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Website Terms and Conditions

Website Terms and Conditions

In these terms and conditions, “we”, “us” and “our” means Canadian Western Bank (“CWB”, and together with its subsidiaries, “CWB Financial Group”). These terms and conditions apply to all CWB Financial Group websites, unless specifically superseded by other terms and conditions of any webpage or online service accessible through a CWB Financial Group website.

Each time you use our website, you acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions below, which we may revise periodically without notice. If you do not accept these terms and conditions, do not use our website.

1. Access. We cannot guarantee that our website will be accessible at all times, without interruption, or that it will be free from errors and/or omissions. We will not be responsible for any damages that may result from the inaccessibility of our website or from any difficulties that you may experience while accessing or using our website. We reserve the right to suspend at any time, without warning, full or partial access our website and any pages accessible through certain social media sites. We may discontinue uploading information to our website without notice.

2. Purpose. Information on our website is for information purposes only and does not constitute an offer to buy or a solicitation to sell any currency, investment fund, securities, units of mutual funds, or other product service or information in any jurisdiction in which an offer or solicitation is not authorized or cannot be legally made, or to any person whom it is unlawful to make an offer or solicitation. The information and materials available on our website are not intended to provide legal, accounting, investment, financial or tax advice to any user and should not be relied upon by a user. We encourage users to seek qualified professional advice.

3. Content. Although we take reasonable care to ensure that information is accurate when posted to our website, we do not warrant or make any representations or claims as to the validity, correctness, currency, timeliness, or completeness, of the information provided on our website. We will not be liable or responsible for any claim or damages, direct or indirect, arising out of the interpretation, reliance upon or other use, authorized or unauthorized, of such information.

4. Currency. The documents and information available on this site are provided as a convenience only. Our website may not always be the most current source for information about CWB Financial Group. We disclaim any liability for any failure to update our website or any information, data, materials or documents available on our website. Where any documents on this site have been filed in accordance with applicable securities law, such documents are not the official versions of CWB Financial Group's securities law disclosure documents. For up to date information about CWB, its subsidiaries and respective publically available securities, see www.SEDAR.com.

5. Links. Certain links on this website lead to websites maintained by independent parties over whom we have no control. The fact that we provide links to other websites does not mean that we endorse or approve of the content of any linked website. We make no representation in respect of the accuracy or any other aspect of the information contained on such websites, and we disclaim any responsibility for the content of such websites.

6. Availability. Not all products and services displayed on our website are available in all regions of Canada. Our products and services are available in accordance with local law where they may be lawfully offered for sale. All of our products and services are subject to the terms of applicable agreements.

7. Online Services. You may carry out transactions with us on through our internet banking platform, CWBdirect. The services available through CWBdirect are governed by specific agreements and terms that describe your access and use of CWBdirect. These terms and conditions apply concurrently to the specific agreements and terms that govern those products and services accessed via CWBdirect and this website. When you carry out transactions with us through CWBdirect, you are solely responsible for ensuring that all user IDs, access card numbers, passwords, and personal identification questions used on the website are protected. We will not be responsible for any damages that you may incur as a result of the unauthorized or illegal use of user ID(s), access card number(s), password(s), or personal identification question(s), or your failure to ensure the secure and confidential nature of the transactions.

8. Internet: Internet software transmission problems could produce inaccurate or incomplete copies of documents or other material from this website when downloaded and displayed on a user's computer. We take reasonable precautions to ensure this website is free of computer viruses. We recommend that the user install and use appropriate anti-virus or other protective software. However there is still a possibility that data security violations may occur and we disclaim all liability for any computer viruses, “worms”, “Trojan horses” or other disruptive or destructive programs that may be inadvertently downloaded from our website or otherwise.

9. Security. We will protect sensitive communication between you and our website, CWBdirect, and CWB Mobile by encrypting the communication while in transit. However, we cannot protect information exchanged when our website, CWBdirect or CWB Mobile is accessed through a non-secure platform, connection, or in a public location, and as a result, we are not responsible for any damages that you may incur under such circumstances. In addition, we have no control over the protection of your e-mail communications with us. We recommend that you not include private and sensitive information in e-mails to CWB Financial Group including, but not limited to, account numbers, user IDs, account balances, passwords, etc. We will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer if you transmit confidential or sensitive information to us through e-mail.

