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Exchange & ECN fees

Electronic communication networks (ECNs) and alternative trading systems (ATSs) charge a fee to all market participants who use their networks.

Questrade charges the following in order to offset ECN and ATS access costs. Charges are in the currency of the exchange:

Canadian exchanges

Securities Adding
($ / share)
($ / share)
Equities ≥ $1.001    
TSX, TSX venture, CSE, and all ATSs2 Free $0.0035
Equities < $1.001    
TSX, TSX venture and all ATSs2 Free $0.0008
CSE Free $0.0012

U.S. exchanges

U.S. securities Adding
($ / share)
($ / share)
MNGD, LAMP Free Free
INET (NSDQ) Free $0.003
ARCA Free $0.004
NYSE Free $0.004
Additional Canadian security fees

Warrants and rights:

  • Adding liquidity: free
  • Removing liquidity
    • All exchanges except CNSX: 1/40th of 1% of the value per fill (not per order). It is possible to be charged the minimum fee multiple times for the same order; min $0.50, max $50.00
    • CSE securities
    • CSE securities ≥ $1.00: $0.0035 ($ / unit)

Notes and debentures:

  • $0.10 per $1,000 par value per side.
  • Regular commission fees apply (including the Questrade Advantage).
  • CSE notes and debentures: $0.10 per $1,000 par value per side; minimum $1.00.
SEC fee
  • The SEC collects a fee for all sales of U.S. securities.
  • Effective March 18, 2014, the fee is calculated at 0.0000221 x the value of the trade. E.g. selling 100 shares of a U.S. stock at $30 (100 x $30 = $3,000) will incur an SEC fee of USD $0.07 (0.0000221 x $3000).

For more information about ECNs and ATSs, please read our blog post.

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