What we do
RDSP.com is operated by Plan Institute, a national not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, B.C. Plan Institute supports people with disabilities and their families by providing educational material and resources, collaborating on community-based projects, and engaging with various partners to host innovative initiatives for change and policy reform.
RDSP.com was created in order to provide families and professionals across Canada with the most accurate and up-to-date information available on the RDSP. All of our services are free and are intended to remove barriers, help people become informed and support future planning initiatives.
Why we do it
Plan Institute was one of the organizations involved in lobbying for the development of the RDSP for many years before its inception. The idea behind the RDSP was to find a way for people with disabilities to save money and have a stable retirement while still receiving disability benefits and support. After many years of research, advocacy, and campaigning together with our sister organization PLAN and many supporters, the federal government implemented the RDSP in 2008.
Since then, Plan Institute has continued to track, advise, promote and recommend changes to the RDSP. Our goal is to spread awareness by providing free information and support and working with the RDSP Action Group to determine areas for improvement to make the plan more accessible and equitable.
All of our work relies on the generosity of our funders and community partners. We would like to acknowledge their important contributions.
Bank of Montreal (BMO)
BMO supports our website development and works with us to help clients open RDSPs through a collaborative process.
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR)
MSDPR has been a long-time supporter of our Access RDSP program and has recently provided us with funding to continue the work until at least 2025.
Vancouver Foundation (VF)
Since 2016, VF has supported our Access RDSP program through the generous funding of our Endowment 150 grant and related projects.
Disability Alliance BC (DABC)
We work with DABC through our Access RDSP Program. The DABC team helps people who are eligible for the RDSP to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), a pre-requisite for the RDSP.
BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)
We work with BCANDS through our Access RDSP Program. RDSP Navigators work with Indigenous persons living with disabilities and their families from the start to the end of opening an RDSP. Navigators ensure individuals and their families receive all the financial resources they are entitled to when they are approved for the DTC.