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.

New Interactive Tools on SmartSAVER.org

Our partners and volunteers never cease to amaze us with their creativity in support of the Canada Learning Bond! Check out our two new interactive tools – one for families, one for CLB champions – both on SmartSAVER.org.

Canada Learning Bond Take-Up Map for CLB champions

Over 1.5 million children across Canada are eligible for the Canada Learning Bond and haven’t received it yet. Do families know about the Bond in your community? Using FSA (forward sortation address) data published by the federal government, SmartSAVER volunteer Jeff Pengelly created this interactive map to help you quickly see how well (or how poorly) the CLB is accessed in your area. Search the map by postal code, city or province to narrow the field. Help build awareness by sharing local stats with other organizations in your community or inform your efforts by pinpointing areas of highest need.

Family Savings Calculator

Thanks to Alfred Yang and Proliteracy.ca we’re excited to be able to offer our new RESP Savings Calculator. This unique and fun-to-use tool quickly illustrates how savings can really add up with the help of available federal and provincial government RESP grants.

By inputting a few simple variables families can get a sense of how big an education fund they can put together at different contribution levels, including no contribution at all. Try inputting different monthly contributions and see the impact on matching grants and on savings over time.

Have fun with these new tools today!

IN THE NEWS: April 18, 2016

Today’s news includes articles about education savings, access to education, and post secondary education, from various news sources including the CFED website, CTV News Atlantic, and Ryerson News.

4 Keys to Making an Affordable College Decision.
CFED website. April 12, 2016

Federal Government Must Support Métis and Non-Status First Nations Students Following R v. Daniels Decision.
CNW. April 14, 2016

Free tuition in other provinces virtually inevitable: student leaders.
CTV News Atlantic. April 17, 2016

DMZ “starts something” with Pathways to Education.
Ryerson News. April 14, 2016.

Five evils: Multidimensional poverty and race in America.
The Brookings Institution. April 2016.

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