Personal Account Agreement
- Basic terms and definitions. In
exchange for CIBC opening and operating one or more personal deposit accounts for you, you
agree to be bound by the following terms. You confirm you have received the Disclosure
Documentation and also agree to be bound by its terms, including any changes to or
replacements of the Disclosure Documentation made by CIBC from time to time.
You agree that this Agreement also
replaces any existing personal account agreement or personal account services agreement
you may have with CIBC. If you have a joint Account, the instructions that you provided to
CIBC with respect to who may deal with the joint Account will continue in effect until you
choose to change them.
In this Agreement:
"Account" means each
personal deposit account you already have, as well as each account you asked CIBC to open
for you when you signed the Signature Card or, if you signed a Signature Card in order to
be added as a joint accountholder of an existing account or accounts, each such account;
"Agreement" means this Personal Account Agreement, which, if you have applied and been approved for the CIBC Overdraft Protection Service for any of your Accounts, includes the CIBC Overdraft Protection Service Addendum as well;
"Branch of Account" means the CIBC branch which administers the Account;
"CIBC" means Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce;
"CIBC Bank Card" means the card CIBC may issue you to enable you to perform transactions at
automated bank machines and branches, directly debit (withdraw funds) for retail purchases from the Account, and otherwise deal
with the Account;
"Disclosure Documentation" means the Account fees disclosure
documentation and, if the Account is an interest-bearing Account, the interest disclosure
documentation you received when you opened the Account or were added as a joint
accountholder, as applicable;
"Good Standing" means you are in compliance with this Agreement and/or any other agreement applicable to your Account;
"Instrument" means, among other things, a cheque or other bill of
exchange, promissory note, draft, money order, order for payment, bill payment remittance,
bankers' acceptance, coupon, electronic debit or credit or other payment instrument,
whether negotiable or non-negotiable;
"Loyalty Program Operator" means an operator of a loyalty program, which may be CIBC or a third party;
"Online Banking" means the CIBC banking services available by Internet;
"Signature Card" means the Account signature card you signed when opening
each Account, or when requesting that you be added as a joint accountholder of the
Account, as applicable;
"Overdraft Fee" means fee charged to your Account when you are not covered by CIBC Overdraft Protection Service and CIBC chooses to process a debit which results in your Account being overdrawn, as set out in paragraph 13 below;
"Telephone Banking" means the CIBC banking services available by
"you" and "your" means each person who has signed the
Signature Card and, "all of you" means both or all such persons (as
- You agree to examine your bankbook/Account statements. If your record-keeping is by:
- Bankbook. You agree to
update your bankbook at least once every 30 days and examine all Account entries and
balances at that time;
- Statement. CIBC will
mail or otherwise send you a statement at your address as indicated in the Branch of
Account's records. When you receive your statement, you agree to examine all Account
entries and balances in it. If a statement is returned to CIBC because it cannot be
delivered, you understand that until such time as you provide CIBC with a current mailing
address no further statements will be sent to you and you will be bound by paragraphs 2(c)
and 3(a) as if your record-keeping is paperless;
- Paperless. You agree to
use Online Banking, Telephone Banking and/or CIBC automated bank machines at least once
every 30 days in order to examine all Account entries and balances.
- You agree to notify CIBC. If
you believe that there are errors, omissions or irregularities in your Account entries or
balances, you agree to notify CIBC, in writing, as follows:
- Bankbook or Paperless Record-keeping. Within 60 days after the date on which the entry was, or should have
been, posted to your Account according to CIBC's records (that date may be different from
the day printed in your bankbook or indicated when you review Account entries through
Online Banking, Telephone Banking and/or CIBC automated bank machines), even if you have
failed to update your bankbook or use Online Banking, Telephone Banking and/or CIBC
automated bank machines to review Account entries as required by paragraph 2(a) or 2(c)
- Statement. Within 30
days after the date on which the statement was mailed or otherwise sent to you. CIBC's
records will be conclusive evidence of the date that CIBC mailed or sent you your Account
- Failure to notify CIBC.
If you do not notify CIBC of an error, omission or irregularity in writing and within the
time period required by paragraph 3 above, then it will be finally and conclusively
settled between CIBC and you that:
- all entries and balances are correct;
- all Instruments paid from the Account are genuine, duly authorized and properly signed;
- all amounts charged to your Account are properly chargeable to you;
- you are not entitled to be credited with any amount that is not shown in the bankbook or statement; and
- you release CIBC from all claims in connection with the Account.
