*Updated March 9* Even though the markets might be in meltdown mode, one of the interesting features of the Canadian discount brokerage deal landscape is that there’s still solid ground for DIY investors in search of a good deal.
Most offers from Canada’s online brokers were timed around the RSP contribution deadline and though several will be expiring in the next few days, there are a number of big names that are staying in the deals and promotions mode through the end of this month.
There will certainly be turnover forecasted in the deals space. Even though TD Direct Investing extended the deadline for their cash back offer from Feb. 29th to March 3rd, the largest bank-owned online brokerage will be joining CIBC Investor’s Edge in winding down their promotion in the first week of March.
Later on in the month, RBC Direct Investing and Qtrade Investor have scheduled the end of their RSP campaigns. BMO InvestorLine does have their RSP offer scheduled to expire in the first week of March however if history is any indicator, there may be another offer coming after March 3rd. Finally, Scotia iTRADE peeled off a little bit early with their promo expiring at the end of February.
In terms of volatility, stock markets aren’t the only place where uncertainty reigns this month. With so much negative sentiment around stocks, it will be a real challenge to Canadian online brokerages to navigate getting DIY investors to step into a falling market. For most DIY investors, however, money is still on their minds – including during tax filing season – so for the right price (or promotion) – it could still be compelling enough to consider opening an online investing account. For that reason, it will be especially interesting to tune into deals and promotions activity this month.
One deal officially concluded at the end of February and that was from Scotia iTRADE. Their historical cadence of promotions has changed so it is unclear when or if another large public offer will be launched to replace the cash back/free trade/commission drop combo offer.
*Update: Mar. 9 – If you were worried you had missed out on BMO InvestorLine’s special cash back offer, then have no fear. Originally set to expire on March 3, the deal has now been extended until June 1. This means you have about three months to take advantage of this deal with the code SPARXCASH when you open a new qualifying account. See table below for additional details.*
Although it is only for a few more days into the month, the good news for last minute RSP contributors is that the TD Direct Investing cash back offer has been extended through to March 4th.
Virtual Brokers has jumped back into the deals and promotions pool – with a catch. To presumably boost adoption and feedback on their recently launched revamped mobile app, Virtual Brokers is offering up 5 commission-free trades for downloading their app and complete a 3-minute survey about the app.
With a number of expiring offers early in March, we’ll be watching for something new to sprout up in time for spring.
Discount Brokerage Deals
- Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions
- Referral Promotions
- Transfer Fee Promotions
- Contests & Other Offers
- Digital Advice + Roboadvisor Promotions
Cash Back/Free Trade/Product Offer Promotions
|Company||Brief Description||Minimum Deposit Amount||Commission/Cash Offer/Promotion Type||Time Limit to Use Commission/Cash Offer||Details Link||Deadline|
|Open and fund a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) with at least $1,000 and you may be eligible to receive $88 in commission credits (up to 17 commission-free trades). Use promo code SPARX88 when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions carefully.||$1,000||$88 commission credit||60 days||Access this offer by clicking here: $88 commission-credit offer . For full terms and conditions, |
|Open and fund a new account (TFSA, Margin or RRSP) with at least $1,000 and you may be eligible to receive 5 commission-free trades. Use promo code 5FREETRADES when signing up. Be sure to read terms and conditions carefully.||$1,000||5 commission-free trades||60 days||5 commission-free trade offer||December 31, 2020|
|Open a new RBC Direct Investing account by March 27th and you may be eligible for 25 commission-free equity and ETF trades. You must deposit or transfer $5,000 in your account by May 8th, 2020 to be able to use this promotion. Make sure that the offer code MFTC2 is applied during account opening. As always, be sure to take a look at the terms and conditions for further details.||$5,000||25 commission-free trades||1 year||Commission-Free Offer Details||March 27, 2020|
