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Question about moving money to Canada from the US

DL2017

Full Member
Dec 26, 2017
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Hello,

I am planning to settle in Vancouver, BC in the early part of 2020. I have received my PR card. I have a large amount money that I want to bring with me, about 120k USD (of course I am not bringing cash, maybe a check or something).

My question is will my money be subject to taxes upon entering Canada through a port of entry?

What if I do not bring my money initially and but choose to bring the money with me at a later time after landing in Vancouver to settle?

What is the best way for me to avoid paying taxes on my money that I am moving with?
 

mad_hatter

Hero Member
Jul 16, 2016
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Hello,

I am planning to settle in Vancouver, BC in the early part of 2020. I have received my PR card. I have a large amount money that I want to bring with me, about 120k USD (of course I am not bringing cash, maybe a check or something).

My question is will my money be subject to taxes upon entering Canada through a port of entry?

What if I do not bring my money initially and but choose to bring the money with me at a later time after landing in Vancouver to settle?

What is the best way for me to avoid paying taxes on my money that I am moving with?
You do not have to pay tax on money you earned before you become a resident. You can bring as much money as you want, however, if the fund is over $10,000, including cheques, you must declare to the CBSA when you enter Canada. Instead of bringing the money, you should consider open an account with TD both in the US and Canada. You can then do an online transfer at a later date.
 

Hurlabrick

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Sep 4, 2016
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11-04-2017
Hello,

I am planning to settle in Vancouver, BC in the early part of 2020. I have received my PR card. I have a large amount money that I want to bring with me, about 120k USD (of course I am not bringing cash, maybe a check or something).

My question is will my money be subject to taxes upon entering Canada through a port of entry?

What if I do not bring my money initially and but choose to bring the money with me at a later time after landing in Vancouver to settle?

What is the best way for me to avoid paying taxes on my money that I am moving with?
The $10,000 declaration only applies to money actually in your possession (i.e.on your person when you land), not money left on deposit or invested in the US. See here:

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ttd-vdd-eng.html

I have moved very large amounts (more than the amount you are talking about) using TransferWise and I would highly recommend them. You have to declare money or investments that remain overseas on your first full year CRA tax return (Canada tax year runs Jan to Dec) using for T1135, but you do NOT declare amounts left overseas when arriving at customs. You will not pay tax on the money you bring over, only on growth of funds etc. again as calculated on your CRA return.
 

TEJSUN

Member
Oct 3, 2017
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@Hurlabrick :I have questions on the same topic. I hold the PR (since Dec 2017). I am currently in US and intend to move to Canada in couple of months for good. I have a savings of about $100K in bank in USA. My questions are:
a. How best i can move my money to CN? (Note that i do not have any bank account in CN yet)
b. Would i owe any tax to Canadian agencies?
Appreciate your response
 

Hurlabrick

Champion Member
Sep 4, 2016
2,361
566
Ottawa, ON
Visa Office......
London
App. Filed.......
23-06-2016
AOR Received.
12-07-2016
File Transfer...
23-08-2016
Med's Done....
08-06-2016
Passport Req..
21-12-2016
VISA ISSUED...
24-12-2016
LANDED..........
11-04-2017
@Hurlabrick a. How best i can move my money to CN? (Note that i do not have any bank account in CN yet)
No idea how you would do it without a Canadian bank account. Suggest get to Canada, open a Canadian bank account, then transfer it. I used TransferWise and would recommend them.

@Hurlabrick b. Would i owe any tax to Canadian agencies?
You are not even in Canada yet, so no, no Canadian tax.
 

TEJSUN

Member
Oct 3, 2017
16
10
No idea how you would do it without a Canadian bank account. Suggest get to Canada, open a Canadian bank account, then transfer it. I used TransferWise and would recommend them.



You are not even in Canada yet, so no, no Canadian tax.
Sure.
Thanks a lot