Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI)
Right for you if:
You are a resident of Quebec
You would like the Quebec government to match your contribution by 10%
Boost your RESP
The government will match your contribution by 10% when you make an eligible
contribution to your RESP
Maximizing your contributions
Contribute a maximum of $50,000 per child and the QESI will match it up to a maximum of $3,600 per child.
Get more grant money
In some cases, additional QESI may be received based on family income.
Additional information about the QESI grant is available at Revenu Quebec
Eligibility Requirements to Receive QESI
The child you are saving for must reside in Quebec as of December 31 of the tax year the QESI request is made and have a valid Social Insurance number (SIN).
An eligible beneficiary qualifies for QESI:
Up to December 31 of the year in which they turn 17
If your beneficiary is 16 or 17, they qualify for QESI if:
A minimum contribution of $2,000 is made by December 31 of the year the child turns 15
A minimum of $100 is contributed during any four years prior to December 31 of the year the child turns 15
If a QESI request is made in the same tax year that the child turns 17, the RESP must be registered in the child's name during at least four years (consecutive or not) prior to that tax year.
Eligibility to receive Additional QESI1 and payments to your RESP is based on the following Net Family Income amounts:
|Net Family Income1||Additional QESI Rate|
|Less than $42,390 or less||10%|
|$42,391 , or more, up to $84,780||5%|
Just make a qualified Education Assistance Payment (EAP) withdrawal and you will receive your QESI plus any income the grant has generated as part of the withdrawal.
Your RESP can stay open for 35 years. If the child you've been saving for decides not to attend school, your contributions are returned to you and the QESI can be used towards an eligible sibling's education or returned to the Government of Quebec.
How to apply
Make a contribution to your RESP and Scotiabank will apply for the QESI on your behalf.
Indexed for 2015. Dollar amounts are updated every year by the Government of Quebec.