Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s (FSRA) deposit insurance program protects insurable deposits held with Ontario credit unions and caisses populaires. Deposit insurance is part of a comprehensive regulatory framework that protects consumers and helps ensure the safety and soundness of the credit union sector in Ontario.
All credit unions that hold member deposits that are insured by the DIRF are required to display prominently in their premises a physical copy of the following decal and place an electronic version of the decal on their websites.
Who pays for deposit insurance coverage?
- Credit unions and caisses populaires pay for deposit insurance coverage through premiums paid to FSRA. All insurable deposits held by depositors are automatically covered.
What happens if a credit union or caisse populaire goes out of business?
- Payments for insurable deposits are made as soon as possible;
- The payment includes principal and interest up to $250,000 for insurable deposits held in non-registered accounts aggregated together and unlimited for insurable deposits held in registered accounts;
- Borrowers from an insolvent credit union or caisse populaire are responsible for repayment of outstanding debt until paid in full and will be notified by letter from FSRA with specifics, including any exercise of a right of set-off against deposits or deposit insurance payments to assist in such repayment.
As an account owner what can I do to ensure complete and prompt payment if my credit union or caisse populaire fails?
- Ensure your credit union or caisse populaire always has your current and complete contact information;
- Understand what’s covered and what’s not.
Note: All amounts include principal and interest (in Canadian dollars)