You will be bound by
paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of this Agreement even if your statement is delayed or never
received for any reason (e.g. because it is lost in the mail or in transmission) or, if
you select bankbook or paperless record-keeping, you do not update your bankbook or use
Online Banking, Telephone Banking and/or CIBC automated bank machines to review your
Account entries and balances at least once every 30 days.
- Use of Account. Unless otherwise
permitted by CIBC, you agree that your Account is to be used as a personal account only
and not for business or non-personal purposes.
- Instructions. You understand that
CIBC, in its sole discretion, may act upon any written instructions or other information
relating to your Account or dealings that is provided by ordinary mail or other delivery
method approved by CIBC for use by you. If you choose to send instructions or notice to
CIBC through ordinary mail, it must be sent to the Branch of Account unless CIBC agrees
otherwise. Instructions or other information received by mail or other delivery method
will be considered to have been received by CIBC only when it is brought to the attention
of the officer at the Branch of Account to whom it is addressed. Instructions or
information not addressed to any particular person will be considered to be addressed to
- Dormant Accounts. If your
record-keeping is by monthly statements and there have been no deposits, withdrawals or
cheques in your Account for six months, in the case of non-interest bearing Accounts, or
twelve months, for all other Accounts, your record-keeping will be automatically changed
to quarterly statements. Statements will not be sent to you if there are no entries posted
to the Account in respect of transactions, interest, or service fees or other charges
since either the date your Account was opened or the date of the last statement sent to
you. You may request a change to your record-keeping by contacting CIBC. CIBC is entitled
to close your Account if there have been no deposits, withdrawals or cheques for six
months and the Account has a nil balance.
- Report of loss/theft. You agree to maintain your bankbook, CIBC Bank Card, and cheques safely at all
times and to take reasonable precautions to protect them. You must notify CIBC as soon as
possible (but no later than 24 hours) after learning or suspecting that your bankbook, CIBC
Bank Card or any cheques have been lost or stolen, or if there are other circumstances from
which one might reasonably infer that a fraud may occur in connection with the Account.
Subject to any other agreement you may have with CIBC, CIBC will not be liable for any improper
withdrawal from the Account or other loss if you have not given CIBC notice as required by this
paragraph 8, or if your estate has not given the Branch of Account immediate notice of your death.
- Liability for forgeries, etc. CIBC will not under any circumstances be liable to you for any loss,
even if CIBC is notified within the time period required by paragraph 3 above, arising
from any of the following:
- a forged or unauthorized
endorsement on, or any alteration of, an Instrument drawn on your Account (unless CIBC
negotiated the Instrument), and
- a forged or unauthorized
signature upon an Instrument, unless you prove that you took all reasonable steps to
prevent the forged or unauthorized signature and the resulting loss, and that despite that
fact, the loss was unavoidable.
- Money owing to CIBC. You authorize CIBC to charge its standard account service fees to your Account. (The fees
are set out in the Disclosure Documentation, which will be revised or replaced from time
- Deposits. You agree not
to make any deposits into a wallet or night depository unless you have executed a separate
wallet or night depository agreement with CIBC.
- Interest information. Interest is paid on interest-bearing Accounts at rates that vary from time to time. You
acknowledge that, from time to time, CIBC may change interest rates and the method by
which interest is calculated. If you have an interest-bearing Account, CIBC will advise
you of the interest rate(s) and any changes to how interest is calculated by posting the
new rate(s) and any interest calculation changes in all of CIBC's branches. You
acknowledge that you may not receive interest on an interest-bearing Account if your
balance falls below a certain level designated by CIBC or if the interest rate payable on
such Account is zero percent.
