Low Rate Credit Cards

If you carry a monthly balance on your credit card then a “low rate” card is a must-have. It’s always a good idea to shop around for the best interest rate for any type of loan, especially when it comes to credit cards. To qualify for the best interest rates, your credit history should be well established and free of late payments and delinquent accounts.

  • Choose a low rate card if you plan on carrying a monthly balance or are financing a major purchase.
  • You will need good to excellent credit to be approved for the best rates.
  • If you pay off your balance every month, you might be better off earning perks with a rewards card.
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  • Open up the possibilities. Limited Time Offer.
  • No annual fee
  • Standard Annual Interest Rates of 12.99% on eligible purchases, 12.99% on balance transfers✪and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances
  • You could get a 0% promotional annual interest rate (“AIR”)† for 12 months on balance transfers✪ completed within 90 days of account opening, with a fee of 3% of the amount advanced (minimum fee of $7.50). Offer expires February 29, 2020.
  • Around-the-clock fraud protection
  • Access to 24/7 customer service
  • Immediate cash access at over 1 million ATMs internationally
  • Sponsored advertising. MBNA is a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and TD is not responsible for the contents of this site including any editorials or reviews that may appear on this site. For complete information on this MBNA credit card, please click on the "Apply Now" button.

† Promotional Rates: Balance Transfers: 0%

This Promotional Rate applies to any balance transfers made within 90 days of your account opening (each, an “eligible transaction”) and will remain in effect for 12 Statement Periods from the transaction date of each eligible transaction. The Promotional Rate will increase and the remaining balance of the eligible transaction will become subject to the Standard Rate for balance transfers either: (1) on the first day of the first Statement Period that occurs after the expiry of the Promotional Rate; or (2) on the first day of the second Statement Period following any late Minimum Payment.

Standard Rates:
Purchases: 12.99%
Balance transfers and access cheques: 12.99%
Cash advances: 24.99%

Default Rates:
If your Minimum Payment is late twice within any [12] consecutive Statement Periods (the ""change event""), the Standard Rate(s) that apply to your account at that time will increase to the following new Standard Rate(s):
Purchases: 19.99%
Balance transfers and access cheques: 21.99%
Cash advances: 24.99%

The new Standard Rate(s) will apply on the first day of the second Statement Period following the change event.
If you then pay each Minimum Payment on time for [12] consecutive Statement Periods (""cure period""), the new Standard Rate(s) will decrease to the Standard Rate(s) that applied on your account at the time of the change event. Such rates will apply on the first day of the first Statement Period that occurs after the cure period.
✪ Balance transfers will be fulfilled in the order listed and are treated as balance transfers in accordance with your Account Agreement. The total value of balance transfers cannot exceed your authorized credit limit. If the value is greater, MBNA may send a partial payment to the named creditor/designated account. THERE WILL BE A TRANSACTION FEE EQUAL TO 3.00% OF THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH BALANCE TRANSFER INITIATED WITH THIS APPLICATION. A MINIMUM FEE OF $7.50 WILL APPLY TO EACH BALANCE TRANSFER TRANSACTION. A balance transfer may not be used to pay off or down your account balance or any other balances with us (including our affiliates, which would include any member of the TD Bank Group).
The Toronto-Dominion Bank is the issuer of this credit card. MBNA is a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

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Annual Fee Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
$0 12.99% 0% for 12 months 24.99%
MBNA True Line® Mastercard® credit card
  • Open up the possibilities. Limited Time Offer.
  • No annual fee
  • Standard Annual Interest Rates of 12.99% on eligible purchases, 12.99% on balance transfers✪and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances
  • Full credit card details
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Annual Fee:
$0
APR:
12.99%
Balance Transfer:
0% for 12 months
Cash Advance:
24.99%
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  • Standard Annual Interest Rates of 8.99% on purchases, 8.99% on balance transfers✪ and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances
  • $39 annual fee
  • You could get a 0% promotional annual interest rate (“AIR”)† for 6 months on balance transfers✪ completed within 90 days of account opening, with a fee of 3% of the amount advanced (minimum fee of $7.50).
  • A suite of comprehensive insurance**
  • Around-the-clock-fraud protection
  • Access to 24/7 customer service

† Promotional Rates: Balance Transfers: 0%

This Promotional Rate applies to any balance transfers made within 90 days of your account opening (each, an “eligible transaction”) and will remain in effect for 6 Statement Periods from the transaction date of each eligible transaction. The Promotional Rate will increase and the remaining balance of the eligible transaction will become subject to the Standard Rate for balance transfers either: (1) on the first day of the first Statement Period that occurs after the expiry of the Promotional Rate; or (2) on the first day of the second Statement Period following any late Minimum Payment.

