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Canada Disability Savings Program Newsletter – June 2016 Issue

In this issue:

  • Plan Uptake
  • Message from James van Raalte, Director General, Office for Disability Issues
  • Family Income Threshold for the Bond and Grant
  • Showcasing the RDSP at the National Women’s Show in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mail-outs to promote the RDSP
  • Help us Promote the RDSP
  • Prosper Canada
  • Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Final Word

Plan Uptake

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) provides government contributions in the form of bonds to beneficiaries with low to modest family income, regardless of whether or not they contribute financially to their plan. It also provides grants based on matching contributions from private sources. In 2015-16, the value of bonds and grants paid into RDSPs by the government totaled respectively $170M and $287M.

As of December 31, 2015, there were more than 123,000 plans registered. This is an increase of over 24,000 plans from last year. Currently, 22.1% of individuals 0 to 49 years of age who are eligible to open a plan have done so. Through different RDSP awareness initiatives, ODI will continue to reach out to those eligible Canadians who have not yet opened a plan.

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Jeff’s Marathon Journey – June Update

Here’s the latest news from Jeff’s Marathon Journey:



Hi All, after skipping an update in the month of May (for good reason, as you will soon read…), here is an update for this month.


After my last posting, I had planned on continuing my training through April and May, before traveling to London, England for a school/work trip and running the Royal Windsor Half Marathon while there. Plans changed on May 3rd, as my family (along with 90,000+ other Fort McMurrayites) were evacuated from the city due to a wild fire we have since affectionately come to refer to as “The Beast”. I won’t get into too much detail on the fire itself – I’ll trust that anybody reading this has had the opportunity to read all about it.


Ben-JuneLeaving our home late in the afternoon on that fateful Tuesday, I made mention to my wife that we should probable plan and pack accordingly for a couple of days out of our house – little did I know that six weeks later we would still be living in temporary accommodations in Edmonton, with no definitive date on when we will be returning to Fort Mac. While many have returned (our area of town wasn’t heavily affected luckily, our house has no fire, smoke, or water damage), we have made the decision to stay put until the city water is deemed safe for consumption… one of the unfortunate symptoms that accompany Ben’s autism is a seemingly unquenchable thirst for bath water, so the only options we would have if we chose to return now would be to run the risk of a nasty GI issue due to shady water, or suspend all baths until the water is safe…. neither or which is really acceptable.

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Goals: ASA was started over 20 years ago with the goals of:
  • Improving the lives of children and adults with ASD;
  • Providing mutual support amongst families and individuals directly affected by ASD;
  • Creating safety and quality of life for people with ASD and their families in Alberta;
  • Creating a welcoming province that values the participation of people with ASD in all areas of life;
  • Recognizing the worth of every person with ASD and their contribution to society.

Who We Are: Autism Society Alberta (ASA) is a registered society in Alberta and a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency. It is a network and collaboration amongst autism groups comprising parents of children and adults with ASD, family members, individuals with ASD, and caring community citizens. We also have a representative on the Board of Autism Society Canada to collaborate on national issues. Presently four groups are members of Autism Society Alberta:

  • Autism Calgary Association (ACA)
  • Autism Society of Central Alberta (ASCA), based in Red Deer
  • Autism Society of Edmonton and Area (ASEA)
  • Chinook Autism Society (CAS), based in Lethbridge

Accomplishments: ASA has had representatives on provincial Advisory Boards to different Government Ministries. ASA has sponsored Autism Awareness presentations in some communities during October, Canada’s Autism Awareness Month. ASA has contributed to the development of resource materials for families, such as handouts on community resources and books on issues affecting those with ASD .

Who to Contact: Contact the ASA group closest to where you live or where you are planning to live, for information, resources, and support in Alberta. For example, if you live in Northern Alberta, contact ASEA; Southern Alberta – contact CAS, etc. Please refer to "Regional Chapters" on the left hand side.

For information and assistance with your local support group, or to join ASA please feel free to contact us at 1-877-777-7192
or email president@autismalberta.ca