List administrative fees
1 Account Transfer-In FREE
4 Deposit-Bill Payment (CAD Only) FREE*
5 Deposit-Wire Transfer (CAD/USD) FREE*†
6 Withdrawal-Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) FREE*††
7 Partial Transfer out $50 per account
8 Account Transfer Out $150 per account
9 Withdrawal-Wire Transfer (CAD/USD)-Canada $50*†
10 Withdrawal-Wire Transfer (USD)-International $100*
11 DAP (C.O.D) Transfer In/Out $50 per name
12 Courier (Canada) $45
13 Courier (US) $75
14 Courier (International) $100
15 Registered Mail $20
16 US RRSP, US Spousal RRSP & US LIRA US $15 per quarter
17 UK QROPS US $150 per year
18 US TFSA US $15 per quarter
19 RESP $25 per year
20 US RESP US $15 per quarter
21 Account Administration Fee $24.95 per quarter†††
22 Partial Deregistration Fee $25††††
23 Full Deregistration Fee $50††††
24 Lifelong learning plan (LLP) $25
25 Home buyer's plan (HBP) partial deregistration $25
26 Position Journal $25*
27 DRS (Direct Registration System) $200 USD per name
28 Certificate Deposit/Withdrawal $200 per Certificate / Name
29 Certificate Deposit/Withdrawal Rush $450 per Certificate / Name
30 Safekeeping of Certificate $50 per certificate / Month
31 Research Request (Minimum 1 hour) $75 per hour
32 Electronic Trade Confirmation (e-Confirmation) Free
33 Cheque Cancellation Fee $50
34 Electronic Monthly Statement (e-Statement) FREE
35 Paper Trade Confirmation $3
36 Paper Monthly Account Statement $5
37 Copy of Tax Statement $35 per account per year
38 Copy of Monthly Statement $20 per account per month
39 Option exercise/assignment $40
40 NSF Cheque/Returned Items $50
41 Stop Payment $25
42 Unclaimed property $29.95 per quarter
43 Estate transfer $250 per account
44 Legend Removal Rule 144/33 $300 per name
45 Settlement of non-DTC eligible securities $450

All administrative fees are in the currency of the applicable account.

† You may be charged by your financial institution for wiring out or receiving a wire.

†† Up to $25,000 CDN/USD per day.

††† $24.95 per quarter will be charged to each client's account if their combined total assets are lower than $5,000, or if they do not complete at least one trade with a minimum commission of $1.99 per calendar quarter. Clients will be exempt from the account administration fee if they are under 26 years old, or if their account is either a Commission-free Trading Account, RESP account, or a registered charity. If, in the following quarter after incurring the account administration fee, a client trades at least one trade with a minimum commission of $1.99, commissions will be reimbursed up to $24.95, provided that the account remains opened at the end of the following quarter.

†††† Deregistration of TFSA withdrawals and RRIF minimum annual withdrawals are FREE.


A borrow fee is charged for each short position held in your account. The fee is calculated by applying a borrow rate to the market value of the position for the duration it remains open. The minimum annual borrow rate is 2.5%, and in extremely rare cases it can be as high as its market value. Typically, Virtual Brokers' borrow rates range between 2.5% and 100.0%. Market value is determined using the greater of $3 per share or the share price, and is subject to a minimum value of $25,000 per short position (denominated in the currency of the account in which the position is held). Some factors that can influence the availability of stock are high demand, small float, and increased volatility of the particular security.

For example:

Example 1: You borrow 1,000 shares of ABC stock valued at $45 per share. Borrow fee (based on a borrow rate of 2.5%) = $45,000 x 2.5%/365 = $3.08 per day.

Example 2: You borrow 1,000 shares of XYZ stock valued at $15 per share. Borrow fee (based on a borrow rate of 2.5%) = $25,000 x 2.5%/365 = $1.71 per day.*

*Short positions are subject to a minimum daily value per short position.

Short selling carries risk, so it may not be appropriate for all investors and traders. Among these risks: 1) There is the theoretical possibility of unlimited loss if a shorted stock starts a dramatic rise in price. 2) There is no maximum loss that a short seller can incur, because there is no limit to how high the price of a stock can advance. 3) The short seller is responsible for maintaining adequate margin in the short account as the price of the shorted security fluctuates. 4) The short seller is liable for any dividends or other benefits paid during the period when the accounts are short. 5) Buy-in requirements become effective if adequate margin cannot be maintained by the client, and/or if the originally borrowed stock is called by its owner and no other stock can be borrowed to replace it.

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Interest Rates

Charged on Negative Balances

Interest rates Negative Balances table
# Balance Type Interest Rate
1 CAD Negative Balance in Margin Account CAD Prime + 1.5%
2 USD Negative Balance in Margin Account USD Prime + 1.5%
3 CAD Negative Balance in RSP Account CAD Prime + 7.5%
4 USD Negative Balance in RSP Account USD Prime + 7.5%
Interest is calculated daily and credited/debited to your account on a monthly basis. No interest charges will be applied if you borrow intra-day (positions flatten by end of the day).

Paid on Positive Balances

Interest rates Positive Balances table
# Balance Type Interest Rate
1 CAD Positive Balance in Margin Account CAD Prime - 4.5%
2 USD Positive Balance in Margin Account USD Prime - 5.25%
3 CAD Positive Balance in RSP Account CAD Prime - 6.5%

General Considerations

  • A minimum cash balance is not required in order to receive interest.
  • Positive cash balances will not be charged interest.
  • The market value of short positions is deducted from the cash balance when calculating interest payable/charged to the client.
  • Cash balances are managed solely by the client. If an account deficit results from a security purchase, Virtual Brokers will not perform a currency conversion to flatten the negative cash balance.

Under margin penalty

Accounts with a negative margin balance are subject to liquidation. In rare instances where an account remains under margin overnight, the following risk exposure fee will apply:

Under margin penalty table
# Net Negative Margin Balance Interest Rate
1 Combined CAD CAD Prime + 3%