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.
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!
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.