The Government of Canada’s Canada Learning Bond (CLB) can provide you with money to help save for your child’s education. This money helps families with the costs of a child’s full-or part-time studies after high school (post-secondary and training programs). This money is directly deposited into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for children from families with low-to-moderate income.
The City of Toronto has partnered with SmartSAVER a non-profit organization to make it easy for eligible families in Toronto to receive the Canada Learning Bond. SmartSAVER connects families directly to no-cost RESPs. No-cost RESPs have no enrollment fee, no annual fee and no mandatory contributions required.
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To access the Canada Learning Bond, you will need to open an RESP for your child.
An RESP is an education savings account that helps you, your family or your friends save for your child’s education after high school. If you have an RESP, ask your provider about the CLB.
Many people make contributions to their child’s RESP to help grow their savings but it is not required. You can still receive the Canada Learning Bond without making any contributions to your child’s RESP. All you need to do is open an RESP to receive the Canada Learning Bond.
The money deposited into an RESP is tax-free. The money can be used to help pay for the cost of tuition, books and travel expenses for your child’s education after high school.
The MySmartFUTURE website facilitates referrals to several banks and financial institutions where clients can open an RESP.
The MySmartFUTURE website can connect you to Halal RESPs. Depending on the financial institution you open your RESP with, you may be able to open an RESP that adheres to Islamic principles of investing.
The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) can provide you with even more money for your child’s education. The CESG:
If your child or beneficiary decides to attend post-secondary education, they can access the CLB and any other funds in their RESP.
If your child or beneficiary decides not to attend post-secondary education, any government contributions will go back to the Government of Canada and any personal contributions go back to you.