RESP Contributions

How Much Can You Save?

Effective January 1, 2007, the federal government has eliminated the RESP annual contribution limit of $4,000 per beneficiary, and increased the lifetime contribution maximum from $42,000 to $50,000.

These allowable contribution limits apply to the beneficiary and not to the subscriber. This means that a parent and a grandparent, for example, may both subscribe independently to an RESP for the same beneficiary; however, the contribution limits must be respected to avoid a tax penalty.

You may contribute to the plan for 21 years starting on the plan creation date, and the RESP must be fully liquidated no later than 25 years after it was established.