- Overdrafts. CIBC may, if it wishes, allow an overdraft to arise in your Account for any reason (including as a result of withdrawals, paying cheques, the charging of service fees, or otherwise). If CIBC does allow your Account to become overdrawn, then you must pay the amount by which your Account is overdrawn immediately. You authorize CIBC to charge to your Account an Overdraft Fee of $5.00 in respect of the overdraft, plus interest on the overdraft amount at the rate and in the manner specified in the Disclosure Documentation, as revised from time to time. CIBC is entitled to change this Overdraft Fee for any reason at any time, without your permission. Any change will apply to any amounts owing under this paragraph 13 (the "indebtedness") existing on the date the change is effective and to indebtedness arising after that date. Changes to the interest rate or how interest is calculated and changes to the Overdraft Fee are effective when notice of the change is posted at CIBC branches or is mailed or sent to you or on any date set out in the notice. If you do not repay the Indebtedness as required, you agree that CIBC may, without notice and at its sole discretion, convert your indebtedness to a demand loan, payable by you on the terms and conditions CIBC will provide. This conversion will take effect immediately and you hereby waive any right you may have to receive prior notice of the conversion. You acknowledge that CIBC will, upon conversion of your indebtedness to a loan, report your default to credit bureaus as a fully delinquent loan. CIBC may, in its sole discretion, close your Account, direct a third party to collect all indebtedness you owe to CIBC and/or assign your indebtedness to a third party for collection. If you have applied and have been approved for the CIBC Overdraft Protection Service for your Account, this paragraph 13 is subject to the CIBC Overdraft Protection Addendum.
- Joint Accounts. If more than one accountholder signs the Signature Card, then this is a joint Account, and
the following terms also apply:
- Notices/Statements. CIBC need not send Account notices or statements to all joint accountholders. Notices and statements will be effective and binding on all of you when they are provided to any one of the joint accountholders at the Branch of Account, or sent by mail or electronic means to any one of the joint accountholders at his/her most recent address provided to CIBC. Notices will also be effective and binding on all of you when posted in CIBC branches, displayed on or near CIBC bank machines or posted on www.cibc.com Any one of the joint accountholders may consent to receiving notices and statements by electronic means and such consent will be binding on all joint accountholders.
- Joint and Separate Liability. Each accountholder is individually liable, and all accountholders are
jointly liable (or in Quebec, solidarily liable), to pay CIBC any amounts that any of you
may owe in respect of the Account.
- Communications/Instructions. You authorize CIBC to communicate with any one joint accountholder in respect of
matters relating to the joint Account. If you indicated on the Signature Card, or
otherwise in writing, that any joint accountholder can deal with CIBC, then any joint
accountholder may provide any instructions to CIBC regarding the operation of the joint
Account including, but not limited to, transferring the joint Account from the Branch of
Account to another CIBC branch or changing the joint Account address in the Branch of
- Sharing Information. You acknowledge that each joint accountholder may be provided Account information including transactions and Account related information of other joint accountholders. This includes information about the Account prior to it becoming a joint Account.
- Debits. (This paragraph
14(e) does not apply if the Signature Card indicates that all of you must sign cheques,
receipts, other vouchers or payment Instruments.) CIBC may accept as a valid discharge any
cheque, receipt, other voucher or payment Instrument which is signed by any of the joint
accountholders specified on the Signature Card. CIBC has no obligation to obtain
signatures or consents from all of you.
- Electronic and Other Debits. If you indicated on the Signature Card, or otherwise in writing, that debits
can be made by one joint accountholder, then any joint accountholder may debit the joint
Account by any means which CIBC may permit from time to time (including electronically,
orally, by telephone, or otherwise). Each joint accountholder is responsible for any
unauthorized debit which may occur by any of these means, to the extent provided in any
agreement governing that method of debit.
- Deposits. Each joint
accountholder authorizes CIBC to deposit to the Account all Instruments which are payable
to, or for the credit or account of, any one or more joint accountholder(s), even if they
are not endorsed by any joint accountholder.
- Joint Tenancy. (This
paragraph will not apply if a joint accountholder is domiciled in Quebec at the time of
his/her death.) All money which is now or may later be credited to the Account (including
all interest) is the joint property of all of you with the "right of
survivorship". That means that if one of the joint accountholders dies, all money in
the Account automatically becomes the property of the other accountholder(s). In order to
make this legally effective, all of you assign such money to the other accountholder (or
to the others jointly if there is more than two accountholders). After your death, CIBC will only have obligations with respect to the Account to the surviving accountholder(s), and anyone else making a claim against the Account after your death must deal with the surviving accountholder(s).
- Incompetency/Capacity.If one joint accountholder is declared mentally incompetent or incapable of managing
his/her affairs, all of you consent that the legally appointed representative of the
incapacitated joint accountholder has the same right of access to the joint Account as did
the incapacitated joint accountholder. CIBC may rely on a legally appointed representative
who is acting for any one joint accountholder.