Standard Rates:
Purchases: 8.99%
Balance transfers and access cheques: 8.99%
Cash advances: 24.99%

Default Rates:
If your Minimum Payment is late twice within any [12] consecutive Statement Periods (the "change event"), the Standard Rate(s) that apply to your account at that time will increase to the following new Standard Rate(s):
Purchases: 19.99%
Balance transfers and access cheques: 21.99%
Cash advances: 24.99%

The new Standard Rate(s) will apply on the first day of the second Statement Period following the change event.
If you then pay each Minimum Payment on time for [12] consecutive Statement Periods ("cure period"), the new Standard Rate(s) will decrease to the Standard Rate(s) that applied on your account at the time of the change event. Such rates will apply on the first day of the first Statement Period that occurs after the cure period.
✪ Balance transfers will be fulfilled in the order listed and are treated as balance transfers in accordance with your Account Agreement. The total value of balance transfers cannot exceed your authorized credit limit. If the value is greater, MBNA may send a partial payment to the named creditor/designated account. THERE WILL BE A TRANSACTION FEE EQUAL TO 3.00% OF THE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF EACH BALANCE TRANSFER INITIATED WITH THIS APPLICATION. A MINIMUM FEE OF $7.50 WILL APPLY TO EACH BALANCE TRANSFER TRANSACTION. A balance transfer may not be used to pay off or down your account balance or any other balances with us (including our affiliates, which would include any member of the TD Bank Group).

**Coverage is underwritten by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company (Canadian Branch) and/or American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida. Certain limitations and exclusions may apply to this benefit and others described in the certificate of insurance sent soon after your Account is opened.

The Toronto-Dominion Bank is the issuer of this credit card. MBNA is a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Sponsored advertising. MBNA is a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and TD is not responsible for the contents of this site including any editorials or reviews that may appear on this site. For complete information on this MBNA credit card, please click on the "Apply Now" button.

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Annual Fee Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
$39 8.99% 0% for 6 months 24.99%
MBNA True Line® Gold Mastercard® credit card
  • Standard Annual Interest Rates of 8.99% on purchases, 8.99% on balance transfers✪ and access cheques, and 24.99% on cash advances
  • $39 annual fee
  • You could get a 0% promotional annual interest rate (“AIR”)† for 6 months on balance transfers✪ completed within 90 days of account opening, with a fee of 3% of the amount advanced (minimum fee of $7.50).
  • Full credit card details
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Annual Fee:
$39
APR:
8.99%
Balance Transfer:
0% for 6 months
Cash Advance:
24.99%
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Scotiabank Value Visa Card
  • 0.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first 6 months (12.99% after that; annual fee $29)◊
  • Save hundreds of dollars in interest a year
  • Low 12.99% interest rate
  • Pay down balances faster
  • Simplify your monthly payments
  • Rates, fees and other information are effective as of August 1, 2019. Subject to change.

◊ Eligibility and Exclusions: Individuals who are currently or were previously primary or secondary cardholders of a Scotiabank retail credit card in the past 2 years, including those that switch from an existing Scotiabank retail credit card, as well as employees of Scotiabank, are not eligible for the 0.99% introductory interest rate offer (the “Offer”). Subject to the above exclusions, Scotiabank small business credit cardholders are eligible for the Offer.

Offer Description and Conditions: The introductory 0.99% interest rate applies only to cash advances (including balance transfers, Scotia® Credit Card Cheques and cash-like transactions) (collectively “Cash Advances”) subject to the conditions below (the “Offer”). This rate applies when the new Scotiabank credit card account (“Account”) is opened by March 1, 2020 and will continue for 6 months from date of Account opening (the “Promotional Period”). This Offer cannot be used to transfer a balance from another Scotiabank Account, or to make a payment or deposit to another Scotiabank account. After the Promotional Period, the 0.99% interest rate on any promotional balance transfers (including any that remain unpaid after the Promotional Period ends) will increase to the preferred interest rate on Cash Advances (currently 12.99%). If you don’t pay the minimum payment on your Account by the payment due date on your statement, two times in any consecutive 12-month period, you will lose the benefit of this promotional rate Offer and the interest rates that apply on any unpaid balance will increase to the standard annual interest rates that apply to your Account (currently 24.99% on purchases and 27.99% on Cash Advances).

