RRSP vs. Mortgage

One of the most significant questions around the Canadian personal finance world is decision between paying down your mortgage, or putting money into your RRSP? You can make a compelling argument depending on your personal situation.

Let’s explore some options:

A. Pay down your mortgage first, then start contributing to your Registered Retirement Savings Plans.

  • There is no doubt that paying off your mortgage will give a guaranteed tax free return.
  • The problem with this is that you’ll miss out on YEARS of tax free compounding within your RRSP. Returns that will potentially (most likely) beat your mortgage rate (we are still sitting around 40 year lows for rates).
  • This option might be considered for people who have a lower tax bracket.
  • In addition to this, people who are in lower tax brackets, may also consider a TSFA for their long term strategy VS. an RRSP.

B. Keep making the regular mortgage payments, but maximize your Registered Retirement Savings Plans.

  • Providing that you are in a high tax bracket, I don’t think that you can go wrong with this option.
  • This option may not be desirable for someone who has more years left on their mortgage than they do have left until retirement. The goal should be to retire debt free.

C. Do BOTH. Maximize your Registered Retirement Savings Plans and use the tax refund to pay down your mortgage.

  • This could be the optimal solution in my opinion.
  • It is important to execute a net-worth statement each year, when using this strategy.
  • Contribute as much as you can to your RRSP and use your tax return to pay down the mortgage. That way, you get the best of both worlds, a tax free fixed income return (mortgage), along with growth (RRSP).

Digital Marketing & Website Design Toronto by ZoneCloud.net Corp.© 2023 Walton Financial Group Inc.

Privacy Policy | Legal & Copyright

Let's Talk

Stay Connected

Get in Touch

We're here to answer any of your financial questions. Use the form or any of the contact methods to start the conversation.


April 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30

April 23, 2024

April 24, 2024

April 25, 2024

April 30, 2024

If these times don’t work please message Walton Financial Group directly
Drag View Close play