- Set-off debts against Accounts. CIBC may apply a credit (positive) balance in any of your Accounts against any debt or liability any of you may owe to CIBC or any affiliate of CIBC no matter how long it has been owed. CIBC may do so in any manner it considers necessary without first giving you notice and regardless of whether the Accounts are individual or joint Accounts. This right operates despite any demands that may have been made by a third party. You acknowledge that in the event that CIBC or its affiliate receives notice of your bankruptcy, insolvency or similar arrangement, either CIBC or its affiliate, as applicable, can immediately exercise this right of set-off without prior notice to you. This right is in addition to any rights which CIBC may have at law or in equity in respect to set-off or consolidation of accounts.
- CIBC's right to freeze or close your Account. CIBC may freeze or close your Account
without notice if required by law or if at any time CIBC has reasonable grounds to believe
that you did or may commit fraud, use the Account for any unlawful or improper purpose,
cause a loss to CIBC, operate the Account in a manner unsatisfactory to CIBC or contrary
to CIBC policies, or violate the terms of any agreement applicable to the Account or any
account-related service. CIBC may also freeze or close your Account if you are a victim of
fraud or identity theft in order to prevent future losses.
- Legal representatives. CIBC may accept and act in accordance with instructions from your legal representative (for example, by way of power of attorney or if deceased, your estate representative), if such legal representative demonstrates legal authority to act on your behalf to CIBC's satisfaction, which may include requiring a court order to prove such authority.
- Third party demands. CIBC will comply with any lawful third party demands that it receives in respect of your Account without notice to you. You agree that if CIBC complies with a third party demand, it may charge its reasonable costs to do so against your Account, as disclosed in the Disclosure Documentation.
- Unpaid Instruments. You
agree that a waiting period or "hold" as disclosed in CIBC's hold policy from
time to time will be placed on the amount of Instruments deposited or transferred to your
Account before you are able to withdraw the funds. CIBC may, however, in its sole
discretion, establish an access to deposited funds limit for your Account which is the
portion of your deposit to which you may have immediate access during the hold period.
CIBC may change or cancel this limit at anytime and without notice to you. Instruments may
be returned unpaid for any reason, either during or after the expiry of the applicable
hold period, or after release by CIBC of the hold. You will be solely responsible for
returned Instruments and CIBC has the right to charge the amount of any returned
Instrument to the Account. In that case, CIBC may attempt on your behalf to obtain payment
for the Instrument from the drawer of the Instrument or the drawer's financial
institution, but CIBC will not be liable for doing so late or improperly or not doing so
- Processing and Returns. You waive
presentment, protest and notice of dishonour on every Instrument received by CIBC in any
way for discount, deposit, collection or acceptance on your Account. You will be liable to
CIBC for any Instrument received for your Account as if it was presented, protested and
given notice of dishonour in the usual way. CIBC, in its discretion, may note or protest
any such Instrument for any reason at your expense. CIBC will not, however, be liable to
you for any failure or omission to note or protest any such Instrument.
- Outstanding Instruments. You will
continue to be liable for Instruments drawn on or deposited to the Account which are
outstanding and have not been cleared even after the Account has been closed.
- Limitation of liability. You understand and agree that, except as otherwise provided in this
Agreement, CIBC will be liable to you only for direct damages resulting from gross
negligence, fraud or willful misconduct of CIBC arising directly from the performance of
CIBC of its obligations under this Agreement and CIBC will not be liable to you for any
other direct damages. In addition, CIBC will not under any circumstances be liable to you
for any other damages, including, without limitation, indirect, incidental, special,
punitive or consequential losses or damages, loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of
business opportunities, or any other foreseeable or unforeseeable loss resulting directly
or indirectly out of this Agreement or the services provided to you, even if CIBC was
advised of the possibility of damages or was negligent. These limitations apply to any act
or omission of CIBC, its affiliates, agents or suppliers, whether or not the act or
omission would otherwise give rise to a cause of action in contract, tort, statute or any
other doctrine of law. Gross negligence in this paragraph means conduct (whether through
action or inaction, or through words or silence) which is (i) a marked and flagrant
departure from the conduct ordinarily expected of a reasonable and prudent person in the
position of CIBC, or (ii) so wanton and reckless as to constitute an utter disregard for
harmful, foreseeable and avoidable consequences.
- Foreign currency transactions. CIBC may, in its discretion, permit transactions in a currency
different from that of your Account. The foreign currency will be converted to the
currency of your Account at the exchange rate determined by CIBC on a date determined by
CIBC, which date may be different from the date you performed the transaction. You agree
that foreign currency Instruments deposited to your Account and returned to CIBC unpaid
for any reason will be converted to the currency of the account based on a foreign
currency exchange sell rate determined by CIBC on a date determined by CIBC and the
converted amount will be charged back to your Account. CIBC is not responsible for any
losses you may incur due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates or the
unavailability of funds due to foreign currency restrictions. You agree that any claims
CIBC may have against you, and any service or other charges related to your Account, can
be deducted from your Account in the same currency as your Account.
