An Introduction to Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) | A Manager Conversation with Carol Bezaire

In acknowledgment of the heightened financial challenges that disabled Canadians often face, the Federal government took a significant step by establishing the world’s first registered, matched savings plan for people with disabilities back in 2008. Known as a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), this initiative offers families a means to save for their future needs, irrespective of challenges they might encounter. Nevertheless, a significant number of Canadians lack awareness about its availability, and there is also uncertainty about the most effective strategies to leverage its advantages.

In this special manager conversation, Martina Longauer, senior investment advisor at Sightline Wealth Management, engages in a dynamic discussion alongside the esteemed tax, estate, disability and strategic philanthropic expert, Carol Bezaire. Together, they address the inquiries received from clients about financial challenges related to disabilities and how effectively utilizing an RDSP can alleviate these monetary burdens.

Some of the specific questions addressed during this conversation include:

  • What is an RDSP? 
  • Who opens and manages the plan?
  • How do contributions work?
  • How is it different from a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)?
  • What are the rules and regulations around the plan?
  • Who qualifies for an RDSP? 
  • What happens if someone applies when they are no longer a minor?
  • When can you make withdrawals from the account?
  • Who qualifies for an RDSP?
  • Are there any contribution limits?
  • Can an investment advisor help manage this process?

Embarking on the path to open a savings plan can be a complicated and intimidating task. Fortunately, your team at Sightline Wealth Management is ready to help guide you through every step of your family’s unique journey. If you are interested in utilizing an RDSP to create long-term savings, please do not hesitate to contact us

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