Visa Prepaid Cards

May 23, 2021 – VCIB will be discontinuing all of its Prepaid Visa programs and will no longer offer Visa Prepaid Cards for purchase. For more information and key dates, please refer to the website and telephone number on the back of your card. Thank you for purchasing VCIB Prepaid cards

November 30, 2020: VCIB will be periodically sending out ‘Notification regarding the Common Reporting Standard’ letters by mail to our Prepaid Reloadable Visa cardholders going forward. If you need any clarification on this mail out, please call the number on the back of your card or review our CRS FAQs below.

Gift Card Program Closure – BIN 428434:

If your Card number starts with the BIN 428434, you might be entitled to the return of your Balance.

Please complete and mail us the Gift Card Funds Reimbursement Request form along with the according original card plastic (mailing address available on the form).

Need help with this form? Call the phone number located on the back of your prepaid card.

Important Cardholder Information

  • For information about your card including balance, transactions, and terms and conditions check or call Cardholder Services at 1.866.760.1543. For more detailed information about the fees and limits see the Cardholder Agreement.
  • Upon applying for the card you will be asked to provide personal information that will allow us to identify you. Approval is contingent upon successful identity confirmation.
  • You may hold no more than two active Vancity Community Investment Bank Visa Reloadable Prepaid cards.
  • This reloadable card is issued by Vancity Community Investment Bank.
  • Funds on card never expire. The balance is not CDIC insured.
  • The card cannot be used for gambling.

For all other information, please visit our FAQ page.

Common Reporting Standards (CRS) - Frequently Asked Questions

What is CRS?

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is an agreement amongst participating jurisdictions of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to share relevant, financial information in an effort to eliminate tax evasion and tax fraud.

What is the purpose of CRS?

The purpose of CRS is to set a new, international standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information between jurisdictions to reduce global tax evasion and improve tax compliance.

CRS requires all Canadian financial institutions to report on financial accounts held by individuals who hold tax residency status in jurisdictions outside of Canada and the United States, and entities (or certain entities controlled by reportable clients) to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Similarly, financial institutions around the world will report the tax residency status of their clients to their own country’s governing tax body, so these agencies can share information with each other.

How long has CRS been in effect?

CRS was developed in response to a G20 request and approved by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) on July 15, 2014. Canada, along with over 100 other countries, has agreed to comply with CRS, and incorporated CRS into our Income Tax Act on December 15, 2016.

July 1, 2017 was the start date, pledged by the Department of Finance, for all Canadian financial institutions to have procedures in place that identify, and report accounts held by non-residents to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

What does this mean to me as a Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) customer?

Starting July 1, 2017, VCIB is required to ask customers to self-certify their tax residency during the account opening process, and when making changes to personal information.

In compliance with federal regulations, VCIB will disclose this information to CRA so it can be shared with relevant countries. VCIB will not directly report information to foreign tax authorities.

What type of information will be reported to the CRA?

If an account is reportable, VCIB is required by law to report the following information to the CRA:

  • Identifying information for the account holder (name and address)
  • Taxpayer identification numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Country (or countries) of tax residence
  • Account number
  • Account balance or value at end of the calendar year

Will I know whether my account information has been reported to CRA?

Canadian financial institutions are not required to notify their account holders automatically when reporting to the CRA in connection with the Common Reporting Standard. However, VCIB will, upon request, inform account holders whether their personal information has been reported.

How do I find out more about CRS?

For more information on CRS, please visit Canada Revenue Agency’s enhanced financial account information reporting page. 

Why did I receive a CRS letter regarding my Prepaid Reloadable Visa card?

VCIB is required under Canadian law to comply with the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). Under the CRS, Prepaid Reloadable Visa cards are classified as a depository account. As such, VCIB must review its records to identify whether the account holder may be a foreign tax resident. For these accounts, VCIB is required under the law to report the account to the Canada Revenue Agency. To determine your tax residency accurately, we must have you complete and return the CRA RC518 Declaration of Tax Residence for Individuals Form.

If I do not send the form back, what will happen?

If we do not receive your response by the date indicated on the letter, restrictions will be placed on your account until the required information is received. Restrictions can include the inability to use and/or reload your Prepaid Reloadable Visa card. You will be required to call our Cardholder Services and complete the RC518 to have the restrictions removed from your account.

If you still do not act, VCIB maybe required to report certain information associated with your account to CRA. In addition, you may be subject to potential fines by the CRA for failure to provide your foreign Tax Identification Number (TIN) when required. For more information regarding potential fines by CRA, please visit the CRA website.

I’ve moved. What if I did not receive a letter and form to complete due to a change of address?

You will be classified as a non-respondent and restrictions will be placed on your account. Restrictions can include the inability to use and/or reload your Prepaid Reloadable Visa card. Please call Cardholder Services and complete the RC518 to remove the restrictions from your account and to have your address updated.

Do Canadian citizens need to complete the “RC518 Declaration of Tax Residence for Individuals – Part XVIII and Part XIX of the Income Tax Act” form?

The requirement is for ALL purchasers of VCIB Prepaid Reloadable Visa cards to self-declare their tax residency, which may differ from citizenship. Canadian tax residents will still need to complete the form, as will those who hold tax residency in a country or countries outside of Canada.

If I bought a Prepaid reloadable card at Canada Post, why is information being requested from VCIB?

Canada Post (CPC) is the retailer for the cards, but VCIB is the financial institution responsible for the issuance and maintenance; and is required by law to comply with the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

What allows VCIB to gather this information?

Our cardholder agreements disclose VCIB’s need to gather additional information if needed:

Please see the section on Privacy:

We may request your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or other tax identification information for tax residency self-certification and revenue reporting purposes and may disclose such information to the Canada Revenue Agency pursuant to applicable laws.

Is the SIN (Social Insurance Number) a required field to be completed on the form?

Yes, VCIB is collecting the SIN based on CRA requirements on the RC518 Declaration of Tax Residence for Individuals form. Please refer to the additional notes and information regarding the SIN completion provided on the CRA RC518 Declaration of Tax Residence for Individuals form.

If I close my account today, do I still need to complete the self-certification?

Yes, the account can be closed at any time at the request of the cardholder – however, depending on the circumstance, the self-certification form may still need to be completed. VCIB is required to have a form on file for each new accountholder.

What if I have additional questions?

Please call Cardholder Services at the number on the back of your card or contact Canada Revenue Agency.

Any Questions?

Card Services
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Metro Vancouver: 604-877-8242
Toll-free: 1-844-266-8242

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¹ Insurance is underwritten by American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida. Details of your coverage, including definitions, benefits, limitations, and exclusions are in the Certificate of Insurance provided with your card. Keep your Certificate of Insurance in a safe place with your other valuable documents.

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