|Open and fund a new qualifying account with at least $25,000 and you may qualify for one month of unlimited commission-free trades and up to one month free of an advanced data package. Use promo code ADVANTAGE14 when opening a new account. Be sure to read terms and conditions for full details.||$25,000||commission-free trades for 1 month + 1 month of advanced data.||1 month||Active Trader Program||December 31, 2020|
|Open and fund a new Qtrade account with at least A) $25,000; B) $50,000 C) $100,00; D) $500,000; E) $1M or D) $2M+ in new assets by March 31, 2020 and you may be eligible to receive a cash bonus of A) $75; B) $150; C) $400; D) $800; E) $1,500 or F) $2,000. Individuals who contribute more than $1,000 through pre-authorized contributions by December 31, 2020 may also be eligible to receive an extra $50. Use promo code QTRADECASH at sign up to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for more details.||A) $25,000|
|The cash award will be credited to your cash/margin account in the week of October 30, 2020.||Qtrade Investor Q1 2020 Cash Back Offer||March 31, 2020|
|Open a new qualifying account at BMO InvestorLine with new assets worth at least A) $50,000; B) $100,000; C) $250,000; D) $500,000 or E) $1M+, and you may be eligible to receive a cash back reward of up to A) $250; B) $450; C) $800; D) $1,000 or E) $2,000. Use promo code SPARXCASH when registering to qualify. Be sure to read full terms and conditions.||A) $50,000|
|Cash back will be deposited week of December 14, 2020||BMO InvestorLine Cash Back Offer Details||June 1, 2020|
|Last Updated: Mar. 9, 2020 11:08PT|
|Company||Brief Description||Minimum Deposit Amount||Incentive Structure||Time Limit to Use Commission/Cash Offer Deposit||Details Link||Deadline|
|Refer a friend to Questrade and when they open an account you receive $25 cash back and they receive either A) $25; B) $50; C) $75; D) $100; or E) $250 depending on the amount deposited amount. Enter code: 476104302388759 during account sign up to qualify. Be sure to read the terms and conditions for eligibility and additional bonus payment structure and minimum balance requirements.||A) $1,000|
|$25 cash back (for referrer per referral; $50 bonus cash back for every 3rd referral)|
For referred individuals:
A) $25 cash back
B) $50 cash back
C) $75 cash back
D) $100 cash back
E) $250 cash back
|Cash deposited into Questrade billing account within 7 days after funding period ends (90 days)||Refer a friend terms and conditions Code Number: 476104302388759||none|
|If you refer a friend/family member who is not already a Scotia iTRADE account holder to them, both you and your friend get a bonus of either cash or free trades. You have to use the referral form to pass along your info as well as your friend/family members' contact info in order to qualify. There are lots of details/conditions to this deal so be sure to read the details link.||A) $10,000|
|A) You(referrer): $50 or 10 free trades; Your "Friend": $50 or 10 free trades (max total value:$99.90)|
B) You(referrer): $100 cash or 50 free trades; Your "Friend": $100 cash or 50 free trades (max total value: $499.50)
|60 days||Refer A Friend to Scotia iTrade||tbd|
|If you (an existing Qtrade Investor client) refer a new client to Qtrade Investor and they open an account with at least $1,000 the referrer and the referee may both be eligible to receive $25 cash. See terms and conditions for full details.||$1,000||$25 cash back (for both referrer and referee)||Cash deposited at the end of the month in which referee's account funded||Refer A Friend to Qtrade Investor||none|
|If you (an existing BMO InvestorLine client) refer a new client to BMO InvestorLine and they open an account with at least $5,000 the referrer and the referee may both be eligible to receive $50 cash. To qualify the referee must use the email of the referrer that is linked to their BMO InvestorLine account. See terms and conditions for full details.||$5,000||You(referrer): $50; Your Friend(referee): $50||Payout occurs 45 days after minimum 90 day holding period (subject to conditions).||BMO InvestorLine Refer-a-Friend||January 5, 2021|
|Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2020 17:13PT|
Transfer Fee Promotions
