InfoCapsule 2: Administrative responsibilities. Who does what

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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The information contained on this page is technical in nature and is intended for Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), Canada Disability Savings Grant (CDSG) and Canada Disability Savings Bond (CDSB) issuers. For general information, visit the RDSP section.

Consult this page frequently for newer versions. The following laws and regulations take precedence over information contained in InfoCapsules in the event of discrepancies:

  • Income Tax Act
  • Canada Disability Savings Act
  • Canada Disability Savings Regulations

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Who does what

A joint effort between each following organization is necessary to administer Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP); the lists below are in alphabetical order, and reflect each organization’s responsibilities, based on governing legislation.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

The CRA administers RDSP rules under section 146.4 and Part XI.01 of the Income Tax Act (ITA).

Registered Plans Directorate (RPD)

For more information contact the RPD at 1-800-959-8281.

Benefit Program Directorate (BPD)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

ESDC administers the Canada Disability Savings Grant (CDSG) and the Canada Disability Savings Bond (CDSB) rules under the Canada Disability Savings Act (CDSA) and the Canada Disability Savings Regulations (Regulations).

Canada Education Savings Program (CESP)

For more information contact ESDC at 1-866-204-0357.

Office for Disability Issues (ODI)

Social Insurance Registration Office (SIR)

Financial organizations

Financial organizations offer and administer RDSP. They are the first point of contact for Canadians regarding their plan.



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