Payment Allocation: In general, if you make a payment that exceeds the minimum payment on your statement, we will apply your payment on a proportionate basis among each group of billed charges on your Account. We group charges based on the interest rate that applies to the group of charges. Your payment cannot be applied to the balance(s) of your choice. See your credit card agreement for more information about how we apply payments to your Account.
A Balance Transfer fee of 0% of the amount of each Balance Transfer transferred during the Promotional Period applies to this Offer.

Rates and Fees: The current annual fee is $29 for the primary card and $0 for each additional supplementary card.
The current preferred annual interest rates for the Account are: 12.99% on purchases and 12.99% on Cash Advances.

All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change. Offers may be changed, cancelled or extended and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Annual Fee Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
$29 12.99% 0.99% on balance transfers for the first six months* 12.99%
Scotiabank Value Visa Card
Scotiabank Value® VISA* Card
  • 0.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first 6 months (12.99% after that; annual fee $29)◊
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Annual Fee:
$29
APR:
12.99%
Balance Transfer:
0.99% on balance transfers for the first six months*
Cash Advance:
12.99%
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No-Fee Scotiabank Value VISA card
  • 3.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first 6 months (16.99% after that)◊
  • A great low rate with no annual fee
  • Pay down balances faster
  • Simplify your monthly payments
  • Rates, fees and other information are effective as of August 1, 2019. Subject to change.

◊ Eligibility and Exclusions: Individuals who are currently or were previously primary or secondary cardholders of a Scotiabank retail credit card in the past 2 years, including those that switch from an existing Scotiabank retail credit card, as well as employees of Scotiabank, are not eligible for the 3.99% introductory interest rate offer (the “Offer”). Subject to the above exclusions, Scotiabank small business credit cardholders are eligible for the Offer.

Offer Description and Conditions: The introductory 3.99% interest rate applies only to cash advances (including balance transfers, Scotia® Credit Card Cheques and cash-like transactions) (collectively “Cash Advances”) subject to the conditions below (the “Offer”). This rate applies when the new Scotiabank credit card account (“Account”) is opened by March 1, 2020 and will continue for 6 months from date of Account opening (the “Promotional Period”). This Offer cannot be used to transfer a balance from another Scotiabank Account, or to make a payment or deposit to another Scotiabank Account. After the Promotional Period, the 3.99% interest rate on any promotional balance transfers (including any that remain unpaid after the Promotional Period ends) will increase to the preferred interest rate on Cash Advances (currently 16.99%). If you don’t pay the minimum payment on your Account by the payment due date on your statement, two times in any consecutive 12-month period, you will lose the benefit of this promotional rate Offer and the interest rates that apply on any unpaid balance will increase to the standard annual interest rates that apply to your Account (currently 24.99% on purchases and 27.99% on Cash Advances).

Payment Allocation: In general, if you make a payment that exceeds the minimum payment on your statement, we will apply your payment on a proportionate basis among each group of billed charges on your Account. We group charges based on the interest rate that applies to the group of charges. Your payment cannot be applied to the balance(s) of your choice. See your credit card agreement for more information about how we apply payments to your Account.
A Balance Transfer fee of 0% of the amount of each Balance Transfer transferred during the Promotional Period applies to this Offer.

Rates and Fees: There is currently no annual fee for the primary card and no fee for each additional supplementary card.

The current preferred annual interest rates for the Account are: 16.99% on purchases and 16.99% on Cash Advances.

All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change. Offers may be changed, cancelled or extended and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Annual Fee Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
$0 16.99% 3.99% on balance transfers for 6 months 16.99%
No-Fee Scotiabank Value VISA card
No-Fee Scotiabank Value® VISA* card
  • 3.99% introductory interest rate on balance transfers for the first 6 months (16.99% after that)◊
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Annual Fee:
$0
APR:
16.99%
Balance Transfer:
3.99% on balance transfers for 6 months
Cash Advance:
16.99%
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Scotia Momentum No-Fee VISA Card
  • 7.99% introductory interest rate on purchases for the first 6 months†
  • Cash back on everyday spending with no annual fee
  • 1% cash back on eligible gas station, grocery store and drug store purchases and recurring bill payments
  • 0.5% cash back on all other eligible everyday purchases
  • Rates, fees and other information are effective as of August 1, 2019. Subject to change.

