Credit card companies in Canada charge certain fees for certain type of transactions like cash advance, balance transfer, late payment and other types of transactions. Likewise, they offer special features and incentives like travel accident insurance and others.

Fees To Be Paid

Under any circumstances, the following are charged by most Canadian credit card companies:

  • Annual fee: It’s paid for being a user of the card
  • Cash advance fee: It’s paid when the card is utilized for making a cash advance; usually a flat fee or a percentage of the amount advanced
  • Balance-transfer fee (BTF): It’s paid when a balance from another credit card is transferred to the other card. Checks are usually sent to pay-off the card. Balance transfer happens when the check is used to settle the amount due on the other card.
  • Late-payment fee: It’s paid if payment was done after the date due
  • Over-the-credit-limit fee: It’s paid for payments exceeding the credit limit
  • Credit-limit-increase fee: It’s paid for a credit limit increase request
  • Set-up fee: Paid for opening a new credit card account
  • Return-item fee: Paid for returned checks when bill payments by check was done for insufficiency of funds (meaning, the check bounced)
  • Other fees and charges: Payments made for over the phone settlements, cost coverage for credit bureau reporting, account review, provision of other customer services. Other fees and charges are information which may be found on the credit card agreement.

Credit Limit

The credit limit is the maximum cost – for making purchases, cash advances, transferring balance, finance charges- which may be charged on the credit card. An over-the-credit-limit fee will be paid for exceeding the credit limit.

Features and Incentives

Incentives and special features are offered by many credit card companies for using the card :

  • Rebates money discounted on purchases
  • Regular flier miles or minutes for telephone-conversations
  • Additional warranty coverage for purchased items
  • Insurance for car rental
  • Insurance for accidents incurred while in travel
  • Credit card registration, in case wallet is lost or stolen and a report of missing credit cards had been made

For a certain amount, credit cards may also offer, Insurance coverage on credit card balance payments for card holders who become jobless or disabled or suddenly dies. Premiums are usually paid monthly, allowing payment cancellation if payments are more than what the desired payment amount is or if the insurance is no longer needed.

Credit card facts Canada highlights some of the important points that credit cards consumers usually look when applying for a credit card but you should always try to get updated information on your desired credit card application page and prior to availing of these special features, carefully decide whether these features are useful. Never pay for a feature which is not needed or is not useful.