Any and all deposits made by you into the account are automatically considered for all eligible grants.
- Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)
Through this grant, the Canadian government contributes a sum of money to an RESP. For a beneficiary to receive the CESG, personal contributions must be made to an RESP. These funds can be used to pay the cost of a child's education. This can include full-time and part-time post-secondary education at colleges, universities, trade schools or apprenticeship programs. The lifetime maximum CESG amount per beneficiary is $7,200. If you are unable to make contributions in a given year, the government allows you to catch up in future years.
- Additional Canada Education Savings Grant (A-CESG)
For middle-and low-income families, the government offers an additional amount of CESG, known as the A-CESG. For eligible families, it could mean an extra 10% or 20% which gets added to the first $500 contributed to an RESP each year.
The Additional amount of CESG may be:
- up to $100 if the last financial year's adjusted income is $50,197 or less ($500 x 20% = $100)
- up to $50 if the last financial year's adjusted income is greater than $50,197 and up to $100,392 ($500 x 10% = $50)
The CLB or Canada Learning Bond refers to the funds that the government adds to an RESP for children from low-income families. You do not have to make any personal contributions to an RESP in order to receive the CLB.
The Government of Canada contributes up to $2,000 to an RESP for an eligible child. This includes:
$500 for the first year of eligibility
$100 each year the child continues to be eligible (up to and including the benefit year in which they turn 15)
- Provincial Education Savings Program
Certain provinces may add funds to an RESP under the Provincial Education Savings program. Quebec, for example, offers the Quebec Education Savings Incentive. While Saskatchewan offers the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings. And residents of British Columbia can take advantage of the BC Training and Education Savings Grant. This is usually separate from any money offered by the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG), the Additional Canada Education Savings Grant (A-CESG) or the Canada Learning Bond (CLB).
Please note, not all government grants are available in all types of RESP accounts. For more information, please visit Canada Revenue Agency website or consult your RESP provider to determine the offering.