Canada's Best Student Credit Cards 2017 - MoneySense

Canada’s Best Student Credit Cards 2017

Build a credit score while racking up some free movies


For our most up-to-date ranking of student credit cards, go here.

A simple no-fee card that offers a good combination of low annual fees and generous rewards is great for students looking to build a credit history. The key is for students to pay off the balance every month so buying a first car or home in the future will be effortless. Note: we’ve assumed a $1,000 monthly spend when working out our rewards calculation.

Winner: Scotiabank Scene Visa*

scotia scene visaIt’s free: So no annual fee.

Fast and simple. Great way to watch free movies.

First purchase gets you 4,000 points. Get 4,000 bonus Scene points – enough for 4 free general admission movie tickets – when you make your first purchase on the card (Note:a movie can be redeemed for 1,000 points).

Earn Scene points at Cineplex theatres: Earn five Scene points for every $1 you spend on Scene Visa purchases at Cineplex Entertainment theatres of

Earn 1 Scene point for every $1 you spend on regular credit card purchases.

Rent a car at Avis: car rental locations and save 20% on the rental.

Redeem Scene points elsewhere: Sport Check allows members to earn and redeem their points at stores. 

Click here to see everything the Scotiabank Scene Visa has to offer.*

Second place: BMO SPC Cash Back Student MasterCard*

  • bmo spc cashback mastercardNo annual fee
  • 1% cash back on all purchases
  • $60 cash back welcome bonus
  • Free SPC membership – a value of $10 every day. Through this program you’ll get an additional 10-15% discount at hundreds of merchants across Canada.
  • No reference letter, parent’s signature, or part-time income to be approved

Click here to see everything the BMO SPC Cash Back Student MasterCard has to offer.*

 Third: Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card*

  • tangerine money back credit cardNo annual fee
  • Not specifically designed for students but I would consider it one of the best credit cards for students
  • 2% cash back in 3 categories of your choice, and 0.5% everywhere else
  • No limits to how much cash back you can earn
  • Convenience and choice – you choose the 2-3 categories that you want to earn 2% in based on your spending habits (you can change your selections at any time)

Click here to see everything the Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card has to offer.*

How much can you expect in rewards in one year?

Net reward (excluding 1st year sign-up bonus
Scotiabank SCENE Visa  $192
BMO SPC Cashback MasterCard  $120
Tangerine Money-Back Credit Card  $143

Based on $2,000 of monthly spending

Honorary Mention: BMO SPC Air Miles MasterCard

  • No annual fee
  • 1 air miles reward mile for every $20 that you spend on your credit card
  • SPC discounts of 10-15% at hundreds of stores
  • 500 bonus miles

Click here to see everything the BMO SPC Air Miles MasterCard has to offer.*

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