s most popular robo-advisor, Wealthsimple. It is an hybrid account that combines the features of savings and chequing accounts.

Key Features:

  • Send cash in seconds
  • Split payments with friends and easily request money from them
  • No monthly fees and no minimum opening balance
  • Unlimited free transactions
  • Simple and easy to use mobile app
  • Deposit are held in trust with a CDIC member

The account is still in beta. Additional features to be added include a metal cash card, free ATM withdrawals, spending features, direct deposit and more

Registered Accounts: Not available

High Interest Savings Account Rate: 4.00 to 5.00%%

Learn more: Wealthsimple Cash Review

Check below for reviews of some of the best HISA providers in Canada.

Best Promotional Savings Rate

If you’re looking for promotional rates on a savings account, the 2 accounts below have some of the best rates at the moment.

They are not included above because their non-promotional rates is quite small.

1. Tangerine Savings (6.00%)

The regular interest rate on the Tangerine account is 0.70%. So it’s nothing to be excited about compared to the rate of other online banks.

But Tangerine offers new customers an introductory rate of 5.75% for the first 150 days. This is currently one of the highest promotional savings rate in Canada.

Tangerine Savings has no monthly fees and you can easily move your savings to the chequing account which allows unlimited Interac transfers and bill payments for free.

Learn more: Tangerine Promotions

2. Simplii Financial HISA (6.00%)

New clients earn a promotional interest rate of 6% till April 30, 2024. The rate drops to 0.40% to 5.50% afterwards.

In addition, they can earn a $400 bonus through the No Fee Chequing Account promotion. To qualify, simply receive direct deposits of at least $100 in the account for 3 months.

Eligible direct deposits include payroll, employment insurance, government benefits, pension and so on.

Learn more: Simplii Promotions

3. RBC High Interest eSavings Account (Up to 5.50%)

The base rate for the account is 1.70% but new customers can earn up to 5.50% through the promotion. Here’s how it works:

  • Earn 5.50%% interest for the first 3 months
  • Get 3.80% on up to $1 million savings and 1.70% on all balances after your 3 months of opening the eSavings account..

Note: The offer expires on April 10, 2024.

4. CIBC eAdvantage® Savings Account (Up to 5.60%)

CIBC offers a bonus interest of 5.60% for the first 4 months for new clients opening an eAdvantage savings account on up to $1,000,000 balance. Afterwards, the rate drops to the regular interest of 0.65% to 1.90%.

When you deposit a minimum of $200 into the account per month, you will get an additional 0.50% interest up to a given limit.

The account has no monthly fees and no minimum balance requirements. But, you’ll be charged $5 per transaction, including withdrawals, transfers, bill payments and so on.

You can also get the same rate on the CIBC TFSA Tax Advantage Savings Account and CIBC RRSP Daily Interest Savings Account – limited time offer.

Before you decide to open a new account to take advantage of a promotional rate, you should think about your plans after the promotional period.

Would you open another account and move your money to get a better rate? Or leave your money to earn the ridiculously low non-promotional rate?

Sometimes, it’s better to just open an account with a bank with a high enough, non-promotional rate. Depending on how much you keep in a savings account, moving your funds around may not be worth the extra effort.

High Interest Savings Account at the Big Banks

So how does the big banks’ “high interest” compare to the ones from the online banks and credit? In short, they don’t come close.

And to think that some of the accounts are branded as “High Interest Savings Account” is laughable. These are the current rates:

  • RBC Royal Bank High Interest eSavings: Up to 5.50% promo rate and 1.70% regular rate
  • TD Bank High Interest Savings Account: 0.05%
  • ScotiaBank Momentum PLUS Savings Account: Base rate of 1.30% but up to 5.60% for a limited time
  • BMO Savings Builder Account: Base interest rate of 0.50% plus a bonus interest of 2.50% (see below)
  • National Bank High Interest Savings Account: 1.70%

CIBC’s HISA is covered under the promotional rates section above. It pays a base interest of 1.90% but new account holders get the bonus of 5.60%.

The Scotiabank’s Momentum Plus Savings account is tiered depending on how long you hold it without a debit transaction. You earn a total interest of 5.40% if there are no debits for 360 days.

BMO Savings Builder Account pays a bonus interest rate of up to 2.50% if you increase your monthly balance by at least $200.

What is a High Interest Savings Account (HISA)?

As the name suggests, high interest savings accounts pay an interest rate that is several times the rates on regular savings account.

But note that just because an account is branded and marketed as a HISA does not make it one. Just look at the rates from the big banks’ HISA for example.

Don’t want to lock in your funds for years in a GIC or invest in equities? HISAs combine the benefit of a decent interest rate, quick access and safety of your funds.

How to Choose a HISA?

The interest rate is usually a good place to start. But like I mentioned earlier in this post, there are other variables you should consider before choosing a high interest savings account.

These include:

  • Promotional Rate: Is the posted savings rate an introductory offer or not? If it is, think about your options after the promotion period.
  • Monthly Fees and Transaction charges: Are there monthly fees or charges to send Interac e-Transfers, bill payments and so on?
  • Deposit Insurance: This may be a concern depending on how much you want to keep in the account.
  • IT Platforms: Internet banking, mobile apps and the overall usability of a bank’s platforms
  • Customer service:
  • Virtual or physical locations
  • Other account types and features: For example, do they have joint accounts or registered accounts (TFSAs or RRSPs)? Can you do mobile cheque deposits?

Are HISAs Safe?

Simply put, the deposits you put in any high-interest savings account are as safe as the ones in your regular bank accounts.

All deposit taking financial institutions in Canada are either protected by CDIC or the provincial deposit insurer.

Deposits at all the online banks, credit unions and big banks covered in this post are guaranteed by one of the following:

  • CDIC: Up to $100,000 in each insured category. Funds in your HISA and other non-registered accounts, excluding joint accounts, are deemed to be separate insured categories. Check this CDIC guide for more information about how it works.
  • DGCM: The Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba provides 100% protection on deposits held at one of its covered institutions.
  • FSRA: Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario guarantees deposits up to a limit of $250,000 in non-registered accounts but unlimited for registered accounts.

While the chances of a bank failing is remote, you should consider the deposit insurance limit when deciding on where to put your funds.

A few tips to help you maximize your deposit insurance include:

  • Spread your funds across multiple financial institutions
  • Open a joint account: They are a separate insured category with CDIC for example.
  • Use other insured categories if possible: With CDIC, you have a separate limit of $100,000 in each of your TFSA, RRSP, RRIF accounts.

Check this posts for strategies on how to maximize your deposit insurance guarantee.


You may not beat inflation with the current rates on some of the best high interest savings account in Canada, but they’re a big improvement to the rates on regular savings accounts.

Are there any financial institutions I missed out? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out.

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Simon is a CPA by day and a Personal Finance Blogger by night. With over a decade experience in financial services, he's passionate about personal finance, investing and helping people take control of their financial life.