- Non-residents. You will advise CIBC if you cease to be a Canadian resident, and agree to immediately pay
to CIBC all amounts which you may owe under this Agreement, free and clear of all
applicable taxes and withholdings.
- Dealings with other branches. If you wish to perform Account transactions at a CIBC branch other
than the Branch of Account, you agree to comply with CIBC's requirements in that regard.
CIBC may charge to the Account the amount of any Instrument drawn on the Account, as soon
as it is negotiated or deposited at any CIBC branch or agency. CIBC may pay the Instrument
even if it is not physically delivered to or presented at the address of the CIBC branch
shown on the front of the Instrument.
- Conversion Accounts. If the Account has the same account number as an account that you previously
opened (the "Old Account") and you have closed the Old Account, you instruct
CIBC to transfer to this Account all agreements, orders, directions and authorizations
relating to the Old Account. If any agreement governing the Old Account conflicts with
this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement will apply.
- Existing CIBC Investor's Rate Accounts. If you have a CIBC Investor's Rate Account®, you understand
that principal and interest owing to you in respect of that Account are owed by CIBC Trust
Corporation and guaranteed by CIBC, and that CIBC is CIBC Trust Corporation's agent for
administering that Account.
- Special Account Services and Loyalty Programs.
- Services and Benefits. We may make special services or benefits available to you including insurance coverage, loyalty programs and memberships. Some of these services and benefits may be features of your Account while others must be enrolled in or purchased separately by you. Account services and benefits are subject to additional terms and conditions which may change from time to time, and these Account services and benefits may be cancelled at our discretion without notice to you. Certain services and benefits may be supplied by third parties; we are not liable for any services or benefits not directly supplied by us. You must deal directly with the supplier of services or benefits in respect of any dispute.
- Loyalty Programs. If your Account allows you to earn loyalty rewards from a loyalty program operated by a Loyalty Program Operator, you acknowledge the following:
- If you already have a loyalty program account with the Loyalty Program Operator, it is your responsibility to provide us with the correct loyalty program account number. If you do not provide a loyalty program account number, or if the number provided does not match any existing account, the Loyalty Program Operator will open a loyalty program account in your name; (or, if your Account is joint, in the name of one accountholder selected by the Loyalty Program Operator in its sole discretion);
- Enrolment is not automatic by virtue of having another CIBC product on which loyalty rewards may be earned;
- Loyalty rewards will only be awarded to the loyalty program account designated by or opened for you;
- For joint accounts, loyalty rewards are credited only to one accountholder;
- If the Loyalty Program Operator is not CIBC, then the Loyalty Program Operator is not our agent and we are not responsible for the loyalty program or its administration, including the ability or inability to redeem loyalty rewards;
- The rules of the loyalty program may be changed or the loyalty program may be terminated at any time;
- If the Loyalty Program Operator is not CIBC, then the Loyalty Program Operator is not responsible for your Account or its administration; and
- The arrangement we have with any third party Loyalty Program Operator may be changed or terminated at any time without notice.
- Adjustment of Loyalty Rewards. If your Account has a loyalty reward program, loyalty rewards may not be awarded if your Account is not open and in Good Standing. We are entitled to, as applicable, remove or direct the removal of loyalty rewards from your loyalty program account at any time and without notice to you with respect to loyalty rewards which you did not earn or which were otherwise awarded in error. Loyalty rewards have no cash value and will be adjusted for any purchase refunds and reversals, if applicable.
- New Accounts. If your Account is changed to another type of Account, you will cease to earn loyalty rewards (if any) associated with your old Account. Your ability to earn loyalty rewards associated with the new Account type will be subject to the terms and conditions of the loyalty program associated with that new type of Account.
- Sharing of Personal Information. If the Loyalty Program Operator is not CIBC, you agree that CIBC may share personal information with the Loyalty Program Operator in order for it to open a loyalty program account (if applicable), award loyalty rewards and otherwise administer the loyalty program.
