Dave’s RDSP Story

The following RDSP story was submitted to encourage others to take advantage of the RDSP. Thank you, Dave, for sharing your story and helping us spread the word about this great savings program!   Several years ago, I learned...

Access RDSP: Partnering to help people with disabilities build a better future

Erin’s Story Ric opened a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) for his daughter Erin, as soon as it became available in 2008. He had heard about the RDSP through Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a family-led organization in Vancouver...

October is RDSP Awareness Month!

  October 1st marks the start of RDSP Awareness Month! Please help us spread the word so that more people can learn about this incredible savings tool. We have created a guide for community organizations and individuals to help...

Our Journey to Increase the Uptake of the Registered Disability Savings Plan in BC

Originally posted on Plan Institute – written as part of Plan Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations highlighting many different memories, milestones, and accomplishments throughout the last two decades.    Throughout the past 20 years of our existence as an organization,...

Erin’s RDSP Story

Ric Tesan is an RDSP workshop facilitator with Plan Institute and, more importantly, the father of a daughter with a disability, Erin. Ric has graciously shared Erin’s RDSP story with us!   Erin’s RDSP Story, by Ric Tesan  ...

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) – Did you receive a denial letter for your application?

The following is a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), outlining the various options available to those who have received a denial letter regarding their application for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). In addition to these options provided...

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

Guest Post Written by our friends at British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) In November 2015, Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (IDAM) was first recognized and officially proclaimed by the Métis Nation British Columbia, the BC First Nations...

RDSP Q & A: The 10 year rule is almost up. Now what?

Question: Many people started their RDSP in 2008, which means the 10 year waiting period for the first year of contributions is soon up. Now what? Can I actually take the money out now? What are some things to...

Canada’s taxman shouldn’t decide who has a disability

By Al Etmanski Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is the first poverty-fighting tool for people with disabilities in the world. This remarkable example of federal/provincial/territorial co-operation, created in 2008, has already changed the lives of more than 150,000...

Access RDSP: Reflecting on One Year of Collaboration

     Since September 1, 2016 the Access RDSP partnership between Disability Alliance BC (DABC), BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS), and Plan Institute, with support from the Vancouver Foundation, has been providing free support on all things related...