10. Paramountcy. In the event that these terms and conditions are incompatible or inconsistent with the specific agreements and terms applicable to any specific product or service, the latter shall prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

11. Monetary amounts: All amounts mentioned in this site are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

12. Copyright. No material from this site may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, except, you may download one copy of the materials on any single computer for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Modifying the materials or using the materials for any other purpose is a violation of CWB's copyright and other proprietary rights.

13. Ownership. The material and information on this site are made available only under the conditions set out herein. CWB reserves its rights to the intellectual property presented in and by our website, which includes, but is not limited to, its copyrights, trademarks and corporate logos.

14. Limitation of Liability. In general and without limiting the specific cases of limitation of liability mentioned above, and notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, we shall not be held responsible for any damages that may result from or relate to our website and/or its contents. In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, we shall not be held responsible for issues of access, use, accuracy of contents, or the loss of data or information, whether or not we have been informed of the possibility of such issues. 

Trademarks

Trademarks

CWB Financial Group companies


The symbols ® and ™ designate Canadian registered trademark and, generally, unregistered trademark status respectively. The below lists registered and unregistered trademarks of Canadian Western Bank. Canadian Western Bank has additional trademarks and service marks, registered and unregistered, in Canada, which may or may not appear on this site.

 

  • ADROIT GROUP® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • ADROIT INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • APEX® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • A BETTER WAY TO SAVE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • A REPUTATION FOR GETTING THINGS DONE.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • BANQUE CANADIENNE DE L'OUEST™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CANADA'S WESTERN BANK® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CANADIAN WESTERN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CANADIAN WESTERN BANK® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CANADIAN WESTERN BANK® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CANADIAN WESTERN FINANCIAL® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CANADIAN WESTERN INSURANCE® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CANADIAN WESTERN INSURANCE SERVICES® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CANADIAN WESTERN TRUST® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CANADIAN WESTERN TRUST® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CAPITALIZE ON THE FEE -ONLY DIFFERENCE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CGSDIRECT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CONSEILLERS EN PLACEMENTS T.E.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CONSEILLERS T.E.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CORPORATE SHAREHOLDER SERVICES & Design® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWBALANCE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWBALANCE® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWBANK® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB.DIGITAL™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWBdirect® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB BANQUE CANADIENNE DE L'OUEST™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB BANQUE CANADIENNE DE L'OUEST™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB BUSINESS ADVANTAGE ACCOUNT™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB BUSINESS TRUST ACCOUNT™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN BANK GROUP® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN BANK GROUP® & Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN BANK® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN BANK® & W and Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN FINANCIAL® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN TRUST® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CANADIAN WESTERN TRUST® & W and Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB CORE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB DIRECT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWBDIRECT ADVANCED INTERNET BANKING® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB ECHELON REWARDS BUSINESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB ECHELON REWARDS + BUSINESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB Equipment Financing® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB EQUIPMENT FINANCING® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB EQUIPMENT FINANCING® & W and Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCEMENT DE FRANCHISES™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCEMENT DE FRANCHISES™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCEMENT DE FRANCHISES™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCIAL GROUP® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCIAL GROUP™ & Design (horizontal) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCIAL GROUP™ & Design (horizontal 2019) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCIAL GROUP™ & Design (Vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FINANCIAL GROUP™ & Design (vertical 2019) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB Franchise Finance® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB FRANCHISE FINANCE® & Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB FRANCHISE FINANCE® & Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB GESTION DE PATRIMOINE™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB GROUPE FINANCIER™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB GROUPE FINANCIER™ & Horizontal Design is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB GROUPE FINANCIER™ & Vertical Design is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB IS OBSESSED WITH YOUR SUCCESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB MAXIUM FINANCIAL® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB MAXIUM FINANCIAL® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB MAXIUM FINANCIAL® & W and Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB McLEAN & PARTNERS WEALTH MANAGEMENT™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (Horizon) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB McLEAN & PARTNERS WEALTH MANAGEMENT™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (Vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB MUTUAL FUNDS® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB MUTUAL FUNDS® & W and Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB NATIONAL LEASING® & W & Maple Leaf Design (Horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB NATIONAL LEASING® & W & Maple Leaf Design (Vertical) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB ONYX® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB PARTENAIRES EN GESTION DE PATRIMOINE™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB PRESTIGE™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB SERVICES FIDUCIAIRES™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB SERVICES FIDUCIAIRES™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB SERVICES FIDUCIAIRES™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB TRUST SERVICES™ & Design (horizontal) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB TRUST SERVICES™ & Design (vertical) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB WEALTH™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB WEALTH MANAGEMENT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB WEALTH MANAGEMENT® & W and Maple