Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSPs)

An RDSP is a powerful savings tool designed for Canadians and their families with disabilities.  

Why invest your money in an RDSP

RDSPs allow your money to grow tax deferred. The beneficiary of the account will not pay tax on earnings until the funds are withdrawn. 

What is an RDSP?

An RDSP helps parents and others save for the long-term needs of a person with a severe and prolonged mental or physical impairment.

The disabled person who will receive the funds is called the beneficiary. To qualify for an RDSP, the beneficiary must be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.*

What about contribution limits?

There is a $200,000 lifetime contribution limit, which can be made until the end of the year the beneficiary turns 59.* Withdrawals must begin in the year that the beneficiary turns 60 and are subject to an annual withdrawal limit.

Does the government also contribute?

Yes, to help boost your savings the Government of Canada provides Canada Disability Savings Grants (CDSG) and Canada Disability Savings Bonds (CDSB). The maximum grant (CDSG)  is $3,500 each year, with a total liftetime maximum of $70,000. The maximum bond (CDSB) is $1,000 each year, with a lifetime limit of $20,000. No contributions have to be made to receive the bond.

Is this Registered Plan right for you?

Right for you if you:

  • Need an account to save on a tax-deferred basis for the long-term needs of a person with a severe and prolonged mental or physical impairment
  • Are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit
  • Want to have funds in an RDSP that are eligible for Canadian Government grant/bond

May not be right for you if you:

  • Not eligible for the Disability Tax Credit
  • Do not have available contribution room

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