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Policy rate increase of 25 bps, the Bank continues its quantitative tightening

January 26, 2023

The Bank of Canada has increased its policy interest rate by 25 basis points, which now stands at 4.50%.

Bank of Canada
Policy Interest Rate

Royal Bank of Canada Prime Rate
25 bps
25 bps

Effective Thursday, January 26, 2023


  • Click here to consult the press release issued by the Bank of Canada. You may also consult the latest Monetary Policy Report.
  • The next Bank of Canada announcement will be on March 8, 2023.

How does this impact you and your clients?

Make sure to head over to ia.ca/economy and sign up for our weekly newsletter where Sébastien Mc Mahon, our Chief Strategist and Senior Economist, will discuss this latest increase and it's impacts in his January 27th video.


Impact on savings and life insurance loans

On the savings side, as stipulated in the loan agreement, this increase will automatically impact the payments to be made by your clients with previously issued loans (RRSPs, RESPs and investment loans) as these loans are established according to the Royal Bank of Canada's prime rate which now stands at 6.70%1.

In addition, since iA Financial Group also uses this rate to establish policy loans on certain individual life insurance policies, these loans could be affected.

These adjustments are automatic, no action is required on your part or on your client's part.

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1 The annual interest rate changes automatically, without notice, whenever the prime rate changes.
2 Rates are reviewed weekly and are subject to change without notice.

Topic : Economic news

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