Dear Valued Subscribers,
This is an important notice regarding the recent Federal Budget announcements and temporary suspension of the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES).
The Federal Government released its 2017 budget on March 22, 2017: "Building A Strong Middle Class". It proposes changes that impact Registered Education Savings Plan (RESPs) including launching a pilot project aimed at exploring ways to increase the awareness of the Canada Learning Bond program and reducing the barriers to accessing this grant. Shortly after the release of the 2017 Federal budget, the Government of Saskatchewan announced its own changes which are aimed at continuing to support students while controlling costs.
As a result, the Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings (SAGES) will be suspended effective January 1, 2018. This means SAGES will not be paid on contributions made to an RESP after December 31, 2017. Federal grants are still available to parents who save for their children's post-secondary education through RESPs. SAGES contributions may resume when the province's financial situation improves.
For more information, click here. Alternatively, you may contact your Heritage Dealing Representative to discuss how you can take advantage of the available grant in 2017.
We are advising you of this change to ensure our subscribers and beneficiaries in Saskatchewan apply for and receive the SAGES before the end of the year. We will continue to administer the SAGES as usual and will keep you updated on this subject as we receive further updates from the Government of Saskatchewan or from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
Should you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team locally at 416.502.2500 or toll free at 1.800.739.2101. Alternatively, you may email us at CustomerCare@HeritageRESP.com.
Q1: How long is the SAGES suspension period expected to be?
A1: The duration for the SAGES suspension remains undetermined. The province anticipates that SAGES will resume when the province's financial situation improves.
Q2: When will SAGES payments on contributions be suspended?
A2: SAGES will not be paid on contributions made to an RESP after December 31, 2017. The last SAGES payments will be sent out in the January processing period for contributions made in December 2017. Not that the last business day in 2017 is December 29. RESP contributions must be dated before January 1, 2018, in order to receive SAGES.
SAGES Grant Room:
Q3: Will beneficiaries accumulate SAGES room during the years in which SAGES is suspended?
A3: No, the $250/year in SAGES grant room will not accumulate during the suspension period. However, beneficiaries will not lose the accumulated SAGES room they had as of the start of the suspension period.
SAGES payments after the suspension period ends:
Q4: Will subscribers be ale to request SAGES on contributions made in the suspension period once the suspension is lifted?
A4: No, contributions made during the suspension period will not be eligible to receive SAGES once the suspension period ends.
Heritage Plans are scholarship plans issued under the sponsorship of the Heritage Educational Foundation. Units of the Heritage Plans are offered by prospectus only, a copy of which can be obtained from the registered dealer, Heritage Education Funds Inc. at HeritageRESP.com. These securities may not be appropriate for all investors and are subject to certain risk factors. See the prospectus for details.