Leaf Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB WEALTH MANAGEMENT® & W and Maple Leaf Design (horizontal) is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB WEALTH PARTNERS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB WESTERN CHOICE HOME EQUITY PLAN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB WESTS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWB BUSINESS UNLIMITED ACCOUNT™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB™ & W & Maple Leaf Design is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWB ™ & W & Maple Leaf Design (2019) is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • CWEB® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • CWT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • DESANTE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • ECHELON REWARDS BUSINESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • ECHELON REWARDS + BUSINESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • EDU FINANCE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • EDU FINANCE DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • FEE-ONLY® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • FIDUCIE CANADIENNE DE L'OUEST® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • FIDUCIE VALIANT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • FOCUSED ON YOU® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • GOLDKEY® Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • GOLD LEAF PLUS DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • GROUPE BANQUE CANADIENNE DE L'OUEST® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • HIGH RISE GIC® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • HOMEWORKS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • HONORAIRES UNIQUEMENT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYDIRECT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYFLEX® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYREACH® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYGIVING® Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYRATE® Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • KEYRETURN® Design is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • LEADING AN INTERESTING LIFE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MONEY ED® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE CHA-CHING CHEQUING® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE FINANCIAL® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE FINANCIAL® & Design No. 1 is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE FINANCIAL® & Design No. 2 is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE FINANCIAL ® & Design No. 3 is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE IS FOR SAVERS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • MOTIVE SAVVY SAVINGS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • NOTRE PRIORITÉ, C’EST VOUS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • OBSESSED WITH YOUR SUCCESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank. 
  • PROFITEZ DE LA DIFFERENCE, UNIQUEMENT DES HONORAIRES® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROGRAMME D’INVESTISSEMENT STRATEGIQUE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROSPERIGUIDE™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROSPERIPLAN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROSPERITY® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROSPERITYPLAN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • PROSPERITYPLAN & DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SCRATCH & EARN® is registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SENSIBLE LENDING® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SIP & DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SOUND DECISIONS. SOLID RESULTS.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • STRATA SOLUTION® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROGRAM® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • SUMMIT SAVINGS ACCOUNT® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • T.E. WEALTH® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE EASIER WAY HOME® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE FEE-ONLY DIFFERENCE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE GREATER INTEREST GIC® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE WORKING BANK® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE WESTEARNER & DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • THE WESTEARNER EQUITY BUILDER® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • ULTIMATE CHOICE® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VALIANT TRUST & W Design (Chinese Characters)® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VALIANT TRUST & W & Maple Leaf Design® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VALIANT TRUST COMPANY® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VOTRE COMMUNAUTÉ. VOTRE HÉRITAGE.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VOTRE VIE. VOTRE HÉRITAGE.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • VWEB® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • W & MAPLE LEAF DESIGN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • W & Maple Leaf & Design (2019)™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • W & Maple Leaf & Chinese Characters Design® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • WE'RE FOR SAVERS® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • WE'RE OBSESSED WITH OUR CLIENTS' SUCCESS™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • WESTEARNER® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • WESTERN CHOICE HOME EQUITY PLAN® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR LEGACY.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • YOUR LIFE. YOUR LEGACY.® is a registered trademark of Canadian Western Bank.
  • YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR OBSESSION™ is a trademark of Canadian Western Bank.

 

Third party trademarks

 

The display of trademarks herein does not imply that a license of any kind has been granted.

  • American Express® is a registered trademark of American Express Inc.
  • Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc.
  • App Store® is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Apple®, the Apple logo, iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad® are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the United States and other countries.
  • BlackBerry® is a registered trademark of Blackberry Limited
  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC)®, Conduct & Practices Handbook Course (CPH)®, Professional Financial Planning Course (PFPC)® and Wealth Management Essentials (WME)® are registered trademarks of the Canadian Securities Institute.
  • CFP® and Certified Financial Planner® are certification trademarks owned outside the U.S. by Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd. (FPSB). Financial Planning Standards Council is the marks licensing authority for the CFP marks in Canada, through agreement with FPSB.
  • Cirrus® is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Inc.
  • Discover® is a registered trademark of Discover Financial Services.
  • Google and the Google Pay Logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
  • INTERAC® is a registered trademark of Interac Inc.
  • Maestro® is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Inc.
  • Mastercard® is a registered trademark of Mastercard International Inc.
  • MBNA® is a registered trademark of the Toronto Dominion Bank
    Moneris®, Moneris Solutions®, and the Moneris design are all registered trademarks of Moneris Solutions Corporation.
  • PH&N LifeTime Funds® is a registered trademark of PH&N Investment Services.
  • Qtrade Investor is a division of Qtrade Securities Inc., Member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
  • Samsung and the Samsung Pay logo are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 
  • THE EXCHANGE Network® is a registered trademark of FICANEX Canada Inc.
  • Visa* is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association.

