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The Benefits of Opening an RESP This Holiday Season

An RESP Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift

efundmeThe holidays are just around the corner, and for most people that means hitting the crowded malls. If you’re looking for a great gift idea for your new child, niece, nephew, or grandchild, skip the toys and gift them a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

An RESP is a tax-deferred savings plan that helps you save for a child’s post-secondary education. It’s a meaningful gift that’s easy to start and easy to contribute to on birthdays, graduation, Christmas, or other significant holidays or milestones.

With an RESP you, or anyone else, can make regular contributions throughout the year; up to $2,500 annually, up to a lifetime maximum of $50,000. The money grows over time tax free, until the beneficiary starts to take it out.

When an RESP is opened, the parents can apply for two separate grant programs: The Canada Educations Savings Grant (CESG) and the Canada Learning Bond (CLB). Continue reading

Top Tips for Choosing a Registered Education Savings Plan Provider

Financial consultationThere are a lot of financial organizations registered to provide a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). But, just like the RESP itself, each provider is unique. And who you decide to go with can radically alter how much money the RESP generates over the lifetime of the plan.

An RESP is a tax-deferred savings plan that can help you save for a child’s post-secondary education. With an RESP, you can make annual contributions of up to $2,500 per year, for a lifetime maximum of $50,000.

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Choosing the Best Type of RESP

Types of RESPAre Individual RESPs Your Best Options?

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is the best way to help save for a child’s post-secondary education. Through an RESP you can contribute $2,500 annually, up to a maximum of $50,000. On top of that, the Canadian government will match 20% of any RESP contributions until the recipient turns 17 years old. The lifetime maximum of the CESG is $7,200. Best of all, anyone can open an RESP for a child—parents, grandparents, other family members, and friends.
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