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Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs recently announced its 2008 Arthur Kroeger Award Winners which recognize individuals and organizations who, by their contributions to public life, have made Canadians more informed, their governing institutions more effective, and their country a better place to live.

We were excited to hear that PLAN and PLAN Institute won the Citizenship and Community Affairs award for our work on the RDSP.  Susan Whittaker, Chair of the PLAN Board of Directors, and Jack Styan, Executive Director of PLAN, attended the ceremony in Ottawa on Thursday April 3rd at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier and accepted the award.

We are especially pleased with this award as the winners were selected by independent juries composed of prominent Canadians from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  It is nice to know that so many people are aware of the work we are doing.  Thank you to everyone who supported our work and helped us throughout the development of the RDSP.  We may have received the award, but I think we should take the opportunity to acknowledge that this plan could not have become a reality without the hard work of a large number of people in both the community and government sectors.

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The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has amended its regulations to exempt the RDSP from the calculation of income support benefits.  We congratulate the Newfoundland and Labrador government for taking this very important step in helping improve the financial security of people with a disability.

As well, they have provided $85,000 to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living to increase awareness of these new exemptions and to improve financial literacy of individuals and families.

To read more about this recent development make sure to visit the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s website at

Recently we have received a number of requests to create a RDSP FactSheet that outlines the key characteristics of the RDSP so that people can spread the word about the RDSP within their respective communities. With this in mind we created the RDSP Brochure which was designed to allow you to simply print out the brochure and pass it along to anyone who is interested.

With the RDSP coming out in December of 2008, we are really going to need the help of everyone to spread the word, as we are hoping the RDSP will be used by as many people as possible.

RDSP Brochure

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