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Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) - Terms and Conditions for Deposit TFSA

(Investments Restricted to Demand Deposits at Meridian and Term Deposit Certificates issued by Meridian)

Meridian Credit Union Limited ("Meridian"), a credit union having its Head Office at the City of St. Catharines, in the Province of Ontario (hereinafter referred to as the "Issuer"), hereby declares that it accepts the instructions of the Holder to file with the Minister of National Revenue an election to register the within qualifying arrangement as a TFSA under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "ITA") under the Social Insurance Number of the Holder, upon the following terms and conditions:

1. Arrangement: These Terms and Conditions, together with the application as submitted by the Holder (the "Application"), shall constitute the Meridian Credit Union  Limited  Tax-Free  Savings Account and hereinafter shall be referred to as the "TFSA". Based on the information provided by the Holder, the Issuer and the Holder agree   that  the  TFSA  complies  with  all  prescribed  conditions. However, the Holder acknowledges that this TFSA is not considered a qualifying arrangement unless the Holder was at least 18 years of age when the Application was signed by the Holder, and that this TFSA requires that it be maintained for the exclusive benefit of the Holder.

The Issuer shall take the necessary steps to file an election with the Minister of National Revenue to register this arrangement as a Tax Free Savings Account as defined by the ITA. Contributions received by the Issuer from the Holder for the purpose of being held in the TFSA shall be held by the Issuer in accordance with the provisions of this TFSA, the ITA and any applicable provincial legislation or other law. The ultimate responsibility for the administration of this TFSA lies with the Issuer. If the Application was executed by the Holder prior to January 1, 2009, this TFSA shall take effect on January 1, 2009, and contributions to this TFSA shall not occur until January 1, 2009.

2. How Contributed Amounts are to be Held:  The  Holder acknowledges that all amounts contributed to the TFSA shall be held in this TSFA in the form of either demand deposits standing to the credit  of the Holder at Meridian or Term Deposit Certificates issued by Meridian (the "Deposits"). The Deposits shall bear interest and be held in accordance with the terms and conditions prescribed by Meridian from time to time for the deposit product(s) selected by the Holder; provided that in the event any such terms and conditions shall conflict with these  Terms and Conditions, the provisions of these Terms and Conditions shall be considered paramount.

3. Limitations on Contributed Amounts: This TFSA prohibits anyone other than the Holder from making contributions under this TFSA. The  Holder is responsible for ensuring that the total contributions deposited  to or transferred into  the  TFSA  do  not  exceed  the maximum amount allowed by the ITA. The Issuer has no obligation to determine  or advise the Holder with respect to the maximum allowable amount. The Holder also acknowledges that in the event he or she becomes a non-resident of Canada, the Holder will not, from that time forward, be allowed to make further contributions to the TFSA. This TFSA prohibits, while the Holder is the Holder of the arrangement, anyone that is neither the holder nor the Issuer of the arrangement from having rights under the arrangement relating to the amount and timing of distributions and the investing of funds.

4. Over Contributions: The Holder acknowledges that any excess contributions over the maximum allowable amount are subject to tax at the rate prescribed by the Minister of National Revenue from time to time, for each month that the excess remains in the TFSA.

5. Transfers: At the direction of the Holder, the Issuer shall transfer all or any part of the Deposits held in connection with the TFSA (or an amount equal to its value) to another TFSA of the Holder. On the breakdown of a marriage or a common-law partnership, the Holder may transfer an amount from this TSFA to a TSFA of the other party. In these circumstances, the transferor will not regain the personal contribution  room represented by the transferred amount, but the transferred   amount will not  be  counted  against  the  personal contribution room of the transferee.

6. Ability to Grant Security Interests in Deposits to the Issuer: The Holder may grant security interests in his or her interest in any Deposit held under this TFSA to the Issuer (but no other party) for the repayment of any loan or other indebtedness, subject to some limitations. In any case, none of the main purposes for the loan or indebtedness may be to enable a person other than the Holder or a partnership to benefit from the exemption from tax of any amount in respect of this TFSA.

7. Tax Payable on Advantage: In accordance with the section 207.05 of the Income Tax Act (Canada) the controlling individual of the TFSA is liable to pay a tax for a calendar year if, in the year, an advantage in relation to the TFSA is extended to, or is received or receivable by, the controlling individual, a trust governed by the TFSA, or any other person who does not deal at arm's length with the controlling individual, unless the advantage was extended by Meridian or a person with whom Meridian is not dealing at arm's length.

8. Designation of Successor Holder: For the purposes of the ITA only, the Holder is permitted to name his or her spouse or common- law   partner (“Spouse”) as  a  successor  holder  of  the  TFSA (“Successor Holder”). Upon the death of the Holder, if the Successor Holder becomes the owner of this TFSA, under provincial law, the Successor Holder will be able to maintain the tax-exempt status of this  TFSA without reducing the Successor Holder’s own personal contribution room for his or her own TFSA.

9. Designation of Beneficiary: Any designation of Beneficiary shall be  made, changed or  revoked  only  by  a  Will,  or  by  a  written instrument in a form acceptable to the Depositary, which clearly defines the TFSA. The Depositary shall act in accordance with the Will or the instrument designating the Beneficiary, whichever bears the latest execution date. Download a Designation of Beneficiary form here.

10. Withdrawals: This TFSA does not offer chequing privileges. The Holder is permitted to make withdrawals from the TFSA only in the manner prescribed to the Holder by the Issuer from time to time. However, this TFSA permits distributions to be made, in any event, to reduce the amount of tax otherwise payable by the Holder under section 207.02 or 207.03 of the ITA.

11. Amendments to the TFSA: The Issuer may from time to time amend the TFSA, provided that notice  of  such  amendment  is promptly given to the Holder and such amendments are not contrary to   the provisions of the  ITA  and  any  amendments  and  any regulations thereunder, and, if applicable, any provincial laws governing this TFSA. In the event of changes to any applicable legislation covering your TFSA, this TFSA shall be amended, without notice to you, to ensure that your TFSA continues to comply with all applicable legislation.

12. Mailed Notices: Any notice given to the Issuer hereunder shall be sufficiently given if made, postage prepaid, addressed to the Issuer at any of its offices and shall be deemed to have been given on the date   that such  notice  is  received  by  the  Issuer.  Any  notice, statement  or receipt given by the Issuer to the Holder shall be sufficiently  given if mailed, postage prepaid, addressed to such Holder at the  address of the Holder set out in  the  attached Application for this TFSA, unless the Holder has notified the Issuer of a new address, in which case notice shall be addressed to the Holder at the last address for such purposes so notified and shall be deemed to have been given on the date of mailing.

13. Administration Fees: The Issuer may impose service charges from time to time at its discretion for the operation of this TFSA and may debit any account of the Holder, including this TFSA, for payment of same.

14. Issuer's Liability: The Issuer shall not be liable  for  loss  or dimunition of the Holder's investments held under this TFSA, except due to its negligence, willful misconduct or lack of good faith. The Holder hereby accepts these Terms and Conditions upon execution of the Application, and in consideration of the contributions he or she has  committed to make to the TFSA. The Issuer hereby accepts these  Terms and Conditions and in witness thereof, the Issuer as signed under the hand of its duly authorized officers on its behalf at St. Catharines in the Province of Ontario, Canada.