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10 Tips for Canadians to Avoid Overspending During the Holiday

Christmas holiday is filled with joy and peace. It should be the moment where families and friends get together. However, rather than just spending quality time together, many Canadians often overspend their savings during the holiday season. According to an article from Global News in 2015, 58% of young Canadians between age 18 to 24…

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Can RESP Rollover To RDSP?

We work with many children with special needs. One of the questions often arise from their parents is they already have set up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), but they do not expect their children could pursue in studying post-secondary education due to their disability condition, in such scenario, can they transfer the RESP…

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10 Steps For ODSP Receipents To Own A Home

Owning a home is one of the common financial goals for many Canadians. For people who are receiving the benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), purchasing a property as their primary residence could involved more complex planning. The ODSP has many specific rules, without careful planning in advance, making any financial move could potentially affect…

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Anti-Avoidance Rules For Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

In the 2017 Federal Budget, there are a number of proposals that could impact the financial, tax and estate planning of Canadian. For families with disabilities, there is an improvement when applying for the Disability Tax Credit. Here’s the update about the Disability Tax Credit: Also, the anti-avoidance rule will also be extended to the…

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Disability Tax Credit 2017 Update

  There has been a number of changes in the 2017 Federal Budget. One of them pertains to the Disability Tax Credit. If one could recall, Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit for Canadians who have prolonged physical or mental disability. It is designed to reduce the amount of income tax that the disabled…

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The Power of RDSP 2017: How to Turn $21,000 into $84,000 in 5 years?

Two weeks ago, I sent out a reminder to the families that I’m working with to start planning for their RDSP contribution in 2017. Especially, by the month of March, many of them have already received their “Annual Statement Of Grants Entitlement for 2017”. This is the letter which stated how much should their family contribute…

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Why My RDSP’s Matching Grant Is Less Than The Previous Year’s?

A number of families that I am working with already received their “Annual Statement of Grants Entitlement” from the government. Some of them contacted me and had the common questions “Why My RDSP Matching Grant Is Less Than The Previous Year’s?” If one could recall, Canada Disability Savings Grants (CDSGs) are matching grants provided by the Government of…

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RDSP Income Matching Rates for 2017

To start off planning for your Registered Disability Savings Plan in 2017,  I contacted Mackenzie Investments. They are one of our long-term business partners, and the top notch financial company when it comes to RDSP planning. They provided me with the new figures of the family net income to calculate for the grants and bonds. There hasn’t…

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2016 Year-End Financial Strategies For Canadians

As we are approaching the end of 2016, most of us are probably focused on Christmas shopping, holiday parties and New Year’s festivities. However, this is still time to implement any final financial strategies that could help put more tax dollars back in your pocket. Here is a list of financial strategies that we obtained from the…

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FAQ on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Below are some common questions that we came across regarding the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). For more details in how to apply for the ODSP, please refer to one of our earlier blog posts. If there are any questions that you would like to clarify about the ODSP, please leave us a message at We’ll do our best…

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