◊ Eligibility and Exclusions: Individuals who are currently or were previously primary or secondary cardholders of a Scotiabank retail credit card in the past 2 years, including those that switch from an existing Scotiabank retail credit card, as well as employees of Scotiabank, are not eligible for the 7.99% introductory interest rate offer (the “Offer”). Subject to the above exclusions, Scotiabank small business credit cardholders are eligible for the Offer.

Offer Description and Conditions: The introductory 7.99% interest rate applies only to eligible purchases subject to the conditions below (the “Offer”). This rate applies when the new Scotiabank credit card account (“Account”) is opened by March 1, 2020 and will continue for 6 months from date of Account opening (the “Promotional Period”). After the Promotional Period, purchase balances at the promotional rate of 7.99% (including any unpaid balances) will increase to the preferred interest rate for purchases (currently 19.99%). If you don’t pay the minimum payment on your Account by the payment due date on your statement, two times in any consecutive 12-month period, you will lose the benefit of this promotional rate Offer and the interest rates that apply on any unpaid balance and purchases will increase to the standard annual interest rates that apply to your Account (currently 24.99% on purchases and 27.99% on cash advances (including balance transfers, Scotia® Credit Card Cheques and cash-like transactions)). Eligible purchases include purchases (less any refunds, returns or other similar credits) but do not include payments, cash advances (including balance transfers, Scotia® Credit Card Cheques or cash-like transactions), interest, fees or other charges.

Payment Allocation: In general, if you make a payment that exceeds the minimum payment on your statement, we will apply your payment on a proportionate basis among each group of billed charges on your Account. We group charges based on the interest rate that applies to the group of charges. Your payment cannot be applied to the balance(s) of your choice. See your credit card agreement for more information about how we apply payments to your Account.

Rates and Fees: There is currently no annual fee for the primary card and no fee for each additional supplementary card.

The current preferred annual interest rates for the Account are: 19.99% on purchases and 22.99% on cash advances (including balance transfers, Scotia® Credit Card Cheques and cash-like transactions).

All rates, fees, features and benefits are subject to change. Offer may be changed, cancelled or extended and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Annual Fee Purchase APR Balance Transfer APR Cash Advance APR
$0 19.99% Get an introductory 1.99% on Balance transfers for the first six months. 22.99%
Scotia Momentum No-Fee VISA Card
Scotia Momentum® No-Fee VISA* Card
  • 7.99% introductory interest rate on purchases for the first 6 months†
  • Cash back on everyday spending with no annual fee
  • 1% cash back on eligible gas station, grocery store and drug store purchases and recurring bill payments
  • Full credit card details
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Annual Fee:
$0
APR:
19.99%
Balance Transfer:
Get an introductory 1.99% on Balance transfers for the first six months.
Cash Advance:
22.99%
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When does getting a low rate card make sense?

Conventional wisdom says low interest rate credit cards are better than those with high interest rates. For many people that is certainly true. But for others, the interest rate on their credit cards is irrelevant. How can this be? Are these people fools?

While everyone uses credit cards differently, let's break people into 3 groups for the sake of simplicity. Those who regularly carry a credit card balance month-to-month, those who occasionally carry a monthly credit card balance, and those who never carry a balance. For these 3 groups, the importance of interest rates will vary widely. Let's take a look at how this works.

How interest rates affect various people:

  • Those regularly carrying monthly balances: This group of people are significantly impacted by the rate of interest charged by the credit card company. For many, they only pay the bare minimum month after month, usually 1% to 2% of the balance plus interest. Most of the payments goes towards interest, not the principal which makes it difficult to get out of debt. If you're constantly carrying a balance getting a low rate is the most important factor when researching credit cards. (However we would recommend looking closely at your finances to see how you can avoid using credit cards and paying costly interest payments!)
  • Those occasionally carrying a monthly balance: Even if you carry a monthly balance for a short period of time (say 2 months) getting a low rate is still important. There's no rewards program out there that pays enough to offset paying ANY credit card interest.
  • Those who never carry a monthly balance: We believe credit cards are a useful financial tool when used responsibly. Never paying any credit card interest is a huge part of that philosophy. These people never have to worry about the interest rate because they pay off their balance in full every month. For these savvy spenders getting the most rewards is the top priority. They take what the credit card companies give them and pay nothing in return.

According to several sources, about 45% of Canadians carry a credit card balance month-to-month. Debt can hamper both near and long-term financial goals, so we encourage our visitors to use credit responsibly. If you think you might carry a monthly credit card balance even for a short time, then opt for a card with a low rate.