- Digital or electronic representations. You acknowledge that digital or electronic representations of Instruments, or the relevant information from the Instrument, may be made or captured and used by financial institutions involved in the exchange and clearing of payments in Canada and elsewhere, in which case the original paper item may be destroyed and not returned to you. CIBC is entitled to act upon such a representation or information for all purposes as if it were the original paper item. You acknowledge that CIBC and other financial institutions may reject any Instrument that does not comply in all respects with all applicable by-laws, regulations, rules and standards of the Canadian Payments Association.
- Changes to this Agreement. CIBC may change any of the terms of this Agreement at any time with or without prior notice unless advance notice is required by law. CIBC may tell you about those changes by sending you a notice (written or electronic), posting a notice in CIBC branches, displaying a notice on or near CIBC bank machines or by posting a notice on www.cibc.com. We will send any written notice to the most recent address provided to CIBC. If we make a change to this Agreement that is non-material or to your benefit, we will notify you by posting a notice on www.cibc.com where you can always locate the most up to date version of this Agreement. You can obtain a copy of the current Agreement at any CIBC branch, by calling CIBC Telephone Banking, or by visiting www.cibc.com.
- Paperless Record-keeping. If your record-keeping is paperless, you agree that CIBC may, at its option, provide you with notice of any new or increased account service fee in writing (which may be provided by electronic means, including posting a notice on Online Banking) at least 30 days before the effective date of the increase or new account service fee, or by posting a notice at CIBC branches for a period of not less than 60 days immediately before the effective date of the increase or new account service fee.
- Governing law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws where the Branch of Account is located and the laws of Canada.
- No waiver of CIBC’s rights. If CIBC fails to exercise any of its rights under this Agreement or if CIBC delays exercising any of its rights under this agreement, this will not be a waiver of CIBC’s rights and will not prevent CIBC from exercising these rights again in the future.
- Choice of language. The parties have expressly requested that this Agreement and any related documents be drafted in English. Les parties ont expressément exigé que cette Entente et tout document qui s’y rattache, soient rédigés en anglais.
If you provide us with your Social Insurance Number (SIN) we may share it with a credit bureau as an aid to identify you as this is the best way to make sure the information accurately refers to you. However, this is completely voluntary and if you choose not to provide your SIN, this by itself will not prevent you from qualifying for products and services.
Notice Re: Credit Bureau
CIBC may have obtained a credit report on you in connection with your application from Equifax Canada or Trans Union of Canada Inc. If you wish to review your credit bureau file, contact Equifax Canada, Consumer Relations Department, P.O. Box 190, Station Jean Talon, Montreal, Quebec H1S 2Z2, 1-800-465-7166 and/or Trans Union of Canada Inc., Consumer Relations Centre, P.O. Box 338 LCD1, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 7W2, 1-877-713-3393 (Quebec) or 1-800-663-9980 (all other provinces).
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CIBC Overdraft Protection Service Addendum
Basic terms and definitions. This Addendum is part of the CIBC Personal Account Agreement that applies to you, and is not a separate agreement. This Addendum will remain in effect until it is terminated by either you or CIBC in accordance with paragraph 10 below. If CIBC approves you for the Service, you will be bound by this Addendum for each Account for which the Service is approved by CIBC from time to time and you may use the Service for each approved Account as follows:
if you apply for the Service in person at a CIBC branch, you can use the Service immediately if and when CIBC approves the Service for your Account; or
if you apply for the Service online or through Telephone Banking, you can use the Service 48 hours after you apply if and when CIBC approves your Account for the service.
If more than one person is approved for the Service, then each person is individually liable (severally), and all such persons are jointly liable (in Quebec, all such persons are solidarily liable), for the payment of Indebtedness and the performance of all other obligations required of you under this Addendum. Unless the context requires otherwise, words appearing in this Addendum in the singular number will include the plural number, and vice versa.
