What is FSRA?

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is an independent regulatory agency established to replace the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO). The agency is flexible, self-funded and designed to respond rapidly to an evolving commercial and consumer environment. In this capacity, FSRA will promote high standards of business conduct, foster a sustainable, competitive financial services sector, respond to market changes quickly, promote good administration of insurance and pension plans and encourage innovation.
The newly created agency protects Ontarians by regulating credit unions and caisses populaires.

What You Need to Know

What Happens if a Credit Union Amalgamates with Another Credit Union?

If an amalgamation of credit unions results in your total insurable deposits with the new credit union exceeding the $250,000 maximum, special rules apply:

  • Term deposits remain insured until maturity;
  • Demand deposits remain insured until withdrawn;
  • All deposits in registered savings plans remain fully insured until withdrawn.

What Happens if a Credit Union Goes Out of Business?

FSRA writes to the insured depositors advising them of how and when they will receive payment;

  • Payments for deposits are made as soon as possible or upon maturity;
  • The payment includes principal and interest up to $250,000 for each separately insured deposit account, except for deposits in registered savings
  • Loans outstanding will continue until paid.

Who Pays for Deposit Insurance?

Credit unions pay for deposit insurance protection through premiums paid to FSRA.

What Is the Deposit Insurance Reserve Fund?

FSRA maintains a deposit insurance reserve fund to cover potential claims. A review of this fund is undertaken annually by FSRA’s board of directors to ensure that it remains within an appropriate range. In addition to this fund, FSRA has access to a line of credit backed by the Government of Ontario.

What does FSRA insure?

FSRA insures Canadian currency deposits payable in Canada including:

  • savings and chequing accounts;
  • term deposits including index-linked term deposits;
  • guaranteed investment certificates;
  • deposits in registered savings plans (e.g. RRSP, LIRA, RRIF, LIF, RESP, RDSP, TFSA);
  • to be eligible for deposit insurance protection, you must be a member of a credit union.

What does FSRA NOT insure?

FSRA does NOT insure:

  • mutual funds;
  • membership shares;
  • patronage, investment or preferred shares issued by a credit union;
  • foreign currency deposit accounts;
  • contents of safety deposit boxes;
  • securities held for safekeeping.

What Is the Maximum Insurance Protection?

Basic Protection

The maximum basic protection for eligible deposits is $250,000 (principal and interest combined) per member in each credit union. Deposits held in different branches of the same credit union are not separately insured.

Separate Protection

FSRA provides separate protection for deposits held in joint accounts and trust accounts. All deposits in registered savings plans are all fully insured.

Joint Deposits

Deposits you own with someone else are insured separately from deposits in your own name, provided the records of the credit union identify the name and address of each joint owner. The maximum insurance protection for deposits having the same joint owners at each credit union is $250,000 (held jointly, not per individual owner).

Trust Deposits

Deposits held in trust accounts are insured separately from deposits owned by the trustee or the beneficiary. The records of the credit union must identify:

  • that the deposits are held in trust;
  • the name and address of the trustee(s);
  • the name and address of the beneficiary(ies).
If a trust deposit has more than one beneficiary, the portion owned by each beneficiary must be identified on the credit union’s records. Each beneficiary’s portion is insured up to $250,000. Eligible deposits having both the same trustee and the same beneficiary are combined and the total is insured to a maximum of $250,000.

Registered Savings Plans

Deposits held in registered savings plans are separately insured from the deposits held in other accounts. All deposits made to registered savings plans are fully insured with no limit on the maximum amount. Registered Savings Plans include RRSP, LIRA RRIF, LIF, RESP (Registered Educational Savings Plan), RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan), and TFSA (Tax Free Savings Account).

Further information on deposit insurance coverage, please refer to our website www.fsrao.ca or call 1-800-668-0128.