The Registered Disability Savings Plan

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About the RDSP

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. 

It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have a RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future. An estimated 500,000 people across Canada will benefit from this initiative, and future impacts of the RDSP go well beyond a simple planning tool. 

Although the RDSP is the most powerful financial tool for Canadians with disabilities and their families to secure stability for the future, the biggest challenge has been getting the information out about the RDSP to the families who need it the most; it is PLAN’s goal to inform families with disabilities about the RDSP in order to help create a good life and a strong financial future. 

What will you get out of this workshop?

You will learn the ins-and-outs of the RDSP, how to become eligible, open, manage and benefit from your own account. Our sessions are held in a small group setting so that individual questions can easily be answered.

Designed for: Families and individuals with a disability, as well as professionals.

2017 Dates

Tele-seminar (Call in from anywhere):

  • March 7, 2017 (7pm–9pm)

      *Tele-seminars can be attended from anywhere by telephone or computer. Call-in info will be emailed to you after you have registered. All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time.

      In-person:

      BC

      Vancouver

      • Thursday, March 30, 2017 (10am–12pm)

      North Delta

      • Monday, February 27, 2017 (10am–12pm) Cohost: Delta Community Living Society. Registration Contact: Si Stainton call (604-952-6490) or e-mail (sstainton@dcls.ca)

       Some of our instructors:

      Dan McDonald is a Lifetime member of PLAN as well as a Certified Professional Accountant [CPA] with a PhD and a former accounting professor at Simon Fraser University. He immediately recognized the exceptionally generous terms of the RDSP when the plan was announced in 2008 and set one up for his daughter. He volunteers as a facilitator for many of the free RDSP workshops hosted by Plan Institute.

      Laurie Gecshke is a long-time disability planning advisor for Plan Institute. She is the mother of 4 adult children, one of whom receives Persons With Disabilities (PWD) benefits and has a microboard, a growing network, and ​a Registered Disability Savings Plan. Laurie facilitates a wide range of presentations for Plan Institute, including Future Planning sessions.

      Laura Mackenrot graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce designation. Born with severe arthritis, she has been active in advocacy all her life. Since becoming totally blind, Laura has become a financial expert for people with disabilities, specializing in the RDSP. She has been presenting RDSP tele-seminars for PLAN for over 4 years, and currently sits on the Persons With Disabilities Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver.

      Ric Tesan is a Lifetime Member of PLAN who supports his daughter Erin to live a meaningful life with a personal network, a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a Representation Agreement, a Trust and individualized staffing through a Microboard. Ric has extensive knowledge of the RDSP and many other aspects of future planning. He facilitates RDSP sessions around the Lower Mainland for Plan Institute.

      Tom Mooney has been a North Shore resident most of his adult life. An all-abilities advocate, Tom has three daughters: his 30-year-old daughter Vicki is supported by CLBC. Tom has been active with PLAN and Plan Institute for the past 10 years, and with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports for the past 5 years. He facilitates RDSP sessions throughout the Lower Mainland.

       

      For more information please email learning@planinstitute.ca or call 604-439-9566.