Federal budget 2024 — payment industry highlights

Proposed measures aim to reduce the cost of living and grow the economy.

Ottawa, April 16, 2024 — The federal government of Canada has announced its 2024 budget. Entitled Fairness for Every Generation, the budget focuses on three key priorities: building more affordable homes, reducing the cost of living and growing the economy.

The budget details several measures relevant to the financial sector. These include new financial vehicles and options for Canadians, proposed requirements for financial institutions and new cost-saving measures and programs.

Payments Canada congratulates the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the government of Canada on the 2024 budget. To read the full budget, visit

Payment industry highlights from the 2024 budget, Fairness for Every Generation:

  • Consumer-driven banking — The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) will be mandated to oversee, administer and enforce Canada’s consumer-driven banking framework. This spring, the government plans to introduce legislation to lay the groundwork of this framework.
  • Free and affordable bank accounts — FCAC is in negotiations with banks to secure enhanced agreements to offer modernized $0 per month and up to $4 per month bank accounts that reflect the realities of banking today, including more transactions, as well as expanded eligibility for $0 accounts.
  • Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing — This proposal would introduce amendments to strengthen the supervision, enforcement and information-sharing tools of Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing framework.
  • Free financial advice — This proposal would provide $60 million over five years, starting in 2024-25, to Prosper Canada to expand the community-delivered financial help services available to Canadians. These services are expected to reach one million low-to-moderate-income Canadians and help them receive nearly $2 billion in unclaimed tax and benefit income.
  • Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) — The government announced its intention to cap NSF fees charged by banks to $10 per instance and other measures. 
  • Deposit insurance review — The government announced its intention to undertake a review of the federal deposit insurance framework, starting in 2024.


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