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The magic number to attract the maximum grant amount is $2,500 in contributions per year. You can choose to make a single contribution or several monthly contributions over the year.
Grant entitlements start from birth, so if you didn’t contribute during your child’s early years or your contributions were lower than $2,500 per year, you can recover unused entitlements from previous years. In this case, you can contribute up to $5,000 per year1. If you’re almost at the finish line but haven’t contributed the maximum amount, we suggest trying to catch up on unused grant amounts for your teen.
If you plan to maximize your RESP grants, remember that the lifetime limit for the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) is set at $7,200 per beneficiary, and $3,600 for the Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) offered in the province of Quebec2.