Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) – About the grant

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

1. About the grant

The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) is money that the Government adds to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). This money helps to pay the costs of a child’s full- or part-time studies after high school at:

  • apprenticeship programs
  • CEGEPs (general or vocational college in Quebec)
  • trade schools
  • colleges
  • universities

See a list of designated educational institutions.

The lifetime maximum amount of CESG a child can get is $7,200.

Learn more about how much a child could get

If you cannot contribute in any given year, you can catch up in future years.

Learn more about grant room (carry forward)

Anyone can open an RESP

For a child to get the CESG, personal contributions must be made to an RESP. Anyone can open an RESP for a child and make contributions, not just the child’s parents.

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