Our daily blog offers selected news of interest to SmartSAVER’s stakeholders and shines a light on the creative ways that communities are promoting the Canada Learning Bond. Stay up to date, read what others are doing and share your own story.


We hope our blog will create conversation and support the exchange of ideas.

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your CLB promotion or share tips to engage eligible families. Do you have a question for the community? Submit your stories, ideas and questions to info@SmartSAVER.org and we’ll share it on our blog.

Frequently Asked Question: Helping parents

Question: How can our organization start helping parents to learn about RESPs and the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)?

SmartSAVER: There are many ways you can start helping the families that you serve to get their CLB. Use these two quick reference tools to identify who’s eligible for grants and how to help them to access them:

  • The Quick Reference chart overviews grant entitlements (Canada Learning Bond and Canada Education Savings Grant) based on a family’s income.
  • The Action Map walks you through the steps and decision points in setting up a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) account and applying for the grants.

If you’re just starting to talk to families about the Canada Learning Bond, check out our top questions parents ask about SmartSAVER, RESPs, and the Canada Learning Bond. You’ll find other tools and information resources on our parent-friendly website, available in English, French, as well as many supports in Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Oji-Cree, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese. For a quick introduction to SmartSAVER’s online CLB application, watch our 1-minute SmartSAVER Made Easy video.

Have questions? Talk to one of our partnership managers about training or to get help in developing your CLB promotion!

Email Luke Connell or Joe March or call 416-966-1418 to chat.

IN THE NEWS: March 23, 2016

Today’s news includes articles about the new Canada Child Benefits, post secondary education, and education savings, from various news sources including the National Post, Inside Halton, and TEDxTalks.

New Canada Child Benefits puts ‘money in pockets of mom and dad’ but not as progressive as some hoped.
National Post. March 22, 2016

Is the new Canada Child Benefit fair.
Maclean’s Magazine. March 22, 2016

Commentary: The 2016 Federal Budget: An Analysis from Higher Education Strategy Associates.
March 23, 2016

Melissa Kearney explains How “economic despair” affects high school graduation rates for America’s poorest students.
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. March 10, 2016. Video (2:19 mins)

Terri Friedline gives TEDx University of Kansas talk on Changing the World, One Savings Account at a Time.
TEDx Talks. March 2, 2016. Video (14:43 mins)

Partner News

Halton Poverty Roundtable: Community Collaboration key to food access in Halton.
Inside Halton. March 22, 2016

Visit our library for more articles about financial literacy, empowerment, and education savings.

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