Excerpt from the Government of Canada Budget Presentation .
How the Tax-Free Savings Account Will Work
- Starting in 2009, Canadian residents age 18 or older will be eligible to contribute up to $5,000 annually to a TFSA, with unused room being carried forward.
- Contributions will not be deductible.
- Capital gains and other investment income earned in a TFSA will not be taxed.
- Withdrawals will be tax-free.
- Neither income earned within a TFSA nor withdrawals from it will affect eligibility for federal income-tested benefits and credits.
- Withdrawals will create contribution room for future savings.
- Contributions to a spouse’s or common-law partner’s TFSA will be allowed, and TFSA assets will be transferable to the TFSA of a spouse or common-law partner upon death.
- Qualified investments include all arm’s-length Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) qualified investments.
- The $5,000 annual contribution limit  will be indexed to inflation in $500 increments.
For more information on the Tax-Free Savings Account, see our TFSA Questions and Answers , or search TFSA in the search bar on the right.