FATCA and CRS

FATCA and CRS
Understanding FATCA and CRS
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) is an American law that aims to prevent US taxpayers (also called “US Persons") from using accounts held outside the United States to evade American taxes. This law applies to US persons and to dual US-Canadian citizens.
The Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”), also known as Global FATCA, was introduced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and is aimed at preventing offshore tax evasion maintain the integrity of the tax systems through the automatic exchange of information around the world. Canada, along with over 100 other countries, agreed to comply with CRS.
The Income Tax Act (Canada) was amended to include due diligence and reporting obligations that in respect of the implementation of FATCA and CRS in Canada.

 

How it works
All financial institutions in Canada, including Canadian Western Bank and its affiliates (collectively “CWB Financial Group”), are required to identify and report annually on certain financial accounts held by US Persons or by foreign tax residents and specific owners of foreign (or non-foreign) entities to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). Loans and leases offered by CWB National Inc. and CWB Maxium Financial Inc. are not currently reportable. The CRA will then share the information with the appropriate countries through existing provisions and safeguards, consistent with privacy laws.
CWB Financial Group and other financial institutions are required by law to ask clients to self-certify their tax residency each time they open a new account (subject to certain exceptions) or when there is a potential change in the client’s tax residency.
Accounts exempt from FATCA/CRS reporting
The following list contains examples of certain accounts that are exempt from reporting under both FATCA and CRS:
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
  • Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs)
  • Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)
  • Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs)
  • Registered Pension Plans (RPP)
  • Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs)
  • Deferred Profit Sharing Plans (DPSPs)
For a complete list and details of exempt accounts under FATCA and CRS, please see CRA’s FATCA guidance and/or CRS guidance.
 
Who is affected?
Under FATCA, you are generally considered a US Person if you are:
  • A citizen of the US (including those born in the US but resident in Canada or another country who have not renounced their US citizenship)
  • A resident of the US (including US green card holders)
  • An entity (that is a business or non-profit, including estates and trusts) that is a tax resident of the US or is a passive entity with one or more controlling persons who are US reportable persons.
Please note this is not an inclusive list.

 

Under CRS, tax residency refers to the country in which an individual, business or other entity, including individuals who have a controlling interest in the entity, is subject to taxation due to residency. In general, an individual is a tax resident of the country where he/she lives, not where the individual invests. Similarly, a business is generally a tax resident of the country where the business was incorporated. Each country has unique rules to determine tax residency and an individual or business is responsible for determining the tax residency rules applicable in their situation and ensuring the accuracy of the information submitted to CWB Financial Group.

 

What information will be reported to CRA?

If an account is reportable under FATCA or CRS, the following information (as applicable) will be reported to the CRA:

  • Account holder’s:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Date of birth (for individuals)
    • SIN (Canada only)
    • Tax identification number (TIN) (if country issues TINs)
    • Country (countries) of tax residence
  • Account number
  • Account balance or value (or the closure of the account)
  • Amount of interest, dividends, gross proceeds and other payments made or credited to the account (if applicable)
  • Payments paid or credited to Non-Participating Foreign Financial Institutions

The above information is not exhaustive. Other countries participating in the CRS may require additional information to be reported to their local tax authorities (such as the account holder’s place of birth).

 

Learn more

For more information on FATCA and CRS, please visit the CRA website, or CRA’s FATCA guidance and/or CRS guidance.

The above information is intended to provide general guidance only, and is not an exhaustive analysis of all provisions of FATCA or CRS. The above information should not be construed as legal, financial, or tax advice. CWB Financial Group cannot provide legal or tax advice to clients. If you are unsure about your tax residence, speak with a professional tax advisor.