Apply for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) – Apply

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

4. Apply

To complete your application, you need to do the following:

1. Gather personal information

To request the CESG, a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for the child and the subscriber is needed. If the subscriber is not the child’s primary caregiver, you will need their SIN too.

2. Have an RESP

To request the CESG, you must have and contribute to an RESP.

If you don’t have an RESP, open one and contribute to it. If the child is eligible for the Additional amount of CESG, ask your RESP promoter if they offer it.

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Some RESP promoters may apply service or administration fees. However, there are no fees associated with the CESG. The CESG is based on the total contributions made to an RESP on behalf of a beneficiary. Any fees would depend on the RESP contract.

3. Complete the application form

Complete the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) application form with the help of the RESP promoter. The RESP promoter will provide the CESG application form.

List of RESP promoters

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) and signature of the person who is applying for the CESG must be included on the application form. This person is called the subscriber.

If the subscriber is not the child’s primary caregiver or the cohabiting spouse or common-law partner of the primary caregiver, one of them must sign Annex B – Primary caregiver or their spouse and/or custodial parent/legal guardian.

Download Annex B – Primary caregiver or their spouse and/or custodial parent/legal guardian
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4. Check to see that the grant has been deposited

Once approved, the CESG and the Additional amount of CESG (if applicable) will be deposited in the RESP.

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