The following words and phrases have a special meaning:
"Account Withdrawal" means a debit to an Account by any means permitted by CIBC from time to time, including but not limited to, withdrawals in-branch or by bank machine; transfers between accounts (e.g. in-branch, through Telephone Banking or Online Banking or by bank machine); pre-authorized debits/payments and cheques; debit payments; bill payments from an Account (e.g. in-branch, through Telephone Banking or Online Banking or by bank machine); and fees;
"Account" means each account at CIBC or a CIBC affiliate for which you are approved for the Service by CIBC from time to time;
"Addendum" means this CIBC Overdraft Protection Service Addendum, which is part of the CIBC Personal Account Agreement that applies to you;
“Business Day” means a day from Monday to Friday, on which CIBC branches are open for business in your province of residence;
"CIBC" means Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce;
"CIBC Overdraft Protection Service" or the "Service" means this overdraft protection service;
"Indebtedness" means the total amount overdrawn at any point in time in all Accounts, including, but not restricted to, the amount you have drawn on each Account, accruing interest on that amount, and interest and fees debited to the Account to the extent such draws, interest and fees create or increase an overdraft in the Account;
"Online Banking" means the CIBC banking services available by Internet;
"Overdraft Limit" means the overdraft limit approved by CIBC for each Account, but if you have the Service on more than one Account, it means the overdraft limit approved by CIBC for each separate Account as well as the single total overdraft limit approved by CIBC for all your Accounts collectively;
"Telephone Banking" means the CIBC banking services available by telephone; and
"You" and "your" refer to each person who applies for the Service by signing the attached application (the "Application").
- Creation of overdrafts. You are entitled to overdraw your Account from time to time in accordance with the terms of this Addendum. A joint Account may be overdrawn by the accountholder(s) specified on the Application.
- Repayment of Indebtedness. You will pay all Indebtedness on demand by CIBC. At least once every 90 days, you must make deposits sufficient to bring your Account into a positive balance for at least one full Business Day. The date on which you are required to bring your Account into a positive balance is identified on your statement as the "Overdraft balance due by". Deposits to your Account are treated as repayments of Indebtedness. You can use the Service to pay off other debts, but you cannot move your debts around (whether with CIBC or loans you may have from another lender). You will not use the Service to repay Indebtedness. In other words, you will not attempt to satisfy your obligation to repay Indebtedness by taking an Account Withdrawal on one Account and transferring the amount withdrawn into another Account.
- Interest and fees:
- CIBC provides two overdraft fee options*:
- Monthly Fixed Fee. A fixed fee of $4.00 that is applied to the Account at month end regardless of utilization of the overdraft; or
- Pay Per Use Fee. A $5.00 fee that is applied to the Account for any business day in which an overdraft is created or increased. There is no charge unless you use the Service.
*Overdraft fees are charged to your Account if your Account is overdrawn for any reason (including as a result of withdrawals, paying cheques, the charging of service fees, or otherwise). You should select the overdraft fee option that best suits your needs. In addition, you have the ability to change the overdraft fee option at anytime, through your CIBC Branch, Telephone Banking or CIBC Online Banking. The overdraft fee option you select will take effect as of the following business day. Overdraft fees for the month in which a change is requested by you will be applied based on the greater of, any Pay Per Use fees or the Monthly Fixed Fee for that month. All fees relating to the Service are for the availability of the Service for each year commencing with the date that the Service begins. CIBC shall charge fees to the extent permitted by law.
- Interest. For each calendar month in which an Account is overdrawn, you will pay CIBC interest on the Indebtedness, currently 21% per year. Interest will be calculated and debited monthly to the Account to which it relates, based on the final daily Indebtedness in the Account throughout the calendar month. The rate of interest you will pay is the nominal annual interest rate set by CIBC from time to time in accordance with paragraph 7. Interest at the rate set by CIBC will apply both before and after the Indebtedness becomes payable, before and after this Addendum is terminated, and before and after judgment is obtained against you. Even in a leap year, interest will be calculated by multiplying the then-outstanding principal amount by the current interest rate in effect at the applicable time, dividing the total amount by 365 and multiplying the result by the number of days in the payment period during which the amount is outstanding.
- Over Limit Fee. If CIBC chooses to process a debit which results in your exceeding your Overdraft Limit (based on end of day balances), you will pay CIBC an over limit fee of $5.00 plus interest on the Indebtedness, currently 21% per year, calculated in accordance with paragraph 4(b). This charge is in addition to the fees you pay under paragraph 4(a). We will only charge you amounts under this Addendum that are permissible by law.
- Other Charges. You authorize CIBC to debit to any Account CIBC's standard charge for processing your Application and any other fees established by CIBC from time to time, after CIBC notifies you in accordance with paragraph 7.
