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LCO identifying ways to improve access to Registered Disability Savings Plan

May 16, 2013

The Government of Ontario has asked the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) to explore how Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP) can be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The work will examine how adults with developmental or other mental disabilities can participate in the program without completing an expensive competency assessment.

The RDSP program was created by the federal government to provide future support for persons with disabilities. RDSPs can be opened for children with disabilities by their parents or guardians. It has been identified, however, that adults with developmental or other disabilities may face barriers when opening or withdrawing from an RDSP if their competence is challenged. In Ontario, the only way to address this issue is through an expensive and lengthy competency process. The Government of Ontario is interested in identifying alternative options.

An advisory panel will be recruited to guide work on this project. Work will be lead by the LCO’s Research Lawyer, Sarah Mason-Case.

For more information about this program, please visit the Law Commission of Ontario website.

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