|Company||Brief Description||Maximum Transfer Fee Coverage Amount||Minimum Deposit Amount for Transfer Fee Eligibility||Details Link||Deadline|
|Move your brokerage account to Questrade and they'll cover the transfer-out fee up to $150.||$150||n/a||Transfer Fee Promo||none|
|Transfer $15,000 or more to RBC Direct Investing and they will pay up to $200 in transfer fees.||$200||$15,000||Transfer Fee Rebate Details||none|
|Transfer $15,000 or more into a new HSBC InvestDirect account and you may be eligible to have up to $152.55 in transfer fees covered.||$152.55||$15,000||Confirmed via email contact with HSBC InvestDirect Rep. Contact client service for more information.||none|
|Transfer $15,000 or more to Qtrade Investor from another brokerage and Qtrade Investor may cover up to $150 in transfer fees. See terms and conditions for more details.||$150||$15,000||Transfer Fee Rebate||none|
|Transfer $20,000 or more to a National Bank Direct Brokerage account and they will pay up to $135 plus taxes in transfer fees.||$135||$20,000||Transfer Fee Rebate||none|
|Transfer at least $25,000 or more in new assets to TD Direct Investing when opening a new account and you may qualify to have transfer fees reimbursed up to $150. Be sure to contact TD Direct Investing for further details.||$150||$25,000|| Transfer Fee Promo |
Contact client service for more information (1-800-465-5463).
|Transfer $25,000 or more into a CIBC Investor's Edge account and they will reimburse up to $135 in brokerage transfer fees. Clients must call customer service to request rebate after transfer made.||$135||$25,000||Confirmed with reps. Contact client service for more information (1-800-567-3343).||none|
|Open a new qualifying account with BMO InvestorLine or fund a qualifying existing account and you may be eligible to have transfer fees covered up to $200. Contact client service for more details.||$200||Contact client service for more information||Contact client service for more information (1-888-776-6886)||none|
|Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2020 17:15PT|
|Company||Brief Description||Minimum Deposit Amount Required||Details Link||Deadline|
|Submit your information via the Hardbacon website to be referred to National Bank Direct Brokerage. Open and fund a qualifying account and you may receive up to 20 commission-free trades and discounted trading commissions. Be sure to read full terms and conditions.||n/a||Hardbacon Free Trade Promo||none|
|Desjardins Online Brokerage is offering $50 in commission credits for new Disnat Classic clients depositing at least $1,000. See terms and conditions for full details.||$1,000||Broker@ge 18-30 Promotion||none|
|Scotiabank StartRight customers can receive 10 commission-free trades when investing $1,000 or more in a new Scotia iTrade account. Trades are good for use for up to 1 year from the date the account is funded. Use promo code SRPE15 when applying (in English) or SRPF15 when applying in French. Be sure to read full terms and conditions for full details.||$1,000||StartRight Free Trade offer||none|
|Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2020 17:15PT|
Digital Advice + Roboadvisor Promotions
|Robo-advisor / Digital advisor||Offer Type||Offer Description||Min. Deposit||Reward / Promotion||Promo Code||Expiry Date||Link|
|Discounted Management||Open and fund a new Questrade Portfolio IQ account with a deposit of at least $1,000 and the first month of management will be free. For more information on Portfolio IQ, click the product link.||$1,000||1st month no management fees||KDKFNBBC||None||Questrade Portfolio IQ Promo Offer|
|Cash Back - Referral||BMO SmartFolio clients will receive $50 cash back for every friend or family member who opens and funds a new SmartFolio account. Friends and family referred to SmartFolio will receive $50 cash back for opening and funding an account, plus automatic enrollment into SmartFolio’s mass offer in market at the time. See offer terms and conditions for more details.||$1,000||$50 cash back (referrer)|
$50 cash back (referee)
|Unique link generated from SmartFolio required.||None||SmartFolio Website|
|Transfer Fee Coverage||Transfer at least $25,000 into Virtual Wealth when opening a new account and you may be eligible to have up to $150 in transfer fees covered by Virtual Wealth.||$25,000||up to $150 in transfer fees covered||None||None||Contact customer service directly for more information.|
|Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2020 17:15PT|