- Overdraft limit. CIBC has set an Overdraft Limit for your Account (or each Account, if the Service applies to more than one Account). You will not make an Account Withdrawal which would cause your Overdraft Limit to be exceeded. CIBC has absolutely no obligation to pay an Account Withdrawal that would cause your Indebtedness to exceed your Overdraft Limit or to be further exceeded, if CIBC has allowed the Overdraft Limit to be exceeded already; CIBC may, if it so decides, simply return the Account Withdrawal unpaid. If CIBC should choose to allow one or more such Account Withdrawals, it has no obligation to do so again, at any time in the future. Should CIBC choose to allow the Indebtedness to exceed the Overdraft Limit, the overdraft terms in the CIBC Personal Account Agreement will apply to the portion of the Indebtedness that exceeds the Overdraft Limit. In other words, the fees that apply when there is no Service will apply to the Account Withdrawals that exceed the Overdraft Limit; interest at the interest rate that applies when there is no Service will apply on the portion of Indebtedness which exceeds the Overdraft Limit; and, you must repay that portion in accordance with the terms of the CIBC Personal Account Agreement.
- Breach and termination of Addendum. CIBC may, in its discretion, suspend your access to the Service or terminate this Addendum without notice to you and refuse to pay any more Account Withdrawals, including Account Withdrawals you made/issued/authorized before the Addendum is terminated. CIBC may take this action if you fail to comply with the terms of this Agreement or for any other reason, in CIBC’s sole discretion. If this Addendum is terminated, CIBC will give you notice of such termination and you must immediately repay all Indebtedness to CIBC, without demand. If you do not repay the Indebtedness as required under this Addendum or any other amount you owe CIBC when it is due (whether owed under this Addendum or some other agreement you have with CIBC), you agree that CIBC may, without notice and at its sole discretion, convert your Indebtedness to a demand loan, payable by you on the terms and conditions CIBC will provide. Upon conversion of your Indebtedness to a loan, CIBC will immediately cancel the Service. This conversion will take effect immediately and you hereby waive any right you may have to receive prior notice of the conversion. You acknowledge that CIBC will, upon conversion of your Indebtedness to a loan, report your default to credit bureaus as a fully delinquent loan. CIBC may, in its sole discretion, direct a third party to collect all Indebtedness you owe to CIBC or assign your Indebtedness to a third party for collection.
- Changes to this Addendum, the interest rate or fees. CIBC is entitled to change the Addendum or the Service, including changing your Overdraft Limit, the interest rate and the fees which apply to the Service, for any reason at any time, without your permission. Any change will apply to Indebtedness existing on the date the change is effective and to Indebtedness arising after that date. Changes to your Overdraft Limit are effective when notice is mailed or sent to you or on any date set out in the notice. Changes to fees and charges will be posted at CIBC branches, mailed or sent to you, or made available by any other method allowed by law, at least thirty days before the change is effective. All other changes to this Addendum or the Service (including changes to the interest rate) are effective at least thirty days after the notice of the change is posted at CIBC branches, mailed or sent to you, or made available by any other method allowed by law, or on any date set out in the notice.
All notices which are mailed to you will be mailed to your address on the Application or any other address CIBC has in connection with any Account. If more than one accountholder signs the Application, then you authorize CIBC to mail or send the notice to only one accountholder.
- Non-residents. You will advise CIBC if you cease to be a Canadian resident. CIBC may then, in its sole discretion, immediately terminate this Addendum and require you to pay CIBC all amounts which you may owe under this Addendum, free and clear of all applicable taxes and withholdings.
- Miscellaneous. Your obligations in sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of this Addendum will survive (continue to be in effect after) the termination of this Addendum. If any term of the CIBC Personal Account Agreement conflicts with a term in this Addendum, the term in this Addendum applies to the extent necessary to resolve the conflict. This Addendum shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws where the applicable CIBC branch/centre is located and the laws of Canada.
Cancellation of Service. You may cancel the Service only after you fully repay all Indebtedness owing to CIBC plus any charges (including interest) that have arisen to that time but have not been delivered to your Account. Please call 1-800-465-2422 to request cancellation. Once CIBC processes your cancellation request, you will no longer be able to use the Service, but you remain bound by the Personal Account Agreement in respect of your Account(s).
Cancellation of your Service will be effective as of the earlier of: (i) the last day of the billing cycle; or (ii) 30 days after the notice of cancellation is received by CIBC. Once cancellation of your Service is effective, CIBC will refund or credit your Account for the amount of any charges you have paid for any part of the Service that is unused, if any, as of the day the cancellation takes effect to be calculated as follows:
A x (B-C)/B
A is the amount of the charges;
B is the period between imposition of the charges and the time when the services were, before the cancellation, scheduled to the end; and
C is the period between the imposition of the charges and the cancellation.
You agree to be bound by the above CIBC Overdraft Protection Service Addendum (signature only required for Quebec residents).