Guest Post Thursday: Knowledge First Financial

Knowledge First Financial urges parents to apply for BCTESG

1 in 5 BC children have received the $1,200 education grant

Approximately 80% of eligible children have yet to receive the $1,200 British Columbia Education Savings Grant. Knowledge First Financial, a Canadian RESP Provider, is urging parents to apply now and enjoy all the benefits of an RESP including compound, tax-free growth and the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) of up to $7,200. That means up to $8,400 of ‘free’ money for each child to help pay for post-secondary education for BC parents.

More than ever, post-secondary students have more freedom to choose programs and schools, more time to focus on studies and explore new opportunities, less stress and less debt thanks to the savings accrued from RESPs. Knowledge First Financial supports students in their post-secondary studies – in fact, when the BCTESG was introduced in 2015, Knowledge First Financial was one of the first RESP providers to support it.

If you’re the parent of a child born in BC in 2006 or later, here are three things to know about BCTESG:

 

What is BCTESG?

The British Columbia Training and Education Savings Grant is a $1,200 grant for post-secondary education established in 2015. To be eligible, parents or guardians and children must be residents of BC, and possess a Social Insurance Number.

How do I apply?

Firstly, you will need a RESP from a provider who can access the BCTESG – a sales representative from Knowledge Financial First can help set this up for you. You will be asked for proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, BCID card, BC Service Cards or a recent utility bill upon application.

When do I apply?

You can apply for BCTESG as soon as your child turns six up until the day before your child’s ninth birthday, however Knowledge First Financial recommends that parents apply as soon as possible. Deadlines for children born before August 15, 2009 are slightly different:

  • Children born in 2006: Apply between August 15, 2016 and August 14, 2019
  • Children born in 2007, 2008, before August 15, 2009: Apply between August 15, 2015 and August 14, 2018

 

Source: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/en/reports/resp_promoters/infocapsules/bc.page

 

Why apply now?

You’ll receive the education grants sooner and your savings will have more time to grow.   Learn more about why an RESP is a smart way to invest in a child’s future by setting up an appointment with a Knowledge First Financial sales representative today.

 

About Knowledge First Financial Inc.

Knowledge First Financial Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Knowledge First Foundation and is the investment fund manager, administrator and distributor of the education savings plans offered by Knowledge First Foundation. For more information about education savings plans from Knowledge First Financial Inc., please visit knowledgefirstfinancial.ca or refer to our prospectus.

As of April 30, 2016, Knowledge First Financial manages $3.62 billion in assets on behalf of more than 250,000 customers.

Knowledge First Financial® is a registered trademark of Knowledge First Financial Inc.

This post was written by Daryl Shriver, and he can be found through his Twitter account.

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Author: Warren Orlans

Welcome to inTAXicating. My name is Warren Orlans and this is my blog. With over 17-years experience in the taxation industry, 11 of them working for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and the rest working in the private sector at large financial institutions responsible for resolving tax issues for corporations and individuals and the Canadian lead for a large US bank on FATCA implementation. My tax career began pretty much out of university at the CRA, in Collections, where I moved up, across, over and up again through their division with stops in Enforcement, Taxpayer Relief (then Fairness), Audit, Directors Liability, Training, Mentoring, GST, GST/HST, Payroll, Corporate Tax, Personal tax, and probably much more. If you have a collections, compliance or audit issue with the CRA, MRQ, IRS or with the CRTC, WSIB or any aspect of those agencies, inTAXicating is the place you need to contact. inTAXicating has entered into a strategic partnership with Goldhar and Associates, to create Goldhar Tax Solutions. This partnership allows my team to include amazing tax lawyers, insolvency practitioners, mortgage brokers, debt counselling experts and much more. When dealing with governments, knowledge is power. We possess strong understanding of government so we know what the next step is before the government does. When you have a collections problem with the CRA, do you hire a graphic artist? No, you get a former collector who trained the staff, and who worked as a resource officer for 5 years. Then you know you are on the right track to resolving your tax problem(s). Others offer suggestions. We offer solutions! tax@goldhar.ca

9 thoughts on “Guest Post Thursday: Knowledge First Financial”

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