SOME MORE SAVING FOR FAMILIES

 

 

In this section we are discussing Canada Education Savings Grant and Canada Learning Grant.

 

  • Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)
    The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) program provides grants to Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) contributors until the beneficiaries reach the age of 17.

 

  • Canada Learning Bond
    The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) program provides a $500 bond for children born to families who receive the National Child Benefit Supplement under the Canada Revenue Agency’s Canada Child Tax Benefit program.

 

Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)

The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) is money that the Government of Canada will add to your child’s savings in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

The grant has two parts:

  1. Basic Canada Education Savings Grant

The Basic Canada Education Savings Grant will give you 20% on every dollar of the first $2,500 you save in your child’s RESP each year.

Depending on your net family income, you could receive an extra 10% or 20% on every dollar of the first $500 you save in your child’s RESP each year.

 

Eligibility Information

Who can get the grant?

  • All children under age 18 are eligible, as long as they are Canadian residents and an RESP has been opened for them.
  1. Special rules apply if your child is between the ages of 15 and 17. See Special Rules for Children Aged 15 to 17 Additional Canada Education Savings Grant

Canada Learning Bond

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is $500 offered by the Government of Canada to help start saving now for your child’s education after high school.

Plus, you child could get $100 every year until he or she turns 15 years old to a maximum of $2,000!

 

Eligibility Information

  • The child’s family must receive the National Child Benefit Supplement.

Children must meet the following criteria:

Financial Information

  • The children qualify for $100 Bond installments until age 15 for each year their family is entitled to the Supplement.
  • The Bond is paid into an RESP established by the family.
  • The first Canada Learning Bond payment includes an additional $25 to help cover the cost of opening the RESP account.

Application Information

  • Visit the CanLearn Web site at Service Canada to get more details on CESG.
  • Information on RESPs and CLB application procedures is available from banks, mutual fund and brokerage companies, insurance and trust companies, companies and foundations that specialize in education savings plans, and other financial institutions.

It is important and very simple to do.   Visit your financial institution and talk to a Financial Advisor, they will be happy to help you. Please take advantage of this opportunity to make your children’s education much easier.

 

Tessa-Marie

 

 

SAVINGS PLAN – FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

While facilitating workshops throughout the city I am surprised at the number of  families, who do not take advantage of savings available for their children.   The Government of Canada continually sends out communications telling parents of the amount of money that is available for their children’s education.

This is done to encourage families with children to open Registered Education Savings Plan for their children’s education.

Today we will discuss Registered Education Savings Plan.

REGISTERED EDUCATION SAVINGS PLAN

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
The Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) allows savings for education to grow tax free in a special savings plan registered by the Government of Canada until a child named in the RESP enrolls in a post-secondary education program.

Eligibility Information

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

 Application Information

  • Information on the RESP application procedure is also available through financial institutions, such as a bank or credit union.  There are also other providers.  These institutions, planners and dealers are known as “RESP providers.”

It’s a good idea to ask some questions before choosing a Registered Education Provider.

Here are a few questions you should ask when talking with a RESP provider.

  • Once I have opened an RESP, will I have to pay any fees?  If so, what are they for and how much will I have to pay?
  • Do I have to put a minimum amount of money into an RESP?
  • Do I have to make regular payments?
  • What are my investment choices?  What are the benefits of each choice? Can the value of my investment go down?
  • Can I withdraw money if I need it?  Are there any fees or penalties for withdrawing money early?
  • Can I transfer the RESP to another person, or to another RESP provider?   What is the cost to transfer?
  • What will happen to my savings in the RESP if my child does not continue his or her education after high school?
  • Does the RESP provider limit the types of qualified educational programs that I can use my RESP for?
  • What happens if I close my RESP early?
  • What if my child decides to go to school part-time?
  • Does the RESP provider offer all education savings incentives including the additional Canada Education Savings Grant and Canada Learning Bond?

Next week we will discuss all the other Savings available for families including the Canadian Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant.

Tessa-Marie